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« on: April 08, 2010, 11:16 »
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Looking to buy new P&S to carry with me when out and about.  It needs to be pocket sized and accepted at major stock sites !!

Currently using Canon Ixus50, the images from which I have sold on DT and other sites, but which I feel is a bit limited for stock !

Any advice appreciated :)  Stu


ShadySue

« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 11:27 »
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Looking to buy new P&S to carry with me when out and about.  It needs to be pocket sized and accepted at major stock sites !!

Currently using Canon Ixus50, the images from which I have sold on DT and other sites, but which I feel is a bit limited for stock !

Any advice appreciated :)  Stu
The G9 passes muster at iStock at low ISOs and very careful exposure, and I've heard the current version (are we up to 11?) is even better.

ap

« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 12:08 »
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The G9 passes muster at iStock at low ISOs and very careful exposure, and I've heard the current version (are we up to 11?) is even better.
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the canon s90 is the p&s version (no viewfinder).

« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2010, 12:25 »
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I have a G9 but if you have the money you can go with  G11 :)

« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2010, 12:41 »
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Or the s90 from Canon.
See http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/s90.htm for test

ShadySue

« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2010, 13:20 »
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The G9 passes muster at iStock at low ISOs and very careful exposure, and I've heard the current version (are we up to 11?) is even better.

the canon s90 is the p&s version (no viewfinder).
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Is it not much more difficult to hold steady if it doesn't have a viewfinder? Maybe it's just a technique you have to learn and get used to.

« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2010, 13:31 »
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Thank u all so far :)  I must say I like a viewfinder ! 

Can't see those bloody screens at the best of times !  and my eyes r getting older !  Like ME !!!  ;)

So the G9 (G11) so far !  Is that it !? 

ap

« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2010, 13:31 »
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Is it not much more difficult to hold steady if it doesn't have a viewfinder? Maybe it's just a technique you have to learn and get used to.

lol, these double negatives have my head in a tizzy. do you mean, it's much more difficult w/o a viewfinder? yes, the lcd screen is useless in sunlight or strong light and the image is often much poorer than reality or the actual shot you see later. i don't like using it for i just don't get the feel of the shot.

ShadySue

« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2010, 14:07 »
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Thank u all so far :)  I must say I like a viewfinder ! 

Can't see those bloody screens at the best of times !  and my eyes r getting older !  Like ME !!!  ;)

So the G9 (G11) so far !  Is that it !? 
All I can say about the G9 is that my (extremely surprising)best-seller was shot on the G9 at 200 ISO and sized down to Large.
However, I've had subsequent rejections for noise.

« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2010, 14:13 »
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Thank u all so far :)  I must say I like a viewfinder ! 

Can't see those bloody screens at the best of times !  and my eyes r getting older !  Like ME !!!  ;)

So the G9 (G11) so far !  Is that it !? 
All I can say about the G9 is that my (extremely surprising)best-seller was shot on the G9 at 200 ISO and sized down to Large.
However, I've had subsequent rejections for noise.

Just had a look at the spec for the G9 !  It's TWICE the weight of my Ixus 50 and a fair bit bigger !  especially the depth !!

Need something small to go in a trouser pocket !!  NO funny comments thanks !!  ;)

I use it when out walking, which I do a lot of, and don't want to carry my DSLR kit !!

« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2010, 14:57 »
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I bought a G10 for that purpose but was not happy with it and sold it on with only 115 shutter actuations registered. The water-proof housing I bought for it never even got wet!

IMHO P&S cameras are not really suitable for stock. Horrible little viewfinders, shutter-lag, noisy and too small to hold properly, the way a camera should be held. Yes, I know you can get some images approved but, if it happens to be the really stock-worthy shot that you can't get passed then you've probably just lost more money than the camera cost you.

I ended up buying the 550D + Kit lens as my 'chuck in the bag/car' camera. No, it won't fit in my pocket but then neither will my sandwiches or my water bottle. It does however feel great in the hand, takes a high quality image and is 1/3 of the weight of my 1Ds MkIII + 24-70mm combo.

Maybe one day they'll produce a P&S worth buying but it still seems a long way off to me.

« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2010, 15:37 »
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It needs to be pocket sized and accepted at major stock sites !!

Leica M9? :P

Xalanx

« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2010, 17:14 »
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I ended up buying the 550D + Kit lens as my 'chuck in the bag/car' camera. No, it won't fit in my pocket but then neither will my sandwiches or my water bottle.

How true!

« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2010, 19:58 »
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I've had a lot of images approved from my Powershot a640 before I bought dslr's. It's small, has a viewfinder and full manual mode.

RT


« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2010, 04:46 »
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I recently purchased a Panasonic GH1 to use for taking family photos/video, the results are certainly of a quality level to use for stock, although not strictly a P&S I had the same experiences as gostwyck and wanted something smaller than my usual set up (I use a 5dmk2 normally) but decent quality.
I'm also now looking at a Sony HX5 or TX7 to get for a slip in the pocket camera, they are the only P&S's I've seen where the results at full size don't look horrendous, plus they shoot 1080i video.
FTR I've also got a Canon G9 + G10 plus a Lumix TZ7  none of which I'd consider for stock and even for family shots they're not great, but I am ultra critical, I've given these cameras to my wife and children and they're more than happy with them.

« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2010, 06:04 »
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I have had my eye on the Sigma DP2 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sigmadp2/
It has its drawbacks and limitations, but hey it has APS-C size sensor.
And don't let the low megapixel count fool you, it's Foveon (If you need to crop you can always upsize some, then dp your cropping and nobody will notice :)) Look at the detail on this image http://sigma-dp.com/DP2/sample-photo/img/SigmaDP2-011.jpg
« Last Edit: April 09, 2010, 06:11 by Perry »

« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2010, 14:44 »
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I have had my eye on the Sigma DP2 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sigmadp2/
It has its drawbacks and limitations, but hey it has APS-C size sensor.
And don't let the low megapixel count fool you, it's Foveon (If you need to crop you can always upsize some, then dp your cropping and nobody will notice :)) Look at the detail on this image http://sigma-dp.com/DP2/sample-photo/img/SigmaDP2-011.jpg


The British Journal of Photography rates the DP1 and DP2 over any other p&s. If you can work with a fixed lens, a bit of shutter lag and some other quirks they claim fantastic results up to ISO 400. A viewfinder is an expensive accessory - but essential IMO. I'd get the DP1s with 28m lens if I was looking for a P&S but.....I wish they'd make them a bit BIGGER,  say the size of my old Konica S3 and with a built in vf 100% coverage. Otherwise I can't use 'em.

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