I'm still running on a Canon TS1, it's a nice camera, and it has served me well. However, for those unaware, it is a 35mm (film) camera. I can get all my images on a disk for $5.25 total. This wouldn't be so bad, except the lab tech views the photos, and this isn't something I'm particularly fond of.
My next move is obvious, and why I posted this. I'm in college currently studying sales and business, so money is tight (sort of ironic, given the course theme). Therefore, I could use recommendations on a decent DSLR that won't break the bank. Preferably one you or someone you know has worked with to some extent.
I hadn't intended such a long preamble, but oh well haha. I appreciate feedback.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Matty272 wrote: Recommended by many is the OMD EM-5 (which I'm looking at buying once I sell my 5d2 and some L glass) with whatever focal lengths you like to shoot at
I'm looking at the OM-D E-M5 too, but want to keep my 5D and L glass for paid gigs. I'm really keen on the OM-D though... For shoots at the beach, for travel, for walking about... Never had such gear lust before!
Also check the market forum here, there are some good deals, but you have to dig a little.
Used gear from 2004 (Nikon D70, Canon 20D...) can be had incredibly cheap, and can still take a great photo. I still have a pair of D70 cameras that get used as the situation warrants (my primary camera is a D300).
The main decision one has to make in this instance, is what style of work is the person looking to do.
Certain cameras are better for sports while others tend more towards the photojournalist genre.
There is also the personal preference of how a camera fits in the hand.
The best way to decide is get into a camera shop and actually hold a camera that is first suitable for the style and next is within your price range.
I have worked nearly all my life with Nikon others prefer Canon or whatever. I am familiar with the operational set up of Nikon I don't consider it better or worse than any other in the same price range.
Make a shortlist and go and get the feel of them in your hands.
Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
I started with a Nikon N90s (35mm SLR), then went to a D100, a D200, a D300s, and now I'm back on the N90s again alongside the D300s (along with a bunch of Nikkormats, some Mamiya medium format gear and other film bits).
I don't know what you currently have invested in lenses, or what lenses you may already have that might be compatible with Canon digital bodies, but you're about to make a potentially big leap (I don't just mean going from film to digital, but it may be the start of what ultimately becomes a very expensive journey), and if you still want to bounce back and forth between digital and film, it is definitely worth considering all the brands that are out there (when I say "all the brands", I mean both of them).
As mentioned above, developing your own black & white is a doddle. E6 & C41 is a bit more tricky, but certainly not impossible, and after a couple of dozen rolls, the gear you need has pretty much paid for itself vs. getting it developed at the lab (not including the scanner - you can get some killer deals on fantastic older scanners, or you can pay top dollar for something current).
Now I've got a bunch of Nikkormats too, dating back to the 60s. All my lenses, except for a couple that don't have aperture rings, will work on all of my Nikon & Nikkormat film & digital bodies. So, I'm glad I started and stuck with Nikon through both mediums, but you may find that sticking with Canon works better for you.