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What a great way to get your hands on a Rolleiflex! This is the nicest looking, reasonably priced, twin-lens reflex camera currently on the market. And it has the name Rolleiflex to back it up!

The MiniDigi AF 5.0 is a three-inch high, fully functional digicam replica of the original classic twin reflex camera.

Rolleiflex introduced the original MiniDigi in 2006, but it quickly sold out. The new MiniDigi AF 5.0, which is is available with a red or black casing, has been given some significant performance upgrades, including a 5 MB image file from a 3MP CMOS sensor, autofocus, and a very clear 1.1 inch TFT monitor, located at the top of the camera as it is on the full-sized Rolleiflex TLR. [via The Online Photographer]

Shortly after I purchased my Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon came out with their Digital Rebel XTi. The Rebel XTI  was a jump from 8.0  megapixels to 10.0 megapixels. But the real kicker, IMHO, was the exclusive EOS Integrated Cleaning System featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor. Imagine a camera that could clean it’s own sensor? How cool was that? Well now, Canon has come out with the Digital Rebel XSi. So what’s new and improved this time?

The EOS Rebel XSi brings staggering technological innovation to the masses. It features Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, plus a new 12.2-megapixel CMOS Sensor and is available in a kit with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens with Optical Image Stabilizer. The EOS Rebel XSi’s refined, ergonomic design includes a new 3.0-inch LCD monitor, compatibility with SD and SDHC Memory cards and new accessories that enhance every aspect of the photographic experience.


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I had a request a couple of weeks ago to post something on this subject and I have to admit I have seriously avoided it. This is one of those topics that has so much variation that it could literally go on and on and on and on… I did just a cursory review on the web and I have to say generalities on the uploading of photos from camera to computer are really difficult to find. You really need to type in your specific camera make and model and search through forums to see what others have come up with in order to really be successful with a web search. However, that was just a very brief review online.

Finally, I have decided to try and cover some basics; staying away from specific camera models and their idiosyncrasies. That being said, let’s give it a try. Please, if anyone would like to add something, feel free.

I can’t help myself, I have to say one thing before I start. If you have a camera and you have a Mac, you would most certainly not be asking this question. You plug the camera into the Mac and voila! Apple is great. It just does the work for you.

Now that being said where do we begin–with the camera or the computer?

The computer.

  • Operating System: I understand there will be various difficulties depending on what version of Windows you may be using. Know your operating system. 98, XP, Vista. Some versions back may have difficulty with USB 2.0. I can’t help you with the specifics. The best advice is know your system and try to keep up with the latest (although I have avoided Vista and still have XP on an old laptop of mine).
  • USB ports: You must have a USB port to connect the camera to. This is how the camera will “talk” to the computer and download the photos.

The camera.

  • For this example I used an old HP camera. Keep in mind that although your camera may differ, the things I’m going to refer to should be the same for any camera.
  • SD Card: Your camera should have a slot where you can insert a card to store photos on. They vary in size and capacity. This old HD camera has a slot on the side and the card sticking out is a 256 mb SD card. 256 does not hold many photos. As a rule I wouldn’t purchase a card with less than 1 gb. However, that is my preference.


  • Cables: Before SD Cards there were (and yes there really still are) cables that literally connect the camera to the computer. These were originally the only way for the camera to talk to the computer because the only storage a camera had was internally. The cable that you may have with your camera will have two ends on it: one that connects to the camera and one end with a USB connector that connects to the computer.
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  • SD Card Reader: Since we have SD cards in cameras now there really is no reason (at least in this quick tutorial) to connect your camera to the computer. In a more indepth lesson we might go into software updates for the camera but I’m going to bypass that for now. Let’s all agree that there is no reason to connect your camera to the computer in order to download your photos. Instead I recommend obtaining a card reader. They come in various shapes and sizes and obviously you need to be aware of the particular type and size of card that you have in order to know what kind of card reader to purchase. I have one that GE makes that reads 19 different kinds of cards. I love it. So here, you’re going to take the card out of your camera and put it into the card reader.
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The card reader has a USB port at one end. You plug this end into any open USB port on your computer.


We’ll go back to the computer in the next part and work on actually moving photos to the computer.

If you’re in the market for a new camera, you’ll likely want to checkout The Online Photographer’s latest (Fall 2007) T.O.P. Ten New Camera Recommendations.


An 1839 camera that was found in an attic – and billed as the ‘world’s oldest’ – has sold for nearly £400,000, shattering auctioneers’ predictions. (via Amateur Photographer


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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn