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Will buy my first camera ,, need advise !
Hello everybody,.

Since my childhood I was fascinated by photographs ,, and now I decided to buy my very first one and I've some questions about that..

1- Point-&-Shoot cameras have only manual adjusting.. what about SLR cameras do they have automatic adjusting ? .

2- If I buy a point-&-shoot camera can I use other lenses such as macro and 35mm ? .

3- am thinking about canon S5 IS .. is it good ? I mean can I take pro photos with it ?if not tell what's better and affordable ...

4- I'd like to buy books about photography ,, any recommendations ? .

Final word , I want to think everyone comes by this topic ..

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Hi and welcome to the forum....

Unless you tell us a bit more about the sorts of subjects you're going to be taking, we can only give you very generalised advice. For instance, you might wanna take a lot of close-ups of flowers or insects; maybe you're a ball fan who wants pics from the bleachers; maybe you're a bird-in-flight fan; what about weddings? how about candid snaps in your dimly-lit local watering hole. I guess you get the idea..

Anyway....

1. Many so-called P&S cameras are completely automatic; that is, they do all the thinking for you and change all the settings according to programmed software. Then again, lots of them have fully manual controls where you adjust/set aperture, shutter speed, ISO (film speed), white balance etc. Then just to confuse the issue (!) some have a mix of fully auto with limited manual adjustments..

DSLRs are always intended to be used as manual by default, but most have a "point 'n' shoot" mode as well. This may let you gradually work your way up from a novice to an advanced amateur over a period of time. In many ways though, as a beginner, I'd advise you to avoid any/all dSLRs for the moment..

2. Once again, it depends on the camera. Many P&S do have interchangeable lens available as an option to use with an adaptor - tele, wide, or macro for example, but then lots don't..

3. Yes, the Canon S5IS is a very good camera..... for some people. Incidentally, regardless of which camera you buy, you ain't gonna get "pro" photos! Don't simply equate a high-tech camera with professional-type images..... major mistake. There's no such thing as a "pro" photo anyway - it's the human body behind the camera body that's the pro (or not)..

4. There's literally a zillion books on photography out there, and also tutorials on this very site. Maybe check out you local library, or simply Google "photography tutorials" on the web..

Hope this gives you some food for thought, and please let's know a bit about your intended subjects and the direction you like to take long-term..

Cheers ..

Comment #1

I'll start in opposite direction..

4. Go to library and find couple books you like. While reading, think about subjects style of photography you want to do: sports, landscape, street life, macro, portrait. I personally like everything, and find it equally challenging..

I can recommend 2 books right away: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson, and Nature Photography Field Guide by John Shaw.

3. S5 IS? Of course it's good! Actually every camera is good. Every camera has limitations too. Some artists are using S3 IS and after long post processing/editing are selling at micro stock agencies (some are very successful with S3 IS)..

Pros, who shot for clients usually shot with DSLR cameras + top class lenses. This equipment is much more expensive, but providing higher resolution, better detail, more flexible at specific projects (each lens for own purpose). I would buy DSLR with default lens and would ebay used 50mm AF lens compatible to camera body youll chose..

2. You will not be able to disconnect existing lens. You will be able to use attachments (additional lens on top of existing). This is not as good method as separate lens, because of light loss in additional glass, additional distortion..

1. For best and most effective use every camera will require learning and understanding exposure rules well described in books..

DSLRs are unforgiving; most complicated, but provide best quality images in hands of dedicated photographer. Yes, they are also bulky..

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Comment #2

Pretty much all of what the above 2 posters said is true, though I do have to disagree with beginners not starting with DSLR. I think that if compactness is not an issue, then you will learn more with a DSLR than compact like S5. Controls tend to be more accessible, inviting exploration. Shutter speed, aperture, etc, are right on the dial, as opposed to being buried in a menu. Additionally I can't think of a single instance where a Point and Shoot will provide you with better image quality than a DSLR in an appropriate mode (possible exception being if you don't have the lens range to get shot that something like a super zoom compact could give you). Prices have came down SO far on DSLRs unless you want a tiny camera, I just don't see a reason not to get one.

Add somethign like the Tamron 18-200 if you want a single do lens kit and you have a lot of camera for under $800 compared to a P/S super zoom. If you don't need telephoto, get kit lens and you are under $500...

Comment #3

Hello ,.

I want to thank y'all for your repliesi like landscape the most but ofcourse I would take pictures to everything I want to capture every moment I find nice ...

I guess I will start with s5 for 3 months or so then selling it and buy an SLR ,,.

So thanks a lot  your replies were so helpful..

Comment #4

Hi,.

The most usfull and best piece of advice you were offered was "don't"..

Please don't ignore it. Jumping in at the deep end may put you off of photography for life as you struggle back to the surface (with an empty wallet)..

Try thinking this way, you are a famous photographer and would like something simple and light to use on holiday or away from work. Now think about the P&S you'll buy: it's probably fashionable (but not pink) with "P" mode only, a few _usefull_ scene modes (more will add to the confusion) and EV compensation. That means you can step in and over-ride the thing when it's too bland in it's decisions..

Now go and buy it and - when you know how to do it and have read a few book on the subject - start thinking about that pro-style dSLR..

The fact is that the P&S is a cheap way of sorting out what sort of photographer you are (there's lots of types and lots of styles: I just hope for your sake that you don't end up in the Canon or Nikon plus raw eveytime plus Photoshop bunch; because unless you are lucky you'll miss a lot of fun)..

Most P&S's turn out very high quality work without any intervention from the photographer most of the time. At this stage this is probably what you'd like although you may not realise it....

Just my 2d worth. David..

Comment #5

SMPhoto wrote:.

Shutter speed, aperture, etc, are right on the dial, as opposed to being buried in a menu..

I agree that they're "generally" more accessible, but once again, it depends on the P&S in question. For example, my E900's manual aperture and shutter settings are "on the dial" with a simple up and down on the D pad to adjust 'em. They're not really "buried" in the menu..

Additionally I can't think of a single instance where a Point and Shoot will provide you with better image quality than a dSLR in an appropriate mode......

Totally agree. But I'm just getting an impression that the OP might need to "ease" into his photographic hobby a bit more slowly than with a dSLR..

I also agree with you about the price plunge of entry-level dSLRs  even here in Aust it's astounding!.

Cheers ..

Comment #6

My statement about being buried in menus was definitely an over generalization on my part. I have picked up a few P/S that supposed offered full manual control and spent 5 minutes and never figured out how to set it, others like the Canon G series, Nikon P5100, etc. have great controls. There is certainly a place for compacts and I plan on grabbing either a G9 or P5100 one soon...

Comment #7

SMPhoto wrote:.

There is certainly a place for compacts and I plan ongrabbing either a G9 or P5100 one soon..

G9 is an excellent choice except for one thing..... it's price!.

In Aust roughly USD$700..

Have you checked out the new A650 IS which uses the same lens and sensor as the G9, but is about $200 less..

Cheers .

[edit: typo!]..

Comment #8

I will check it out. Mainly thinking about the G9 due to ruggedness and RAW. If I want to give up raw I will probably go with Nikon P5100 since it supposedly has superior VR and can use my Nikon Speedlights if I want to. 650 doesn't have raw does it? I'm not sure what the controls on the 650 are like, but I really like the manual dials on the G9. Since I shoot several thousand shots a week on a DSLR it drives me insane to dig through menus to change ISO and stuff...

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