Jan Keirse <jan.keirsepandora.be> wrote in message news:<slrnbgt67e.1il.jan.keirsemylinux.local>.......> Hello,
> This is my sittuation:
> - I have been getting more and more serious about photography during the last
> year, I am however an amateur and consider myself to be an absolute beginner.....> I am wondering, would it be interesting to buy the canon? Or is it to expensive?
> And wouldn't it be better to try to convince my dad to let me use, or buy his
> camera (and if so, what would be a reasonable price?).Hi Jan,> Greets,
The Canon 1000 sounds too expensive to me - they go on ebay for about
€100 (£50+£35 for the lens). Are you willing to spend that much extra
for the 3 month guarantee or whatever the shop offers?
Anyway I would not think the 1000 (Rebel in the US) is the best choice
- it is in Canon's base class (like the current 3000), and has no
Depth of field preview which can give you a really nice idea when you
are learning about this.
If you want a Canon AF the EOS 100 (Elan) has more control
possibilites and also a built in flash, and is extremely quiet, though
it is about 160g heavier. see
[url]http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/canoncamera.htm[/url] for specs on all
cameras + other manufacturers.
As you say AF is not so important to you and the EOS 1000 has no flash
you could consider an older MF camera. The big advantage is that MF
lenses are a lot cheaper 2nd hand than AF - I reckon you could get a
MF camera and the 3 lenses you mention for not much more than €200.
The manual cameras also usually have a better focussing screen in them
so you get a good feel for focus. And for point and shoot use you can
get pretty quick at manual focussing. I used to have a canon AE-1 and
really liked everything on it. The big disadvantage of this route is
that if you move to a more modern AF camera in the future you cannot
use the lenses, unless you go for Nikon, in which case many lenses are
incompatible in auto exposure even though the physical mount is the
same (see [url]http://www.nikonlinks.com/unklbil/bodylens.htm[/url]). However
you will be spending less on the manual lenses so the investment is
not so great to lose. And you may decide that you prefer a different
lens/camera system when you come to upgrade anyway.
About your Dad's Rolleiflex - well I would go out and get your own
stuff, experiment with that, show him you are serious and that you
take care of it and maybe in 2 years he will let you use that. Plus
you will have your own SLR system.
At the end of the day it doesn't matter too much what equipment you
get - it's how you use it. Just get something and get out there!