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I'm New At This

Mon Jun 25, 2001 8:06 am

I realy want to get into airplane photography, But I don't know what type of camera to buy, If you could tell me everything I need for a beginner and the average price. "Including" camera, lens ect.


RE: I'm New At This

Mon Jun 25, 2001 9:59 am

Scroll down, there was a thread recently called "Small Budged Camera", there's plenty of information there.
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RE: I'm New At This

Mon Jun 25, 2001 12:51 pm

I would go with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Get a 28-80mm lens, 100-300mm lenes, and a nice camera bag. That would be a nice kit to start with. It is not too expensive ($350-$400 US) and you can expand on it later. Thats just my $00.02
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Tue Jun 26, 2001 2:43 am

Another good option is the Nikon F65 (N65 on the other side of the pond), with Sigma 28-80 and 100-300 lenses. Should cost about the same.
A good bag is important. It will save your equipment from destruction on a more or less regular basis (as well as protect your back and neck from permanent damage once the equipment grows).
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RE: I'm New At This

Tue Jun 26, 2001 6:49 am

What type of film do I need to use???

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RE: I'm New At This

Tue Jun 26, 2001 7:33 am

Start with print film, 100 ASA or 200 ASA for cloudy days. Later in a few monthes you can try Fuji Reala 100 ASA and notice a great improvement in quality. Reala is expensive but maybe the best for prints.


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Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:15 am

I will have to agree with Mirage, use Fuji will be amazed.

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RE: I'm New At This

Tue Jun 26, 2001 4:08 pm

I was recently at the Minolta service center in Cypress, California and noticed that they sell refurbished cameras there. Refurbished/used cameras are a good way to save money.

I agree with the others, start with prints. Kodak Gold 100 is cheap but good enough, at least until you get the hang of shooting photos. Then move on to Fuji Reala 100 which is a great print film, and is actually pretty cheap if you get it from the right place. I get mine from

If you want to put your photos on, you will need some sort of scanner. For best results, you will want one that can scan negatives.

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RE: I'm New At This

Tue Jun 26, 2001 4:40 pm

I agree with David. A Used camera is the best way to go, if you have a place near you that has a good selection. SLRs with built-in motor drives, autofocus, etc have been common for over a decade, and can be found on the second-hand market.

Stay with the big names - Canon, Nikon, Minolta. There are tons of accessories and lenses for these from various manufacturers, and this will make sure that you can upgrade little by little as you find the funds - a new lens here and there, a new body...

You will need two zoom lenses. One in the 35-80mm range and another in the 80-200 range. If you can get higher than 200mm, great, but if not, usually you can get away with it (depending on the airport). But 200mm is a minimum.

Finally you need to decide whether you will shoot prints or slides. Prints are very forgiving, but getting a good scan off of a print is difficult unless you have a very good scanner. Depending on where you live, prints can be expensive choice as well - you need a fairly large print to be able to scan with good detail, and getting big prints every time will start to cost you. The advantage of prints is that flatbed scanners are pretty cheap.

Shooting slides is the other option. Slide scanners are more expensive, but, depending on where you live, slides are usually much less expensive than prints, and you make the money back in the long run (I figure that I save something like $15 per roll of slide film vs. prints). Slides generally result in much brighter and truer colors, but are unforgiving of error. Best to start with prints and go on to slides when you get the hang of it.

Finally, and it is what most people forget, is the scanner. People often concentrate on getting the camera, and blow their whole budget on it, shoot a few rolls, and then realize that the have nothing to scan them with, and their budget is gone. So don't forget to budget of a scanner.

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RE: I'm New At This

Tue Jun 26, 2001 5:26 pm

Cfalk forgot to mention that film scanners which are used to scan slides can also scan negetives. Results are(im my opinion) just as good plus you dont need a projector to view your work for personal pleasure since you can always get prints from your negatives.

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