I'm planning to invest in a DSLR camera soon. I've used them before, but I'm more familiar with film. I love film, but let's face it - digital is much easier to work with these days. No chemicals, no enlargers, no photo paper.
I don't really want all of the fancy features. I really just want something exactly like the Pentax film camera I had, but no film! I just want basic features. I've been looking at a few cameras, but I'm not really sure where to start!
Thanks for sharing! Checking out the Pentax stuff now, since it's my old friend. I'll look into adapters, because I love the lenses for my old film camera! The thing is, mine are screw-on and not the ones you just snap and lock on.
It depends on what you will be using it for. If you are going to be filming video, I’d probably go with a Canon 6D. If you are just into still shots, you could go for something cheaper.
I’m also BHSFilm on Twitter and own a film studio. There really is no magic camera. It is all about lighting basically. The higher the MP the easier you can manipulate photos in software like Photoshop. But still, cheaper cameras take extremely well photographs these days and you really can’t get better video at these price levels than a Canon 6D.
If you want a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera may I suggest that you get a Canon Rebel T3i. Approximately $529.00. You can use any digital or film lens from Canon on it or on any other Canon DSLR or SLR. If you want film then you can get a Canon EOS for about $300 with one lens or $40 body only. The benefits of either a DSLR or SLR is that you can be much more creative/artistic by having the ability of interchanging lenses and thus not limited to one lens range.
The Canon Rebel T3i is a nice digital SLR. I got one for my wife for Christmas from Amazon for under $450 with free shipping. This included a lens, battery, charger, etc. It is easy to use and takes great pictures.
Something like a Canon EOS t3i would work for you then and has a decent price tag. You could get it with a good lens for like $500, maybe cheaper by shopping around. They take really nice pictures. I’ve used them a lot. The 6D would be overkill for you then. It’s primed for video.
Basically, anything with a very high price tag will just have “features” that someone causally taking pics for fun won’t ever use anyways. If you plan to manipulate pictures in software, the higher MP cams will make better pics for that but really, the human eye can’t distinguish much difference between 12mp and 25mp.