5th February 2005, 04:37 PM
5th February 2005, 05:37 PM
With this kinda budget, perhaps you could consider the Panasonic Lumix FZ-20. Heard good reviews about this cam. www.dpreview.com
Originally Posted by ranran
For a start, you need to practice a lot and learn along the way. Hook up with any of the group outings and pick up skills from the more experienced users. The more you practice, the faster you learn from the mistakes made. Also, spend some time viewing photos around here.
5th February 2005, 07:46 PM
Originally Posted by snowspeeder
Hey thanks snowspeeder, seems like a useful site with the reviews.. i'll be looking!
5th February 2005, 07:54 PM
Perhaps you may want to get a good second hand DSLR. Browse the buy & sell forum and you may find a good Canon 300D for around $1000 or less.
5th February 2005, 11:18 PM
i would suggest u go for some 2nd hand prosumer camera. WIth addition accessories like batteries,memory card etc. These might adds up to $1000.
5th February 2005, 11:22 PM
Canon A series will give you a lot of room to explore and at the same time you will be well safe within your budget.
5th February 2005, 11:23 PM
I'd say for $1000 go for a 2nd hand 300D. The lenses and external flash you buy for it can still be used when you upgrade the camera body later.
5th February 2005, 11:30 PM
I agree, with 1k I think you'll be happier getting a 2nd hand DSLR. I saw some nice 2nd hand Fuji S1, 300D, etc around that price, but again you can afford 1k, why not stretch your budget a little for a new DSLR. It's for long term, and I'm sure you won't regret it.
5th February 2005, 11:45 PM
maybe get the A series(i m selling an A80!!!) haha
and spend the rest of the cash on a SLCC course?
6th February 2005, 01:09 AM
Get a used DSLR and shoot first, read up on photography
After that when/if you decide to enrol yourself for a course
you would have a basic understanding about photography
and will benifit from the course
BTW welcome to ClubSnap
6th February 2005, 02:37 AM
6th February 2005, 02:44 AM
Theres the IXUS series, compact yet stylish point & shoot (p&s) cameras. Then theres the Powershot 'A' series which are compacts with several manual/creative modes. Then theres the 'G' series which are targeted at prosumers, you can also attach external flashes (Speedlites). Then theres the Powershot Pro1, which looks like a dSLR but isn't one, although the photo quality is quite good. Then theres the EOS series, targeted at professionals. The 300D, 10D, 20D etc. fall into the EOS cat.
You might want to check for focusing, stuff like that. And after you buy the body/kit lens theres still a lot of stuff to buy. Haha. Can read up the Canon EOS Newbie guide in the Canon forums. Have fun!
6th February 2005, 04:39 PM
6th February 2005, 05:24 PM
Some tips to start off for people wanting to get second-hand stuff...
(1) Find equipment in which the seller is willing to impart information with regards to the item he's selling. If the seller is able to tell you to the most minute of details, like some cosmetic scratch on the surface of the camera, or some brassing marks at the base of the camera, then probably the seller is not out to con people.
(2) Ask a lot of question, in fact any question that you have in mind with regards to the equipment. If the seller is not willing to answer, why risk your hard earn money?
(3) Do a lot of research on what's the current market rate is like for the equipment.
Another thing that you ought to do, is to go and try different models of camera first, before you decide on what you want to get. SEED is a good way for you to know people, to gather information, as well as trying out some of the latest gadgets that some guy might be bringing then.
Anyway, welcome to ClubSNAP!
7th February 2005, 01:23 PM
you can join photoshoots to see what other people are using and find out from them what they think about their stuff, I am sure that they will be glad to talk about thier toys, ( I would )
7th February 2005, 03:52 PM
Originally Posted by ortega
HI,, Why dun u join the Ponggol clubsnappers. Ortega, poohbear eikin etc are all in Ponggol or somewhere nearby.
Since you have a srong desire to pursue this hobby, perhaps the DSLR types is the way to go.
8th February 2005, 01:04 AM
pm poohbear or hotspots for info on photography club
8th February 2005, 01:46 AM
I don't think telling him to get a used DSLR is a good way to start because the starting price is a killer, when you add the lens, flash, tripod for supporting the camera, bag, flash card...
8th February 2005, 08:44 AM
I agree with most of you that stretching the budget a little for a new DSLR may be a better option. most of them come with a 3x zoom kit lens to help you get going. I personally, recommend the Nikon D70 as it seems to have out perform it other rivals in its price range. It's about $1800 for the kit, go shop around.
8th February 2005, 12:59 PM