A&P I want to start photography....

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  1. Scout

    Scout OT Supporter

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    ....but I'm pretty damn poor. :hs:

    Any recommendations to what kind of gear I should look for? 2nd hand?
     
  2. brasheye

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    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.
     
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    digital rebel or the cheapest DSLR you can find to start off with
     
  4. mobbarley

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    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?
     
  5. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I 2nd the film suggestion. But, it's not cheap
     
  6. CornUponCob

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    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.
     
  7. hsubaru

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    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."
     
  8. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I have no issues what so ever getting my images on my PC. It's all done at my local photo lab.
     
  9. CornUponCob

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    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.
     
  10. CornUponCob

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    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.
     
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    someone link the duck comic strip QUICK!!
     
  12. CornUponCob

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    Start -> run

    photography.exe
     
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    old film camera if you actually want to understand photography

    old digi rebel if you want to take good pictures
     
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    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 :dunno:

    Digital route sure is convenient, but your going to need to invest reasonable dollars.
     
  15. Scout

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    I used to have a film SLR, but sold it because I got sick of having to develop it :o
     
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    Knowing how your camera works is key. You'll learn more with film. The cameras are dirt cheap nowdays too.
     
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