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...here's one of 'em. Me likey this camera. "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."

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Your car looks great and the picture quality is beautiful . . .


Also, I love those wheels !!!
 

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I've been thinking about getting a digital camera. Somewhere in the $700-800 range, or maybe a little less, say $500-600.

My boss also has a G2 and likes it.

Is there anything you don't like about the G2?

I know nothing about digital cameras (or cameras of any kind for that matter) so don't know what to look for.

What accessories should I get in addition?

I appreciate any advice.
 

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I've been thinking about getting a digital camera. Somewhere in the $700-800 range, or maybe a little less, say $500-600.

My boss also has a G2 and likes it.

Is there anything you don't like about the G2?

I know nothing about digital cameras (or cameras of any kind for that matter) so don't know what to look for.

What accessories should I get in addition?

I appreciate any advice.
I'd highly recommend the G2. I've only had it for a couple of days and haven't really delved into the manual features, but I'm very impressed with the quality thus far. I got mine for $648.95 (NO TAX) + shipping from www.buydig.com. I've had nothing but good experiences purchasing from their site and recommend them as well. At $648.95, the G2 is an excellent 4MP digicam that falls well within your specified budget.

The camera comes with a 32MB compact flash (digital film) card, but you'll likely want to spend another $60 or so for another high speed CF card (at least 128MB - that will store approximately 60 maximum resolution, full size JPEG files). I recommend Lexar Media 12x CF cards. I got the 192MB 12x Lexar CF card from www.buy.com for around $90. I also purchsed an extra Canon lithium ion rechargable battery (around $40 online) and the Canon hard leather case for the G2.

Another comparable cameras I'd recommend is the NEW Nikon Coolpix 4500 (if you can find one), but I think the Canon's easier to use. Nikon's better consumer digicams are notorious for having a high learning curve. You can check out reviews of the G2 and other camers at www.dcresource.com and www.steves-digicams.com. Happy hunting. :D
 

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Damon said:

I'd highly recommend the G2....
Thanks for the feedback and info, and for the link to buydig.com. I'm giving this one serious thought.

Now I just have to convince the wife, although since I just bought her a Parisian stone lithography from 1938, she has little room for complaint if I just make the executive decision to buy it. But that can be a risky assumption to make sometimes. ;)
 

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Thanks for the feedback and info, and for the link to buydig.com. I'm giving this one serious thought.

Now I just have to convince the wife, although since I just bought her a Parisian stone lithography from 1938, she has little room for complaint if I just make the executive decision to buy it. But that can be a risky assumption to make sometimes. ;)
Well be careful, and if she gets pissed about the camera, just sleep on your stomach 'till she cools off. ;)
 

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dwette said:


Thanks for the feedback and info, and for the link to buydig.com. I'm giving this one serious thought.

Now I just have to convince the wife, although since I just bought her a Parisian stone lithography from 1938, she has little room for complaint if I just make the executive decision to buy it. But that can be a risky assumption to make sometimes. ;)
Actually my wife didn't really care if I got one or not when I bought Emissions(anothe poster here) digital camera way over a year ago and now if I tried to take it away from her she'd freak . . .

It's amazing how incredible a digital camera is. I take hundred's of pictures of every little thing from my kids, to my cars to all the steps of my home being renovated and it doesn't cost a penny !!

In fact when I was looking to buy a current home, I took at least 100 pics of it and during the time we were waiting for the closing we would look at the picutres and plan everything . . . it's incredible.

I store the pictures on my hard drive, back them up to a cd rom and I can view them whenever I want. YTou can make the pictures smaller, larger or whatever you want !!

Just imagine taking hundreds, if not thousands of pictures and it's free . . . it takes the whole picture taking process to a new level. Kind of like going from 56k modem to a cable modem . . .

Get the digital, you'll love it !!! Also, don't go too crazy on getting the latest and the hottest one out. Get a decent one and I am sure you will be very happy.
 

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Actually, I'm kidding about my wife. She'll be cool about me getting the digicam, and may even contribute out of her savings since my B-Day is coming up (although she said says she wants to pay for performance driving school for me).

It may make her nervous to spend the money, but she's done pretty well lately herself (my 1999 323i CPO's and 2 recent art purchases). So even though I just got a 530i I can probably get away with another toy.

I've read some reviews and will probably go for the Canon G2.
 

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Actually, I'm kidding about my wife. She'll be cool about me getting the digicam, and may even contribute out of her savings since my B-Day is coming up (although she said says she wants to pay for performance driving school for me).
I figured you were kidding around but the real intention of my post was to psych you up so you'd get a digital !!

I think it's a great thing to have . . . good luck :thumbup:
 

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Done! I ordered it from Digital Liquidators (www.digitalliquidators.com) for $549.00 plus shipping. Never dealt with them before, so we'll see how the order processing goes. But it's the best price I found using www.dealtime.com.

Now to get some accessories from buy .com.
JEEZUS! That's a steal. That price sounds too good to be true. I'd recommend that you call them tomorrow to make sure that it's a US market camera and that it's in stock. Just a precaution.

BTW - the same site has the Nikon 5000 for $649! WTF is that! That's what I paid for my G2. Oh, why'd I buy a G2? :banghead: :D
 

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I, too, have the G2 camera. I selected this one for several reasons: it has an f2.0 lens - relatively fast for digital cameras - most have f2.8 or f2.7. The fast lens in this price range is the Olympus 4040 with a f1.8 lens. The G2 menu system is far easier to understand and operate than the many others, certainly the 4040's which is a nightmare. The G2 sports 4 megapixels - the more megapixels you get, the more flexability you have editing your shots - e.g., enlarging just a small portion of a print without loss of resolution.
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Finally, I ordered the Cannon Speedlite, the small 220 model - this flash provides considerably more light than the G2's built in flash, letting you shoot indoor zoom pictures without going beyond the useful light, that is getting dark pictures beyond say 15 feet.
 

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Damon said:

JEEZUS! That's a steal. That price sounds too good to be true. I'd recommend that you call them tomorrow to make sure that it's a US market camera and that it's in stock. Just a precaution.
So what a bunch of f***in' weasels!!!

I get an email from Digital Liquidators to call and verify my order. It's not the full Canon G2 US model! They sell it without battery, charger, and cables and try to sell you those as expensive accessories. So I cancelled my order without haste. Don't do business with these people. They'll pull a bait and switch on you.

Back to hunting for price. May just settle for buydig.com.
 

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Question for you guys: What is the difference between a Canon PowerShot S40 and the G2. Which is better and why? I am torn between the two. thanks,

Ben
 

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Question for you guys: What is the difference between a Canon PowerShot S40 and the G2. Which is better and why? I am torn between the two. thanks,

Ben
The S40 is basically a more compact model of the G2. There are some compromises made with the S40 to keep the size down. With the S40, you lose the swiveling LCD screen, the external flash hotshoe, the more powerful battery, the remote control (I think), and the lens is smaller. You can get a full review and sample pics from each camera at www.dcresource.com and www.steves-digicams.com.

For the money, I'd recommend the G2. :thumbup:
 

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Question for you guys: What is the difference between a Canon PowerShot S40 and the G2. Which is better and why? I am torn between the two. thanks,

Ben
From DP Review

The primary differences when compared to the G2 are its flip-out and twist LCD (with anti-reflective coating), better battery life, a faster lens (F2.0 - F2.5), better flash coverage, external flash and add-on lens capability. The S40 has the advantage when it comes to startup time, portability (size & weight) and design. Image quality and resolution are very close, although the G2's lens was definitely sharper in the corners.

If you're looking for a portable 'take anywhere' digital camera with excellent image quality and strong set of manual controls which will allow you to grow into the camera, the S40 should be placed highly in your considerations. Don't forget also that there's a waterproof case for the S40 (suitable for depths of up to 30 m). If you need add-on lenses, external flash, a faster lens and long battery life then the G2 may be better suited (although it does weigh in at $100 more).
 

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So what a bunch of f***in' weasels!!!

I get an email from Digital Liquidators to call and verify my order. It's not the full Canon G2 US model! They sell it without battery, charger, and cables and try to sell you those as expensive accessories. So I cancelled my order without haste. Don't do business with these people. They'll pull a bait and switch on you.

Back to hunting for price. May just settle for buydig.com.
Hate to say I told you so, but... :D

I had the same experience with 2 differernt online discounters before I finally purchased my G2 from www.buydig.com. Buydig's price IS one of the lowest (that's why I was amazed you said you found it for around $550). I definitely smelled a rat. :confused:

If you want a G2, just buy it from www.buydig.com. I received mine by FedEx Priority Overnight less than 20 hours after I placed the order. They've provided EXCELLENT service and merchandise every time I've ordered from them (3x now). You WILL get a US market G2 with a full US warranty and all the other things that come in the retail box (battery, lens cap, DC power adapter, 32MB CF card, etc.)

Also (and this warning is for everyone reading), ALWAYS call to ask questions first, before ordering from an unfamiliar online discounter. Ask specific questions about the product that you're ordering and ask if it's IN STOCK. Keep those bastards honest and you'll avoid doing this :banghead: later.
 
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