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Beginners camera
5 Apr 2007 at 19:51 GMT
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I regularly visit this website and have been 'seriously' thinking about taking up photography. I don't have a camera at the moment and wanted to know what make/model people would suggest for a complete beginner (emphasis on 'complete' My budget is about 150 (is that too small) so please 'guys', think about that little camera you used way back when you were just getting the hang of things. Your advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks
Larry Bliss 
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7 Apr 2007 at 20:30 GMT
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This may sound crazy, but I would recommend a disposable film camera--they are easy to operate, cheap, and make pretty good pictures. Then go out and take pictures of whatever you like. That way you can discover some preferences and learn how to relate what you see in the viewfinder to what you see on the print. Do this as many times as you can afford. After a while you should be able to make an informed decision about what kind of camera you want.

One thing that helped my photography tremendously was taking a short course at the local university. I learned some good lessons and got to talk with an expert photographer. Someone in your local camera store could probably direct you to a good class.

Good luck! Maybe someday we will see your photos on Shutterchance! --Larry
Johnny 
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8 Apr 2007 at 03:26 GMT
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If you are serious about photography, you might as well skip to the DSLR's. I would say something in a Nikon, Pentax, Sony and so on.

Though you have to spend more than the 175. Either way, if you got with a point and shoot, you might just sell it for a more powerfull, and then sell that one for one with even more power, and so on and son on. Thats what I did and I waisted A LOT of money that way. Skip the process and hit the DSLR's.

 
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10 Apr 2007 at 15:14 GMT
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Thanks for the suggestions Larry and Reza. I'm going on a trip tomorrow so will be packing some disposable cameras. I use other people's cameras a fair bit and have started putting up pictures on Shutterchance. Just trying to get the hang of taking pictures.
Thanks again
Jim Clifford 
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10 Jun 2007 at 14:12 GMT
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A lot of the mid range Point and Shoot camera's have full manual functions. Not all of us have the money for a dslr. I make do with a Canon a710is, with was about 400 dollars Canadian. I think you can find something even cheaper. Look for used cameras.
EJWilkins 
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11 Jun 2007 at 00:00 GMT
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You've got a good point Jim. My first digital camera was a reconditioned one, I still use it from time to time because it was/is good.

Even with new cameras there are lots of deals in the shops, it's worth checking out when new models are released because the price plummets on 'old stock'.

I think too, that until you get a digital camera you don't really know what you want from one. So going straight into the higher end market could be a huge waste of money.
The Maven  [admin] 
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11 Jun 2007 at 18:27 GMT
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I think ultra zooms like the Panasonic FZ8 and FZ50 make good beginners cameras. They've got a 12x zoom range, so you're well convered in terms of capability. They also provide manual controls to you to practice some creativity.
liam beattie 
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22 Aug 2007 at 16:13 GMT
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i agree with The Maven. I have an Panasonic FZ50 for about 9 months now and i have learnt rapidly. Im no pro yet but i am learning the basics and some with a very good fixed lens camera. I can add wide and tele converters and it is all but as good as many dslr's. I only intend upgrading when i consider it neccessary. In all but low light and for burst mode they almost almost almost equal a good dslr....and this from the mouth of some old pro photographer friends of mine (quite literally they where blown away). Check my pics of for an idea of some of the shots you can get (again very humbly). You may be able to pick up an fz30 for a very good price...remembering that a tripod is essential as is a good bag (ie: more deneros!)...and i also can recomend a good UV filter (to protect the fixed lens glass). Feel free to mail me if you want any more info on these cameras
Stan 
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17 Sep 2007 at 20:26 GMT
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Posts like this are an itch i just have to scratch

The Panasonic cameras are good bang for your buck and quite capable cameras. However, the strength of a dslr is in the flexibility the system offers. There are several reasons to pick one of these cameras but top performance or image quality is not one of them. Convenience and cost is pretty much it.

In a VERY specific and limited set of circumstances, the panasonics will match a dslr. I might be inclined to suggest the Canon Ultrazooms instead. For anyone investing serious time and effort into photography, a dslr is probably your entry point.

The quality you get from a given camera is down to the user so people should avoid falling into the trap of thinking a better camera will automatically mean better pictures. Truth is that it just means better tools with which to get said pics.
liam beattie 
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12 Nov 2007 at 17:10 GMT
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ha ha...i knew someone would have a go at me for that. I must just back myself here and say that i dont for a second believe that my fz50 will outdo a full pro dslr in certain situations (low light, studio etc...)...what i am saying is that for the price and its versatility its a very very good option to someone who is not yet sure how seriously they are going to get into photography...ie: to fork out thousands for a setup only to be dissalusioned months later and sittin with great but useless equipment is no good .So rather get a great fixed lens...learn something about what you want to shoot and then upgrade appropriately. I back the fz based on my experience and will definitely be upgrading but will also keep the FZ. I also back it over fuji and canon ultrazooms...again based on what i have seen (and again my opinion so dont kill me for it )

I saw a series in national geographic...shot on a cellphone camera....and each shot was stunning (and it was in national geo!)...so its the operator that makes the shot not the camera!
 
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14 Nov 2007 at 01:14 GMT
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hi
Just starting out i bought an olympus e400 and love it, you could buy a point and shoot but i have found the way to get into photography is to buy a decent DLSR and the price is comming down now so EBAY or similar will find you a camera at the right money.
a point and shoot may suffice but you may get bored half the fun is in the learning and the rest is the results.

so just do what you feel is right for you and have loads of fun thats all that counts.
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