think i’m ready to buy a “starter camera”. realised i really like taking photos but i’ve pushed my trusty little samsung as far as i can. what’s good for a camera novice?
What do you want to do? How far do want to take your photography?
Also, the biggie - how much do you want to spend?
If I was starting out now as a novice, I’d probably go for a small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Go to Jessops or Currys and have a play with ones by Fuji or Olympus or Sony and see which you like best (you can probably get Canon and Nikon ones, but they seem to be a bit behind the curve in terms of mirrorless)
I know someone who uses one of those Sony mirrorless ones (a7 maybe? probs super expensive though) and everything looks cool and the live view on it makes me want one.
actually went to currys pc world after work last night and tried to have a look at cameras, ended up setting off 3 alarms went to check out the toasters instead
so i would be looking to buy in autumn when money is a bit better, i could maybe go to 300, possibly higher if the mrs still wants to club in. am aware most are pretty expensive tho.
quite like this, some photography site says it’s a good beginner’s camera?
I’ll be honest - £300 isn’t going to get you much camera new, so maybe work out what you might like and then go second hand instead
Hmm - maybe you get more for your money than I realised. That doesn’t look like a bad starter camera at all
i figure if i’m careful with my picture choices and tastefully apply the right processing i could just about get away with it maybe, at least if it’s not meant to be i still have a camera for my jollies
Was it @stickboy I was talking to about half frame cameras? I just got a roll back from my Olympus Pen (which I thought I hadn’t used since April 2017). Anyway, I quite liking almost the same photo twice to make diptychs like this. It’s almost inevitable that one day I’ll cave in and by myself a little Canon Demi too:
half frame was pretty much my first entry into taking photos because I was all about not spending money.
probably the coolest camera I have.
That is a very cool camera. I reckon my coolest is also a Russian thing - my Zenit Horizon 202. I’ve got a film in being developed today, so watch this space for some pics from that (actually, I think there are some if you go back to January in this thread from my trip to Oz)
was indeed - love this!
that camera is ICONIC
If you’re thinking Fuji, then it might be worth considering a refurb- their website has an X-A20 for £200 at the moment:
Or you could pick up an X-A5 for £300 with the same kit lens:
The A5’s autofocus system will be a fair bit better than the A20’s and you also get a bump in resolution, if you’re likely to be cropping images or if you want large prints. Neither of these things are necessarily that important, but worth considering.
thank you! pretty torn now, they both look really good. i was checking out sample photos from both and comparing, the A5 does seem like slightly more of a beast than the A-20, but i’ve read good things about the A-20 too…i might flip a coin.
think the x-a5 is where it’s at.
I’m sure either option will be good for the price. Are you going to need anything else to get started? If so that might help you choose- you’ll need a memory card if you don’t have one already, and it’s worth having at least one spare battery for any mirrorless camera. You might also want to pick up a blower to deal with dust if you don’t have one.
added to my shopping list. cheers!
Does anyone like podcasts?
Russell Tovey from all the tv/films, and stuff interviews Jamie Hawkesworth from being the best fashion photographer in the world, and stuff in this episode of Talk Art
Got the last roll of film back from my Australia trip today (which has taken me over six months to finish)