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05-27-2006, 07:55 AM
The quality of images has always been my reason to stick with film. Now I find that the quality of film images is degrading, and it may be time to look at a digital camera again. Carter's boss suggested a Casio EX-Z850 8.1MP But it has more bells and whistles than the space shuttle.
Is there a high resolution digital camera that can accept pentax style screw on lenses, so that I can use all the lenses that I've accumulated over the years?

S/V Laura Ellen
05-27-2006, 08:27 AM
If you are very concerned with picture quality, the choice of lenses for digital cameras is very expensive. Digital lenses for most (if not all) of the nre digital SLR cameras are specially developed to match the digital cameras. Although some of the film camera lenses will mount properly, the quality of the image will suffer near the edges of the photo.

Pentax does have a compatbility chart for lenses.

George Ray
05-27-2006, 08:28 AM
My favorite Digital Camera web site.

This might be the camera for you?

Opps! just realized this is an older (2004) model but it illustrates that the kind of thing your requested is available.

Use the search function and a lot of stuff pops up for "pentax screw".

Good Luck

Ron Carter
05-27-2006, 08:31 AM
There probably are cameras that would accept the lenses. That said the CCD's on most digitals ares smaller than the standard 35mm frame. Lenses designed for digitals will accomodate this better than the old 35mm designed lenses. There are a whole group of ultra zoom point and shoot cameras that approach the abililty of the SLR with the exception of slower reaction times. Olympus SP500, Fuji5200, etc. Unless you are doing poster size prints or full commercial work anything over 6mp is pretty much overkill. Big files really start to eat up storage. I keep looking at the digital SLR's but hate to go back to a big bag of spare parts. I'm currently shooting a Olympus C740 at 3.1mp and am totally happy with it except for the slow reaction time for wildlife shots.

With the technology racing ahead whatever you buy today will be obsolete tomorrow anyway.

Joe (SoCal)
05-27-2006, 08:40 AM
Ummmmmmmm get a Leica ;)

05-27-2006, 08:48 AM
Well, a larger issue than the camera may be your ability to process / touch-up / resize the images in Photoshop. Depending on your computer-savvy, working with images can be the most difficult thing you've ever attempted (computer-wise).

My family is in the pro photography business, and I've watched with interest as the entire industry makes the incredible move from chemical to digital film. But where people hit the wall isn't the cameras or image quality (as above unless you are shooting for huge prints), but in processing the images, handling DVD's instead of negatives, showing proofs online instead of in a book, etc.

If the previous posts are correct on the older lenses limiting "reaction time", you may want to experiment with some friend's cameras before spending the dosh on a digital body that takes older lenses -- the delay between pressing the shutter and the actual image capture can be deadly if you shoot live action or wildlife (or sailing) pics.

S/V Laura Ellen
05-27-2006, 08:48 AM
You are best to shoot in RAW mode if you want the best qulaity. The camera in modes other than RAW will do allot of manipulation of the pixels in the camera itself. In raw mode there is no manipulation of the image in the camera and you get the ability to determine the best settings in your photo editing software. Make sure the camera and photo editor both have good support for the RAW mode. The RAW mode files are huge so make sure you have very large and fast media (digital film).

Ron Carter
05-27-2006, 09:04 AM
RAW does give the photographer the most control over the final result. As Thorne said the manipulation of the data can be daunting unless your hobby or livelyhood is photography. JPEG's can produce fine images and are still highly manipulatable with relatively simple software. RAW is top of the line but not for everyone. The reaction time issue is more related to the camera archetecture than the lens issue. Most point and shoot's require the camera to autofocus and possibly set exposure between the pushing of the button and the capture of the image. This can be reduced by pre setting on the older cameras and is much faster on the latest models but is still a severe limitation for action photos.

S/V Laura Ellen
05-27-2006, 09:23 AM
Ron raised a very good point.

Most modern high end digital cameras will probably take better (or at least as good) pictures than your old film camera. I wouldn't be concerned about using your old lenses. Making decisions about your new camera based on old equipment you have will not give you the optimum system.

Go digital.
Go SLR if you can afford it.
Go with a good zoom lens.
I recommend that you start with Photoshop Elements to get your feet wet and a future upgrade to Photoshop will be easier later.

Don't worry to much about printers, most photoshops can now print your pics on real photo paper for a very reasonable cost.

05-27-2006, 09:55 AM
Moin moin MrLeft8!
I have a smal price camera Fuji Finepix 2400z (ebay 35,-€) for making pictures on Deck.
So i am never crying if the camera is going over board ( next by ebay!!). In the harbour i am taking the Panasonic FZ30.
The best testing for feeling in my Hand.:cool:
I can read the letters on the display without my glases.:cool:
The 2. Accu is not so high in price
and i don´t need a buttler for going to take all the SLR lences with me.:D The objectiv is from Leica(!) and to this time the Fotos are all ok.
The software programm of the camera is very easy and i could learn it in some minutes.:cool:
The boddy and the lens of the FZ30 is build very solid.:cool:

optical 12xZoom Panasonic FZ30(digital you can 24xZoom)


Picture from Fuji Finepix 2400z

Hope i could confused you:D :D :D
Tschüss Heiko

Kim Whitmyre
05-27-2006, 10:19 AM
I have an older Canon, the Powershot Pro70. Good camera, even though it is only 1.7Mpixel, due to the optical quality of the lens. I have blown up to 8x10, and even did a poster size print one time that came out great. Absolutely terrible for action shots, though, as it was designed as a studio camera.

About digital "film." I use a 360mb IBM microdrive, which allows 178 2mb shots in RAW mode for this camera: plenty! When I got the camera, the microdrives were faster at writing the image than the solid state media, so shot-to-shot times were faster. This camera has two slots, one for compact flash I media, and one for compact flash II media (microdrives fit here). Not too many cameras have both formats .

05-27-2006, 11:48 AM
by me is this doing a good job: http://www.holst-direct.com/ ;)
Tschüss Heiko

Rick Clark
05-27-2006, 07:35 PM

Fuji-film Fine Pix A360 3.1 meg
Standing, zoomed in with 10mph wind. I think it took a pretty good pic.

05-27-2006, 07:42 PM
Should note: I broke my digital camera again. This is getting expensive!

05-27-2006, 10:39 PM
Well.................................... OK. So I keep my Mamiya/Sekor SLR for my really important stuff, and get a digital for everything else..... Actually I was very impressed with Heiko's Fuji shot... (Danke shon!)
I guess I'll just have to peruse some more......

05-27-2006, 10:54 PM
I use a fuji finepix s5100. Excellent camera. Intuitive. takes really nice pics. I would not be apoplectic if it fell overboard as the price is pretty good.
Street price today is around 350.00

05-28-2006, 08:34 AM
OK. Now I have so much information to digest that making a rational decision is probably out of the question. Now I go for the "Which one looks coolest, and costs the least" mode....

George Ray
05-28-2006, 11:47 AM
Take a look at the Nikon Coolpix S4.

It is super compact ( pack of cigs ), means you will always have it with you.

Has 10x optical zoom.

Articulated body for difficult angle hi/low shots.

Has, (1) no eyepiece/viewfinder, (2) no stabilzation, both of which keep the price way down, under $300 currently.

The compact alway ready feature is probably the tops. If I were in the market for another camera ( have 1999 Sony 2MP, cybershot 505V // wife has Canon powershot S3 ...WOW! but not for a shirt pocket) it would be the Nikon S4.

Joe (SoCal)
05-28-2006, 11:48 AM
Ummmmm Get a Leica ;)

05-28-2006, 04:28 PM
Moin moin,
for me the best compact camera in the moment!!! But the price (1000,-€)was to high for me when i want by a new. So i take the FZ30 (450,-€).
But now is the price in germany only 695,-€To late for me:(
( price in USA now ca. 999,-US$)!!!! By it in Germany, for 1000,-US$ you get camera and the fly;)
Wellcome in old Germany:D :D :D
Tschüss Heiko