I've been into photography for a long time, but I've never had any good equipment to work with because nobody in my family is into photography. The only decent camera we ever had was an old Minolta 7000, the first autofocus SLR. I was young when we had it, maybe 11, so I didn't really know what it was all about. I've been serious about photography for about 2 years and want to go to the next step of having a real camera instead of the little Point-and-Shoots my mom buys to simply take pictures of family in Europe. I don't know anything about night photography, shutter speeds, ISO, f-stops (except that smaller number is better and faster).
I don't have much money to spend (especially since I'm in college now) and this restricts me a lot. My main goal is aviation photography, though not specifically for this website, since it's so strict even people with 50,000 cameras get shots rejected once in a while. I love taking pictures of nature, too, though, and my college campus is absolutely beautiful so it's not like the camera would go unused here.
As for the 2x crop factor (the small sensor). I know this may cause a problem (my roommate has a Rebel XT
and told me about the potential flaws) but my thoughts are that buying a new camera with new lenses will almost guarantee there are no flaws to begin with and I plan on putting a UV
filter on the lens the moment it comes out of the box to protect it. Or did you mean other flaws, haha?
I was thinking of going film at first since it's so much cheaper to get a camera, but the film is so expensive and with film you need to wait for the perfect shot instead of taking 300 pictures and finding 4 good ones like with digital cameras. I also want a light-weight camera and one that's not too bulky. I saw the Olympus and it immediately caught my eye because it looks cool and isn't too expensive.
As you can tell I don't have much experience but I really want a good DSLR. Haha. And right now the Olympus is at the top of my list (because of price and the kit lenses) unless someone can convince me otherwise.
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