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Some months ago I had to buy myself a new camera because the previous one was stolen.
At the beginning, I thought of going to the second hand market and buying a classic model (and who knows, perhaps to find “my” camera), but at the end I had my boyfriend convincing me to give a vote of trust to the modern technique and to choose something more up to date. Although some time will pass before I opt for a digital camera.
I am not a professional photographer, not even an advanced fan, but I like to be able to take the picture that I want, not the one that decides the machine. That is to say, I need control: that what I am focusing is exactly what appears in the picture, to decide the aperture and the speed to which I want to take it. Therefore a compact camera is of no use to me and I want a réflex camera
I was very happy with the one that I had used until then (a Pentax P30): it had accompanied me from my beginnings in this world (if the Polaroid and children machines are excluded), helping me to learn and with results always very good. That is to say that went for another Pentax (this is called fidelity to a brand)
I looked at the market offer (between my budget,) in specialized stores, big chains, Internet... I made myself this way an idea of the prices (of all the makes and models, yes) and of what I could expect to buy. I was not recommended a Pentax but a Canon, but like I am stubborn person I went on and I bought myself this Pentax MZ-50. I got it by Dixon (there were in sales during that time). And the places where you can inform yourself better, to see, to play and to prove are usually the most expensive, but nobody prevents you to get the information in that way although then you don't buy there. Inside the range I was interested, this was the one that had the more adjusted price
And we go now with the camera. I have already taken enough pictures under all the conditions to have got a general idea. And I will begin with the defects:
* The incorporated flash is not very potent: it is worth for the typical and not very difficult pictures: it would need an external flash to improve.
* The colours: although the definition of the pictures is perfect, the colours are not as good as they should. I am speaking of an ideal, but it is one that this camera doesn't reach. I always thought that this it was a matter more of the printing and of the film that of the own camera, but I have made tests making the same pictures with my sister's camera, same film and laboratory, and I have the results visible. It is not a very big difference, but there is. Of course, in poor conditions of light it can be flash blame, but in others I am not very sure of what happens.
The autofocus: this more than a defect it may be my obsession. Although you can force it to focus what you want, it will always be easier (for me, at least), to focus by hand what you decide (not what the camera thinks that it is more important). Although I am aware that it is more practical for very quick pictures or when you leave the machine to somebody else to take a picture.
As advantages, I have to admit that I like the camera in general, it is very flexible and easy of using and the pictures that are obtained are of quite good quality; a great sharpness. It has enough possibilities, from completely automatic with programs for portraits, action pictures, landscapes or close-up until totally manual, going by priority to opening or speed. More or less a standard right now, but it doesn't lack anything.
Besides the flash (with red eyes reduction) that I have already indicated, it incorporates a small motor that advances the pictures and it rewinds automatically at the end of the film (or from the point you want). This motor also facilitates to take out several consecutive pictures (there is a switch for it) although the speed you could not consider it professional. And of course you also have the possibility to incorporate yourself to your pictures. Or to leave open the objective the whole time that you need (well, up to 8 hours): those pictures of starred landscapes in the night or spectacular storms.
You can also compensate the exhibition, and in short, that whole type of things that they are sometimes necessary, it is totally versatile (here, there is not any failure at all)
The weight is much slighter of what I was accustomed to (I prefer not to think of the reasons), and the size a little more reduced, what converts it in very easy of carrying.
The objective that came incorporated was of 35-80 and they offered a package that also included a tele 80-200 to a reasonable price (that perhaps I don’t use very often, but if for those one or two pictures of each film that you find it indispensable). Perhaps if it had not been for this offer I would have opted for a different combination.
And if I say that the speeds go from 30 seconds (here it is a little short another time) up to 1/2000 I can end up and I believe that you will have made yourselves a clear idea of my camera.
Model Compatible device Canon 580EX II, 580EX, 430EX II, 430EX, 270EX, 220EX.550EX. Canon ... more
EOS10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 5D¢ò 7D D60 Canon 1000D 550D 500D 450D 400D 350D 300D EOS30 EOS33 EOS300 EOS50 Pentax K20D K200D K10D K100D K100DL ISTD ISTDL IST MZ-6 ZX-L MZ-L£» Samsung GX-1L / GX-1S. Compatible with other brands flash (Wake up can only used in TTL Compatible flash) This can not be used on Nissin Di622 and can only support M mode on Nissin Di866 Wireless Remote Control Compatible with the device under shutter release mode: (LS-021 cord is not included in this list and would sold separately ) Wireless studio light trigger Wireless Flash trigger with PC Sync cord NOTE: this mode can not support 1/250sec sync, max to 1/200sec. NOTE: This mode will lose Flash wake up function. Single Package List: RF-600TX for Canon (Transmitter) x1 RF-602RX (Receiver) x2 CR2 Lithium Battery x1 AAA alkaline battery x4 Receiver to 3.5mm cable x2 User Manual x1 (Original Manufactory Package)
"1) Full functions supported as the camera shutter switch (with halfway or complete ... more
pressing)2) Functions as a timer remote and can be programmed to function as an intervalomet3) Design for group, macro, long exposures, continuous, motion shooting, etc.4) Energy saving design, can be use for long time5) Timer delay: 0s to 99hrs 59min 59s in 1s increments6) Exposure time: 0s to 99hrs 59min 59s in 1s increments7) Interval: 0s to 99hrs 59min 59s in 1s increments8) Power source: CR2032 3V batteries9) Batterylife:Approximately two months of continuous shooting with adelay of 5min, anexposure time of 4 min 56 s, and an interval of 5min.10) Weight: 90g (without batteries)11) Length of Cord: 90cm"
Used to help create an even light from your camera's shoe-mount flash, simply and easily, ... more
give you a soft light. It fit neatly over the head of the flash and create an exposure of even density across the entire surface of the film. Without the diffuser, light from the flash is projected straight at the subject creating harsh shadows behind it, but with the diffuser in place, particularly when angled, the light thrown at the subject is much softer. Fit for: Fit For Olympus FL-40, 50/Sigma EF-500DG Super, ST;Achiever 260AF, 260T, 828, 828TW, TZ250/CANON speedlite 380EX; Contax TLA280, TLA360, /Focal M500T/Metz 40 MZ2, 54MZ3; Minolta 5200i, 5400hs, 5400xi/Nikon SB-24,25,26; Nissin 360TW, 360TXP, PZ400-C-N-M; Pentax AF500FTZ, APZL-106AF/Sony HVL-F32X; Sunpak 2000DZ, 266D MZ440AF/Tumax988; Vivitar 2500, 273, 3500, 850AF/Winstar 260AF, DZ260/Yinyan 32, 38, 450.