Fair fair, good parenting should be as you stated, rightly put. Fingers and giggling got me off the rails in kopitiam tonight....
Last edited by kriegsketten; 5th May 2010 at 11:11 PM.
For what is worth, I got my wife a Canon G9 for $350 from the shops, count backwards.. place models and their age, MPs, widest and longest f-length, and calculate the prices. Finding something at $100 should not be so difficult..
Think of it this way, it makes no difference if you keep buying $50 cameras after they keep breaking down.... repeat that 3 to 4 times, adding all that up is probably worth a good low-end beginner model that he will take care of it even more...
But thanks for your suggestion nevertheless, if I do find a piece (second hands) worth picking up, I'll go for it. I just hate the hassle of it breaking down weeks after you've gotten it. LOL
Last edited by kriegsketten; 5th May 2010 at 11:54 PM.
If Canon 1Ds mkIV is available, I'll get it for my 12 yr old son and put tremendous pressure on him to excel and deliver. Tell him that's one of the best around and I'm sure he will be pressured to learn well and fast !
The second hand market is worth if you consider that for the last 2~3 years cameras have more than enough MP and functionality for the average photographer. What is new, is thrills such as HD video etc which we never had on our first camera.
Mine was Kodak 110 Instamatic See wikipedia's reference (and yes, I did use the flash cubes!). What was yours?
on a random note
But seriously, I'm twenty odd now and I've started shooting with SLRs since I was 12. At that point SLR cameras did not come cheap and you would have to factor in cost of film developing and lens too. I would say that owning a SLR at that time really developed my interest in photography.
I see your point, and will look around hard. Time is running out for me though, I need it within a week or so (I want him to get used to it first) as he's leaving by the end of this month...
As for my first cam? Can't remember, probably some cheapo film PnS. My family wasn't into capturing serious images - it was more of a need-to-basis than want. I guess you're a lot luckier than me, huh?
qatar schoolboy with a d3s and 24-70 and he just picked up photography 3 months ago........
this kid looked no more than 10 years old...using a 7D + 24-105
eat. drink. shoot
i'm guilty of feeling sour when i see people who are younger than me owning much better gears than i do
but i guess it's my own problem of feeling inferior , and perhaps inferiority complex
i was at marina area the other day
i don't have a tripod, so i used my blower, my 500D manual, and a few concrete poles around as a tripod, i even placed my camera by the edge of the river to take a shot of MBS. i took 45mins to finish what i started, in that span of 45mins, 4 or 5 photographers with tripod has already stop-shoot-go.
was shooting the YOG, they came to my school for a torch relay ceremony
as i take shots of the cheerleaders and the surroundings with my 55~250mm +500D, i see some (in fact a few) secondary school kids with L lenses, battery grip, a external flash probably (580exII due to its size)
they have free performances in its lobby on weekends pretty often. was using my 55~250mm as i didn't want to block the crowd's view (quite alot of people that day). i was trying hard to get the settings right, but sometimes f5.6 is just too small for that lighting... and at 250mm i was using shutter speeds like 1/80. i resorted to iso 3200 and using my pop-up flash at settings +2. got what i one, and then some young kid beside me took out his 70~200 f2.8 and an external flash....... and i instantly emo-ed
well.... i think it's pretty normal to feel this way
what matter most is that it doesn't distract you from what you are doing (i am trying very hard not to), and just enjoy photography, as a form of art and expression
perhaps i might even learn something through these limitations
someone once told me that you should stick to a prime lens when you just started out, so that through the limitations of the fix focal length, you'll learn to appreciate angle and perspective
Last edited by renzokuken; 27th August 2010 at 01:40 PM.
For passion or prestige? A trend or a niche?
Cameras? High end? *pfft*
I know of CPL NSF who drives a Porsche Cayenne to camp every day. And many more in their early 20s driving Audis and Mercs and the occasional supercar.
But is okay lah. Doesn't affect my happiness.
Why cant kids USE high end cameras?
If they are on their own then its a safety concern but if their parents or older siblings are around, why not?
When I go out shooting wit my kids, I let them use my backups so that they fight over the use of my camera. My son was able to hand held a 40D with 400f5.6L when he was 7yr old.