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Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Camera Equipment, including the Nikon D40x Digital SLR Review.

ToothPilot
I find my D40x to be ok. The only real critique is the shutter speed issue. Its very slow and needs to be manually overridden. I shoot a lot of shots at work with F22 upwards and the speed is slow then. Needs a good ringflash to do my macro photography. Hendrik

Made by ToothPilot on 30 May 2007 7:49PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

theredbaron
I bought one of these refurbished as my second foray into digital cameras.
Its quite bulky by todays standards, and it takes smart media cards which I believe are now being phased out.
However the camera had a whopping 3million pixels (in 2003) and took some decent shots which I printed up to A4 size.
Its easy to use, if a little outdated now. (i.e. small screen etc).

Made by theredbaron on 30 May 2007 4:31PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

ctl
The distributor had refunded to me. So, I would like to say, Ricoh Caplio is the best camera.... Yeahh !!

Made by ctl on 25 May 2007 4:28PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

ctl
They distributor had refunded to me. So, I would like to say, Ricoh Caplio is the best camera.... Yeahh !!

Made by ctl on 25 May 2007 4:28PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

iansanderson
Hi ctl - sorry you have had such a bad time with your Ricoh Caplios. I have had my R5 for seevral months, and am delighted with it - takes great pictures, and that 28-200mm zoom in a tiny body is just great (in my humble opinion). Hope you get your troubles sorted out

Ian

Made by iansanderson on 17 May 2007 6:35PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

ctl
I was bought R6 on 3 weeks ago. And, now the camera is not working properly. Once I press half to focus an object, the camera "hang", LCD black-out and it can't be turned off and on. I thought it was battery died, but it wasn't. Therefore, I'll need to take out the battery and put it in again until it able to off/on.

Actually, at first I bought R4. But when shoot at a specific angle, it will have a dark shadow at the Left-Top corner.
And then, I was told to upgrade to R5 by the distributor. Then, the problem came from the LCD screen. When the camera charging (press half to focus or after shot photo with flash), it show shock wave on LCD screen, and it was getting worst and worst.

That's why now I'm using R6. Unfortunately, Caplio R4, R5, and R6 gave me a lot of problems. I'm going to ask for refund from the distributor. Bad experience for Ricoh Caplio models.

If you want to see the sample photo taken by R4, please reply me here. I will email to you once I see your comments.

Made by ctl on 15 May 2007 3:48PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Brufus
Again a spot on review. Upgraded from a 350D I was using as a body for telephoto use
(1.6x sensor reach advantage over my 5D on occasion). In camera jpegs are NOT as sharp as the 350D, so now use with JPEG&RAW (Luckily CF card prices have come down dramatically!) and recover sharpness in computo. But the BIG advantages of the 400D over the 350D are definitely the 9point AF, the backlit LCD panel (wish my 5D had it!) the anti-dust system (wish my 5D had it!) and USB2 highspeed transfer (wish my 5D had it! I transfer my CF cards to the 400D body for PC transfer!). These advantages alone are reason enough to upgrade from the 350D to the 400D in my opinion, and you get extra pixels. The down side I feel is the 350D is a slightly cleaner sensor at low ISO (larger pixels should mean lower noise on your fewer pixels), but then the 400D gives you a techical 2MP worth higher resolution.

The backlit LCD panel is great, nice and bright, doesn't seem to affect battery life (have only once triggered a battery replacement after in excess of 700 photos). So far have had to clean the 400D sensor only once in 6 months of use, compared to almost every week for the 5D (big sensor more dust!). The AF is now great compared to 350D, and little different from the 5D, in fact I prefer the LCD autofocus-point setting system on the 400D. Conclusion the 400D is great.. and I still love the small body. We used to pay a premium for small! Finally I set the exposure compensation to -1/3 EV to reduce sky blowouts, I find the camera default exposure a little bright.

Made by Brufus on 12 May 2007 1:43PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Brufus
Agree with the review conclusions - spot on. Bought the G7 as "town and about" camera (bit big for that role but still bags better to carry than an SLR or bridge) about a month ago. Lack of RAW is missed. Useful auto-bracketing almost makes up for this though. Must say that the camera does lots of things very well but the greatest draw-backs are the pretty useless viewfinder (no guideline/highlight guides - just a glass porthole) which means you will be armslength more than you think using the LCD panel..which also doesnt flip.. once youve had a flip screen its hard to go back. The other downside is the noise above ISO 200. ISO400 is much more noise than the reviews in my opinion, shadow speckled pixels and sand-grainy foliage not very useful. Consequently I keep the G7 on ISO80, but have had the dial jump to the adjacent HI mode by mistake on occasion, that should be at the other end of the dial with the 1600ISO. The LCD interface and dials are very slick. Only other downside is barrel distortion..but then thats a pretty amazing zoom range for a little foldaway lens - I suspect its hiding some L type glass in there. Image stabilizer is great, battery life runs to at least 300 shots.. but no indication until a red warning light comes up.. (hate this "market segment" dumbing-down!). Run the G7 at -1/3 EV too, to reduce skyblown highlights.

Love the Wide mode for panaoramics and alternative framing. Overall its a good camera and replaces an SLR when you dont want the bulk and the street visibility (used it on a recent trip to Eastern Europe), so great for human interest shots- except you are forced into that armlength-LCD thing for critical framing. If you set the lens shutdown to zero seconds, by the time you put the camera in your pocket the lens is closed and parked - Great! Macro is quite useable too. Found the flash harsh, but power is tuneable and theres a canon standard hotshoe so thats just me as a reluctant flash user.

This G7 replaces an 8MP Olympus SP350 that was a better pocket size and on paper was great (RAW, AA Batteries, but let down by the sub-snail SLOWness (those rather awful XD cards they say) I was expecting a digital XA which it could have been but for the shutter and storage lag, and barrel distortion again - the price of small zooms I guess.

Made by Brufus on 12 May 2007 1:00PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

narrowgauge
I aggree in the main with this review, however I dissagree with the comments regarding the 'plasticy' feel and construction. I sold my Canon 350D to buy the Sony Alpha, and when you have both cameras in your hand at the same time, the Canon just feels like a toy in comaparison to the Sony, the door to the memory card and video out, feels positive and firm, not feeble and floppy like the Canon. I am very very impressed with this camera, and am looking forward to hopefully taking some memorable photographs.
After having used the Sony for a couple of months now, there is no way that I would go back to the 'budget' Canon SLR's.

Made by narrowgauge on 11 May 2007 8:12PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

mister35mm
WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE FUJI S5 - NONE THAT I CAN SEE!

I have a D200 and am considering getting a second body and was considering the S5. I have tried one in store and I have downloaded the manual from the FUJI web site. This is what I discovered.

1. This camera is NOT 12m pixels or anthing like it.
2. The wider dynamic range in the S5 can be mimmiced and improved upon by shooting the same photo at three different shutterspeeds and sandwiching the resulting images together. Photoshop CS2 and CS3 do it best but the are pocket money programs that will do it for you!
3. Shorter battery life, from my experiments I would say typical 20-25% shorter. So, if you do buy an S5, then buy the Nikon MDB-200 grip for the D200 and a couple of extra batteries (Nikon ones, as the fuji ones don't fit, apparently)

4. The S5 can barely do 3 frames a second with .JPG's were as the nikon D200 will happily do 5 frames per second.

If you work with .jpg files and don't get on with photoshop then the S5 in sRGB mode will give you lovely images ready to print.

Otherwise, I can't see the point

Plus Jessops are knocking out Nikon D200's for 815 and Fuji S5's for 979. I think I know where my money's going!

Made by mister35mm on 11 May 2007 1:48PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply