I know there are some photography enthusiasts on this
Not really a photography enthusiast, but I had my run in with a DSLR
I am considering purchasing a digital SLR camera. I
bought a film
based SLR camera about 6 years ago but it would seem it is time to
move on. The previous camera was a Nikon F55 and I had purchased a
few filters and a 300mm telephoto lens. Even though it was an entry
level camera, I was generally happy with the quality of the images.
In previous reading on this topic, I understand the opinion varies
amongst manufacturers on the various file formats and how well they
allow the RAW file formats to be extracted from the camera. The two
brands I am mostly considering at this stage are Nikon and Canon.
Would anyone care to comment if a Linux user is likely to have a
preference for either and/or if there is another brand that is very
I like the idea of a camera that uses SD cards and possibly
conventional batteries but that requirement isn't hard n fast.
Additionally if there is some way to use my legacy 300m telephoto
lens, that would also be cool but I'm resigned to it being
I've been playing around briefly with a Nikon D60. Reading stuff off
SD cards is a no-brainer. Support for RAW (package dcraw) and NEF
(package denef) is available, but haven't tested it, as I used JPEGs
to store the images on the SD card. I wasn't too worried about
artifacts in the pictures.
The nice thing about Nikon is being able to make use of the gphoto2
, packages libgphoto2-2 and
gphoto2) to access the camera remotely. Either for directly accessing
the images (e.g., using gtkam as frontend or gtkam-gimp plugin in
gimp) or for remotely taking pictures (using the command-line client
or scripts to automate things).
For more information on what cameras support remote control, see the
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ
Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174