ILS33
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Calling All The Photographers

Sun Feb 08, 2004 2:02 pm

Cheers all,

I know my topic is a little off of what i am going to discuss. Actually i am not even going to discuss just hoping for an honest opinion. I have seen many and many nice pictures on this web site. and I admire the work of all those people who take those pictures. I Am a pilot my self and i am lucky enough to have the oppurtunity to be in the air and i come to occasions where i wished i had a camera to store those great moments and scenes. The problem lies in that i do not have a camera ! i am not big fan of digital cameras. i still think old is gold. So my question is i am interested in buying a camera. (As a rookie), Which one should i get, but have good picture qualities on film. something i can adjust focus . i have heard of 35 mm lenses but i have no clue what they are and how they work. but once i get the right equipment i am sure i can read a manual or 2 lol. Something that is not too expensive or nuthign cheap enough to waste money. so any suggestions or opinions appreciated.
sorry didnt realize my post was turning into an essay.

greeting  Big grin

" I love smell of the Jet Fuel in the morning "  Smile

[Edited 2004-02-08 06:05:24]
 
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JeffM
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Sun Feb 08, 2004 2:18 pm

I love the smell of JP in the am as well... JP4 or 5.

I would say that if your hell bent on getting a film camera, choose either Nikon or Canon. Those two dominate the digital SLR (35mm, Single Lens Reflex) market, and any lenses you buy for their film cameras will work when you get tired of paying for film and processing, and decide to move on to digital SLRs. They are currently down in price and a decent set up will cost you less then $3000. That sounds high to some, but they don't usually figure in the cost of lenses, which is really the most important part of the equation.

The benefit to digital is you do not pay for film or processing while learning (actually ever..) and you get instant feedback via the LCD on the camera back as to the approximate quality of the image you took seconds ago. With film, you have to wait until the roll is shot, drive to the lab, and wait, just to find out you didn't quite have everything right. With digital, a quick glance at the LCD and at that point it is either a keeper or you delete it.

Good luck, and have fun.

[Edited 2004-02-08 06:19:27]
 
VS340
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Sun Feb 08, 2004 3:44 pm

IMHO digital is the way to go, it has changed photography for the better. Like JeffM said, the ability to view your photo imediately after taking it makes it many times easier and cheaper to improve your skills. sometimes its better to move on to new technology and leave the past behind, not in all cases but in some.
 
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Sun Feb 08, 2004 4:36 pm

If I had the cash, I'd get a Digital Rebel. But then again, I don't have the cash, so I shoot film. But that's just me. I know Jeff will have something to say about it.

DLKAPA
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ILS33
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Sun Feb 08, 2004 5:37 pm

Thank you very very much guys.. i guess i am gonna consider going digitel ! As long asi get the best quality at night or the day time .
 
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Sun Feb 08, 2004 6:59 pm

Firstly, what is your budget? What is the maximum you are willing to spend?

Secondly, what kind of pictures will you take? Will you be shooting out the window while flying your plane? If so, I would not recommend an SLR, as you need both hands.

Thirdly, what do you want to do in your photography? Would you be shooting mainly for your own benefit and pleasure, in order to improve your skills, or are you simply intending to show other people what you saw?

All these things will have an impact.

Charles
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ILS33
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Mon Feb 09, 2004 5:17 am

My budget is under $300. I am looking to shoot for both self pleasure and show other people . I mean if i get an SLR its nothing big i cant take another pilot to fly with me and i can take the pictures, using both hands is not an issue at all. I will be shooting while i am flying and also on the ground stationary. I am mainly focusing on getting good shots, clear shots and if i take them at night , i dont want them to blurry. I like sharp images with definition.
 
707CMF
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Mon Feb 09, 2004 6:08 am

Secondly, what kind of pictures will you take? Will you be shooting out the window while flying your plane? If so, I would not recommend an SLR, as you need both hands.

I will amend that. A pilot and a photographer myself, I often take shots while flying (solo) an aircraft.
Well trimmed, an aircraft can fly itself without neither autopilot nor pilot's hands at the helm for largely enough for the pilot to shoot the picture.
An advantage I have with the aircraft I fly, though, is that they are skipped with a stick, not a yoke, so I can always adjust it with my knees while shooting a picture.

707
 
ake0404ar
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RE: Calling All The Photographers

Mon Feb 09, 2004 6:55 am

300 USD is not a lot.

If I were you, I would save up some more and wait! You have done without a camera for a while and you could do without it for another few months.

Buy something which will last. Glass is the most important part in this game.
I'd rather shoot with a broken camera than with broken glass.

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