how much should a beginner spend on equipment

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  1. rezzy

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    so,

    i see everyone throwing all these different model names and specs around. for a beginner, what should one expect to invest in purchasing a decent camera?
     
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    A decent beginner DSLR camera, I would say around $500-$700. Just a rough figure.
     
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    think about lenses though. you're going to want lenses. i bought my first dslr about 2 months ago and i've spent $2,000 already. it's addicting. depends on whether you can control the urge. lol
     
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    with or without the lens? I got my xti reb for xmas and it came with the kit lens.

    in hindsight, I would have preferred a better starter lens like the the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, which I use now. Photos are like night and day.

    Then decide what you want to start off doing; portraits, sports, landscapes, etc... and get a second lens best suite d for that.

    So a good beginner dslr and a sharp lens should run about 800-1,000 smacks.
     
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    wow! thats quite an investment. generally speaking which is better digital cameras or ones that use film?
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That depends on the user. Digital SLRs are quickly approaching the image quality of what film can do. In fact, with the current models, I doubt anyone would be able to tell if an 8x10 or 11x14 print came from a DSLR or a film SLR now. So then, the main deciding factor is if you prefer to shoot film and wait for processing or if you need instant gratification. I think that there is probably a much lower learning curve as far as capturing a properly exposed image if shooting w/ digital. However, you will think more about what you are doing as far as exposure and composition and framing if using a film SLR. You can certainly get a very nice Film SLR for $300-600 right now but then you have the film development costs. It's a bit of a trade off and it's up to you as to what you need/want.
     
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    Just realize that 90% of photography is the person standing behind the camera, and their vision, and their inspiration. If you've got the vision and the inspiration it's amazing what you can do with even the junkiest of cameras and lenses. On the other hand, someone with no vision, no inspiration, no imagination, and no creativity will still make crappy photos no matter how much they spend on camera gear.

    For most reasonable uses you don't need to spend much at all. The entry level DSLR, one of the kit lenses, and a flash are all you really need.
     
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    Well, Why do you want a camera? Just wondering. And are you someone who likes to upgrade stuff quickly?
     
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    Actually you can get a good film camera for way less than that.

    Canon Eos 3s can be had for 150-200$
    Nikion n80's can be had for less than 100$.
    Both of these cameras have features that are found on dslrs that cost close to $1000.
    If you shoot slides it gets really cheap. You just pay to develop them and that it. Usually less than 6$ per roll.

    If your budget really is tight, I'd reccomend getting a film slr with lens off ebay. Then Getting another lens. If down the road you have more money for a camera you could probably sell the film body for what you paid for it and you'd have some lenses to go with your new dslr.
     
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    The other 10% will run you $800-$1000. :lol:
     
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    :mrgreen:

    or much more, depending on what you try to achieve.
     
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    A basic D40 kit with the 18-55 is only $500 or less. You can get a refurb kit with a warranty for $400. Add in an SB-400 flash for $120 and you're good to go. I think basic Canon kits are similarly priced.
     

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