Cameras at Theme Parks

Thursday, October 25, 2001 4:35 PM
I am buying a new camera. My question is which camera is the best for taking excellent quality pictures of roller coasters?
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Thursday, October 25, 2001 5:40 PM
Digital cameras are really useful for me when I go to parks, then I can just put them on a site right away, instead of scanning them all. This may be out of your range right now though, but it is what I use and it works well. Oh, and don't take it on Magnum...it toasted my disk drive and we had to send it in...that devil;).
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Kara
403 Laps
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Thursday, October 25, 2001 5:49 PM
im getting a Sony-F505V, go digital, it's so much easier and overall is cheaper, with film and developing.  Also a good film camera can cost more than $100
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Thursday, October 25, 2001 5:52 PM
I guess I am old fashioned, but I still use a 35mm camera.  The quality is great, but I do spend a lot of money on film and developing.

(WARNING:  Shameless website plug is next!)

I have used both a little 'point and shoot' camera as well as a nicer (read expensive) SLR camera when taking pictures for www.CoasterGallery.com.  All of the pictures in 1999 were the old 'idiot' camera, while all the 2001 pictures were the newer SLR.  I think you will notice that the newer pictures are of a much nicer quality.  In addition, I get the pictures on CD which allows much nicer pictures for CoasterGallery.com than I got when I just scanned prints.

There is one exception... when I get permission to take "on-ride" pictures, I take just an old "point and shoot" shoot camera.  (i.e. cheap, no zoom, no problem if I break it, etc.)

I do have one problem with digital cameras.  If I want to make enlargements for prints, or if someone wants to use my pictures in books or magazines, a 35mm negative provides much higher quality.  (Not that I have ever sold my pictures without a parks permission, of course!)  Some of the more expensive digital cameras provide quality that is nearly equal to film, but I can't risk taking a $3,000 digital camera to a park.

When looking to take action shots of a train in motion, the most important thing is to make you that you get a camera with a fast shutter speed.  I have burned a lot of film where the train is too blurry.

I hope this helps a little!  Best of luck!

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Joel Rogers
CoasterGallery
www.CoasterGallery.com

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Thursday, October 25, 2001 5:56 PM
CaptainJoel

I have a really good SLR, but my problem is I don't want to take such an expensive camera to a theme park. 

I am a hobby photographer, In my home, I have turned the basement into a darkroom.  Film and processing is not a problem, I just need a really good, 35mm

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Thursday, October 25, 2001 6:00 PM
I just put a "Dark Room" on my wish list for my dream home.  How much did it cost you to set one up for yourself?

So my wish list is now:

1) Back yard big enough for a coaster

2) Front yard big enough for an S&S tower

3) Basement with a dark room

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Joel Rogers
CoasterGallery
www.CoasterGallery.com

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Thursday, October 25, 2001 6:37 PM
I just bought a digital camcorder and if you have the money to spend on one i would think that would be a better choice.Becuase you can take pictures and record videos and all these other features which i am still trying to figure out.But there a big pain in the butt becuase all you can think about is the 900$ camcorder in your jacket while on the coasters.How i work it is i but it under my jacket when i go on the coaster if they see it i would rather give up my seat then leave it on the side.if not a digital camcorder then a digtal camra but make sure its a good one and you dont get riped off becuase then if you try to take pictures say on a coaster it will come out in a blur,etc.as for a digtal camcorder there a big responsabitly becuase i just got mine and my sister broke into my bedroom and stoled it to video tape ground zero andever since it has been acting up so im ganna get bring it back and get a new one i think it was becuase of the dust in the air the camcorder breathed it in.(i got a little off track sorry)But digtal is the way to go its a whole lot easyer and you can save ur pictureson ur computer,floopy or zip drive ( i think) and the qauilty comes out like it came off the discovery channel.

*** This post was edited by MrMightyMouse on 10/25/2001. ***

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Friday, October 26, 2001 2:38 PM
I dont have a digital camera, or a scanner. But I am going to SFGAdv. sunday and I need pics for my website!!! Is there any other way to get pics on the internet???
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Chris
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Friday, October 26, 2001 6:53 PM
I have a point and shoot APS, a canon elph to be exact one witout the zoom. I don;t wanans spend that much for money for something I will take a lot pf places and would be in harms way a great deal.

 Joel:I recently took some photos in BGW and I hope to get your opinion on them when I get them processed and scanned. if you don;t mind. I am somethign of an amtuer photographer I took a lot of pictures of school events and stuff and I thinky 3 of my photos made it into the yearbook my senior year of HS so i was thrilled.

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Friday, October 26, 2001 6:59 PM
I buy the cheapest one available and the results are nice. Speaking of Cameras,3 years ago at ozzfest, I asked a vendor how much a camera cost(which they didnt have any), and he said 4 bucks a pack, gesturing to the Camel cigs:).

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-Defender of Shockwave

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Friday, October 26, 2001 7:02 PM
Tolian,

I would be happy to give my opinion of your pictures.  Just remember, my training is in aviation, not photography!

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Joel Rogers
CoasterGallery.com
http://www.CoasterGallery.com

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Friday, October 26, 2001 8:38 PM


cia2420 said:
I dont have a digital camera, or a scanner. But I am going to SFGAdv. sunday and I need pics for my website!!! Is there any other way to get pics on the internet???
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Chris

Simplest answer, if you go to Rite Aid or whatever to have your film developed, check on the box for the picture CD. But if you do it some other way, uhhh...you're on your own.
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Drive to theme parks for the food, stay for the coasters!! Knott's Fried Chicken

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Saturday, October 27, 2001 5:02 AM
Get an Olympus. They're the best. I have the 460 which is a 1.3 Meg but I don't know what everyone says that 1.3 pics are bad. Mine come out fine.
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Saturday, October 27, 2001 5:51 AM
thanks The SFMM Salvi. I'll try it.
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Saturday, October 27, 2001 7:00 AM
35 MM cameras are all pretty much the same. The famous line from a video in our photo class, repeated over and over, "It's not the camera that takes the pictures, its YOU that takes the pictures"

hehe... anyways, almost all cameras will do the exact same thing, regardless of ones that "advertise" as being better etc.... its all in how YOU use it to your advantage and not the actual camera. :)

Alan Jacyszyn

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Saturday, October 27, 2001 9:10 AM

CaptainJoel said:
I just put a "Dark Room" on my wish list for my dream home.  How much did it cost you to set one up for yourself?
So my wish list is now:
1) Back yard big enough for a coaster
2) Front yard big enough for an S&S tower
3) Basement with a dark room
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Joel Rogers
CoasterGallery
www.CoasterGallery.com


Well, for setting up a dark room, it isn't that expenisve or diffucult.

My parents have a empty room in a fully furnished basement.  I figured this would be the perfect place for a darkroom.  If you don't have a basement, try a extra bathroom.

In my dark room, the first step was painting the walls in 3 layers of black matte finish paint.  This keeps light from bouncing off the walls.

Next, get a movers blanket (like what you use when you move furniture in a moving truck). Dye it BLACK...very black.

Have this cloth permanantly drape in front of the door.

Next, set up a wet bench,a place to put developer trays.

After that, make sure you have running water and some form of ventiliation.

Then you are ready for equipment.  You can buy starter sets with everything you need for $100.  If you do color prints, you need color filters and color photo paper.

An enlarger is probably the most expenisve part.  You need one that can hold color filters.  This type of enlarger costs about $200.

After that, get color photo film developing chemicals and color photo paper.

Have fun!

This whole process cost me about $800.

 


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Saturday, October 27, 2001 6:42 PM
I don't like digital because you can't buy different lenses for them, nor can you use filters or things of that sort.  Also, there is limitied zoom on them compared to 'regular' cameras.  However, imaging programs might be able to do some of that, but you have ot buy them separately.

I use a traditonal 35MM camera, a Canon Rebel G 2000.  It has been nothing short of great.  I would never think of taking it on a ride (buy a disposable for that) but I have fantastic shots of coasters.  The best part about this camera (and there are others like it) is that you can go from full-dummy mode (everything automatic) to full manual, and everything in between.

You can also switch out lenses do get different effects.  You can blur the coaster by slowing down the shutter speed or get a crisp imagine by speeding it up.  And I like the sense of having a 'real' image in my hands than a file on my computer.  If you do decide on 35MM, then you'll probably want a scanner, too.

My cam cost around $500 for the body, lens, some film, and the all important camera bag.  A tripod or monopod would be handy, too.

Good luck!

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Saturday, October 27, 2001 6:56 PM
If you want to go 35mm and not spend a fortune, first learn about them; and then go on E-bay to buy an older manual focus camera.  For less than $200 you can be set up with a nice older SLR and a couple lenses.

If your really nuts and very mechanically inclined buy broken equipment on E-bay and fix it.  That's what I've done for about half of my equipment.  It becomes a hobby all by itself.

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Saturday, October 27, 2001 7:07 PM
I use my $500 Minolta SLR, usually with 400 or 600 speed, to do light tricks when I take photos at night. Otherwise, I just use that for my photos, and stash it in a locker when I wanna ride.

I also take a small disposable with me, and put it in my pocket, for those oh-so legal on ride photos. :)

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"They were rong, very rong." -Coolbrojoe

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Saturday, October 27, 2001 7:24 PM
Geaugasview, you're telling people to get a digital camera because a good film camera can "cost more than $100"? Please, tell me where I can get those good $99 digital cameras! :)
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