A&P What camera should I look into?

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  1. Conundrum

    Conundrum New Member

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    I'm an architecture student and am really interested in doing some architectural photography, and photography in general. I think I'd like a 35mm SLR camera so that I can change lenses, shutter speeds, etc. I am new to photography... what would be a good starter camera? Thanks
     
  2. nitro

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    Yes, a 35mm SLR is a very good cameras for architecture. What do you prefer? Older camera with mechanical compoments or the newer cameras with electronics, auto focus, what? Any brand name that you prefer?
     
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    lenses suitable for architecture are quite expensive. Most consumer lenses exhibit barrelling which distort the straight lines that you will no doubt be trying to capture.
     
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    Well, you might need to use tilt/shift lens, also known as PC (prespective control).

    Specifically you might need a wide angle one... Both Nikon and Canon offers something like that. So, you might want to look into both systems... Nikon got 28mm and 85mm, while Canon got 24mm/45mm and 90mm.

    If you ever consider going Digital in the long run, then I had recommand Canon to you. I am shooting Nikon, but switching to Canon. If you wanna start with digital, I had recommand the 300D to you if you don't mind the cheap looking body. You might want to get the 24mm f3.5L PC lens as well.
     
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    Thanks for the input folks...
     
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    A good starter camera would be a used Minolta, Nikon or Canon. Wide angle lenses are a must for architecture. 28mm would be as wide as I would go. Anything wider and you really start to distort the image, especially on shots where the camera is tilted up because the vertical lines of a building will curve inward. A "normal" 50 or 55mm lens is valuable as well. Finally, a short telephoto like an 85 or 100mm lens will be helpful.

    You can upgrade the camera body as you grow into photography and the lenses should last a lifetime. Eventually, you will probably want a large format camera and a swing/tilt lens for serious architecture photography. The swing/tilt lens allows you to achieve proper perspective without distorting the image on shots where the camera is tilted up.
     

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