Just got my first camera.

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    Hi Dwight,
    Great shots!
    I'm interested in the camera as well, you mentioned it was a Sony DSC-F717 and in the "What should I buy" section I asked if anyone had experience with that camera.
    I'd love to hear your comments.
    Thanks Dwight and welcome aboard.
    Regards,
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    This camera is really nice... I don't have any experience with any other "real" camera.

    You can turn off the digital zoom (which is nice... but I am going to experiment with it because I am out of money to buy a telephoto lens)

    Works fine with my Powerbook

    It has a digital viewfinder in addition to the display on the back... I thought I'd use the viewfinder more than I do... I think this is because the lens swivels (about 45 degrees down and almost 90 degrees up) Kinda nice to get shots of people because they tend to look at my face, and my camera is down near my stomach :)

    I bought a 128MB Mem stick... The 32 that comes with it only holds one picture at maximum resolution...

    (I am trying to think of things that aren't on the box)

    The shutter speed only goes from 30 seconds to 1/1000th... I'd like to take some longer ones and some shorter ones... say 24 hrs to 1/10000th

    I find myself taking 2048x1536 because the 2560x1920 takes a while...

    There is a Tiff mode... no Raw though

    It does accept the new memory sticks... up to 1GB (although that one costs more than the camera)

    Any other questions? I'd be glad to answer them
     
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    TIFF is an uncompressed image. Esentially what a RAW image is.

    Good first round with your camera. I think the first one needs a wider DOF to at least include the statues entire head. Along with the hair.

    It seems cut off at the bottom. but the light is nice because you have that white wall behind to reflect some light :)
     
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    Thanks Dwight but I'm more interested in how does it operate in low/no light? and I don't know if you've used other digital cameras but one problem is the delay from when you press the button to when the shutter operates, I'm told the Sony is very fast in this respect, is it?
    Any C.A. (purple fringes) on high zoom?
    Have you tried it on moving objects? this will tell the tale.
    How's the battery life? Is a spare battery a good idea?
    The biggest complaint I've heard about the camera is that it's awkward to use with that big lump of a lens sticking out in front, I believe it would be OK but what's your thoughts?
    What's your dislikes with the camera?
    Thanks Dwight.
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    check out http://www.dpreview.com for features on the 717

    It does night vision. Same technology used to focus at night before you use your flash.
     
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    Great shots!

    Welcome to the board!
     
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    I'm told the Sony is very fast in this respect, is it?

    Same speed as regular shot...


    Any C.A. (purple fringes) on high zoom?

    Haven't noticed, but will tell if it happens


    Have you tried it on moving objects? this will tell the tale.

    my ceiling fan :) the 1/1000 sec worked ok... and you can take 3 quick shots... but haven't done this extensively


    How's the battery life? Is a spare battery a good idea?

    Havent really pushed it, but I used it all day yesterday without pluging it in (not constantly, but you know... probalby 50 or so pics spread throughout the day, about 3 downloads...) to kinda see how it would last, and the battery said more than 100 minutes left... I guess it depends on what you want to do... I just have my power plug beside my computer and plug it in when I am not using it

    The biggest complaint I've heard about the camera is that it's awkward to use with that big lump of a lens sticking out in front, I believe it would be OK but what's your thoughts?

    I really like it, but I have thought of getting a pocket camera for keeping with me... It is like any nice camera... need a bag... stuff like that


    What's your dislikes with the camera?

    besides not slow/fast enough shutter speed, nothing yet
     
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    I have some others of her, but I really liked that one...

    What is DOF?

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    I think the LCD shows a little more around the outside than it captures, but I'm not sure... I didn't purposefully cut off the top of the head
     
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    DOF = Depth of Field. How much is in focus.
     
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    Thanks for the input Dwight, keep having fun with that camera and let us know the good and the bad you find with it.
    Regards,
    Mrsid99
     

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