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Jul 27, 2002, 8:00pm

Okay, so I chickened out of getting the Nikon D100. $3200 (or almost $4000 if you buy from stinky Kerrisdale Cameras) was a big pill to swallow, so I chickened out and decided on an evolutionary upgrade instead. I got the Nikon CP4500 (I've also updated this site somewhat - check out recent site updates, to the right).

It's not a major quantum leap up from the Coolpix 990, but a lot of good steps. It took roughly a $700 hit on the camera upgrade - I bought my CP990 for $1200, and sold it for $500 with some of the accessories. This camera cost me $1000, so that's a $700 hit. (or a $500 hit, depending on how you look at it). Is it worth the moolah?

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BIG Bee
Managed to snag this pic of a bee. Click to enlarge, but warning - it's 233kb in size.

You tell me. The picture to the right is completely unretouched, except for resizing and slight sharpening to account for the down-sampled image. No colour changes, no fake blurring, no nada. The lens was literally less than an inch away from this patient bee. My finger was maybe 3mm further away. He was a good photo subject. I still feared for my life. In the blowup, you'll see his pincers. Yeeeouch.

The macro abilities of the Nikon CP lineup, especially the 9xx series and the 4500 are staggering. That's the main reason why I bought my old Nikon 990, and why I went with this 4500. Bonus for me is I can use my wired remote (a piece of junk, but a $150 piece of junk), and all my lenses like the fisheye and telephoto.

And of course, all my memory cards, some 1.5gb worth, work in it. That's a bonus too.

The D100 may be in my future, but not for now. I'll wait to see what the shakeout is over it, and maybe wait for a D100x or similar. Who knows, maybe the price will drop to $2500 or something like that.

Lastly, a plug. I bought the camera from www.cameracanada.com and the service was excellent. I highly recommend them, and their prices are much cheaper than stank Kerrisdale Cameras.

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