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  1. Dragoness

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    Hi everyone, I am Amanda, I'm a mom, and I love photography. Unfortunatly I'm not very good at it yet so I plan to take a class either in spring or summer, maybe summer since my youngest is not even 6 months old yet. Tax refund is coming soon and hubby has agreed to let me buy a camera. I have a point and shoot, but I want a little more... yet SLR is out of my price range...except one, you will see it below.

    I plan to photograph landscapes, children, events, possibly some portrait type photos, aquatic life in my aquarium, and whatever I need to for the class. I want to start learning now so maybe down the road I can start a birth photography company.

    Here are a dozen or so cameras I am looking at. I don't know if my beginner budget will be 300.00 or 400.00 (If I get good, I will get a much bigger budget :)) So please see both lists and tell me which from each (300 or 400) I should choose and why. I really want the SLR, because I know I can go farther with it, but I am not sure if its worth it for a beginner.

    ok 300 range
    Kodak EasyShare Z710, 7.1 Megapixel, 10x Optical/5x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...442&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Kodak EasyShare Z650, 6.1 Megapixel, 10x Optical/5x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...029&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Olympus SP-510 UZ, 7.1 Megapixel, 10x Optical/5x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...114&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Fujifilm FinePix S5200, 5.1 Megapixel, 10x Optical /5.7x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...344&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, 6.0 Megapixel, 12x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera (Black)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...513&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation



    Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 5.0 Megapixel 12x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...301&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    And 400.00 range

    Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, 6.0 Megapixel, 10.7x Optical/2x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...825&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 6.0 Megapixel, 12x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...379&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ8 DIGITAL CAMERA (SILVER)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...999&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5, 7.2 Megapixel, 12x Optical/2x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...302&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Pentax K110D, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body) (this is an SLR, the only I can afford, what do you think?)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...214&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Fujifilm FinePix S9100, 9.0 Megapixel, 10.7x Optical/2x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...116&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation


    Thank you so much!
     
  2. Jeremy Z

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    Wow, you have been doing some shopping!

    The Pentax K100D is only $80 more than the K110D, and it has the anti-shake built into the body. Wait until you can afford that, and get it. You will thank me later; it really works.

    At first, looking at features, you might think you're getting more with all the fancy point & shoots. But with the SLR, you have room to grow. With the others, it is just a matter of time before the whole thing needs to be replaced. You will have the possibility of hundreds of different lenses, and dozens of different flashes. With the point & shoots, you're limited to what's on the camera, and maybe a couple of screw-on lens modifiers.
     
  3. I'm partial to SLRs as they allow you to grow creatively. You have a lot more control. In the case of the Pentax, there are a LOT of great lenses to choose from, and because they are so late to the market they are presenting a very good tool for a low price.

    I assume you realize the Pentax that you show there has no lens, so you'll need to spend some money on that, too.
     
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    Yep. They are loaded with idiot modes. ;)

    But sometimes, all that's needed is a snaphot, right?
     
  6. Yup, lens included. And Jeremy is right, there is a Full Auto mode, and often that is good enough.... though I assume after a (short) while it will become second nature to you, and you'll leave auto-mode for your spouse while you shoot in Aperture Priority (a.k.a. Av) mode.
     
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    Boy do I have a LOT to learn!
     
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    Well it happened to me once last year, that I just could not get the exposure right for one particular shot. I was rather fed up then and did something I had not done for over 10 years: I switched on the idiot mode (full auto) ! took the shot, and whooha, it was perfect!

    Well, I then looked at the setting the camera had chosen for me... set them manually and took the shot again of course :p

    Guess we all are idiots sometimes and need that mode ;)
     
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    Uh Oh, I didn't realize lenses were hundreds of dollars each, I don't know if I can do that.,
     
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    I've never used any of the canned idiot modes on my D70s. It's when i hand the camera to someone else that I set it to an idiot mode.
     
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    But a good lens can often last long. My current telephoto lens was designed more than 10 years ago. Normally lenses last longer than cameras ;)

    But still, the initial investment is rather high :(

    You can get some good prime (non-zoom) lenses for less than zooms cost though. And for lenses there is a good second-hand opportunities out there.
     

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