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    by hockysa » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:50 pm

    I'm new to the photography and SLR cameras, and was looking for somewhere to begin as I've no idea where to start.

    Initially I was going to do a course to see what shooting with an SLR is like and how hard it is to use, as well as work out what sorta of functions i'd need to determine which camera I'd go for.

    But if possible ould someone simply PM me any knowledge they'd like to share?
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    by Guest » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:58 pm

    Thanks for joining

    Probably the very easiset thing you should do is pop down to your local camera store and have a go with a few different SLR's, and get some advice from them.

    Even to your local camera club.

    Photography is such a vast topic that a PM isn't really practical.
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    by hockysa » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:38 pm

    kiwifamily wrote:Thanks for joining

    Probably the very easiset thing you should do is pop down to your local camera store and have a go with a few different SLR's, and get some advice from them.

    Even to your local camera club.

    Photography is such a vast topic that a PM isn't really practical.


    ahh ok thanks for the idae :)
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    by Busiboy » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:45 pm

    A lot of what you want to know depends on what you want.

    How much do you want to spend?

    What do you want to shoot?

    Essentially you could get something cheap of ebay and snap away (at your own peril) or you could go out and lay out $10g easily for a really expensive kit that will be able to do more than you can make it ;)

    There are twin lens kits for around the $1,000 mark which could be a good way to work out if you like it or not, and there are cheaper alternatives also.

    Answer those 2 questions first though and go and have a look around.
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    by photoboy » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:52 pm

    Yep what Kiwi said ...

    Even to your local camera club


    There are a number of good/active camera clubs in Melbourne and there you will find people who will share their knowledge and help you avoid (expensive) purchasing mistakes.

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    by heartyfisher » Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:45 pm

    photoboy wrote:Yep what Kiwi said ...

    Even to your local camera club


    There are a number of good/active camera clubs in Melbourne and there you will find people who will share their knowledge and help you avoid (expensive) purchasing mistakes.

    PC


    yeah ... but dont listen to someone who says all other brands are crap just get such an such brand. ie dont listen to me .. I only like nikon cameras :twisted:
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    by hockysa » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:46 pm

    heartyfisher wrote:
    photoboy wrote:Yep what Kiwi said ...

    Even to your local camera club


    There are a number of good/active camera clubs in Melbourne and there you will find people who will share their knowledge and help you avoid (expensive) purchasing mistakes.

    PC


    yeah ... but dont listen to someone who says all other brands are crap just get such an such brand. ie dont listen to me .. I only like nikon cameras :twisted:


    loolz, is any particular brand popular and easier to use or more cost effective.
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    by photoboy » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:12 pm

    No hockysa,

    Its' Ford versus Holden ... don't let anyone tell you otherwise :!: :!: :!:

    Having said that - Canon has historically been more popular with sports photographers since their autofocus system has been superior; conversley Nikon has been more popular with good photographers :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    by Guest » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:24 pm

    ^^ lol, two wrongs don't make a right
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    by Steve Lockyer » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:36 pm

    Every Nikon owner is trying to sway this poor chap.

    I think pro Canon shooters out number Nikon nutters 9:1



    Seriously though, like others have said, you need to determine a budget first and then choose a Canon camera that best fits that budget. :P
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    by dm_td5 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:47 pm

    Hi hockysa and welcome.

    Canon make very reasonable printers and their autofocus system reached its peak with the MkIII :twisted:

    Yep, you guessed it I shoot Nikon :D

    I also own Land Rovers so I guess I'm just eccentric!
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    by Busiboy » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:02 pm

    Steve Lockyer wrote:Every Nikon owner is trying to sway this poor chap.

    I think pro Canon shooters out number Nikon nutters 9:1



    Seriously though, like others have said, you need to determine a budget first and then choose a Canon camera that best fits that budget. :P


    8:1

    There are some other brands out there, like Olympus :D

    I love my toy but as it is a niche brand it can be a bit harder to get extras, but only by other makers.

    Olympus do a pretty good system but as I said above work out what you want to do and then work out which camera suits you best.

    Come to the dark side :D
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    by cowsgomoo » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:19 pm

    dm_td5 wrote:Hi hockysa and welcome.

    Canon make very reasonable printers and their autofocus system reached its peak with the MkIII :twisted:

    Yep, you guessed it I shoot Nikon :D

    I also own Land Rovers so I guess I'm just eccentric!


    Can't see any issues there....

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    by heartyfisher » Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:24 am

    Hi hockysa,

    Seems I may have accidentally ignited a canon vs nikon flame war!

    Seriously though.. you really need to tell us your budget and also more about your experience with photography and what you like to photograph and what you like to try to photograph.. also what software do you use now and what cameras do you have at the moment.

    You can spend as much as you have money for( I am sure there are many here that will testify that they have spent more than they have budget for!) so the budget will help us provide advice within your budget range.

    PS welcome to our lively forum!
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    by hockysa » Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:41 pm

    photoboy wrote:No hockysa,

    Its' Ford versus Holden ... don't let anyone tell you otherwise :!: :!: :!:

    Having said that - Canon has historically been more popular with sports photographers since their autofocus system has been superior; conversley Nikon has been more popular with good photographers :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    PC


    lol its funny you say that because i was looking to get the canon 400d with the twin lens kit, mainly because someone whose owned it said that he said it was good to start off with.

    then i met a photographer at the club who was using a nikon and said pretty much what you said in the 2nd paragraph lolz

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