Pro not pro?

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  1. surfingfireman

    surfingfireman TPF Noob!

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    What is the deal with "professional cameras"? What is the major difference between a professional camera (Minolta Maxum 7/9, Nikon N80) or non-professional (Maxum 5, Nikon N65). I do know the price is a HUGE difference, but what are you getting for that extra money you pay? I saw a Canon professional digital SLR for over $10 000!

    Well thanks in advance for any information,

    Mike
     
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    Mike, generally speaking, "pro" camera bodies are built better (meaning sturdier) than "pro-sumer" or "amateur" camera bodies. They are usually sealed against moisture, and don't have all the "bells & whistles" the others have (as selling points, worthy or not).

    The pro body most likely will have a faster flash sync speed for daytime fill flash. It'll weigh more. It'll have a metal lens mount. You could run over it and it would probably still work.

    Unless you plan to take pics for a living you can probably be well served by any current camera body on the market.

    Find one that takes the lenses you want to use and go for it!

    Jim
     
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    better metering and metering options
    higher fps shooting
    extended shutter speeds on the dial before going to bulb
    motor wind and soft motor wind
    ability to adjust film speed in 1/3 or 1/2 stops
    ability to adjust aperture in 1/3 or 1/2 stops
    ability to bracket in 1/3 or 1/2 stops
    better flash control (rear curtain synch, front curtain, etc.)
    auto focus lock
    many different focus areas
    many different meter areas

    a lot that i missed.
     
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    Thank you. That cleared up quite a bit. Don't think I am ready for "pro" yet, but hopefully someday...

    Mike
     

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