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Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 10:21 am

I know this has probably been asked a hundred times, but please just guide me in the right direction. I need a camera less than $200 body and lens combined. I don't care if its used. I need it to be able to take airliners.net quality pictures. Please help and thanks a lot!
 
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nighthawk
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 11:02 am

grr i wish someone would reply cause i am interested in a similar camera (except in the UK). Anyone care to recommend a camera?
 
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 11:04 am

I don't have a fancy SLR. I use a 35-135mm Pentax that I got for just over 200 Canadian. It works great, I even got one accepted with it.
Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
 
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 11:09 am

I don't really have much experience with this, but from what I've read previously a good used SLR might be your best bet if you're interested in taking good photos and don't want to spend the $$ for a new top of the line SLR or a digital camera. With a used SLR you can also sometimes get a few different lenses which is a great help. I'm not sure what kind or where to look for them, but if you search some older posts you may find some info.

The scanner you use will make a difference, too.
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psa188
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 12:53 pm

Go here:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

and click on "used equipment". Try to get an SLR, not a point and shoot, because as you "grow into" shooting you'll want the better results and multiple-lens flexibility on an SLR.

And shoot slides, not prints.
 
Alaskaairlines
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 5:03 pm

Go to auction web-sites, maybe you can get a deal there.

$200 isn't going to get you to far.

$400 is more like it.

-Dmitry
 
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 5:20 pm

Kodak Disposables..

Too bad its a pain to take out the film urself after its all used up but noooo. its locked to the camera that the lab ppl has to do the work.
Follow @kimbo_snaps on Instagram or bokimon- on Flickr to see more pics of me and my travels.
 
jwenting
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 7:57 pm

You might be able to get a Minolta X370 with a 70-210 or similar for around that price.
No frills, no autofocus, no autowinder, but a great and extremely sturdy camera.
Mine has not let me down even once in 20 years of hard labour.
I wish I were flying
 
hoegenfroegen
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 9:04 pm

I allways buy used equipement. Mechanical Pentax bodys and nonautofocus Lens. But not for this price. A well received body costs about 200 €uro and the lens too.
 
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sat Jan 05, 2002 9:12 pm

My advice is to get a used SLR, with Manual focus and take pictures simply of aircraft taxiing. You may want to jump straight in and take photos like Chris Sheldon or Andrew Hunt or whoever you think is a good photographer on the internet, but as hard as it is you really need practise, and MF is the best way around it.

Take time to find out what your camera does, how it works and how you use it to make the most of your pictures.

Or... if you can get really close to the action at your local airport (i mean, where you can use 100mm or so), then i advise you get a cheap digital camera, not too cheap but for $350-$400 i'll bet you can get a camera that you can take A.net results (I know Olympus and Canon are quite good in this range).

Regards

Dan
 
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Sun Jan 06, 2002 1:28 pm

My dad has a lens that has a 28-135mm zoom. Can anyone tell me if that is a good lens for a beginner in aviation photography? Do you think it would be good enough for airliners.net quality photos? Thanks for your help.
 
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Mon Jan 07, 2002 5:43 am

i have seen it mentioned many times what type of camera is good, ie SLR manual focus, but can someone mention a list of good cameras? If you were to give me some names then i could look around and find a cheap price for one second hand, but without a list i am really confused. There are lots of SLR manual focus cameras available, are you saying all of these are suitable?

Also if possible i would like a digital camera, as it is far easier to upload the pictures to the internet. I only have laptop, and very little money, so i cant afford a slide scanner
 
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RE: Cheap Camera For Beginners

Mon Jan 07, 2002 5:47 am

I have a Canon A-1 and it's quite good.
I mainly use a 200mm f/2.8 Canon FD lens and when i need more focal lenght i'll put my 2x Tamron tele-converter on it.

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