Which New Digital Camera
Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:04 AM
All I want to know is what is the best for $200-$300ish price range for investigations?
Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:15 AM
When you take a picture with a digital camera you are getting a software interpretation of what the lens saw. You are getting a created picture that is really no different than if I were in the next room and came up to you and said I saw a ghost and drew you a picture of it using pencil and paper. If you use a 35mm camera you get an actual capture of what the lens saw. Digitals are great for pics of the family vacation. I have one for that purpose. My ONLY camera and the only camera my team uses are 35mm.
I know, there will be lots of irate people commenting on this because they love digital for instant results and it is easier. As for instant results, let's say you took a picture of a bird in flight in your back yard. Could you go back a minute later and expect to see the bird in the same place? I really don't think so. So, instant results to know where the ghosts are is ridiculous. Being cheaper and easier? Well, obviously it is no easier to put it on the computer. I have mine put on a disk for scrutiny and making it easy to upload to the computer without scanning them.
When it comes to equipment for paranormal research, credibility of the equipment for evidence collection is the number one question.
Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:22 PM
Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:32 PM
Sure, professional photographers use digital a lot but they are taking photos of tangible things such as people and locations. If I take a photo of you and you are wearing a green shirt and it comes out with the color of your shirt a little off, we can see that, it is tangible. Keep in mind that the ONLY way to reach the conclusion of being paranormal is to eliminate any possibility of the mundane. With digital media, that cannot happen.
You are free of course to do what ever you would like to do. Just trying to help out because I am always trying to help investigators do it right. We all have a choice to either do it right and be a true investigator or we can just join the ranks of the thrills and chills ghost hunters and run around for fun. Either way, it is everyone's choice.
Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:45 PM
Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:44 PM
Digital photography HAS come a long way, and even though it's much easier to manipulate a digital photograph teh results are fantastic. But for basic paranormal research I've ditched my 35mm SLR and gone to a standard 12MP point-and shoot camera. I understand all the possible artifacts that can arise, as well as the cameras ability to see further into the opposite ends of the light spectrum and the inherent problems with particulates causing "orbs", but I don't use the camera to try and capture ghosts. I use it to supplement my research, document the area I am working in and the research set-up and that's about it.
I shoot with a Kodak Easyshare Z1275 and the results I get with it are more than adequate for what I need to do with it. If you decide on an SLR, I would recommend the Sony DSLR-A100. It will accept older Minolta Maxxum lenses, which will help you keep costs down (you can find lenses for these on eBay and Craigslist at very good prices). The features of these cameras will allow you do pretty much anything you can do with a convential SLR. Just make sure you get a decent tripod to secure the camera for low-light shots.
Edited by OMPRDave, 23 January 2010 - 03:45 PM.
Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:49 PM
Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:37 PM
All you need is a simple point and shoot with an auto advance. That camera will serve you better than anything else can and it will actually be evidence. you can spend a million dollars on a digital for this purpose and you still don't have evidence. You don't need fancy attachments at all. One other thing to keep in mind is that the worst enemy of a digital cam is darkness.
Alright I understand what your saying now. Are there any 35mm you would recommend that work good in low light?
Posted 25 January 2010 - 07:37 PM
If you are planning on documenting a dark area consider keeping a camcorder handy. If something emitting it's own light does appear the camera will capture it adequately and you will get hundreds of still versus trying to capture just one. It's hard enough to get a camera up to level in the dark and shoot as it is...imagine having to make sure all your settings are right, making sure the camera (on a tripod) is aimed just right, and carefully depressing the shutter release as not to shake the camera at all. It's near if not impossible to do. The video camera can be hand held, and just aimed.
So think of the camera as your best tool to document the environment and investigation and not so much the tool to try and document a possibly fleeting experience. If you gather a questionable image while shooting in regular light, all the better! You've then eliminated camera shake and over-exposure from the list of possible reasons why the photo is corrupted.
Edited by OMPRDave, 25 January 2010 - 07:38 PM.
Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:44 PM
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