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buying photography camera

buying photography camera
What is the best type of camera to buy for photography?

I'm fourteen but will soon be fifteen and I think it's time to start figuring out what I want to be and I found out what I love to do is photography. I'm looking to buy a camera around summer and wanted to know what's the best brand and can acually get the full effect of what i'm seeing. Help me please.

Thanks so much to all of you.

I am not surprised that most of your answers are pushing digital cameras. I tend to agree with Atom 74 though.

Some say you learn faster with digital. That "can" be true if you use the digital to experiment with various exposures and manual settings to LEARN to get the best exposures possible IN THE CAMERA. However, far too many people just put the camera in AUTO and become mindless digital button pushers who think the computer is what is "supposed" to be used to try to fix everything from poor exposure, out of focus, poor composition, incorrect white balance, etc.

With film, you WILL learn to do things RIGHT, because every mistake COSTS YOU MONEY. You will learn photographic principles because you have no "safety net" of the computer. You know what though, you will very soon be so far beyond the typical digital crowd with your knowledge and results that you will never regret using film.

If you some day enroll in a serious photography course, you will in most likelihood be required to use film anyway, so you might as well "get your feet wet" with it now.

Medium format film is so stunning to use, but that truly would be too costly to start with. A good used 35mm SLR will take you far.

35mm film is relatively cheap, plus it can still be developed inexpensively. In most cases you can get a CD of your photos at time of processing, so you will have digital files for small prints and email. Note: most CDs supplied at time of processing from places like Sams or Cost Co are of low resolution. You will have to use a pro lab for high res, quality scans.... and that is NOT cheap. There is, however, a low price, high quality alternative to the scan issue. Scan Cafe uses the excellent Nikon Coolscan dedicated film scanners. It is done offshore, but quality is first class, and high resolution. The only drawback is time, it takes about 8 weeks to get your scans done. I use them for my medium format negatives.

Here is the website of Scan Cafe:

You can get great used film camera buys at B-H:

Of course you can always move to a digital SLR in the future, but I think if you learn well with film, you will soon also experience the pride that comes from creating art with this medium that digital just does not equal.

I always equate film to an artists canvas and oil paints... and digital to playing a video game.

I am NOT one of the "I hate digital", "film is always better than digital" guys... they both have their place.

I just hate to see people never experience the intangible pride that comes with learning to create with film.

Photography is fast becoming nothing more than another electronic plaything to far too many people.. and that is NOT a good thing for the art it can truly be.

My two cents. Hopefully I have given you some things to think about.


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