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Hey guys,

I don't know anything about cameras, but I'm considering buying one for my gf since she is going to Europe, specifically Holland, next year on an exchange. I want to get her a decent camera, but she's no photographer either. Budget is pretty low since I'm a student, I'm thinking no more than $150, but I could get her brother to pitch in some so feel free to go a bit higher.

Didn't wanna make a whole thread for this, so if any of you guys could help me out that would be awesome.
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The 7600i is a wonderful scanner. Not just for the price, but like for 35mm PERIOD.
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im in South Carolina doing NCAA basketball again. this time regionals. i dont think ill miss out on any major deals until i get back. but i definitely should probably look into getting a film scanner to start since i have a good place to get my shots developed since its the only professional photo/video store in Georgia. I can take the negatives and scan them myself to save money.

that $99 epson might be a good starter, and it scans photos and negatives. for that price and what yall have said i think its a good starter. dont need to buy a fancy one since im still a beginner technically. down the road i can upgrade
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not sure why my edit doesnt show on the last post.

but yea that epson scans photos and negatives. for $99 i think it would make a good starter until i upgrade to something higher quality when i need it. this is all hobby and im not mega picky for quality.
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Hey guys,

I don't know anything about cameras, but I'm considering buying one for my gf since she is going to Europe, specifically Holland, next year on an exchange. I want to get her a decent camera, but she's no photographer either. Budget is pretty low since I'm a student, I'm thinking no more than $150, but I could get her brother to pitch in some so feel free to go a bit higher.

Didn't wanna make a whole thread for this, so if any of you guys could help me out that would be awesome.

Are you okay with buying used? If so, you can get this camera and this lens for $204 shipped or this camera with this lens for $174 shipped.

If you must have new, the best you'll be able to get is a crappy point-and-shoot, which generally won't be as good as either of these cameras. They're both older cameras which is why they're so cheap, but the photos will still be excellent. The two main things they won't have that newer cameras have are improved low light performance (both only go to ISO 1600, and neither performs well at that) and megapixel count, which is largely irrelevant for most people's uses. Even the 6.3 megapixels on the Canon will be way more than enough for posting them on the web (a 1080p screen is only 2MP to give you an idea) and small-medium prints (up to 8x10 will look good). Regarding the low-light performance, it looks like most new point-and-shoots in that price range also max around 1600, but these SLRs perform better at that sensitivity (though I'd still say to keep it under 800 pretty much all the time). They're also going to have much better optics than a p&s, and she will be able to get new lenses and keep them when she upgrades to a new body. Having used both lenses, I can say for certain that the Olympus one is optically superior, but Olympus has ceased production of their SLR cameras, save the pro-level E-5, but that was only made to satisfy pros who had already put massive amounts of money into Olympus SLR lenses. In the future, she would have to switch to Micro four thirds (google it) if she wanted to continue using her lenses, but doing so would require an adapter that runs about $150. Canon still makes cameras and lenses on the same system, so this won't be a problem if you go with that.

The other thing to take into account is size/weight. Neither of the SLRs I linked are particularly big, but they're nowhere near as small as a standard p&s. A p&s could easily be slipped into a purse, while she'd have to either wear the SLR on a strap or carry a fairly large bag. Personally I'd much rather carry the larger camera for better image quality, but you should definitely ask her about this.

IMO, go with the Olympus if you can find a way to spend that much. I'm still using a very similar camera (E410) with the exact same lens for my digital work, and it's performed admirably and doesn't feel outdated at all. The Canon likely will feel dated and will probably be missing some features the Olympus has. Olympus's cameras also tend to feel much more well-constructed than Canon's consumer line.


You'll also have to get a CF card for either camera, but these are cheap. The Olympus can also take an xD, but I recommend against that, since CF is superior and generally costs less.
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Double posting because I tried to edit in something in the last post, but it won't show up for some reason. What I said was:

You'll also have to get a CF card for either camera, but these are cheap. The Olympus can also take an xD, but I recommend against that, since CF is superior and generally costs less.


EDIT: One more thing I thought of: Make sure she has plug adapters or she won't be able to charge the batteries.
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I'm thinking of posting up a little opinion piece on APS-C Standard Primes for Canon EOS.... Since I've owned I think every sub-$500 option...
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I'm thinking of posting up a little opinion piece on APS-C Standard Primes for Canon EOS.... Since I've owned I think every sub-$500 option...

you should make a thread about it if you like.
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you should make a thread about it if you like.

Im thinking on it...There seem to be quite a few Canon folks here and stuff..

if i do it will also get posted up on POTN

Nikon and Sony folks have it easy! They have cheap 35mm f/1.8 Digital primes.. Canon doesnt...
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so i got one roll of the cheap walmart fujifilm 400 developed. shot most of it outside probably not the best idea but i was experimenting. every shot came out good, actually missed focus on one shot somehow. cant really tell since it was an experiment roll and obviously the quality of the prints are not that great. i dont plan on shooting in harsh daylight with 400 film anymore lol as a few were slightly overexposed looking. my next roll is going to be the 10 year expired iso 200 kodak gold.

now that i got my first roll out of the way i fell more comfortable with the camera even though its small to shoot with compared to the 7D+grip but ill get used to it. had a blast shooting film biggrin.gif

definitely will buy some lower ISO B&W for the harsher daylight shooting in the future so im not shooting between f8-16 more in the f11-16 range.i dont mind stopping down but almost was stopping down all the way since i was at ISO 400 lol

i had a few pretty good shots that i liked. i might go back and shoot some with better film and better develop. once i get a scanner ill post some stuff. at the pro place they can scan the negs to a CD for a little extra. i might try to get my parents to get me that $99 epson scanner for my birthday if everything works out. i havent told them how much i spent on camera/lens and film yet lol
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