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What cameras are you using these days?
Posted: 09/12/2013 18:46:05
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This subject has been spoken about a lot but not recently I think, and great advancements in photography have been made since around 2007 when I first started using aditnow.

Back then several of you used the Nikon 8400 I think, presently I use a Sony RX100 which is good but freaks out in huge chambers so I'm thinking of getting another, perhaps a DSLR of sorts. What equipment are you using nowadays and any recommendations would be really appreciated Smile

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What cameras are you using these days?
Posted: 09/12/2013 18:59:03
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A Canon SX130is when I can be arsed to fanny around taking photos which is about never nowadays.
Cheap enough relatively speaking and you pays for what you gets but it focuses well enough which is the main thing.
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What cameras are you using these days?
Posted: 09/12/2013 19:03:04
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I'm using a Canon 40D with 16-35L lens. I'd go for an entry level DSLR with a kit lens, you should notice an improvement in image quality under low light conditions. IP: 86.31.28.189
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What cameras are you using these days?
Posted: 09/12/2013 19:05:19
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I use a Nikon D90 with a Tokina 11-16mm, which seems a good combination for underground stuffs (as well as above ground). Although these days I find myself more interested in just exploring (less sh*te to carry around) but lately I have been getting the urge to do a bit more photography.

I would wait if you can and see what happens with these new mirrorless full frame cameras coming out (sony has announced theirs) Supposedly they will be affordable as well.
So I suspect there will be a camera arms race now with the other big players trying to catch up and out-price each other.
These types of camera will be a god send for underground photography, being full frame and relatively compact.

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What cameras are you using these days?
Posted: 09/12/2013 19:07:11
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RJV wrote:

A Canon SX130is when I can be arsed to fanny around taking photos which is about never nowadays.
Cheap enough relatively speaking and you pays for what you gets but it focuses well enough which is the main thing.


As above but substitute "Fuji S2900" in place of "Canon SX130is". Too busy looking at things to be bothered taking photos these days. Most things have been recorded by much better photographers than myself.

The Fuji seems to be happy being thrown around in mud, grit and damp. Does 99% of what you need at an almost throw-away price.

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Posted: 09/12/2013 19:20:41
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 & FT25

The results seem to be quite reasonable and the cameras will take some abuse.
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Posted: 09/12/2013 20:15:01
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NEX-3, and old prime manual lenses from SLR's (PK, FD, C/Y, M42 etc). Fairly compact and lightweight (Compared to a DSLR say), and can be used on a very small telescopic tripod. It's immensely capable, depending on the glass you put on the end of it. Adaptors available for a huge number of mounts. Lenses are dirt cheap compared to Modern AF lenses.

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Posted: 09/12/2013 20:51:43
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Cheap and cheerful canon 600D with the 18-55mm kit lens and a couple of bright torches. I've never wished for more underground Smile IP: 31.48.203.127
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Posted: 09/12/2013 21:42:26
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Canon 450D and a G11, plus a Retro XP lamp for lighting.

I did have a G9, which in my opinion was the best of the G series. Less MP's but clearer picture.

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Posted: 09/12/2013 22:52:42
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Nikon D100 and paint with light (caplamp) bit retro but works for me Smile

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Posted: 09/12/2013 23:22:25
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Canon EOS 550D with these 2 lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 and a Rokinon (fisheye) 8mm f/3.5. Mount the camera on a Hama Traveller Compact Pro tripod. Image quality is very good and never have a problem with noise even with higher ISO Thumb Up

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What cameras are you using these days?
Posted: 10/12/2013 09:28:38
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Nikon D700 boat anchor with ancient 28mm Nikkor manual lens. It's a full frame digital SLR so low noise at high ISO. But too darned heavy so always tempting to leave it at home.

Like Blober I'm looking forward to the next generation of full frame bridge cameras.
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Posted: 10/12/2013 11:44:10
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Use a fairly cheap Fuji HS30EXR (bridge camera 24 to 720mm) for both outdoors and underground photos. And a few fenix torches to provide the lighting. The only problem I have noticed so far is getting lens glare whilst taking photos of the sun (although not really an issue undergroun Shocked ) )


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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:02:51
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Hello! Firstly, I'll have to admit I'm new here and this is my first post. I gave up mining (I thought forever!) about 15 years ago and never gave it much of a thought until this year. I was the Treasurer of NMRS for seven years and I was also involved with the Durham Dales Mining Society, getting involved in various digs.
I've now got the bug again and have been on around 4 trips since the Summer. I am keen on underground photography - back in the 90s I used a Pentax ME film camera with a camera mounted Vivitar flash but the results weren't brilliant.
Recently, I've bought a secondhand Canon G7 (eBay)and a waterproof protective case for the same. I mount the camera on a tripod and use a time exposure of 15 seconds, painting the scene using hand held Vivitar 283 flash guns that I got cheap on eBay. I have to do it this way as the flashguns develop high voltages and they would fry the camera if connected directly. The results so far are very encouraging! My main sphere of interest is Weardale and Nenthead. Best wishes to you all, Colin.
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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:32:33
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Lumix DMC FT4, carried around in an Otterbox for extra robustness and to protect the screen.
Small, robust and works better than this photographer!


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Posted: 10/12/2013 17:29:28
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When I can be bothered to photogaye, I'm still using my secondhand BB07 (I think, its still going well Mr Tinminer!) finepix S5500 (usually carried in my padded barrel, if its wet, or its 20 squid lowerpro belt bag) and 20 squid tripod, about 7-15 seconds of mad hat waiving seems to produce reasonable results that don't need fudging in the darkroom!

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Posted: 10/12/2013 17:33:15
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Whatever you choose, i strongly suggest the camera can be operated with a cordless remote system, therefore not limited to 30s on 'B' and you are free to move around with your lights Thumb Up

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