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Introduction - Corrections - Camera - Survey Results

Hello .... this new section will allow me to answer some common emails we get and a place to share some of the more interesting ones with you. See we do read and reply to almost all email messages.

I have gotten a couple emails in response to my Free Disneyland Resort thoughts. It seems they did mention the Parade of the Stars in the Main Street section, now I have to go back and watch it again, because for the life of me I do not remember it. Also from a reader named Steve we found out that there was a similar Free video when you joined the Magic Kingdom club back in 1995 that talked about Disneyland and Indy in particular..

Digital Cameras:
One of the most common questions I get asked is what do we use to take the pictures on this site. Well 99% of the shots we take are taken with a digital camera. Occasionall we have a scan from a regular one. I rotate between several cameras depending on what is available to me when I go down to the park. I will list the three most common ones and a brief note about each:

  • Sony Cybershot DSC-S70 3.3 Megapixel Carl Zeiss Lense
    This is the "workhorse" of the cameras. Most of the shots on the site are taken with this camera. It takes clear pictures and most people can not tell the difference between it and a standard 35mm camera when you have them printed. The advantage of this camera compared to the others is the lense. I shoot at 1280x1024, so I am not even taking full advantage of the CCD (megapixels) to optimize disk usage. The camera uses the Sony Memory stick technology and you can fit about 107 pictures on a 64MB stick (which for me covers about 6 hours in the parks). One of the drawbacks to this camera is the limited zoom. One more plus is the optical viewfinder. Once you get used to it being slightly off from what you are actually taking a picture of its great and saves a lot of battery life.

  • Sony Mavica FD-100 1.3 Megapixel
    This is a new camera. I have only used it on one trip down so far. It takes decent pictures. I max out the resolution at 1280x1024 and the shots are fairly clear (still a noticable diffence from the better camera. There are two great things about this camera and two not so great. First the pros: It uses both memory sticks and standard floppy disks. Second it uses the same lithium batteries as my Camcorder (also a Sony). The cons are your stuck with the LCD display, no optical viewfinder. Secondly its larger and weighs more than the other camera.

  • Sony Mavica FD-75 ?? Megapixel
    This camera is the "low model" of what I have used. Its max. resolution is 640x480 and it has to use floppy disks. It is approx. the same size and wieght as the FD100. If you do not mind carrying around a lot of floppies this camera works. It has proven its durability over the years.


Survey Results:
As you may have noticed over the past week or so I have had a survey on the main homepage asking about a "premium service". This was in response to many emails I have gotten over the past year about the pop up advertising. I agree with you all that it is the most annoying type of ad. Unfortunately it is also one of the few types that actually pay anything (and not much at that may I add). Anyways to eliminate this I was exploring the possibility of offering a parallel site with no ads (and some other features) for a small fee. Anyways the survey results are in and its a resounding "NO WAY". Most people enjoy the site the way it is. The second largest group were those who liked the idea but are like me and think the web should be free. So that means for the time being the site is remaining the same with the current ads to support the site. I will try to keep them to a min. and block out the most annoying ones (the ones that move around your screen drive me crazy).


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