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As I a newbie to photography, I could really use some good advice. I currently run two websites, one in particular is a website and forum about weather. I would like to take pictures of.

Clouds - I want to be able to capture subtle cloud colour changes and characteristics;rain - rain falling into puddles, streams;snow storms - capture snow falling in the woods and rural settings;freezing rain - up close shots on leaves, and distant shots of general scenary;.

Morning fog - just as the sun comes up in a valley with the sun behind the shot; andjust general shots etc..

I realise that lessons will be a given but as this will be my first purchase I don't know what I am looking at. Can I use a point and shoot or should I take the time to get a camera to catch all the subtlies of a nice thunderstorm. These photos will be used on a website but I would also like to be able to offer full photos for download and printing to those that want them..

So far I have looked at the Canon Rebel XT 8.0 megapixel, Canon Rebel XTi, and the Canon 30D but that's only because I have the Canon name and no other reason..

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance..

The WxWitch (WX is the international identifier for weather and Witch is a term used by the Canadian Navy for the senior weather forecastor), hence combined means weather witch)A mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open...

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You could use a GOOD point and shoot for the web. It will have to have good exposure controls and you will have to be able to control the exposer times upto 30 seconds or so if you want to capture thunder storms..

The problem is that most P&S cameras are NOT weather proof. If I were you I would look at a good USED weather resistant DSLR. The KD100 is weather proof I think. The Olympus E-1 and the Nikon D200 are I know..

Also you might want to look at getting some good HDR software for clouds. You can do alot with the controls. A couple of examples I took are below..

Good luck..

Maddog.

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Olympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

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I can get a used Canon EOS 30D for $819.00 CDN would that fit the description?A mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open...

Comment #2

The problem is that most P&S cameras are NOT weather proof. If Iwere you I would look at a good USED weather resistant DSLR. TheKD100 is weather proof I think. The Olympus E-1 and the Nikon D200are I know..

The Pentax K100D is not weatherproofed; the more expensive K10D is (and is an excellent camera).Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

Thanks. my bad. I could not remember which one was weather proof..

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

Comment #4

I don't believe it is weather proof but I am not sure. It is a good camera. However I believe you could get a NEW k10d for the same price. See Ebay link below..

Http://cgi.ebay.com/...6QQcategoryZ30020QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem.

Check the canon web site for the specs on if it is weather proof. If you are going to do weather shots (unless you only like clear and sunny) I highly recommend a weather proof cameraand lenses..

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

Comment #5

Budget?.

I would not think that a "weatherproof" camera is actually weatherproof, in the sense that you'd leave it around your neck, outside your coat, in a rain storm..

There are some point and shoot camera that you can actually use underwater, with no extra case..

But as a general rule, shooting outside in the rain is why god invented zip lock bags..

A Canon Rebel XTi would be an excellent new camera to buy, but if the budget is tight, the Rebel XT would also serve you well, for a bit less money..

To start, just get the normal kit lens; 18-55mm lens, adding around $100 to the price of the body..

Get yourself a rubber lens hood for that lens you can get a simple one, or look for camera armor, which has lens hoods. Try Henry's, if you are in southern Ontario..

You need a fairly advanced camera in order to "fool" the light meter, depending on clouds, setting sun, etc..

A smallish but reasonably sturdy tripod is a good idea for shooting in low lught, and a good way hold the camera while you are opening the bag and holding it so rain won't hit the lens..

BAK..

Comment #6

I am looking to spend less than $1500.00 and yes I live in southern Ontario. I went to Henrys and I looked at their used models. That is why I inquired as to the XT or the D30 at least I think it was the D30. I am not sure as to go new or used either.A mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open...

Comment #7

Sorry 30D is what I found for $819.00 including shipping.A mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open...

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