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I blame Di over on her womanwandering blog for this. Her rather good photos have reawakened my interest in photography. I find digital photography yet more enticing than film photography seeing as I do not have to hang around waiting for films to be developed.

Years ago I met a pro photographer who told me that unless I developed my own films, I would never really see the true results of my photographic labours. This put me off a lot because I really did not have the time, space or money to create a dark room. Enter digicams.

With a digicam you can ‘develop’ photos yourself, with a little help from Photoshop and other similar programs. We already have a point and shoot digicam and it produces some nice, if red-eyed, shots. I now want something a wee bit more advanced. I know Di has an excellent Canon 350 dSLR, but that would be a bit ott for me at the moment, so I am looking at super zoom slr-like digicams.

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I’ve been doing some research and have found two contenders – The Fuji Finepix f6500/6000fd and the Canon Powershot S3. Both get good reviews, both have 10x plus zooms and both appear to have lots of ‘tweakability’. However the Canon has IS – image stabilization, and Fuji does not, but the Fuji has a 28mm wide angle ability and a nice large diameter lens, which may well be great for the low or poor light shots I have always wanted to get right. I also have a good Manfrotto tripod sitting around doing nothing, so I could live without IS. Both models do quite well on the ‘noise’ front too, which is important for low light shooting I think.

At the moment I am erring towards the Fuji, that has a RAW function, which may well be available via an unofficial firmware hack which can be found on the www for the Canon.

I think I may well be testing the functionality of my new credit card, if, and when it drops through the letterbox. Then I can add a little bit more pictorial content to this ‘ere blog. My mouth is starting to water at the prospect of getting hold of good camera again. Mmmm.

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