Need Help w/1st camera!!

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  1. Hena19

    Hena19 TPF Noob!

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    Hi everybody

    As u can see I am new 2 this forum... I've been searching for weeks for a good camera. Lately I have been getting more and more serious about photography and I just dont kno what camera to buy.

    I have been searching tons of sites, and reading reviews but Im not sure what is considered 'good'..

    I was wondering if you can give suggestions on what would be a good camera 4 me. I want something that takes good crisp photographs... I am willing to spend upto $500 bcz that is all I can afford rite now...

    Plz Help!!!!!! :(

    R any of these any good?

    #1) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30S
    #2) Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H5
     
  2. Hena19

    Hena19 TPF Noob!

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    Nobody is helping :(
     
  3. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    frankly all my cameras were made around 1930... I doubt you would be interested in my advice.

    If you want a film camera there are a ton at that price these days, but they most likely will be used if they are really good ones. Digital I have no idea about.
     
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    fightheheathens TPF Noob!

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    i think... not sure, but you could get a low end DSLR for that price.

    on the other hand, you could also get a really good used film SLR plus several lenses for 500.
    You could also buy a new Film SLR body and prime lens for under 500.

    I have a Pentex MX from the 1970's, its never failed. They go for about 150 on ebay.
     
  5. Hena19

    Hena19 TPF Noob!

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    I'm more interested in digital
     
  6. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    isn't everyone lol
     
  7. JEazy

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    uh...no actually i prefer film over digital. digital is just more convenient for most people.

    here's my suggestion...

    buy a cheap 35mm SLR, a wide angle lens, a telephoto lens, a 50mm lens, camera bag, film, and a few photography basics books.
     
  8. Mohain

    Mohain TPF Noob!

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    Hi Hena19. They are both very similar cameras and there's not much to choose between them. Best thing to probably do is go into a shop and have a play around with them and see how you get on. It will probably come down to which one feels best. Also to consider in that price range is the Fujifilm Finepix s9000 and the Canon Powershot S3. I'm sure Nikon do a similar one in the range too.

    One this to remember is that they are not upgradeable and if you find yourself hooked then you might be kicking yourself that you didn't by a DSLR that you can upgrade and buy new lenses as you outgrow the limitation of your purchase (I've got the s9000 and I wish I'd bought a DSLR).

    Seriously consider the Nikon D50 and you might be able to pick up a Canon 350D at a bargin price now as the model is being superseeded by the 400D. It's woth spending that little bit more imho.

    Good luck on yourt purchase and don't forget to post you picure, whatever you buy :)

    Mohain
     
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    You won't find a DSLR for $500 or under, at least not new. And if you did it would be body only and you'd need another couple hundred for a lens. Not everyone needs a DSLR so don't worry about it.
    I've heard good things about the Canon S3 IS, if that is any help.
     
  10. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    OK, Hena19, I'll go out on a limb here and make a solid recommendation.

    Let's begin with what you've said. You're interested in digital and you have a total of $500 to spend. As you are new to photography, you have only a fuzzy idea as to what type of picture you wish to take or to 'specialize' in.

    So we're looking for a camera which can be operated in a simple mode at first where the camera does most of the thinking and you push the button. With time, as you begin to learn what photography is all about, the camera should permit you to explore aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes. It should permit you to get close to a subject. It should have enough megapixels to give a good, sharp image. It should permit you to use on-camera and off-camera flash. It should have a good range of focal lengths. I could go on for a while, but you've got the idea.

    The bare price of a camera is just the beginning. There's also the cost of the memory card, a spare battery, etc. This being the case, you should look for a camera in the range of $350 or less. This leaves money for the accessories. And there are some accessories you should buy with the camera. The memory card packed with the camera will not be at all adequate, for instance.

    At the present time B&H, a reputable firm, is selling the Panasonic DMC-FZ20 in black for $349.95. Add an inexpensive spare battery and a basic Sandisk 1gig card and you still have money left for a warranty and sales tax or shipping. You can save a bit of money by going to a 512Mb disk. That will still give you almost 200 pics at the 5Mb jpeg setting.

    At a later date, when you have a bit more money to spend, you can get a tripod and perhaps a separate flash unit. But meanwhile, you have a camera which will provide good pictures for a long, long time. It will have enough features to grow with you as you learn what digital is all about and develop your own photographic 'eye.' Never, never forget that many of the great photographs of the past were made with equipment that you would consider unacceptably primitive by today's standards.

    "Yeah, right," you say. "But what would you buy?"

    You got me there, Hena19.

    It's time for me to 'fess up.

    Last week I bought a Panasonic DMC-FZ20, a Sandisk 1gig card, a spare battery and a warranty at the store. The bill [I have it in my hand right now] reads $505.89!

    No matter what you buy, welcome to TPF.
     
  11. mysteryscribe

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    by Jeasy: uh...no actually i prefer film over digital. digital is just more convenient for most people.

    In the film/digital discussions this is one of the more logical statements I have even seen, by a digital photographer. Not the "I prefer film" but the digital is more convenient part.

    It's why I told my son in law two years ago to buy digital... If you are a working pro with an eye to max profits or a person who is producing a lot of family things digital makes sense.

    That does not make it better or worse, it is actually those who are blind on either side... that make for a sad commentary on either.

    Believe it or not it's the attitudes not the equipment I comment on.
     
  12. EBphotography

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    Great post Torus..same to you Mysteryscribe.

    And welcome to the forum Henas!
     

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