Learning Photography // Is A Different Model Needed??

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  1. bob_barker

    bob_barker TPF Noob!

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    I really thought my freshly-bought Fujifilm Finepix S2000hd was going to be a great purchase for learning photography (tandemed with my new college-level photography course that started last week). And it just may be, but the fact that it has practically NO aperture control has me worried. According to the Professor, aperture is a HUGE part of learning photography, and if my "multi-faceted" Fujifilm has practically none, is another camera purchase in store ALREADY?!?!

    Everything I was reading made it sound like the Finepix 2000hd was a DLSR without needing (or ability) to change lenses. I can change the ISO, I can change the Shutter speed, but aperture control pretty much doesn't exist. It's sounded like the Finepix S2000hd is pretty much a "point and shoot" camera but I really thought it was looking at DLSR quality. The 10 mega-pixels is nice, but if I'm a blooming photographer, is a camera w/ more control needed??

    I'm liking what the Olympus EVOLT e410 is offering, and it seems like it has way more aperture control than the Fujifilm.

    How alike and how different are these two cameras?? Am I going to need something more ranged than the Fujifilm to accurately and appropriately learn photography???

    I know the S2000hd has a lot of great features, but it all feels so automaticly set. I feel like I'll need more manual features to learn photography like I want to.

    I'd like to know how different and how big of a step up the EVOLT e410 would be from the Finepix s2000hd, and if the EVOLT isn't that much different, maybe a different brand/model that I can pick up used for $200 would be the better selection??

    Please help out, as I'd like to make the best decision for the best price. I plan on holding on to the Finepix, but I want something with much more manual control to learn photography as well.
    ---Thanks---
     
  2. ocular

    ocular TPF Noob!

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    Go for the Olympus e-420, maybe used for closer to $300 , maybe. Also lenses are dirt cheap compared to nikon and cannon.
     
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    Samanax TPF Noob!

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    According to the owner's manual your Fuji has a manual shooting mode which would give you control over shutter speed and aperture (see page 45 of the owner's manual).
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There is a big difference between an actual SLR cameras and one that only looks like an SLR camera. My advice would be to look at an entry level DSLR from Canon or Nikon.
     
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    UUilliam TPF Noob!

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    IMO get a canon amature series ( 350 - 450D including 1000D)
    They are cheap, and effective, great control

    it is a true DSLR
    whereas an olympus e-420 is a 4/3 sensor
    (really small)

    Your better with a camera that can accept many lens' tbh as you have more versatility and control over every aspect.
     
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    MelissaMarieImagery TPF Noob!

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    I started with a Fuji Finepix s5100 and it got me through my first two years as an amature shooting in high school and for my first year in college.
     
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    mariusz TPF Noob!

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    these are fine as long as you get the manual controls in time you can upgrade to slr
     
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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Uh... SLR = Single Lens Reflex. The size of the sensor has nothing to do with, the e-420 is still an SLR. The viewfinder is worse than looking through a door peephole, though.

    I suggest looking at the entry level SLRs from the main brands (Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus).
     
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    Manual mode on the Finepix only gives shutter speed control. It's aperture control is pretty much non-existing (two settings)
     
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    Yup, another vote for a real DSLR for a photography class. You can try a high end P&S like those offered by Canon (the best on the market right now) but the price they command is not far from that of their entry level DSLR products.

    Get a Rebel and be happy. It will carry you through your photography classes and give you outstanding results.

    If you're investing in college level course, get the right tool for the job. :D
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So what does that make full frame cameras?

    And Canon is the best ever. I said so.
     
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    I got outbid on the 2-lens e410 ebay auction, so I'm not biddong on an e450.

    looks like they're just about the exact same camera...

    and Olympus users w/ some tips on the EVOLT it would be much appreciated.

    I better win this next one, lost TWO auctions today....(if my dad forgetting to bid on one of them counts)
     

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