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I'm thinking about taking up bird watching. I'd like to get a camera but I haven't owned a camera since about 1989. It was a very nice cannon (film, obviously) with all kinds of lenses. I'd like a camera with zoom, wide angle, etc. Is there such a digital camera? I don't know squat about digital cameras. Do these features come built into digitals or do I have to buy lenses, etc? Any help would be appreciated...

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Tokilamknbrd wrote:.

I'm thinking about taking up bird watching. I'd like to get a camerabut I haven't owned a camera since about 1989. It was a very nicecannon (film, obviously) with all kinds of lenses..

Such cameras are called Film SLRs. Now we have their digital equivalent as DSLR, which use interchangeable lenses..

Similar to film compacts we have Digital Compact cameras, which use sensors and memory card to store photos instead of film. Now we have ISO (akin to various Films with different Speed Ratings) selection right on cameras..

I'd like a camerawith zoom, wide angle, etc. Is there such a digital camera? I don'tknow squat about digital cameras. Do these features come built intodigitals or do I have to buy lenses, etc?.

Yes. You can have similar choices as you had during film days. You can have fixed zoom lens digital cameras (e.g. Canon S5IS, Nikon P80, Canon A570IS, Nikon P60, etc.) as welll as DSLRs with interchangeable lenses (Canon 400D, Nikon D40x, D60, etc.)..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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Tokilamknbrd wrote:.

I'm thinking about taking up bird watching..

Depends how serious you are and how much money you want to spend..

For bird photos you'll need a long zoom to start with. Fixed lens cameras like the Canon S5IS, Panasonic FZ18 or Fuji S100FS are typical of today's 'superzoom' cameras. They're compact and easy to use, and will produce quite good results in good light..

For more challenging situations you'd need an SLR. There's no real advantage to most people in buying an expensive body so buy the cheapst and spend on lenses. I think you'd get by with the so-called kit lens that comes with most SLRs plus a longer lens for bird photos. Every manufacturer has a ful range of lenses..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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I will assume this post isnt a wind up and suggest the following.As you have camera knowledge from your Canon SLR days back in the 80s go into your nearest Canon/Nikon/Pentax main dealer and explain your situation.He will take great pleasure in showing you the current lineup of bodies and lensesmuch will seem familiar to you.The dealer will gladly explain the differences and help you get started in the new digital age.He can also point you in the direction of local courses and tutorials etc.If you then need help with specific questions by all means come back and post them here.PJT..

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Tokilamknbrd wrote:.

I'm thinking about taking up bird watching. I'd like to get a camerabut I haven't owned a camera since about 1989. It was a very nicecannon (film, obviously) with all kinds of lenses..

When you say "owned" does this mean that you no longer have the Canon camera or Lenses?.

The only reason I ask... is that if you still have Canon EF lenses, you could purchase a Canon DSLR and use your lenses on it.A good listing here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF_lens_mount..

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I am not a cannon user but I am aware that their lenses do not fit all of their DSLR. Please find out more prior to buying any cannor dslr. Take your lens along and find out if you can use that lens on that particular line...

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