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06-03-2011, 06:20 AM   #1
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I am thinking aobut gettin gmy daughter a half decent camera for her birthdya. She is 19 a bit ditzy and doing a media course. As aprt fo the course she has doen soem photography and that seems to be what she is enjoying most. I wonder if anyone has any idas about what would be a good starting camera for her, beyond a basic point and shoot. Cost is a factor cos this may be a flash in the pan, I dont think I need to go up to a DSLR just yet so I was thinking of around 200 at tops?

Any recommendations for something that would give her some manual control so she learns about exposure/focus/depth of field etc, but also lets her get snappy learning how to frame, what to look for, the subjectgs she feels comfortable with?

And that would produce reasonalbe prints (although being 19 I am sure she doesnt even think about prionts, she just thows thing sup on the web)

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06-03-2011, 07:18 AM   #2
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You basically can't learn about DOF with anything smaller than a DSLR (or at least, micro-four-thirds or similar). But a used older model from Canon G-series could be a good choice for the rest, if you're avoiding a DSLR for cost reasons.
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You might try seeing if you can find an old, used, entry level DSLR, like the old Canon rebels or a Pentax *istDL. You'd probably get a better price for such a camera than a sub-DSLR with manual controls.
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You should be able to get a used K100D and kit lens for around that money. My daughter now has my K100Ds, a great camera for the small amount of money that it sells for.

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For that sort of money you can probably get a decent dslr with a lens. If it is to be film however, K1000 (or similar) has been the staple of photography classes forever. I might also recommend an Olympus OM1n but that would probably run a little bit more money. Just make sure the meters work. If she cannot learn about the basics with those (because the user controls EVERYTHING), then a completely automatic type camera is the one for her (probably the one on her cell phone).

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
You basically can't learn about DOF with anything smaller than a DSLR (or at least, micro-four-thirds or similar). But a used older model from Canon G-series could be a good choice for the rest, if you're avoiding a DSLR for cost reasons.
this. i bought a canon S90 last year because i wanted to avoid the cost and size of an SLR, but 8 months later, i came across a good deal on craigslist for an SLR.

i would suggest to skip point and shoots if you do have the money.
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I still keep my istDL for playing around with, I'll have to chime in that it would be a good choice for a starter camera. For the course work she is doing, it would probably be overkill. I have one child who is just finishing his media course and they were using a 4MP P&S camera provided by the school.
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Any of the older pentax cameras would be a good place to start,

There are pro's and con's for what to get.

The *istD, DS and DS2 have penta prisms and a nicer viewfinder than the K100 series, and the *istDXX cameras have TTL flash support which allows for use of older lenses (without A aperture position) and still have reliable flash

the K100 and K100S have shake reduction, which may also be a benifit.

The K100S and all newer cameras have the KAF2 mount and support HSM lenses (for the future of course not for her first lens)

For a media course, I suspect she does not need a 10-15 MP camera, and the oder 6MP cameras are really good perfromers

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Hi thanks all for the comments and advice. I have seeen a K10d, 4 years old, 27,000 actuations, with an 18-55mm kit lens. Spare batteries, boxed and all accesories. Described as very good condition. He wants 250 cash for it. Anybody care to venture an opinion as to if this is a good, fair deal? From what I can make it it seems to be but I'm not very up on secondhand camera prices. Also if I go to see it anything in particualr I should look out for?

Many thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by grayboy Quote
Hi thanks all for the comments and advice. I have seeen a K10d, 4 years old, 27,000 actuations, with an 18-55mm kit lens. Spare batteries, boxed and all accesories. Described as very good condition. He wants 250 cash for it. Anybody care to venture an opinion as to if this is a good, fair deal? From what I can make it it seems to be but I'm not very up on secondhand camera prices. Also if I go to see it anything in particualr I should look out for?

Many thanks
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That's about the going rate for a K10d on ebay in the UK... I've seen them with far fewer actuations though...
*ist go for slightly less on the same site...

Use the camera review section in Pentaxforums to find info on diferent models and then do specific ebay searches for each...

I keep considering getting my 7 year old an ist as he's forever wanting to shoot from my camera instead of his...
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I also agree with starting small.
Basic kit on a K100D super or K-m or K-x are more than sufficient for your granddaughter to sink her teeth into photography. DA 18-55 and DA 55-300 or 50-200 should suffice for now.
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