Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Scout, Nov 7, 2006.
....but I'm pretty damn poor.
Any recommendations to what kind of gear I should look for? 2nd hand?
2nd hand 20D + 50mm 1.8mkII
Try to get one with the least amounts of clicks you can, the lens will give you a good start on how to compose things well and is sharp to boot.
Should be around 1k Aus or less.
digital rebel or the cheapest DSLR you can find to start off with
nothing wrong with a second hand film eos... except for the fact that you have to get the film developed, and wait to see your pictures...
could get one with a lens on ebay for ~100?
I 2nd the film suggestion. But, it's not cheap
I would say film is worse for beginners. He's got to worry about getting the pictures from the film back into his computer (which now-a-days is where most people want their pictures).
Plus the obvious fact that there is no LCD review on Film..... plus changing a roll every 24 to 36 pictures.
But at the same time, that means each shot is more important, so you think about the mechanics and composition more than just blasting off a hundred photos for the sake of "practice."
I have no issues what so ever getting my images on my PC. It's all done at my local photo lab.
I think the best way to practice is by doing.
Just because a shot is more important doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to suddenly become more knowledgeable about how that shot should be shot.
Even now sometimes I will shoot the same picture at 2.8, f4, and f5.6 and then pick which one I like the best.
Of course you can do the same with film, but there is a cost associated with every picture you take.
Only cost with taking a digital picture is 1 shutter actuation, and the usage of your battery / batteries.
You raise another good point about why digital is better to learn on...
One mustn't go to a photolab (or mail in rolls of film or what not) every time you want to see your results. Results are instant and require no additional effort.
If I could take pictures without using a camera at all, I would. But since I can't I'm going to choose digital.
If I were shooting medium format, maybe then I would use film, as medium format digital bodies / backs are still quite expensive.
someone link the duck comic strip QUICK!!
Start -> run
old film camera if you actually want to understand photography
old digi rebel if you want to take good pictures
I think what you really need to determine is how much cash you have to work with.
The film route has some drawbacks, but it -can- be cheap(er). In the long run you may learn more
Digital route sure is convenient, but your going to need to invest reasonable dollars.
I used to have a film SLR, but sold it because I got sick of having to develop it
Knowing how your camera works is key. You'll learn more with film. The cameras are dirt cheap nowdays too.