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UploadedApril 25, 2011
TakenAugust 13, 2010
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/640 sec at f/5.5
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Focal Length23.2 mm
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Try programming this into your GPS!!!

As you know, I only “point and shoot,” so it was sheer luck that I captured this truck in the southbound lane blowing past me at 70 mph.

After two years of thinking about it, and having admired the superb photography here, I am giving some serious consideration to buying a camera.

So far, I have tested the following models:

Canon EOS 7D Digital

Canon EOS 60 D

Nikon D 7000

I would appreciate any recommendations, etc!

Tomorrow, I am “Gone to Texas” (driving) for ten days, and my access to the Internet is uncertain.

Best regards to everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

[“Cal Nev Ari” (its real name) is a small hamlet on U.S. 95, Between Laughlin and Searchlight, Nevada, about 75 miles south of Las Vegas; August 2010]

43 responses

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    The drive byes are the most fun, rewarding, and dangerous. You'll enjoy any of those cameras. I prefer Nikon, but....

  • Danielle Elrod

    Danielle Elrod said (25 Apr 2011):

    If you're on a budget, I'd go for one of the Canons. I've never experienced anything bad with the picture quality, although I've seen a few Canons break. They're made a bit cheaply. But Nikon cameras are generally high quality cameras and will last forever. Plus the pictures come out amazing. I'd go with the Nikon, since in the long run...it will be a better investment.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    Great find and capture, Dick! A perfect addition to your series! I knew you would eventually want a more sophisticated camera. However, remember that the quality of the photos is mainly dependent on the skill of the photographer. Our Camera Club judge, who buys every new piece of equipment as it comes on the market, told us that. I admire the work of the people with SLRs, but I love the convenience of my ZLRs. For the type of photography I do, they are fine.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    This is a great moment, Dick! Love it. I tend to like the clarity of the Nikons a bit over the Canons. But, like Judy said, it's all determined by the user. I also found out that you don't really need the latest bells and whistles to get good basic shots.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    You pointed and shot very well!!! I think you should buy a Hasselblad! Now I'm going to program my GPS.....I'll let you know when I reach that destination.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    Great shot, Dick! Love it when a person gets a 2 for 1 deal in a shot like this. I use a Canon, myself, and they are tough jiggers too, have to be to survive travels with me! Think about the features you'd like most to have in a camera, and go from there, I'd say. Have a safe trip..

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    I'm a canon girl, so what can I say...! I agree with Judy, it is in the photographer and not the camera. Have fun travelling...again!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    I think the photographer is control of what goes on with any DSLR. So whatever you get, I'm sure you will love it!

  • Camera Junkie

    Camera Junkie gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    Great capture, Dick!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    You might get some good point and shoots of the fires in Texas, Richard!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    Have a great trip - and I look forward to seeing your new images!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    professionally I always used nikon (film cameras)...with digital I made the switch to canon under the advice of a working professional. I wish I had have stayed with nikon now.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    but if you go with the canon, the 60D (or a 50D).

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (25 Apr 2011):

    I love my Nikon D 40x that I bought in 2008...I am very impressed with my new Tamron 70-300 mm lens with the 180-300 mm macro range made for my Nikon camera which was more affordable than buying a Nikon lens in that focal length. Good luck with what ever camera you decide to buy.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (25 Apr 2011):

    Thank you, my friends, for your valuable advice!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (25 Apr 2011):

    This is a great shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you buy a Nikon Us Sony people will have to spit on it....LOL... Have fun in TX. and take lots of photos.... hugs

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    Well, there is nothing wrong with point and shoot, it is the "eye" that matters, what you see is what you get ! I like this B&W, something new and different for you , have a good trip

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    It is a great shot and I hope you have a fun trip. I am a Canon girl but only because they were on sale that day. I am glad they were though because I love my canon. I am with Elfriede though. It is not the camera but the person behind it. I know people that go out and spend a fortune and can't take the 1st image. I know you will do great with whatever you pick.

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    I am a Nikon D90 girl, but I also have a fuji film bridge camera, similar to the one in the link. Bridge cameras give you some of the functions of a DSLR but cost an awful lot less...hope this helps.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-FinePix-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B00342UTPC/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1303851499&sr=1-3

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    really awesome shot!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    what the heck does that mean? Is that the elevation for all 3 places? love it.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (26 Apr 2011):

    Les, that's actually the name of a town in Nevada.

    It's not too different from that city in California: San Fran Cisco!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (27 Apr 2011):

    Glad to hear that you are moving up Dick,I have used both and loved them both !!I now use a Canon Rebel xt and love it.....Going past you at 70mph ,this was a great capture.....Peggy

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (27 Apr 2011):

    I love this shot....and this place. I've been there several times when I lived in Las Vegas. And you did take a very nice shot of it!! As far as cameras go, I think it depends on what you're really looking for. I love Canon cameras. Dave loves Nikons, and he does take fantastic photos (he does not like posting them on sites, except for the few he has here.) But he is an artist and has done photography since the "old days" with film. I like my Canon because I wanted, and now have, a 35X telescopic zoom! Dave takes mostly macros, so he did not care about the telescopic zoom as much. I have much to learn, but I do know it is the settings which the photographer uses which makes all the difference no matter what brand of camera they're using! Have a safe and fun trip and keep in touch!! We love you!!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (28 Apr 2011):

    Have fun way out in Texas, Cap'n. Most unusual name for a place. I, too, like clicking as I drive by.

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (29 Apr 2011):

    Have a safe trip and nice image....I use a Canon T2i and love it. Then again....if it ain't broke....don't fix it.

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (30 Apr 2011):

    Have a good trip!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (30 Apr 2011):

    I have the slightly older Canon 40D. I don't think you could go wrong. One of my students bought a 7D. I didn't realize they had a video component. I'm thinkin' if I wanted to shoot video I might just buy a video camera. :-) My two cents. I shoot just about completely manual. It's a cinch! It took me a couple of years to shot in the RAW format. Of coures you could get that Hasselblad Susan mentioned. You might need a second on your house though! But I do like the photo, Dick. The black and white is kinda cool for this, and the timing was perfect! R

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (2 May 2011):

    Cool shot!!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (2 May 2011):

    Nice Shot Dick! Get a Canon T3i or T2i, same sensor as the 7D, it's what I use and I'm very happy with it!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (4 May 2011):

    I too would love to get a good camera, so I am very interested to read all these opinions, of course I have to win the lotto first... which WOULD be a miracle as I never do it. Great shot by the way!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (4 May 2011):

    Canon 7D

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (6 May 2011):

    I vote for Canon - the new one with 18 megapixels (don't know the model #, as I don't have it).... however, since you're not on a budget, buy the Hasselblad and set up a darkroom. ;-)

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (6 May 2011):

    If my Canon 350D died tomorrow I'd replace it with a 60D...70% of a DSLR pic is the lens so think about the one(s) that you want to go with the camera...Rock on Richard...rock on...

    PS I got a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OS Zoom...I didn't want to be switching lens and I wanted one that would do a lot of things and yet not cost me too much...The Sigma does a lot of things (none of them all that well)...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 May 2011):

    Cool capture.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (9 May 2011):

    Perfect capture!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (10 May 2011):

    I LOVE THIS, Dick!!! Saw it a while back, but had no time to make comments :-( It's such a great capture!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (11 May 2011):

    Great shot!, I have 50D.. I would get the 7D

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (12 May 2011):

    Super drive by shot, Dick. Love the lines. Perfect in B&W. I fully agree with all those that say the quality of a photo depends so much the eye and skill of the photographer. I still have so much to learn. Like Andrea, I have a Nikon D40X. Love it!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (20 May 2011):

    Great shot!!! You know that I shoot Canon.......so, that's my vote......Canon 50D...I'm with John L. on this one...if it died tomorrow I would replace it with the 60D......and he is SO right about the lens....IT'S all about the lens!!! Thanks for mentioning YOUR lens John...I need to go shopping :~)

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (23 May 2011):

    You have probably started something asking which is better, Canon or Nikon! LOL One word, Nikon!!! LOL Cool shot, General!

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