Originally Posted by capitaltpt
Please tell me what you can do with a film SLR that you cannot do with a DSLR or P&S with MANUAL controls.
I learned about exposure and f stops on a D40. I can tell you there are plenty of people who use a film SLR on auto and have no idea what those terms mean as well......my mom is one. As a teacher, I do know that the more immediate the feedback you receive, the better you learn. I'm not dismissing film, it is ONE way to learn, but not the most efficient. In my opinion, you should work your way UP to film, not the other way around. This is mainly because when shooting things with film, you have only that 1 exposure to get it right. Might as well practice with something you where you can hit the delete button without worrying about it.
aside from the difference in medium (huge difference in DR), there is nothing you cant do a decent dslr vs film. i shoot probably one of the most no frills dslr on the market, and i still rarely shoot full manual just cause i can shoot in aperture.
aside from the easy of just shooting in auto, i dont think when i shoot digital. just hold down the button and burst away. if i needed i have plenty of mp to crop on. you simple wont do that on film, cause film is expensive and post work on film is significantly more time consuming and difficult.
taking it back to our power tools analogy, it is like trying a power saw testing and testing until we learned how to cut properly vs. using a handsaw then switching to a power saw. both are valid ways of learning, just different approaches.
Originally Posted by Wr3ckin_Cr3w
Thanks for the input everyone. While I respect those who used film before and still do so to learn the fundamentals, I don't intend on getting into photography that much. I do want to take good pictures, just not with film I have to develop or get someone else to develop. Read a lot since you suggested it, but it looks like too much of a learning curve to go with film.
Would prefer something small, but I'd rather get one camera for everything so after reading the suggestions and reviews these two seem to get a lot of looks: Canon PowerShot S95
and the Canon Rebel T3i
. I know I can save $100 for the T2i, but again, would prefer to purchase one good camera.
So for a new guy who would someday want to go DSLR, which one? Thanks.
Yeah, that's what I currently do and why i'm here to find a good camera.
the t3 and t2i is basically the same camera. if you want to purchase the something significantly better you need to step it up to a 7d. even the 60d is nothing more then a slightly bigger and faster t2i.....Edited by mz-n10 - 10/6/11 at 10:21am