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Old 12-14-2007, 03:19 AM   #1
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Got My New Camera...Observations and Questions.

After dropping my camera and putting it out of commission, I quickly purchased another one, because I didn't want to miss any upcoming holiday action. Canon SD850IS. The same battery as the last one. Canon has done a mighty fine job with these point and shoot cameras. You can see some of my redundant camera testing below.

Does anyone know how to get the reflection of the camera out of the picture? If I get really close or really far from the glass I can, but sometimes it's not the right framing of the photo. Suggestions?



















So much algae I need to clean up in this tank.

I took out an Amazon Sword from my substrate and left it floating. I noticed a few things.

1. It does a great job of collecting all the other loose leaves that float to the surface.
2. All the fish in the tank seem less jittery. I think they feel safe hiding under it. I have plants that grow from the substrate to the top, but it's not the same. I will probably remove this Sword but keep some floaters on top.



The Gourami in the Sword. Didn't swim away like he usually does when I approached the glass.
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Those are some great pics! To keep the flash out of the pic, try shooting at an up or down angle.
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To remove reflections in the glass consider shooting at a different angle if possible, in the end the best way to do so is by using a polarizer.
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You can minimize reflections by turning off the lamps in the room. Also, when taking aquarium shots, avoid wearing light colored clothing, as this will show up more as reflections.

I agree that the point and shoot cameras have advanced by leaps and bounds. It's amazing that Canon has ben able to incorporate their fantastic image stabilization technology into a point and shoot. My dad has a PowerShot A570 IS, and the photos it takes are just as good as my 10D SLR. The only advantage that I have (a VERY important one for me), is the ability to use specialized lenses like macro and long zooms. The point and shoots still have longer shutter lag times than the SLRs, but even here, there has been vast improvement.
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I shoot a Canon 30D myself. I have an 18-55mm lens and a Canon 22-105mm IS USM lens. I also have a variety of filters and a flash,tripod, and a couple other accessories. For me, the ability to change lenses to one that is specialized for what you are shooting is priceless. I will agree that Point and Shoots are advancing quickly, but being an amateur photographer, my 30D stays by my side. However, an advantage to a point and shoot is that you can get good quality with something that you can carry around with you 24/7 as opposed to hauling my pack with my old canon ae-1, 200mm lens for the ae-1, 35mm lens for the ae-1, canon 30d, 18-55mm for the 30d, 22-105mm for the 30d, etc. For most people the quality of a point and shoot is just fine. However I spoiled myself with a 30D
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I was contemplating an SLR, but I would never carry it around unless I went on vacation and it would be my aquarium camera.
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I was contemplating an SLR, but I would never carry it around unless I went on vacation and it would be my aquarium camera.
If I had the money I'd pick up a nice Canon point and shoot to keep in my pocket 24/7
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