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So...my 7 1/2 year old Panasonic FZ5 is giving me trouble. I can't change the settings or zoom in or out. It still takes pics, but they look kinda fuzzy and I can only take more than one photo after shutting off the camera and turning it back on.

Anyway, we're looking at a few cameras, but I was looking at a Nikon CoolPix L820 tonight. I was wondering if anyone else shoots with it or what you guys think.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/Nik...s/nikon_cpl820

We mostly need a camera that can do good people/kids/pets photos for the family and for me with skyscraper geekdom.
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I suggest you go by the Dpreviews, they're usually dead on with their reviews (speaking from experience)
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So...my 7 1/2 year old Panasonic FZ5 is giving me trouble. I can't change the settings or zoom in or out. It still takes pics, but they look kinda fuzzy and I can only take more than one photo after shutting off the camera and turning it back on.

Anyway, we're looking at a few cameras, but I was looking at a Nikon CoolPix L820 tonight. I was wondering if anyone else shoots with it or what you guys think.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/Nik...s/nikon_cpl820

We mostly need a camera that can do good people/kids/pets photos for the family and for me with skyscraper geekdom.
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DSC-RX100.../dp/B00889ST2G
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I've waited years for this. Years of waiting and saving and salivating every time I walked into a camera store. Everything I've taken for five years was with a cracked, scratched, and burned D3000. Imagine what will happen now.

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Canon Guy here with two DSLR's, plenty of L glass and a 41Mpx camera phone in the pocket. I already thought I have the setup I need, but I still keep contemplating adding one more DSLR and a long telephoto lens to my collection. I need to round up my gear some day into a photo.
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Canon Guy here with two DSLR's, plenty of L glass and a 41Mpx camera phone in the pocket. I already thought I have the setup I need, but I still keep contemplating adding one more DSLR and a long telephoto lens to my collection. I need to round up my gear some day into a photo.
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Anyone here have a Canon Rebel XTI EOS 400D? I got my hands on one, along with a Tamron 75-300mm and a Tamron 28-80mm lens.

I have no idea what I'm doing since I've never had a DSLR before.
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I started with an XTi, and my wife still uses it. What would you like to know?
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Anyone here have a Canon Rebel XTI EOS 400D? I got my hands on one, along with a Tamron 75-300mm and a Tamron 28-80mm lens.

I have no idea what I'm doing since I've never had a DSLR before.
Then you'll have lots of fun.

It doesn't appear to be a full-frame camera so you are a bit limited in the wide range for skyscrapers and will probably want to find a superwide at some point to compensate.

Should be fun and I look forward to seeing photos soon.
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Well, we got it used from someone we know. The full instruction booklet is missing, at least the one in English. I'm guessing I can order the booklet online or even download the instructions in PDF format? It does have the pocket guide, but I need to read more in depth.

I tried taking a photo of a flower over the weekend, and I was having trouble getting it to focus. I used the macro mode, and the tele-macro lens, but it never focused on it. I had to back away nearly 2 feet just to get it to focus. That can't be right, because my Nikon L820 can do it right up close.

Having a telephoto lens for long range shots is good, because it's something I do a lot anyway is take photos of the skyline from far off.
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^ Indeed you can get a PDF copy of the manual here: http://www.css.washington.edu/w/imag..._Rebel_XTi.pdf

Minimum focusing distance is determined by the lens, not the camera. If you want to get in really close, you will need a macro lens (such as any of these guys). The markings on the lens itself should give you and idea of what the minimum distance will be.
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As Daveography said, minimum focusing distance is what really matters and that will vary across all of the lenses you currently have and buy in the future.
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Well, we got it used from someone we know. The full instruction booklet is missing, at least the one in English. I'm guessing I can order the booklet online or even download the instructions in PDF format? It does have the pocket guide, but I need to read more in depth.

I tried taking a photo of a flower over the weekend, and I was having trouble getting it to focus. I used the macro mode, and the tele-macro lens, but it never focused on it. I had to back away nearly 2 feet just to get it to focus. That can't be right, because my Nikon L820 can do it right up close.

Having a telephoto lens for long range shots is good, because it's something I do a lot anyway is take photos of the skyline from far off.
Some lenses have a minimum focusing distance. So this is probably correct. Thats a solid start up set. As soon as you can go pick up a 50mm f1.8. You can use the 50mm for portraits and low light shooting. Real handy and real cheap, $100~ Eventually you can upgrade to a tamron 17-50 f2.8. This would be an ideal lenses for what I see you do most of the time. You could get wide angle shots and some zoom too. Definitely a must have lenses size for a crop sensor. But your going to have to start doing some reading on how to use a dslr. You can hone things manually and get way cooler shots that you would have before with your point and click. You'll like it once you figure out what is going on. Be patient, it will take a while for the initial learning curve. YOu can check out thephotographyforum.com. lots of good stuff to study with there.
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Anyone here have a Canon Rebel XTI EOS 400D? I got my hands on one, along with a Tamron 75-300mm and a Tamron 28-80mm lens.

I have no idea what I'm doing since I've never had a DSLR before.
I have a 300D (my first DSLR) 2 generations before yours but basically the same principle)
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Some lenses have a minimum focusing distance. So this is probably correct. Thats a solid start up set. As soon as you can go pick up a 50mm f1.8. You can use the 50mm for portraits and low light shooting. Real handy and real cheap, $100~ Eventually you can upgrade to a tamron 17-50 f2.8. This would be an ideal lenses for what I see you do most of the time. You could get wide angle shots and some zoom too. Definitely a must have lenses size for a crop sensor. But your going to have to start doing some reading on how to use a dslr. You can hone things manually and get way cooler shots that you would have before with your point and click. You'll like it once you figure out what is going on. Be patient, it will take a while for the initial learning curve. YOu can check out thephotographyforum.com. lots of good stuff to study with there.
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