A plea for you to share your knowledge

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Alison Gardner, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. I am interested in purchasing a 35mm SLR camera and I am a complete dunce
    when it comes to cameras and photography. I have a five year old daughter
    that takes stunning photo's and I would like to be apart of her enthusiasm,
    I think it helps develop there interests if you can share in it too. She
    has been using a cheap Kodak 3.2mp digital; at her age instant
    gratification is important. Me I like the old ways and would like to get a
    film camera. I have not much money at all to spend as we are on a serious
    economy drive for Christmas. I have been looking at the older Canon eos
    500n or 300 but am not sure at all what to buy. of course old means there
    is a distinct lack of info on them. Please, all of you!!! Hand out a bit of
    Alison Gardner, Sep 3, 2005
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  2. Alison Gardner


    I think you might want to start out with a Canon digital rebel. In auto
    mode it can be a good learning camera for a young photographer. SLR
    photography could be quite intimdating for a young person. So, do not be
    overwhelmed by all the bells and whistels. Start in Auto mode and slowley
    take on the manual settings. Take a picture and then help the littel one
    find out why it turned out the way it did.

    The book, "Understanding Exposure" ( http://tinyurl.com/d8jg2 ) will be a
    good reference for mom and dad. It is based on film photography but most of
    the content will translate to digital, shutter speed aperture, ISO etc. etc.

    My choise of Canon is because if you by any lenses or accessories they will
    migrate to a larger Canon DSLR as she grows...

    Have fun!
    DBLEXPOSURE, Sep 4, 2005
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  3. Alison Gardner

    Wolfhunt Guest

    I agree with Dblexposure. I have a Canon XT and have been slowly weening
    myself off
    the auto mode :). Another advantage is you don't have to wait for the film
    to be devoloped. Also many of today printers will print very good photos
    if you use good photo paper so you get the instant gratification of digital
    with the advantage of having the photos in hand cheaply.

    If you decide to still go with a regular SLR try the Canon Rebel series.
    are fairly cheap in price and (in my experience) are a decent 35mm

    Just my thoughts, if nothing else go to a camera shop and talk to someone
    there. they should be able to show you the differences and might carry
    a few 'older models'.
    Wolfhunt, Sep 8, 2005
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