So when looking for an SLR i should look for either 1)Pentax, 2)Nikon, or 3)Canon
Read as much as you can about the models you want and can afford, then buy what you think is best for you. Don't EVER ask a photographer whether Canon or Nikon is better - you'll unleash the babbling fury. The Canon/Nikon trench war is as legendary and as fierce as those between PC and Mac, communism and capitalism and Pepsi and Coke. Needless to say, just as emotionally charged and devoid of rational thinking.
Cheers, and tell your parents I admire them for their support they're giving you. For most parents, everything 13-year-olds are interested in is just a weekend fad, something to ignore until the next fad comes along. Your folks are truly special.
Thank you, cpark. Of course, if you're really serious about your stuff, an SLR is the only way to go, I'm glad my son broke my Dimage G600 last winter, because then I finally had an excuse to buy a REAL camera :-)
One advantage of a DSLR is that the cameras have much larger image sensors. This affords them much better dynamic range, noise control, and generally smoother gradations of color tones. This is true for even the cheapest DSLRs relative to the P&S cameras. If you are used to shooting a P&S camera, the first time you view images from your DSLR will be a revelation.
Canon and Nikon both make outstanding DSLRs, and also offer the best upgrade path for now and into the foreseeable future.
Since all cameras have their own limitations, I actually use two, both are Fujifilm Finepix models. They have built-in macros (one of them has a super macro mode) and the lowest ISO rating they both have is 64 (the lower the ISO rating, the sharper your images will be, assuming you know how to use your camera properly). I give plenty of weight on clarity and nifty focusing, and these cameras deliver well on those departments. Another plus is the cost: they command less than those low-end Canon and Nikon point and shoot cameras. Still unconvinced? Let the photos I have taken with Fujifilm speak for themselves:
im using an olympus C-4040Z with a macro lens extension set, its a great little camera that is like some funky hybrid of a point and shoot with a DSLR....its about 9 years old and you can get one for around 100$ on ebay now, and its just wow for an older camera. it can shoot in 5 different image formats, standard quality, standard quality 2, high quality, super high quality, and TIFF. Here are some photos ive taken with it, all in basic high quality.
thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
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borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
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mylesg: i havent checked in here for a while, why does it seem all the CP forums have lost their once strong activity? the trade/sale section used to be so active and now its a ghost town. where is everybody hanging out these days for a strong online CP community?
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mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
Dec 26, 2018 0:23:13 GMT 7
lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
Oct 2, 2019 12:09:05 GMT 7
mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
Nov 3, 2019 8:34:22 GMT 7
etiennecancio: perhaps we can try to revitalize the old forums? i always found them to be much more convenient than facebook groups at least hah
Nov 4, 2019 17:01:25 GMT 7
mylesg: i refuse to abandon this place, i am posting in my grow thread with many photos and always there to answer any questions just built new grow room and tons of pitcher shots!
Nov 6, 2019 21:17:59 GMT 7
vidyut: hey mylesg. glad to hear that. Love this forum. Facebook can't organize knowledge like this. Will participate as much as I can.
Nov 25, 2019 5:37:09 GMT 7
vidyut: Photobucket has ruined this place and many other forum archives with years and years of photos worth referencing now blurred. Priceless information hostage to services once free, begging for adoption, arbitrarily monetized.
Nov 25, 2019 16:28:58 GMT 7
bonfield: This forum is almost at 13K total threads, I can't wait to read the topic that pushes it past the mark!
Dec 3, 2019 8:27:58 GMT 7
arvin555: I do not like FB forums because it is difficult to read back Archives. Let us keep this forum alive!
Dec 9, 2019 11:14:09 GMT 7
mylesg: just posted ton of new pics in my thread!
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