I have $2,000 to spend

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by miscellaneousmedia, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. Digital or Film? Recommendations? Looking to do portrait, landscape,
    miscellaneousmedia, Aug 4, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Try large format, for example 4x5 inch sheet film?
    Tony Polson, Aug 4, 2005
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  3. Ha! Are you kidding? that's not enough to do anything, with either
    digital or film...

    You need at least 7-10K to get serious about all of those things...
    uraniumcommittee, Aug 4, 2005
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    Mike Guest

    Well good architecture photography is tough without going 4x5 large-format
    or a tilt-shift lens.

    You can correct for perspective problems in Photoshop.

    I'd either get a dSLR or a 4x5 field camera :) I have the latter and
    love it! Couple my 4x5 transparencies with a Epson flatbed scanner and I
    get more than 100 megapixels! Forget about agility or candids or
    high-volume shooting. Even portraiture is hard. But it can't be beat for
    landscapes and architecture.

    I see 35mm and a dSLR as more or less the same thing with the dSLR better
    in most cases.
    Mike, Aug 4, 2005
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    nickravo Guest

    Yes, I thought about 4X5; that's what I learned on in college, years
    ago. But I am concerned that I needed to improve my 35mm skills and eye
    before moving into large format. True? the Agility is a concern, too,
    as I would like some flexibility to shoot something that might develop
    nickravo, Aug 5, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    Go digital. Film is on the wane.
    Tony, Aug 5, 2005
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    There are some really good used deals now for medium format gear. More
    flexible than large format, and better enlargement possibility than 35
    mm or a lower priced D-SLR. Hasselblad 500 series and Mamiya RB/RZ67 are
    very numerous on the used market.

    Also, if you are not against buying used 35 mm, like from
    <http://www.keh.com> or <http://www.mpex.com> (for examples), then you
    can find much better deals than new. Both KEH and Midwest Photo Exchange
    have return policies.

    The bigger question is what do you want to do with the images.
    Anticipating the printing sizes can help. It is possible to get very
    nice 35 mm results printed out to 10" by 15" or 12" by 18" at high
    quality labs, but obviously easier to get larger or same sized prints
    from larger film.
    Gordon Moat, Aug 5, 2005
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    Large format gear would meet his needs, and be well under $2000 for a
    careful shopper. Buy some used items from reputable dealers with return
    policies, then it could be much less than $2000 to spend.
    Gordon Moat, Aug 5, 2005
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    nathantw Guest

    Two words: Roth IRA
    nathantw, Aug 5, 2005
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Two words: Roth IRA

    Oh sure, a Roth will grow tax-free, but will it do 8 Megapixels, baby?
    Annika1980, Aug 5, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    Only if you're an idiot and blow your load on vintage Leica crap...
    Brian Baird, Aug 5, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    It's hard to beat a view camera in terms of raw amount of detail
    captured. A 4x5 chunk of film has a huge amount of detail present.

    If you're going to go film, just make sure to add the cost of a good
    flatbed scanner with transparency option. You'll probably want to
    digitize your better shots.

    A dSLR with a tilt-shift lens and Photoshop can do some pretty decent
    architectural and landscape shots. Because you can shift the view
    without altering the perspective you'll be able to take a panel of shots
    and stitch them together without any real hassle. This can offset the
    limitation of the sensor resolution.

    A dSLR will also be more flexible, especially if you're going to take
    pictures when you're travelling, going to sporting or family events,
    etc. But - any dSLR in that price range will have a "cropped" field of
    view, making wide angle problematic.
    Brian Baird, Aug 5, 2005
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    nickravo Guest

    Thanks much for all the comments. I'm thinking more seriously about
    medium/large format instead of 35mm. I would like the option of
    printing larger than 10X15. Is there a special learning curve in
    dealing with those formats. Books, magazines, sites that you'd
    recommend? Scanning recommendations?
    nickravo, Aug 5, 2005
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    That_Rich Guest

    All my money is tied up in cash...... and film.

    That_Rich, Aug 5, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    Sadly, I don't think either will hold its value in today's market.
    Brian Baird, Aug 5, 2005
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    Rox-off Guest

    Same as any other means of doing photography. Shutter speed, aperture and
    ISO combined to provide a suitable exposure.
    Rox-off, Aug 5, 2005
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    Rox-off Guest

    Says he who has never had the opportunity to hold a Leica, let alone take
    pictures with one.
    Rox-off, Aug 5, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    I'm sure it's very satisfying crap.
    Brian Baird, Aug 5, 2005
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    nathantw Guest

    Well, seriously, if you don't mind used equipment, then Hasselblads are the
    best deals out there. In fact, all medium format equipment is going for
    almost fire sale prices. If you go to the Hasselblad website under products
    you'll see their reconditioned list. Those prices are pretty darn good for a
    501C and other cameras and lenses. If you go to www.tallyns.com under their
    web specials you'll find complete Bronica systems for $400. It's amazing.
    So, in my eyes, you really can't go wrong with film. You can always buy a
    film scanner if you need digital.
    nathantw, Aug 5, 2005
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    Bob Hickey Guest

    keepers is with Hassys and Rolleis. Had no luck with Japanese 2 1/4s. Maybe
    a Pentax 67 but I never hed one. I wouldn't even think about digital. Bang
    for the buck, it's the worst. But a set with say, a Rollei F 3.5 and Fuji
    NPS or Ilford Pan F, can't be beat. Good luck.
    Bob Hickey
    Bob Hickey, Aug 5, 2005
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