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Hello. Been toying around with the idea of becoming a 'walking down the towpath with a camera' man.

 

Always been interested in photography but never really got a round tuit.

 

My issue is, I'd love to buy a decent camera and take up photography, but then in later months find I bought the wrong camera, or a slightly cheaper camera that doesn't meet my needs, whatever they are, that for a few extra ickies I could have got a more suitable example. To me, it's a mine field.

 

You get the picture. Any advice and/or recommendations are truely appreciated. I have a Pentax compact at present that is an old one but I'd like to venture into a camera looking camera.

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Try searching Google for DSLR cameras. Digital Single Lens Reflex. Its the old SLR cameras now gone digital.

Happy new year

 

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Hello. Been toying around with the idea of becoming a 'walking down the towpath with a camera' man.

 

Always been interested in photography but never really got a round tuit.

 

My issue is, I'd love to buy a decent camera and take up photography, but then in later months find I bought the wrong camera, or a slightly cheaper camera that doesn't meet my needs, whatever they are, that for a few extra ickies I could have got a more suitable example. To me, it's a mine field.

 

You get the picture. Any advice and/or recommendations are truely appreciated. I have a Pentax compact at present that is an old one but I'd like to venture into a camera looking camera.

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It's probably worth noting that good technique and a poor camera will get better results than a good camera and a poor technique.

 

Don't just spend money until you have developed your own skills. 

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Just now, Nightwatch said:

I saw it coming!! Such a nugget.

Just report your first post in this thread and ask for the thread to be deleted.

 

The sensible answers are in the other thread anyway.

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14 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

Hello. Been toying around with the idea of becoming a 'walking down the towpath with a camera' man

I think that's a brilliant idea. 

 

I'm not very good or knowledgable - I went from never having a camera to deciding to invest in something that I could learn on and that would last me a good while.

 

I watched loads of different reviews for cameras on YouTube - there are an amazing amount of people making a living with their photography on YouTube. 

 

My local library gets in a huge range of different magazines both paper and online, I asked the librarian what happens to the paper mags when they're finished with and could I have them, she kindly said yes so I pick up any of the older ones that are going for recycling and any others I can down load from/in the library app. Our local libraries should never be underestimated when picking up a new hobby. 

 

I also got quite a lot of incredible advice from my local camera shop. I might live in the wilds of nowhere but its well photographed wilds so the camera shop here is pretty good. They also sell very good quality second hand equipment and they will be happy to spend time talking to you about any thoughts to worries you may have. Delivery is also something they are very good with. (Other local camera shops may be available - they just might not be as good:giggles:https://ffordes.com/home

 

In the end I decided on a DSLR, it was a big investment at the time but I'm very glad I did, I bought mine new but they can be bought from reputable camera shops second hand. this is the one I decided on in the end. https://www.argos.co.uk/product/1919406

 

I've had so much fun with it - I won't be giving David Bailey a run for his money any time soon but the learning process is just as much fun as the little gems that I occasionally manage to snap.

 

I'm sorry I can't offer much practical advice but I hope these places to look for ideas are helpful. I'm sure as soon as I hit send I'll think of something else. 

 

 

Tumsh. 

 

 

 

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Read, learn and inwardly digest some of the techniques involved in talking “good” pictures before spending a lot of cash. Try using the camera on your phone.

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Its a difficult one, but the answer is (sadly) an iPhone 10.

 

My wife is a keen photographer and had the Pentax DSLR and lenses, but its a lot to carry about and slow to change lenses, good for a proper photo walk but not stuff you take out everyday for a stroll. She then got the very clever Sony compact that did just about everything the Pentax did and with more pixels.

She now has an iPhone, its with her all the time so ready whenever a photo presents itself. Not quite as good as the Sony but not far off. However the new iPhone is claimed to be quite a lot better. I have read that Apple do now have the professional photographer market in their sights.

 

.............Dave

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Tricky question. Almost like “I want to buy a boat...what should I buy?

Let me ask a few more questions.

  • how deep are your pockets?

  • how serious are you about photography?

  • what are you going to take pics of....and what are you going to do with them?

I've always had a hankering towards photography with a few SLR's in my youth days and load of darkroom stuff. In the 2000's I was sort of bleeding edge on the digital stuff but around 6 years ago bought a decent body and started on bird photography. After something like 200,000 shots, I think myself an expert on 'bird recording' photography now. My pockets were deep. Very deep. They had to be.

Today the choice of cameras is huge and the performance of the compacts or bridge cameras is really really good, but they dont quite match a good DSLR. It all comes down to what you want to take pictures of. Wildlife (that's the way I went), landscapes, castles, weddings etc. A good DSLR will give you a lot more control over the picture you take with a huge choice of lenses giving control over focal length, depth of field, higher dynamic range (so you can rescue bad exposure shots etc) etc.

I moved to a full frame Nikon D600 5/6years ago (it was about £1000) at the time and that got me hooked on bird photography. With a lesser camera I dont think I would have got so firmly hooked). You can get an entry level DSLR for less than £500 (with a entry level lens) that will give you loads of fun and teach you the fundamentals but spending a bit more enables you to become 'focussed' on more specialist areas. Dont be put off buying 2nd hand. There are loads of 'last' generation on sale as people upgrade their 2-3 year old kit to get the best new thing. My Nikon D800E (£2500 when new) is now 4 years old and is a brilliant camera. I could upgrade to the newer model at £3500 but get less than £1000 on the 800E.

What are you going to photo? If it is landscapes then a full frame rather than crop frame is a good way to go. Where are you going to display your photos? For the internet then almost any camera now gives a good enough image. The advantage of a DSLR is that you have a lot more data to manipulate to get the shot you want plus of course the flexibility of different lenses.

If you need to find a good photography forum, go no further than

www.dpreview.com

So much information on there split into different forums to assist you.

Let us know what you think you might be doing with the camera and we can try and focus in on some more specific answers.

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The great thing about digital photography is that buying film and having it developed and printed is no longer either a financial or a time constraint. So, you can snap away to your heart's content and delete the poor results as you learn your new "trade". You can also learn a lot about technique using a decent phone camera whilst you get to understand what you might need in your "proper" camera. No need to rush that choice.

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8 minutes ago, dmr said:

Its a difficult one, but the answer is (sadly) an iPhone 10.

 

My wife is a keen photographer and had the Pentax DSLR and lenses, but its a lot to carry about and slow to change lenses, good for a proper photo walk but not stuff you take out everyday for a stroll. She then got the very clever Sony compact that did just about everything the Pentax did and with more pixels.

She now has an iPhone, its with her all the time so ready whenever a photo presents itself. Not quite as good as the Sony but not far off. However the new iPhone is claimed to be quite a lot better. I have read that Apple do now have the professional photographer market in their sights.

 

.............Dave

One of my sons has just, yesterday, got a new mobile phone. It's the Huawei 20 something or other. He says it has three cameras. It can create animation, and produce superb photos. He even telephoned me in it yesterday! 

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7 minutes ago, dmr said:

Its a difficult one, but the answer is (sadly) an iPhone 10.

I have one of the now older iPhone 7+ models and the camera's pretty good on that, it definitely makes photography much more accessible. 

 

It also cost almost twice what I paid for my Nikon. :rolleyes:

12 minutes ago, Dr Bob said:

If you need to find a good photography forum, go no further than

www.dpreview.com

That's a really interesting site - thanks for that one Dr B.

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1 hour ago, John Hartley said:

Try searching Google for DSLR cameras. Digital Single Lens Reflex. Its the old SLR cameras now gone digital.

Happy new year

 

Walking canals carrying a DSLR and accessories/lenses can be quite wearing,  I would advise looking at getting a ‘mirrorless’  which are slowly replacing DSLRs. Not requiring a prism and mirror means that they and the associated accessories are much smaller and lighter. I personally use the Canon M6 but all the major manufacturers have equivalent models.

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4 minutes ago, Tumshie said:

That's a really interesting site - thanks for that one Dr B.

No problem, its the cwdf equivalent for photography but worldwide and less arguments. I used to frequent the Nikon FX and Nikon SLR Lens talk forums on it,  but not been there since being on here.

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2 minutes ago, Tumshie said:

I have one of the now older iPhone 7+ models and the camera's pretty good on that, it definitely makes photography much more accessible. 

 

It also cost almost twice what I paid for my Nikon. :rolleyes:

Its the 7 that my wife has, but I suspect she will get the 10 soon.

Main limitations,compared with a proper camera, are:

Lower pixel count so can't zoom in as much,

No Optical zoom,

No proper depth of field,

No real close ups,

 

However, as said above, its mostly about technique, she will always take a much better photo with an iPhone that I could take with a DSLR

 

.............Dave

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The best camera is the one you have with you...

 

The smartphones are brilliant nowadays.

 

Compacts are handy with a few more modes as well as point and shoot.

 

DSLR's are the business, but do you wan to carry the bulk about?

 

How about looking for a used camera? Most spend their life in a drawer...

 

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I see a tree and take crap photo of tree.

Gillie sees tree, walks 10 yards sideways for better angle, puts tree in left hand third of photo to also capture shadows in hillside that contrast with the shape of the tree, waits five minutes till shaft of sunlight coming through branches gets to its optimum states, and gets that interesting shape in the clouds too.

 

............Dave

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Just now, dmr said:

I see a tree and take crap photo of tree.

Gillie sees tree, walks 10 yards sideways for better angle, puts tree in left hand third of photo to also capture shadows in hillside that contrast with the shape of the tree, waits five minutes till shaft of sunlight coming through branches gets to its optimum states, and gets that interesting shape in the clouds too.

 

............Dave

Always good fun to watch someone do on a towpath.

 

Just time your photo of Gillie hitting the water so you get the splash. :D 

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32 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

I used report before, but can't find it.

Just hover over the Blue bar that says "Nightwatch" at the top of your post and the words "Report post" become more visible on the right hand side.  Click the words and off you go.

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2 minutes ago, TheBiscuits said:

Always good fun to watch someone do on a towpath.

 

Just time your photo of Gillie hitting the water so you get the splash. :D 

Its a lot safer with the iPhone, with the DSLR she was forever walking backwards whilst looking through the viewfinder, has a few scars as a result. ?

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