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Been playing with some steel wool and long exposures..

Shot with a mix of Fuji X100s (on loan) and my own Gopro Hero4 black.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hm, not bad my friend, not bad. What camera did you get?

Thank you :)

 

Its just a bridge Fuji s1600, got it cheap to practice on while I save for an SLR. I'm hoping I'll be able to snap up a second hand entry level Nikon soon, probably D40 or 60 to get me started.

 

is something like a D40 still worth having these days or should I aim a bit more recent? Limited funds thats all...

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Thank you :)

 

is something like a D40 still worth having these days or should I aim a bit more recent? Limited funds thats all...

 

Save your money and get something more recent, with cleaner high ISO images, plus a newer body tends to AF better with more lenses.That said, why go for a camera that still uses a pentaprism? Unless you're talking about more specialized (and way heavier) bodies that do better with certain tasks - like the 36mp D800 for landscapes, the likes of the D7000 and 7D for action photography (fast AF, some have weather sealing, etc) - the only drawbacks to mirrorless is that the lenses could be expensive.

 

On the other hand, that's for the most part if you're comparing the mirrorless lenses from the same company that manufactured the bodies to the low-end lenses of Nikon/Canon/Pentax and third party lenses (many of which tend to have compatibility quirks, or quality issues). Otherwise, a mirrorless body with the right lens and bag will mean you will have less situations where you'd rather leave your serious camera at home because it's heavy and have more opportunities to shoot. I have too many friends who don't get to use their DSLRs because of that. For a time they at least got to use them in parties, since they can light up the scene properly (with a remote speedlight somewhere too) and focus better, but now everyone just uses their iPhones.

 

You can save up for a Sony NEX-6 with the compact power zoom lens - it'll probably focus a lot faster than an old DSLR even in low light, and definitely has a cleaner high ISO output.  That 16-50 lens should cover general photography needs for someone who doesn't want to blow a lot of money on Sony's 10-18mm and a complimentary telephoto lens. Alternately, you could buy a used OM-D E-M5 with the 12-50 kitlens - comparable if not faster AF, IBIS, and weather sealing (you never know when this might come in handy). This is a huge jump in price still over a used D40, but if you have the S1600 now, then might as well save up for a really good system cam later on and just use that one for as long as it's functional or until you have enough money to get a good cam.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - Today at 6:53 am
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Save your money and get something more recent, with cleaner high ISO images, plus a newer body tends to AF better with more lenses.That said, why go for a camera that still uses a pentaprism? Unless you're talking about more specialized (and way heavier) bodies that do better with certain tasks - like the 36mp D800 for landscapes, the likes of the D7000 and 7D for action photography (fast AF, some have weather sealing, etc) - the only drawbacks to mirrorless is that the lenses could be expensive.

 

On the other hand, that's for the most part if you're comparing the mirrorless lenses from the same company that manufactured the bodies to the low-end lenses of Nikon/Canon/Pentax and third party lenses (many of which tend to have compatibility quirks, or quality issues). Otherwise, a mirrorless body with the right lens and bag will mean you will have less situations where you'd rather leave your serious camera at home because it's heavy and have more opportunities to shoot. I have too many friends who don't get to use their DSLRs because of that. For a time they at least got to use them in parties, since they can light up the scene properly (with a remote speedlight somewhere too) and focus better, but now everyone just uses their iPhones.

 

You can save up for a Sony NEX-6 with the compact power zoom lens - it'll probably focus a lot faster than an old DSLR even in low light, and definitely has a cleaner high ISO output.  That 16-50 lens should cover general photography needs for someone who doesn't want to blow a lot of money on Sony's 10-18mm and a complimentary telephoto lens. Alternately, you could buy a used OM-D E-M5 with the 12-50 kitlens - comparable if not faster AF, IBIS, and weather sealing (you never know when this might come in handy). This is a huge jump in price still over a used D40, but if you have the S1600 now, then might as well save up for a really good system cam later on and just use that one for as long as it's functional or until you have enough money to get a good cam.

Thanks for that, very helpful. Yes I think I may be kidding myself thinking that any DSLR will be a big improvement over any bridge cam. The technology seems very fast at the mo. Its early days for me and photography so I'm going to be doing a lot more research before I decide what I'm going to go after. Besides I'm just getting to grips with manual usage and not having many f stops and limited ISO makes life a little easier - even if it does limit my scale of pictures.  

 

I totally understand the convenience thing, my s1600 fits in a small bag and can fit inside my wife's handbag haha - easy to take anywhere! I do like the idea of spontaneity in photography and to be able to grab a camera anytime and so with an slr that needs to be put together and carried about in a larger bag, you will only be doing planned trips. 

 

Hmmmm.... I've defo caught the bug so I will be upgrading. But I'm just going to enjoy taking pictures for now and try not to be in too much of a hurry to have everything now!! :)

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