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    Buying an SLR camera and need advice

    Well, my title says it all ... anyone who currently owns such a beast and can give me some basic advice would be wonderful.

    CT64

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    I know one thing. They are expensive. Maybe you will find a good
    deal on one.
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    Hi CT64,

    Are you seeking out a 35mm or digital, and/or are you a camera bug that wants to have the ability to change out lenses?

    Judy,

    Actually, there are some el-cheapo units that do a fair job of taking digital photos. I have a 1 MP resolution camera I use for portrait pics. Most of the pics I have posted in the gallery were taken using my mobile phone camera - only paid $59 for the phone.
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    I know what you mean by el-cheepo. I bought a little webcam for about
    12 dollars. You can't beat that with a stick. I would like to afford a
    camera that is better someday.
    judy tooley

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    Krummiest - yeah - I'm beginning to realise that the world's an oyster and the sky's the limit. I visited a Paxton's Camera Store yesterday and was quoted $X for an Olympus E510, with two lenses 14-42 and 40-150, plus a 1GB memory card, a circular polariser (whatever the hell that is) and a carry bad. All deemed to be must haves, and the cost $1350. I found the exact same camera on the web (shopbot.com.au) for about $200 cheaper. It does pay to shop around BUT as I'm only a passionate photographer and not a professional it would seem I have to do a lot more research on the topic.

    For example, some (but not all) models come with "anti-wobble" software, understandable as the cameras themselves are heavy.

    As to your question about 35mm or digital, who uses 35mm any more? Digital of course, then one can vet the photos before wasting money on prints. I know several professional photographers who have given up traditional film (must vex Kodak no end) and one or two who still swear by it.

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    CT64,

    I still use 35mm ... mainly for scenery (mountains, forests, vast spans of open space) as when processed as a colour transparency (slides) they so beautifully amplify the greatest depth of field when projected onto a screen.

    I don't yet have a digital SLR, but have my eye on a Nikon D40 ... I like the option of having interchangeable lenses for different applications and more versatility.

    Kodak will manage fine - they still provide endless celluloid for all the trashy films the movie studios seem to be turning out.
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    Krummiest - ok - I see your persepctive. Funny, I was discussing the Nikon D40 yesterday with a colleague and she's also looking at that exact brand. I really need to buy a book about SLR cameras and really do some research BEFORE I buy.

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    Small world ... Nikon D40 looks like it has the features I want.

    Sometimes in my research, I use the online version of Consumer Reports. Unfortunately, it requires an online membership to view past this splash page, but some useful information is on the "free" page for that link.

    Looks like CR prefers the Nikon D80 ... my cousin in Michigan just got that model, and really likes it - the pics he has sent me are fantastic. Looks like that model prices (here) around 900 clams.


    My prior 35mm SLR was a Chinon - paid $500 for the body, and another $700 for the 28mm - 75mm lens. Absolutely wonderful camera ... after 12 years, the flip mirror mechanism broke and, well, that was the end of that. Kept the lens, pitched the body - no repair/replacement parts available anywhere at any price ... bummers.



    Very nice article on wikipedia that you posted ...
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    end of story: I finally decided to buy an Olympus E410 digital SLR + 14-42mm Zuiko Lens; SanDisk 2GB flash memory; Circular Polarising Filter, UV Filter and Carry Bag ... it'll turn up "in 3-4 business days". Can't WAIT.

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    Way Cool, CT64 ...

    Did you ever find out what a Circular Polarising Filter is used for?
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    Circular Polarising Filters are used if you're taking photos with bright sunlight and you want to maintain the integrity of your reds (aparently).

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    Ok ... makes sense ... reds do have a tendency to wash out more than the other colours.
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    It took 3.5 hours to charge the battery last night so, once it was finished, it was 9:30 pm which is my bed time, I did however set the date and time and then take the obligatory photo of my living room (not very exciting I'm afraid).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Well, my title says it all ... anyone who currently owns such a beast and can give me some basic advice would be wonderful.

    CT64
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera
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