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I'm pretty much a noob at taking photos as the extent of my experience with photography ends at my cell phone. So I'm thinking of starting with a good point and shoot and upgrading later on (much later) to a DSLR.

I'd mainly photograph landscape and buildings on vacation, maybe friends and I on special occasions and obviously my rig. I've read through quite a few threads on here and I'm leaning towards the Canon PowerShot S95 for a nice $350. Id rather opt for something small and easy to handle. What do you guys think? Thanks!
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If you want a cheap inroad to photography, don't buy a P+S. Buy an older film body/lens combo, you'll learn a lot more shooting film than you will hacking away on a digital P+S.
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Thanks for the advice. Any direction as to what camera I should get? I'd rather stay away from actual film development though.
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Pretty much any 70s-80s SLR would do. K1000/AE-1 are pretty common as student cameras because they're tanks and last forever. It's why I own both of them.
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Its too bad you dont live near me since my local Samys has a really nice Nikon D200 for $450 with kit lens,a dn a D100 for 350$ with lens. I almost bought it yesterday. Both Digital SLR's and great cameras. My best Friends wife has the D200. Chekc your local independant camera shops for deals like this. You may not need to go with film if you do not want to.
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While that may be cheap initially, Film will cost more over time and I personally it's not the best thing to learn on. If you're learning photography, it's much more efficient to take a picture, see it right away, and learn what adjustments do what instantly rather than take the shot, take notes, wait until you fill up the roll, send the roll into developing, and then looking at it. Not to mention how much money are you going to "waste" on film while learning? While film has its place, definitely not the best thing to start learning with.

The Canon S95 is probably the best P&S camera you can get. It has manual controls that let you control every aspect of photography. For around the same price you can probably also get a used NIkon D40 with a kit lens if you want to go the DSLR route. If you're serious about photography, you'll eventually get an SLR anyway.

http://www.adorama.com/INKD40KR.html

Edit: Do NOT get a D100....probably one of Nikon's worst digital cameras.
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I'm pretty much a noob at taking photos as the extent of my experience with photography ends at my cell phone. So I'm thinking of starting with a good point and shoot and upgrading later on (much later) to a DSLR.

I'd mainly photograph landscape and buildings on vacation, maybe friends and I on special occasions and obviously my rig. I've read through quite a few threads on here and I'm leaning towards the Canon PowerShot S95 for a nice $350. Id rather opt for something small and easy to handle. What do you guys think? Thanks!
Hey you should look at some of the new mirrorless cameras. They have a larger sensor, some comparable to low end dslr's, but act more like a point and shoot. most are small, but have the functionality of interchangeable lenses. I would start by looking at the Sony NEX 3 or 5, or the Panasonic micro 4/3 system.

Little more than a point and shoot though
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While that may be cheap initially, Film will cost more over time and I personally it's not the best thing to learn on. If you're learning photography, it's much more efficient to take a picture, see it right away, and learn what adjustments do what instantly rather than take the shot, take notes, wait until you fill up the roll, send the roll into developing, and then looking at it. Not to mention how much money are you going to "waste" on film while learning? While film has its place, definitely not the best thing to start learning with.
You've got to be kidding me.
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You've got to be kidding me.
No, why do you ask?

This day and age, I wouldn't suggest learning on film when tools are available to get the job done much more efficiently.

Although you can build a house with hand crank drills and manual saws, would you recommend someone do that when power tools are available?

Embrace technology....this is a computer forum after all.
Edited by capitaltpt - 10/6/11 at 9:40am
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^^ yeah, when I started out, I had to develop my own nagatives (luckily, school had access to the right chems) and enlarge them onto immulsion paper or whatever the glossy papaer was called. I don't remember

Digital... is just easy. You screw up? Try again! Just don't get lured into the sucker trap known as "auto." At least force yourself to always use M or one of the other modes, and learn about exposure, f values, etc.
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