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Old March 17th, 2005, 04:34 PM
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hello everybody and all the bosses,
till now I have just a canon 88 and a sony cybershot. now i'm trying to upgrade myself from amateur to professional. for this i'm looking for a digital slr. though i'm not sure that its going to be the right step to go for digital instead of film camera to be professional. am i going to the right way? all the experts...pls help.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 05:22 PM
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Welcome to the Corner. It seems to me like most of the industry is moving towards digital, so I don't think you'd be wrong in going in that direction.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 05:41 PM
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I think digital is cheaper in the long run. Assuming you can take 10k pictures on a digital slr and pay about $1000 for the camera, thats roughly 10 cents each. With film, if you use normal film *professional would be more expensive* you may pay like $3 for a roll of film and $3 for just developing, thats about 25 cents each.

If you dont know how to use a manual camera, digital is a good way to go since you can see right away if you did it right, you can practice alot and not have to worry about the cost, and since it has less latitude, your forced to get a better exposure.

I know of some pros that still use film, medium format even. You get more latitude and you dont have to worry about long term storage for the negatives to much as long as you keep them in an organized, temp/humidity controled enviroment.

For a "professional" digital slr, your looking at around $3500 for a Canon. Around $1500 for a semi professional canon, and around $1000 for a "consumer" digital slr thats almost as good as the semi pro but not as sturdy, and lacking some features.

The nice thing about digital is if you back the stuff up properly you shouldnt have to worry about loosing the pictures. With film, the lab could mess up and you will loose the pictures forever, or have to pay $$$ to get scratches repaired, etc. But this isnt to common.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 06:19 PM
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Hi and Welcome to the corner. I am not a professional so I can't help you out. Sorry
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Old March 17th, 2005, 09:20 PM
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Old March 17th, 2005, 09:43 PM
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Welcome to the corner.

The prices Gerry gave didn't include lenses
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Old March 17th, 2005, 09:58 PM
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Lenses apply to both film and digital, so I didint include them. Same with a computer and editing software.

Also theres another canon dslr thats around $8000. :0) I think thats what the Canon 1Ds Mark II goes for.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 05:47 PM
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I shoot film. I am no professional and the initial cost is less with a film camera if you are trying to learn the "manual" way to photography. I have a Nikon N55 (entry level film camera) with the 28/80mm lens that it came with. I am in the market for a 70-300mm zoom and a circular polarizer. Total cost for all of this start up stuff, after bargain hunting, will end up being approximately 530.00. I can upgrade my body with a trade once I get better for less that 200.00 also. Pretty inexpensive comparing against the cost of a decent, even entry level digital.

I have seen some excellent prices on film camera bodies since the boom in digital came about. I also buy film in bulk and I shoot up as many rolls as I want for a day, drop them off at my processor and pay 3 bucks to get my negs processed and put on cd. Then I, in essence, have digital images of what I shot on film. Yes, you have to wait an hour to get them processed but that's not too long.

I have been at this site for nearly three months and though digital seems to have a lot of advantages and seems to be the dominant choice here, film also has a lot of advantages and has been around forever. It's all about researching what you want to do and comparing before you make a decision to rush out and buy before you really know what you want to shoot. I believe it's really just a matter of preference....(maybe some more film users will post here to give you some more ideas on film so you can compare it against the tons and tons of digital users here.....) Anyway, happy camera hunting and I can't wait to see what you post!!!

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Old March 18th, 2005, 06:41 PM
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Apperanlty the Canon d30 is around $500us, and ive seen Fuji s2 pro's going for around the same. The first is 3mp and the 2nd is 6mp. both out of date, the s2 isnt to bad out of date though.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 10:00 PM
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Just make sure you buy what you need. You will always want to upgrade later on so there is no sense in buying somthing just to get by for now. Welcome by the way
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