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09/29/2005 12:02:49 PM · #1
Ok...I'm new here and have some questions about a lot of different things.

First...I'm looking to get a new camera but I can't afford a Rebel like I want (at least for now...I mean, I'm a poor college student.)

Sooo...I need a good camera for around $300-400. Right now I have am old ghetto Sony and a Canon Powershot S500 that I steal from my roomate sometimes, lol. I'm looking for something a little more...technical...I don't know if that's the right word or not. I just need a good camera is all.

I bought a new Mac desktop and two digital video cameras in the last week, lol...so why not a nice digital camera too?

Another thing...I need some good photo software for my mac. I can get photoshop cs through my college for $215 since I'm a student. Which I will probably end up doing. Unless there are any other programs that are better (and/or cheaper) that I don't know of.

Let's see..oh, one more thing. If you win a challenge do you get anything? Or just the respect and recognition of your peers?

I think that's it...if you would like to leave some comments/advice on my small (but growing...) portfolio that would rock.

Thanks a bunch
09/29/2005 12:08:54 PM · #2
Originally posted by stare_at_the_sun:

Unless there are any other programs that are better (and/or cheaper) that I don't know of.

Check out GIMP. It's free, and not too far from Photoshop. Then you'll have more money left for the camera :-)

09/29/2005 12:14:58 PM · #3
Thanks...I'll check it out.
09/29/2005 12:21:48 PM · #4
As far as a camera, there are a lot of good cams you can find for under 500. You need to decide what features you are after, based on what kind of stuff you want to shoot. Take into consideration megapixels, optical zoom, manual controls, etc. On the bar at the top of the home page, you can go to 'Equipment'-cameras and get some info. How many people have it, etc. , even go to users of that camera and see what kind of pics it can produce. Also, dpreview.com is a great site to research. I think they are very thourough and loaded with info. And of course, when you get some models in mind, go to a store and check them out. Fiddle with all the controls and see how it feels in your hands.

Software, there are many kinds that folks use around here. Besides photoshop, there is also paintshop pro, and some folks use Gimp. I use photoshop, and I've been very pleased with it.

If you win a challenge, you have to take every one that voted over a 5 on your pic out to lunch !!! (j/k) :-)
You get the pic posted on the front page for a week, and a ribbon on your profile page, and of course it is recorded in the stats and challenge archives and histories for ever and ever. As well as the respect and recognition of your peers :-P (well, most of them, most of the time)

Have fun! ...and always remember-mean people SUK !!!
:-) :-) :-)
09/29/2005 12:23:10 PM · #5
a poor college student bought two digital vid cams? lol i'd love to know how would have classified me when I was in college, I could barely afford kraft dinner. well.. maybe not that bad. hehe

and as far as winning.. you win recognition, not just from peers here, but anyone visiting the site will see your photo on the homepage for a couple of weeks. as a bonus, you can sell your print (if its approved) on DPC prints.

Originally posted by stare_at_the_sun:

Ok...I'm new here and have some questions about a lot of different things.

First...I'm looking to get a new camera but I can't afford a Rebel like I want (at least for now...I mean, I'm a poor college student.)

Sooo...I need a good camera for around $300-400. Right now I have am old ghetto Sony and a Canon Powershot S500 that I steal from my roomate sometimes, lol. I'm looking for something a little more...technical...I don't know if that's the right word or not. I just need a good camera is all.

I bought a new Mac desktop and two digital video cameras in the last week, lol...so why not a nice digital camera too?

Another thing...I need some good photo software for my mac. I can get photoshop cs through my college for $215 since I'm a student. Which I will probably end up doing. Unless there are any other programs that are better (and/or cheaper) that I don't know of.

Let's see..oh, one more thing. If you win a challenge do you get anything? Or just the respect and recognition of your peers?

I think that's it...if you would like to leave some comments/advice on my small (but growing...) portfolio that would rock.

Thanks a bunch
09/29/2005 12:24:41 PM · #6
Just to add this possibility, you can get a good used Rebel with kit lens on eBay for about $300. Happy shopping!
09/29/2005 12:26:57 PM · #7
You could also look at used cameras. I'm a Nikon user so I don't really follow the canon gear much, but I figure if my D70 was $1000 and the Rebel 300D was cheaper at that time, though I don't remember exactly how much, then the 350XT or whatever it's called must have pushed the 300D even cheaper, so then a used one would be even less. Seems like all that might push a used 300D under $400. There are also some nice prosumers to be had out there. I had an Olympus C-2100 prior to my D70 and that was a great camera to learn on.

edit: too slow :-P

Message edited by author 2005-09-29 12:28:50.
09/29/2005 12:30:08 PM · #8
Haha...thanks taterbug and saintaugust.

I'm going to check out some of the cameras and look at the pics that people have taken with them. I went to a few stores here in town and played with some cameras. I'll have one chosen by the end of the week, lol.

Yeah...I got a good deal on the digital video cameras. Plus making movies is my third passion, first being music and second being my friends, while photography comes in fourth. That's the reason I bought a mac...so I could make movies with ease, plus I just like macs.

Haha...I have mad movie filming and editing skills, so I'm hoping that will transfer over to photography, lol.

Anyways...I'm off to Planet Sub to eat some lunch...ohhh yeah, then it's time for French class!

later
09/29/2005 12:32:22 PM · #9
Originally posted by PhilipDyer:

Just to add this possibility, you can get a good used Rebel with kit lens on eBay for about $300. Happy shopping!


...I'll have to check that out. Are 300D's good camera's? Thanks for the advice to you and kearock. I appreciate it.

Ok...now I'm off to lunch...seriously.
09/29/2005 12:34:29 PM · #10
<--- get that one
about as good as you can get before crossing over to dslr.
All that is really missing is Blub and completely removable lenses.
09/29/2005 03:56:49 PM · #11
I looked on ebay and I can't find 300D's for less than $575...am I just looking in the wrong place?
09/29/2005 04:19:54 PM · #12
Originally posted by PhilipDyer:

Just to add this possibility, you can get a good used Rebel with kit lens on eBay for about $300. Happy shopping!

Really? I'd be very surprised if used 300ds were pulling in less than around $600. If you find one for $300, be afraid. Very afraid.
09/29/2005 05:18:49 PM · #13
yeah...I only saw them for around 600...oh well, I guess I'll jsut save some money up...
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