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Should I purchase a Better Camera? d0m89 (17)::2007-04-12 18:02
Hi,
as you can see in my profile, I take my photos with a quite "cheap" and "unprofessional" camera (Pentax Optio E10).
For example, I can't adjust exposition and focus manually.

As I'm a newbie to photography, I would like to ask you, if it would be recommendable for _me_ and my abilities to purchase a better one... Would my photos improve decisively? Should I buy an SLR?
I'm a student so I don't have loads of money, but I have some income, tho.

Thx! :)
Re: Should I purchase a Better Camera? SunToucher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)::2007-04-18 8:44
A SRL is surely not needed. There are plenty of fixed lens camera that have the needed functions. When you step into the world of DSRL's you have to realize that is it a expensive world.

A better camera doesn't automatically mean better photos. It is still the person behind the camera that makes the photo. It does help to get better photos.

Niek
Re: Should I purchase a Better Camera? PamF (8)::2007-07-14 20:02
Hi,
The photos you've posted show a good eye for color. It might be helpful if you looked into some of the elements about composition (Rule of Third, specifically) as you are improving your shooting skills. There is conversation about composition on one of the other forum threads. Remember, the photo is taken by the person behind the camera. Fine photos can come from any camera, but the best equipment won't improve poor photos.
Enjoy this wonderful pasttime!
PamF
Re: Should I purchase a Better Camera? Eeros (83)::2007-07-23 7:05
There is no harm to buy better camera! I dreaming that also. -Eero
Re: Should I purchase a Better Camera? warnzy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 163 W: 1 N: 2] (20)::2007-11-14 14:42
It depend on what type of pictures you want to take and how much control you want to have over your photogrpahy. Clearly having an SLR gives you access to a wide variety of lenses from wide angle (for landscapes) to telephoto for wildlife. It also gives you the option of shooting in raw. I can only talk from personal experience, but I'm a big fan of SLR cameras and always have been, but I have also recently started shooting using the manual settings and shooting in raw, which gives much more control over the image. As a result, I have seen a big improvement in my photography as I'm forced to think more about the picture I want and using the camera to get it, rather than simply pointing and shooting. Bottom line; if you're serious about improving your photography and want to take the best possible pictures you can, then it's an SLR. If money's a problem, you can good second hand bodies quite cheaply. But if you're not really interested in the versility offerered by SLRs then there are good mid priced , general purpose, flxed lens cameras on the market.