Canon 10D for novice?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Jerry, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. Jerry

    Jerry Guest

    I'm a total novice, but I've owned the Olympus C-3040 for about 2 years,
    I haven't tweaked it much, mainly just use AF etc...Will the 10D take
    forever to learn?...I mainly want the camera to take picture of my kids,
    one playing soccer and the other riding dirtbikes...Hopefully this isn't
    to vague.

    Thanks in advance!

    See ya...Jerry
    Jerry, Aug 1, 2003
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  2. Jerry

    Dan Campbell Guest

    If I can infer that the kinds of pictures you want to take involve some
    motion and action, then the 10D has a distinct advantage over most
    digital point-and-shoots (including the C-3040): it doesn't have the
    shutter lag that always seems to make you just miss the shot you want,
    and it has a usable burst mode.

    But it is a lot of money for such limited use.
    Dan Campbell, Aug 1, 2003
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  3. Jerry

    eeb912 Guest

    If money is not an issue, then get the 10D and a couple of lenses. You will
    love your soccer and dirtbike pictures with it. The fast shutter speed and
    very tiny shutter lag will produce some great pictures for you. You can set
    it on sports mode and crank away. I don't know why people think you have to
    use the manual functions if you have an SLR -- you don't. You can always
    learn to use them later if you want to. My mother has never taken her film
    SLR off of program mode and she has thousands of great photos. I can look
    at them and see that some of them would be better if she had used her
    aperture more creatively but she is happy with them.

    eeb912, Aug 1, 2003
  4. Jerry

    eeb912 Guest

    Get the 10D then. Words cannot express how happy I am with mine. I haven't
    touched my film SLR or my Minolta D7i since I got it. I have taken 15,000
    shots since I got it 2 months ago. Probably 3/4 of them are action shots --
    I take 300-400 shots at a baseball game or a swim meet and my technique has
    improved dramatically. I have taken some good action shots on my film
    camera, but never took that many since it got expensive going through a few
    rolls of film at an event. I bought the 10D to use in my portrait business,
    but am seriously considering going to youth sports events and selling action
    photos through a website. I have a lot of contacts with coaches because I
    already do team memory mates, sports cards, etc.

    Anyway, I figure I have saved at least $5000 in film processing (not that I
    would have ever taken that many shots on film) so that more than pays for
    the camera and the lenses I had to buy for it. Pretty soon, I'll be able to
    justify an L lens for it.

    The only problem is now I can see that I would really enjoy the 8fps and
    faster AF of the 1D, but that will have to wait for another year. I'm
    already getting great shots.

    eeb912, Aug 1, 2003
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