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Hi

Need to buy a new camera with a good macro to shoot close ups. I see a lot of great pictures coming in from all of you on the forum. I see a lot of new seven mega pixel cameras on the market lately and have no idea what to buy. Can anyone help me on this purchase? I want to spend around $150.00. :feedback:

Moble Holmes, Wayne

Ps: Does anyone want a DVD on how to hunt Gold Basin? Found 5 in the last 2 trips. Can't post pics, no macro.

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If u stand like 5 feet away and zoom in with my dad's camera it gets high resolution pics.

All you have to do is cut out what u want with the program "paint" which is on EVERYONES computer made from 1998 on.

The camera is a Olympus c-3000 ZOOM

Digital Camera

You can really tell the difference between the pics i take with

his camera and the ones i take with my digital camcorder I use to film

my friends and I skating/falling.

[Erik]

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Hi Wayne, What ya want to look for in a digital camera is the amount of Mega pixels it takes....the more the smoother the picture....I have a kodak with 4mega pixels and it does ok, but if you can afford more it is better and look for a close up/macro setting on the camera.

Hope that info helps

YEs I would be interested in a Gold Basin Meteorite hunting DVD

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Thanks Rick & Erik

I have a Kodak now its a 4mp and its not a very good camera. Really hard to shoot in the 12 oclock sun and will not zoom in from even 5 feet away very well. Takes to long to get the right shots and after editing video for years I need something now that I can throw into my pics and size for E-mails fast. Todd that is in the DVD has shot my finds lately and has a great camera but again I see all these 7mp on the market in the last few weeks but the real deal is who has one.

Rick. Myke was talking about a DVD on Gold Basin and I have not heard much input about finds from GB in a long time. Maybe you guys can tell me if everyone has lost interest or just not finding much out there anymore. The fragments are small but still from the great unknown. I never fail to be excited when I find some that are so black they look as though fell yesterday and others so weathered. I would like to see the same interest in a map that might plot the pattern of the fall from the finds over the years. Maybe Jim[Paleface] Larry Sloan, John Wolfe Todd Parker Bill Versulis Myself and a few others could throw our coor together and shoot another DVD in the fall on the Gold Basin field and get some excitement going. Paleface I will try to post a very interesting find in a piece of Basalt.

Thanks Guys

Wayne

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If u stand like 5 feet away and zoom in with my dad's camera it gets high resolution pics.

All you have to do is cut out what u want with the program "paint" which is on EVERYONES computer made from 1998 on.

The camera is a Olympus c-3000 ZOOM

Digital Camera

You can really tell the difference between the pics i take with

his camera and the ones i take with my digital camcorder I use to film

my friends and I skating/falling.

[Erik]

Mine is the Olympus C-3020 plus I bought the high definition macro lens. I use it for everything and it has never failed me.Lot more than $150 tho.

Good luck in finding one in that price range.

Aloha for now,

Stan aka Kaimi

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I used to hunt Gold Basin as it was close to Las Vegas BUT after so many trips with very little to show it was time to move on to better hunting grounds. :sleeping-smiley-009[1]:

Well, Franconia has proven to be very fruitful for me in finds as well as new friends. :winking0023:

If I knew of any good hunting spots at Gold Basin then I would " :mm: :mm: :mm: the heck out of it" every chance I got.

Aloha for now,

Stan aka Kaimi :banged:

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Hello Stan

Thanks for the info on your camera. It would seem by the new ads that the new 7mps have come down in price. Odd not one soul in Wal-Mart Office Max or Kmart has a clue as to the macro functions on one camera they sell. I may spend more to get what I want before its done but I hate to drag a really expensive camera around in the dust I create in the field. Sounds like you have done well for yourself at Franconia in your posts. I sure love it too. I cannot get enough of Gold Basin for some reason I have had very few trips without a find even though smaller than Franconia for most.

Thanks for the info

Wayne

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Wayne,

I been using a Olympus C-60 zoom, 6.1 megapixel, it has a macro setting that I am not very good at yet. Takes great pictures. Time for a new computer so that I can post some of them.

I do not think that much is being found at GB, Larry Sloan found a nice one at Western States Prospecting Club get together a few weeks ago. I have not swung a coil down in the strewnfield since the last Nuggetshooter outing. Will definitely be fall before I do any serious hunting out there as things are about to heat up. Now you got my interest up, something in a piece of basalt...... Sometime back, I think it was Nevada Chris that found a piece of gold incased inside a piece of basalt...

Jim

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Wayne, my Dad just got a kodak Z 710 I think it is 8 mega pixel....he said it has great detail and quality to the photos, I have not seen it yet, he just got it yesterday....he paid 214.00 and that included shipping.

I don't know when the last time you have been at Gold Basin but there are so many new roads out there a person can get lost almost. I want to add a Gold Basin to my collection and hope to get out there to hunt some soon. I am almost like Stan, I have had better luck at Franconia so that is where I have been hunting but I would love to know more about Gold Basin Meteorite hunting.

I am about in the middle for distance between Gold basin and Franconia, but the chance of hitting gold too at GB makes my interested.

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Hi Wayne, for two years I used a Fuji A303, 3.2 mega pixels, it did ok and was dirt cheap, liked the SD card but it also liked to eat AA batteries, I always use rechargeables................

now the the last six months I've been using my new Olympus Stylus 800, 8.0 mega pixels, ALL WEATHER, I love that part, battery is a LI-12B, several different SD cards and the battery will last forever it seems.

The camera is great, a lot better than I am, on the macro shots it's so sensitive that I have gone to a tripod and use the timed flash, no shake that way.

I did a lot of net searching and found the best buy at www.beachcamera.com take a look and see what they have now.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the replies guys! Great input and more to think about. To bad the MFGs do not advertise that thier products will even macro. Whats up with this? Maybe I missed something inl the change from Analog to digital. I thought grey hair was a sign of patience Not!!

Rick I hunted GB by myself this last week and without my buddies Todd and Bill that always are yelling at me with really bad words its not half the trip. Larry Sloan is back in Colorado so my mentor is missing as well. I have some business to attend to but might get a chance to hunt GB in the next 4 or 5 days. What about a trip? Now that I willl spend sometime in Dolan I want a Red Lake while here as well. How do you drive to GB Stockton Hill or 93? We could meet at Hideout and Pierce Ferry. Paleface how about it? On the subject of the new roads. On my last 3 trips I have noticed damage to the lot survey markers and someone is stripping the data off the markers as well. I cannot imagine hunters driving over markers and found beer bottle trails out of the subdivisons. Someone has it out for the developers. I have permission to hunt in the developement and I hope that anyone that eyeballs this going on will contact me. Oh!! if thier drinking Bud Longnecks thier suspects. :hmmmmmm: Fingerprints, tire tracks. Maybe a new forensic hobby. :hmmmmmm:

Thanks Again

Wayne

P.S Jim. I purchased my new computer from the HP store and thought they would be the most knowledgeable. Well after 3 confirmations with thier techs I recieved it with 4 items missing including the most important video capture card. This same model comes with 2 configureations. I wanted all the plug ins in the front NOT!! HP sent me a 17" LCD really nice monitor which was not in the package so I added the goodies and wrote it off. Make sure you get what you want.

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I have off on Thursday, I think, and would love to go out to Gold Basin for a day trip. Who knows, with a little bit of luck I may still find a GB meteorite. I'm up for the day of hunting, how about it Rick. Just need someone to point us in the right direction tho. PM me if you are interested in meeting for a day out there.

Aloha for now,

Stan aka Kaimi

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Lots of good camera. What I like about this camera is a 7.1 mega pixels and it fits right in my pocket. Easy to carry anywhere. I saw some as low as $150 to $200 on amazon and ebay. Here's a few picture.

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Wayne have a look at my thread here "space rock or iron" and see some of the pics I've taken with the Olympus Stylus 800, post #161 is some macro shots nearly all of the pics were taken in natural sunlight without a flash.............

one good thing about buying or looking on the net is you can look at the specifications and the feedback from users.

I believe any digital camera with 6.0 or more mega pixels will do a good job unless your doing professional work........

good luck.

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this is what we bought the week before our daughter was born last August:

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_s3-review/

We have been very happy with it, even with its limitations. It does, as i think the review states, sometimes get red-eye. But the lens and macro are great 12X optical (digital is useless on all cameras. Just crop the photo later, same thing) Will focus in macro mode to almost the front of the lens.

And battery life is insanely good. 4 AA's will last a couple of hundred or more shots.

Scott

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Thanks All

Great replies and a lot of help with the camera purchase. Well went out to GB today it was so nice this morning. Iwas having trouble with my coil on the V/Sat for the last couple of trips and took the coil off the stick and it rattles inside. When I took Larry Sloan to get his tire fixed the service guy at the tire co threw the tire in the back of my tracker and wedged the stick and coil so tight that I could not even get it out. Has anyone ever tried drilling a hole in the coil case and filling it with foam or something that would stop the rattle and signals from movement? It still works but emits a signal on every shake. Finally got lucky this afternoon and found one fragment in three pieces. Will post all the latest pictures when I purchase my camera. Hopefully this week. With all the noise from the coil will call off trips for a while. Kami and Rick, will get back to you when I can find a new coil locally or find out if I have to order one. Wind came up at 1PM and you couldn't stand up in GB. Coming back had to stop, the dust was so bad on Pierce Ferry Rd you couldn't see the lanes in the hwy to drive. 15 minute drive took me 45 minutes to get in. Will get back to you guys and plan a new trip.

Wayne

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Like everything else, the more $$ you fork out the better equipment you normally get. I do photography on the side and recently picked up a Pentax digital *ist with a 18-55mm lens(it's a ditital SLR so I can use all my other pentax lens with it). $650.00 yeah too much for what you wanted to spend but I was bored and wanted to post...hahaha.

This a a cropped pic otherwise it be multiple megs. FYI...the more megs does NOT mean a better pic, there are too many other variables in pic taking.

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and a link to a larger version but cropped(around 389k)

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A quick pic from my hotel room at cherokee, NC after highbanking in NC.

ok, all done

ps. These are unedited otherthan cropping/resizing, no sharping or color enhancements...etc

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Like everything else, the more $$ you fork out the better equipment you normally get. I do photography on the side and recently picked up a Pentax digital *ist with a 18-55mm lens(it's a ditital SLR so I can use all my other pentax lens with it). $650.00 yeah too much for what you wanted to spend but I was bored and wanted to post...hahaha.

This a a cropped pic otherwise it be multiple megs. FYI...the more megs does NOT mean a better pic, there are too many other variables in pic taking.

HG1100smsmpl.jpg

and a link to a larger version but cropped(around 389k)

A Larger Image Here

A quick pic from my hotel room at cherokee, NC after highbanking in NC.

ok, all done

ps. These are unedited otherthan cropping/resizing, no sharping or color enhancements...etc

Thanks for the reply

Pentax would be a great pick however Dust is the key word. I would expect to replace the camera I purchase in a years time because of the clay dust out here. Forget zoom in the field, this dust can get into anything. My field glasses are trash. phone key pads and radios are finished pretty quick out here after days like yesterday. Oh!! Then the sometimes 25 miles+ dirt roads at up to 50 Mph.

Nice Nugs I'd ask where you found them Well!! at least what State. The one with the holes looks like a mask. I have panned lots of fine gold but have not found a real nugget. However I have not really been very serious about it. Oh!! I did find one driving away from a tailings pile. Saw a small plastic box stopped and sure enough someone had forgotten thier test nuggie.

This was close to Gold Basin and No!! I will not give it back.

Thanks for the post. Take care.

Wayne

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At 150 you can buy a lot of great camera's . I would buy on line just type in Digital Camera and look for close outs , you should be able to get a 6 meg one for that price . I would not buy a Sony, only because you have to use there cards for memory . The one thing that you need to know is that you don't need a camera with a lot of meg's to post on line . I would look at some of the on line stores in NY you can get some great buys there.

Rick

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This is from my Cannon powershot A620 no specila light and shot without a tripod. A few years ago it was $299 and could be had cheaper now. It has a very good macro feature and is 7.1MP

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