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post #1 of 18
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I think I'd give my left arm right about now just for a digital camera! Bud is acting so goofy today! I just finished cleaning and scrubbing all the cat stuff (litter boxes, vacuuming up the old litter, cleaning their bowls and filling them & etc). Well, since it's so blasted hot here, I thought it would be good to put some ice cubes in their water bowl. I put probably 10 cubes in the dish and filled it will a bit of water since the cubes will melt quickly. Bud just doesn't understand what those odd little things that are floating in his water! He sticks his paw in there and bats them around..then he goes after them like he's bobbing for apples! Poor cat is just drenched right now...and he hates water! Apparently he doesn't hate it as much as he hates those floaties since he's still at it!
Just had to share this....I definitely got my chuckle for the day! I wish I had a digital so I could capture this on film!
post #2 of 18
LOL that sounds so cute!! Girl go get yourself a digital!!!
post #3 of 18
ROFL, Shell I can picture that perfectly. Get yourself a digital camera girl!
post #4 of 18
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I know..I really need to, but I'm trying to save money for when I move. A digital isn't a need right now...but I'd love to have one! Maybe once I get moved and start making more money with my new job I could get one!
That was one of those Kodak moments! If I was thinking at all I should have grabbed the regular camera, but my brain apparently has been affected by the heat!
post #5 of 18
Shell, I don't know how much of a photographer you are, but if you're mainly interested in posting/sending photos on the Internet, I have a tip - get yourself a cheap digicam with a low (c. 1,3 m pixel) resolution. I made the mistake of getting a fancy digital camera that took great pictures for printing, but was incredibly complicated to use. It took forever to download photos, and I always had to reduce the size in order to attach photos, as otherwise my friends and family were complaining. I got so disgusted that I resold it (at a $150 loss), and got myself a cheap one ($99) from our local supermarket. I should have done that in the first place. If you're a photography buff, by all means get yourself something good, but if you're a hopeless photographer like me, get yourself something simple and cheap.
By the way - I don't know what city in Nebraska you're moving to, but my mom lives in an Omaha suburb (Bellevue), and she recently paid $50 to have both dogs microchipped.
post #6 of 18
Shell I can picture Bud in the bowl bobbing for ice cubes
That is truly Kodak moment

Have you did a search on Ebay for a digicam? That is where I got mine for a little over $100 plus shipping. I love it and it has a lot of the bells and whistles that more expensive cameras have. Try the "Buy It Now" auctions that would be the sure fire way of winning the auction.
post #7 of 18
Waiting to see your cat's pics

jcat's suggestion is very good, a affordable basic digital camera would bring you fun. you can go http://www.dpreview.com for very detail digital camera information.
post #8 of 18
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Originally posted by jcat
Shell, I don't know how much of a photographer you are, but if you're mainly interested in posting/sending photos on the Internet, I have a tip - get yourself a cheap digicam with a low (c. 1,3 m pixel) resolution. I made the mistake of getting a fancy digital camera that took great pictures for printing, but was incredibly complicated to use. It took forever to download photos, and I always had to reduce the size in order to attach photos, as otherwise my friends and family were complaining. I got so disgusted that I resold it (at a $150 loss), and got myself a cheap one ($99) from our local supermarket. I should have done that in the first place. If you're a photography buff, by all means get yourself something good, but if you're a hopeless photographer like me, get yourself something simple and cheap.
By the way - I don't know what city in Nebraska you're moving to, but my mom lives in an Omaha suburb (Bellevue), and she recently paid $50 to have both dogs microchipped.
Thank you! I'm not a big picture person, but would like a desent camera. I do have a nice Canon camera already, so I think I'd use my digital just for fun stuff.

As for my cats getting chipped, I'm most likely moving to Lincoln which is about an hour from Omaha..so I'm betting that the price is similiar. Thank you once again!
post #9 of 18
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Originally posted by amoschoi
Waiting to see your cat's pics

jcat's suggestion is very good, a affordable basic digital camera would bring you fun. you can go http://www.dpreview.com for very detail digital camera information.
I've never bought anything from Ebay. It just sounds too complicated and risky for me. Plus, I'm one of those people who want that object in my hand so I can inspect it instead of just looking at a picture. I'll definitely take a look at it though in case if I do find a great deal!
post #10 of 18
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Quote:
Originally posted by amoschoi
Waiting to see your cat's pics

jcat's suggestion is very good, a affordable basic digital camera would bring you fun. you can go http://www.dpreview.com for very detail digital camera information.
Thanks! I'll check out that link! I don't know much about digitals so I'm sure this will help me a bunch!
As for pictures of Bud and my other two Echo and Tiki, I've attached a pic for you. Sorry that pic is crappy and the stuff in the room is a mess...but it's the only one I've got of all three together some what behaving themselves!Bud is the tuxedo,Echo is the calico and Tiki is the Himalayan.
post #11 of 18
Shell they are beautiful babies Bud looks really happy as do Echo, and Tiki
post #12 of 18
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I found this digital on walmart.com

Anyone know if this is a good buy or not? I can afford this one right now...but I don't want to waste my money on junk.
Here's the link.
Thanks!
post #13 of 18
As with anything you get what you pay for... the camera I have is a Kodak CX4230, it cost me about $350 Canadian. Digital cameras take such big pictures because they need to be that big if you want them printed off at a lab. The pixel size is also a factor. Anything less than 2.0 MB is basically a waste of money and nothing but junk. This for me is an entry level camera, someday I will get one with a 10x optical zoom but that is almost $700 Canadian.

As far as these things being difficult to use, new technology is always intimadating at first... just practice taking stupid shots etc before you go in the field.

Also if you want to reduce the pic on screen without wrecking the original quality I use a program called STG Thumb.

STG Thumb
post #14 of 18
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The pixel size is also a factor. Anything less than 2.0 MB is basically a waste of money and nothing but junk
Well, it all depends on what you are using the camera for. If you want to replace 35 mm photos, of course you want a high resolution camera like this, that takes huge pictures. But in my work, I need to take product photos to post on our company web site, and the lower resolution cameras are perfect. We don't find it to be a waste of money at all. In fact, if people send me those lovely big 2 mb photos, I haveI have to edit them drastically until they are the same size as the photos our little "piece of junk" camera takes.

If someone wants a camera to take photos of their cats to post here, and to enjoy looking at on their computer screen, or to send via email, then the fancy digital cameras with all of the bells and whistles are kind of a waste of money.
post #15 of 18
And as an example, here's a photo I took with our simple digital camera.

That's Bailey on the left waiting to steal Sam's dinner. Or rather, not waiting, "encouraging" Sam to leave so she can eat the rest.
post #16 of 18
Thanks for the tip on the STG software. Just last night I was wondering if there was a decent software app I could use to reduce the size of my pics.

On digital cameras, I love mine! I have a Minolta DiMAGE 7. I seldom use my 35mm anymore. The great thing about digitals is that I can review the pics and delete those I don't like. Sure beats the expense of printing film only to see a bunch of snapshots that I don't like!
post #17 of 18
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Originally posted by Shell
I found this digital on walmart.com

Anyone know if this is a good buy or not? I can afford this one right now...but I don't want to waste my money on junk.
Here's the link.
Thanks!
Be sure before you buy the camera that it is compatiable with your operating system. I had one that was bought from Walmart($60) it worked great with my old system, but after my harddrive crash and had to be replaced I upgraded my OS to XP Professional. The old camera would not work with this system at all. So I had to buy another digicam that would work with XP.
post #18 of 18
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Thanks for the tips and suggestions! I really appreciate it!
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