Hello to all , i have decided to start looking for a DSLR, ( i dont have all the funds yet but i dont want to screw up) . I have read a lot of the post on here and i think that i am more confussed then when i stared. Let me tell you what i have so far.
I am shooting a Canon EOS 50e ( film ) right now and i have a few lenses for it. I really like it but i know that i need to step up. I shoot as much as i can with film and it seems that i cant get the fiim devolled fast enough to find out what i did " wrong " . I figured the the price of film and devolping will even out with the cost of a DSLR ? .
I guess the problem that i am running into is that i dont know all the terms that yall use on this site.
I know that i can find a Canon DSLR on an auction site fairly cheap, but what do i need to avoid?
I agree regarding the lenses, if you are happy with them why not continue using them on a Canon digital body?
Colin, do you really think it's wise to have a printer at home? Some time ago I thought about buying a printer, but a quick calculation of the cost turned me off. The ink and paper are so expensive that it's way cheaper to use online services. I didn't even look at the prices for the printers themselves...
IMO printing is not strictly necessary to improve your photography. The best thing with digital is the possibility to take a shot over and over with different settings and to see the results immediately on the monitor.
If your printing anything larger than 8*10 then a decent home printer will save you money.... 8*10 and smaller does work out cheaper at a photolab, at least round here.
I never used to print at home, but now that I am doing gallery stuff, I am experimenting a bit with different printing techniques that are pricy to do in a pro lab - such as printing on water color paper. I would say I do 80% of my stuff in a pro lab now and 20% at home.
Thanks to you all,
I think that i am going to stay with Canon ( not just be cause of the lenses ) . I really dont know what to get as far a which one . The budget is tight but i want to get the most bang for my buck. Even if it means saving longer. I am happy shooting film ( for now ) but i would love the " instant " results and see what i am doing.
The printing thing , well for right now i think i will be using a lab. Why ?
1 , the wife will want to print all my shots ( she likes every shot that i take ) , and i see so much wrong with them.
2 . It seems that the money will balance out either way and its less " stuff " to worry about ( if that makes since ).
I have a lab that i can take all my shots to and he does great work ( from all that i have seen ) . Eventually ( sp ) i will be getting a printer but like Toad said a while ago to me , forst things first . I seem to be putting the cart infont of the horse at times and i am tryin to get things in order first .
I am trying to get a camera that i will not have to replace in a few years , i just want one that i can use for a while and get confertable shooting with.
Thanks for the input......... Shawn