Stick with the Ixus   0 votes - 0 %
Buy a better compact   1 vote - 20 %
Buy an SLR   3 votes - 60 %
-   1 vote - 20 %
Spending reduction is eye-watering   0 votes - 0 %
Spending reduction is not that big a deal   1 vote - 20 %
5 Total Votes
I saw Othello just last month by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 03:16:44 AM EST
at our Intiman theatre. The bloke who played Iago definitely stole the show and I agree with your observation - Emilia should have been given better lines by the Bard. The woman playing our Desdemona had a horrifically shrill voice. Difficult to take.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Emilia by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 04:47:13 AM EST
Maybe because of stuff in the news lately, I do wonder about the wives of psychopaths and how much they know.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Or even their live-in GFs. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 10:49:09 AM EST
Yeah, I know what you mean.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Maybe I'm too cynical by Herring (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 07:23:50 AM EST
but does anyone else suspect that government "effeciency savings" will consist of paying squillions to management consultants and setting more targets?

Also, I keep meaning to post this link.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

Get a real SLR. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 07:32:33 AM EST
What a great movie Scarface is. "Say hello to my little friend!"

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Agree on SLR by cam (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 08:38:37 AM EST
The Canon xsi takes amazing shots, way better than a hand held.

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SLRs are too bulky by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 09:36:37 AM EST
SLRs should  be treated as the expensive tools they really are.

You should take an SLR with you only if you have a photographic project already planned and you actually know what you are doing (how many people have you seen using flash during poor light condition shots, without a tripod, expecting to catch both the friend in front of them and the magnificent background 500 metres away? Or how many people have you talked to that know what the preset on the camera actually do in technical terms? )

For impromptu photography a click and shoot camera is perfectly fine, normally you will not get a much better picture in cases in which you get your camera out of the bag in a hurry.

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No! Get the SLR. by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #7 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 09:48:15 AM EST
Although I do agree that an SLR is better if you know how to use it properly, how else will you learn if you don't carry it all the time?

With an SLR you can frame the shot faster, and better, through the viewfinder. The lenses are much better. The depth of field, even in full-auto mode, is better. The camera itself is much steadier because of its size, mass, and shape. The boot and cycle times are much shorter. By the time I've gotten my camera out of the bag and up to my eye it's ready to go. With an SLR you can buy a Real Flash and alternate lenses.

Any SLR made in the past 4 years is Good Enough for most uses, so you can get a (relatively) cheap used one from a reputable dealer.

The only use I have for a point 'n' shoot is one with a casing to take surfing.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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and you actually know what you are doing by duxup (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 01:59:54 PM EST
How do you know what you're doing before have one in your hand and actually use it?

Point and shoots still stink as a whole for low, or even mid level lighting situations. 

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You quickly get used to carrying it around by cam (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 09:05:12 PM EST
I do. I take it everywhere and plunk it on restaurant tables etc. For whatever reason the SLR takes way better photos than the handheld. The wuality of colours is greater, as is the focus and clarity. Best decision I did getting the Canon XSI.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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Camera talk by duxup (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 01:40:46 PM EST
I always figure if you're going to carry something like the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS around you may as well buy an SLR. 

If you're still looking for something mildly compact the Cannon G10 (or the new G11) is said to be keen.

I have my big DSLR and a compact Cannon Powershot SD800 (there are newer models now of course).  I find it is best to either go all the way with size and quality or a good ways into compact models.
Digicam to carry around, SLR for serious shooting by BadDoggie (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 04:10:15 PM EST
The Ixus series is great although I also happen to have a couple of Fuji A850s which take astonishingly good photos and are also cheap as chips. The new PowerShot G11 is also spectacular, with Canon finally giving up the megapixel dick-waving contest in favour of higher overall quality and performance. However, it's that bulky size halfway between a digi and an SLR.

If you're going SLR, take some time to consider what you want to do. Canon still rules the school but you pay the price. Whatever brand you buy, you'll be locked in due to the lenses. Consider the new 4/3 cameras which offer SLR quality without the bulk of a mirror box due to some very innovative design. Many of the lenses are also interchangeable between makes. They're smaller than things like the Nikon Dnn, Canon nn/nnn and Sony α-series consumer/prosumer cameras and take equivalent pictures for most home and semi-pro needs.

Your best source of information is hands-on trials in stores and Digital Photography Review which has tons of information and lets you compare any makes and models side-by-side, including lab test shot results as well as specs.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

Lenny Henry by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #12 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 04:51:11 PM EST
He did a nice piece on the recent OU season on BBC where he explained how he got an honorary OU degree, but saw people so excited with their regular ones that he decided he wanted one of those and went off to do english lit. He's almost certainly done the background work on Othello since.

My biggest by garlic (4.00 / 1) #13 Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 04:58:40 PM EST
nikon coolpix 4100 complaint (besides the name) is it's lowlight performance. Second biggest is as an older camera, it's digital display is woefully small compared to modern cameras.