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Old 11-02-2020, 08:18 PM
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Hi Shamus,

I have an Olympus OMD-EM10 Mk II that I am very happy with. Don't know what your budget is, but the Mk I seems to be available for under 300 on eBay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Olympus-O...4AAOSwA-VeH68e

I am a bit of an Olympus fan and have an old E-1 as well
Hi PD

I think that my camera problems may be being resolved with a little help from a friend .

Like yourself, I swear by Olympus even though mine is twenty years old, a point and click and, not to put too fine a point on it... Knackered (don't think thast the number of doll pics taken over the last year has helped that, lol). There are still times when it still managed to pull a bunny out of the hat and produced the occassional image that were well beyond what you would expect of a camera like that.

The budget unfortunately disappeared completely with the fridge giving up and two ridge tiles blowing off in Ciara. Less than the insurance excess to fix so no point making a claim.

Thanks very much for the link though. Will have a perusal at that camera but as I say think that fate is sending me in a differnet direction for the next one

kindest regards,

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Old 12-02-2020, 01:11 AM
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i had an olympus point and shoot digital for a few days back in the early 90's it had a shutter over the lens and stopped working after a few days. i do have an olympus om10 35 mm i used to use.

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Old 12-02-2020, 05:51 PM
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You mean a Fuji Finepix. I own one, ten years old but still OK. Good gear, no doubt. Yet something that bores me: the distortion of the zoom lens. That's why I prefer my phone now! The camera's in phones are becoming better and better. (This was the original post.)

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Is that because you were using 24mm wide angle (fisheye)? No issues for me at 35mm+.
In the normal angles, the distortion doesn't bother indeed. But if the wide angle (not even fisheye) and narrow angle do bother, why have a variable lens? The cheap and easy compact camera's with one focal length have the normal angle too.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distortion_(optics)
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Anyways... if your pictures are coming out a bit crap, see the following instructional video:



It's all about angles...

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I have been taking my pics on my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet. It has been a royal pain in the arse to use. It lacks a flash and any kind of ability to zoom, coupled with the fact the 3.2mp camera is positioned in the middle of the long edge of the tablet and with the fire button been placed on the actual screen means you need massive hands to hold the damn thing and press the button. Also the size of it means that a slight variation in the angle it is used at can vastly alter the light entering the lense which usually results in photo's from the same shoot looking totally different in terms of colours, brightness and contrast.

I decided to dig out my old 2.0mp Kodak DC3400 camera that I got at the turn of the century. I could take better pics with it than my father could with his 35mm cannon kit with all the bells and whistles. The Kodak had long been assumed dead as it would fail to power up. I decided to see if I could mend it, thinking there may be a simple fix like a loose wire or dry joint somewhere that could be fixed with some soldering.

I didn't even have to open it up and solder anything. Turns out the re-chargable AA batteries I was using with it were ka-put. Bloody thing works fine after putting some new batteries in it.

Now I am just waiting for a bigger CF card for it as the 32b one I have only holds 50 pics at the highest quality. The 4Gb card I got from ebay won't work with it. It's too big to be formatted with the FAT16 file system so now waiting on a 256b card to arrive for it.

So pleased it works again but I do feel a right numpty for not trying it with fresh batteries ages ago.
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:57 PM
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I have a Nikon D7200 and Nikon D7100, great cameras but likely to be out of your current budget. I also have two (don't ask) Panasonic Lumix DMC -TZ80 compact cameras, they have a 30x zoom, can shoot in RAW if you want to do post-processing, built in flash, ability to shoot manually if you want more control of your lighting etc and seem to be really good cameras. I used it recently at a concert and while the sensors on compacts are really too small to get enough light in for faster shutter speeds it did video really well and from that I took some pretty good stills as photos. Obviously video is irrelevant for doll photography. I am going to be listing one on Ebay soon but if you are interested I could sell you one with a memory card for 90 delivered. I could take a couple of photos with it and show you how they look out of the camera and after processing, if you want.


I have recently looked at the Fujifilm x-h1, seems like a great deal as it comes with a battery grip and three batteries but out of my price range atm. Otherwise I'll upgrade to a Nikon D500 and sell my D7100, but again, that's in the hopefully near future
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Old 12-03-2020, 09:53 PM
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I'm probably a bit late to the party on this thread, but I wouldn't always dismiss some of the second hand cameras on the market. It really depends on where you get them from. Best option I've found is to join some photography forums, they usually have a For Sale section, and often they've been well looked after. I'm still using my rather elderly Canon 300D (live view, what's that? ) that I got from an astrophotographer. He was upgrading to a newer model and so wanted to shift the old one so as to get less anger from his long suffering wife! Astronomy is great in that you have a lot of people who always want the top end stuff, so as soon as the next big thing comes out, the old stuff comes up for sale.

I've been having a look at a few 500D cameras out there for sale, I'd be aiming for something like that when it comes to splash the cash. Unless I can convince a friend that he needs to upgrade his old 1D

Good luck on your hunt for the right camera!
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Old 13-03-2020, 08:32 PM
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I have been taking my pics on my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet. It has been a royal pain in the arse to use. It lacks a flash and any kind of ability to zoom, coupled with the fact the 3.2mp camera is positioned in the middle of the long edge of the tablet and with the fire button been placed on the actual screen means you need massive hands to hold the damn thing and press the button. Also the size of it means that a slight variation in the angle it is used at can vastly alter the light entering the lense which usually results in photo's from the same shoot looking totally different in terms of colours, brightness and contrast.

I decided to dig out my old 2.0mp Kodak DC3400 camera that I got at the turn of the century. I could take better pics with it than my father could with his 35mm cannon kit with all the bells and whistles. The Kodak had long been assumed dead as it would fail to power up. I decided to see if I could mend it, thinking there may be a simple fix like a loose wire or dry joint somewhere that could be fixed with some soldering.

I didn't even have to open it up and solder anything. Turns out the re-chargable AA batteries I was using with it were ka-put. Bloody thing works fine after putting some new batteries in it.

Now I am just waiting for a bigger CF card for it as the 32b one I have only holds 50 pics at the highest quality. The 4Gb card I got from ebay won't work with it. It's too big to be formatted with the FAT16 file system so now waiting on a 256b card to arrive for it.

So pleased it works again but I do feel a right numpty for not trying it with fresh batteries ages ago.
loved the story Seth

The most that my old 2 mp Olympus will take is 64mb (yep, thats an M not a G). But I'm certainly never going to knock it as even though she's a point and click until she started going wrong I managed to take some pics with her that I'm quite proud of. (River and Hayzel in the Garden really blew me away).

I'm a firm believer that to use a camera properly you shuldn't need to think about it. Doesn't have to be simple to use but needs to be so well known to you that the only thing that you are thinking about is the subject, not settings.

I have now got another camera but its taking a while to get to that state where I can go all David Bailey on the girls.

Looking forwards to seeing a lot more pics of your girls once your new memory card arrives.

All the best,

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Old 13-03-2020, 08:40 PM
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I have a Nikon D7200 and Nikon D7100, great cameras but likely to be out of your current budget. I also have two (don't ask) Panasonic Lumix DMC -TZ80 compact cameras, they have a 30x zoom, can shoot in RAW if you want to do post-processing, built in flash, ability to shoot manually if you want more control of your lighting etc and seem to be really good cameras. I used it recently at a concert and while the sensors on compacts are really too small to get enough light in for faster shutter speeds it did video really well and from that I took some pretty good stills as photos. Obviously video is irrelevant for doll photography. I am going to be listing one on Ebay soon but if you are interested I could sell you one with a memory card for 90 delivered. I could take a couple of photos with it and show you how they look out of the camera and after processing, if you want.


I have recently looked at the Fujifilm x-h1, seems like a great deal as it comes with a battery grip and three batteries but out of my price range atm. Otherwise I'll upgrade to a Nikon D500 and sell my D7100, but again, that's in the hopefully near future
Hi Rev,

sorry for the delayed response, I missed your reply

Thankyou for the kind offer but really sorry matey but I've now got a Canon (it was before you posted). Its a bridge camera but its still like facing the cockpit of an F16 compared to the old Olympus point n click. Think that I am slowly but surely getting there with it but might be a while yet before I'm putting out anything that I'm proud of.

Thanks again,

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I'm probably a bit late to the party on this thread, but I wouldn't always dismiss some of the second hand cameras on the market. It really depends on where you get them from. Best option I've found is to join some photography forums, they usually have a For Sale section, and often they've been well looked after. I'm still using my rather elderly Canon 300D (live view, what's that? ) that I got from an astrophotographer. He was upgrading to a newer model and so wanted to shift the old one so as to get less anger from his long suffering wife! Astronomy is great in that you have a lot of people who always want the top end stuff, so as soon as the next big thing comes out, the old stuff comes up for sale.

I've been having a look at a few 500D cameras out there for sale, I'd be aiming for something like that when it comes to splash the cash. Unless I can convince a friend that he needs to upgrade his old 1D

Good luck on your hunt for the right camera!
Cheers Muninn and good luck with acquiring that 1D

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