Thursday, February 09, 2006

a new camera

as much as i like taking pics with my phone (and i always will), i have been thinking about investing in a camera. i want one that the lenses are changable and do cool things. i havent even really started looking at cameras, as i have no idea where to even start, so i am hoping that you all out there can be useful to me in this. what do i look for in a camera?

7 comments:

The Jay said...

I bought a Nikon N65 a few years ago and I like it. I spent around $400, I think. It's a pretty versatile SLR, but it was a big deal to lug it around. These days I carry my little digital camera (Casio Exilim) everywhere and use it a lot. It's tiny but has "megapixels".

You know what I was surprised by? The camera body of an SLR is really cheap. It's the lenses that are the expensive part. You'll see good name camera bodies on ebay for like $40.

edluv said...

screw film using cameras. jay just wants to be a luddite.

digital all the way. 5 or more megapixels. i recommend canon. we have the powershot sd400. it's the bomb.

if you really want to get one with exchangable lenses and such, get a digital one. it'll cost you, but you can still fiddle with focus, knobs, settings, etc. of course, most point & shoot variety digi cameras allow most of that stuff, it's just a matter of learning how.

Adam said...

Unless you're looking to do some serious photo-taking, I see no reason to buy an SLR. Most digitals now have a 35-70mm, or so, zoom. That's plenty for most people's needs. If you aren't looking to do some really close, close-ups or some telephoto work, I say get a little guy.

The Jay said...

That's what I say too. If you want to mess with the SLR, go for it. But I like my tiny 5 MP digital guy.

The Jay said...

What's a luddite?

Adam said...

The term is used to refer to people who oppose technology.

Scott & Malisa Johnson said...

We have a Sony cybershot. I don't think that it was very expensive, but it works really well. It's only is a 4.1 MP but for what I use it for, it is fine. Oh, and if you are going for a digital camera for the first time, my advice is don't worry about getting a photo printer. I have never liked the three that we have had over the years. I end up just sending them on-line to be developed, or going to costco. Much better quality... but that is a whole other thing to think about.