john w <firstname.lastname@example.org>
2006-12-05 10:18:53 UTC
I'm About To Buy A Nikon Coolpix 5200 ; Any Recommendations?
Will It Do Professional Work?
If I can't blow up the images to some 2 feet X 3 feet or 5 feet x 7
feet (gallery size), it's not going to work.
And I need to be able to shoot my subjects in available light,
indoors, in the evening. (my preferred technique with people, when the
lighting is relatively soft)
I am turned off by the fixed lens, but I have limited resources at
The cameras I would buy would run $750 +.
The reviews I've read sound excellent, and I've managed to put a few
$$ aside. I thought I'd make a new digital camera
(well, "refurbished") my Christmas gift to myself. I'm about to
re-launch my professional photography career, having been playing with
some pretty serious photography for about a year now.
Having convinced myself (and my fans who have seen my work) that "I
still have it" (an eye) I have built a substantial portfolio which is
online, and I've had some good interest expressed.
But if I'm going to tackle serious photography and do my "have camera,
will travel" thing, I need a serious camera. The Sony Mavica I have
has sort of run its course. I was given it roughly 6 months ago, and
I've long since outgrown it.
For example, I can't shoot through store windows without a nasty
reflection on the image. I've been shooting through store windows for
YEARS. That is one of my tricks for which I've heard a dozen times,
"John, how did you get THAT shot?" (chuckle)
I can't shoot through store windows with the Mavica. "scratch one
Any opinions whether the Coolpix 5200 is a good camera or not for a
My only objection thus far is that it looks like it will get lost in
my big hands. I am used to a full-size camera body, and the 5200 is a
compact. I'm hoping I will adjust.
However, for those who know cameras, the 5200 is SLR, and that is
VITAL. The Mavica just has the LCD on the back, which is "ok", but
which I will never get used to. The cameras I used for my university
degree were all SLRs with the exception of the Leica rangefinder I
used the one evening (instructor's camera) in class.
I'm going to wait 24 hours and pray before I "jump".
Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help.
And-- no-- I don't plan on posting the address of my portfolio. It's
invitation only, and I just don't trust too many in here to NOT
download and distribute my photos.
Sorry to the few of you who would be honest.