DSLR Question

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by MTB, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. MTB

    MTB TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Firstly, my name is Matthew, and I've been doing photography as a hobby since I was 14, I'm 17 now. I have three years of hobby experience. Minor stuff... Anyhow, I need a new digital camera, yet I'm strapped for cash. With that said, I've found two cameras in my price range, both are from Fuji, and I have a few questions. I'll put down what I'd like to do, and hopefully you all here can tell me if these cameras will fit my needs.

    I do mostly ultra close ups, abstracts, portraitures, etcetera. My main focus is having a camera that will allow breath taking landscapes, as well as awe inspiring close ups of our mother earth. So, please, do not hesitate to correct my camera choices, bear in mind, however, I can only spend about $600 - $700 TOTALLY. Including any lens upgrades, etcetera. I'm looking at lower end cameras so as to allow for upgrades to them. If you all know of any cameras that offer great range of use within that range, let me know. Anyhow, here's the cameras:

    Fujifilm FinePix s8000fd 8MP Digital Camera w/18x Optical Zoom and Image Stabilization

    http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-Fine...3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1208481727&sr=8-3

    Fujifilm Finepix S8100fd 10MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

    http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-Fine...ref=dp_ob_title?ie=UTF8&qid=1208481727&sr=8-3

    I would very much prefer a camera that will serve me well now, with a basic to intermediate understanding of photography, as well as later on down the road when I have a bit more of an advanced understanding. Any help would be much appreciated!

    Also, if I posted this in the wrong forum, I apologize.

    - MTB
     
  2. RKW3

    RKW3 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2007
    Messages:
    1,716
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    So Cal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    You know that the cameras your looking at are not DSLR's, right? A DSLR is a camera that can change lenses, the cameras you directed us to have a fixed lens.
     
  3. MTB

    MTB TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    No kidding? The 10MP has reviews on it on various websites about the someone interchanging macro lenses with the stock lens and various other lenses. :confused:
     
  4. Steph

    Steph No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,314
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Steventon, Oxfordshire, UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    The lenses they are talking about are add-on lenses that you add to the fixed lens of the camera to change the field of view. They usually decrease image quality considerably.
     
  5. Antithesis

    Antithesis No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,335
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Caribbean
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    You might want to investigate some entry-level cameras on the used market. They won't have '18x' zoom by any means, but they will have more creative options, and you'll learn some important things about camera control, etc.

    My recommendations for your price range (all used): Nikon d40/50 or 70, Canon Rebel XT or 20D, Pentax K10D or Sony a100.
     
  6. osirus

    osirus TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2007
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    3
    Id recommend trying to get yourself a Nikon D50

    I have one and its a great lil DSLR
    you can probably pick one up about $400-$500 ( may be hard to find ebay will have em)
    My uncle just got one brand new for $400.

    then you can pick up a 50mm f1.8 lens for about $100
    and a sigma 70-300mm zoom lens for about $150
    I have both those lenses and there decent.

    start off with that and go from there :)
     
  7. Tiberius47

    Tiberius47 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Messages:
    742
    Likes Received:
    46
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If you decide to go with a Canon camera instead of Nikon (not to start the Canon/Nikon debate, of course), the 400D/Digital Rebel XTi is a good starter.
     
  8. JimmyO

    JimmyO TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,132
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    As its been said, get a dslr. You will not be dissapointed. You will have much more control with a dslr then those dslr-likes you posted.
     
  9. Tiberius47

    Tiberius47 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Messages:
    742
    Likes Received:
    46
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Yeah, dSLR is the way to go if you want to get further into photography. I'll only buy a non-dSLR for one reason - if I want to get a camera that I can take underwater. And then I'd get a waterproof digital p/s. Other than that, dSLR all the way. I'm addicted to the freedom.
     
  10. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Hollywood, FLA USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I’m not familiar with the cameras or your needs and shooting style. Of the two the S8100fd seem to be the better camera by the numbers. As for improving I not sure how far you can go with this camera. I hope by now you have asked your questions as to what you want and need in a camera.
     
  11. Antithesis

    Antithesis No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,335
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Caribbean
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    There are 300D's (Digital Rebel) going for like $250 these days. I wish they would have been selling for that cheap when I first got into digital photography, it would have been a wonderful starter camera. You can also pick up the Nikon D70 for around $400 if you get lucky.
     
  12. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Technically speaking...

    DSLR is Digital SLR
    SLR is Single Light Reflex

    From wiki:

    The single-lens reflex (SLR) camera uses an automatic moving mirror system which permits the photographer to see exactly what will be captured by the film or digital imaging system, as opposed to non-SLR cameras where the view through the viewfinder could be significantly different from what was captured on film.


    So even though it is widely assumed, a SLR (thereby a DSLR) does not necessarily mean a camera with interchangeable lenses.
     

Share This Page