12-27-2019 04:41 AM
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12-27-2019 12:42 PM
There is a site, lynda.com, that has great tutorials on almost any aspect of digital phtography. From first principles to advanced post-production techniques. You can go to the site directly and get a subscription-free month, or try your local library's on-line catalogue. If it is listed then you have free, permanent access using your library credentials. I got the link from my library site and put it on my favorites bar so I could log on quickly.
12-27-2019 12:51 PM - edited 12-27-2019 12:52 PM
I'm another film shooter & I took a good basic photography course when I got serious about getting better results. I had a pair of A 1's back then so I could either have print film in one & slide film in the other OR ASA 64 in one and FAST FILM (ASA 400) in the other. Oh have things got easier today when it comes to FAST FILM. I also learned how to process & print roll film from start to finish & had a colour darkroom until I sold just about anything I wasn't using to buy my first DSLR, the 20D. Never regreted the move & have shot well over 500, 000 photos since then. Can you just imagine the cost of buying & just basic processing of all the film necessary to do that.
As for Lynda.com great place to learn. I tore my Achilles tendon off of my heel bone in 2009 & spent several hours a day taking their photoshop courses during my recovery from the operation needed to re attach it.
12-27-2019 01:04 PM
I used to shoot a pair each of Canon A-1s, Nkon F-3's, and an Olympus AX back in the day. I still have one of each body, but very few lenses. I shot with transparency film mostly Kodak Ektachrom (that's what sold), but occasionally reversal film too.
I made the break to digital with the Canon Powershot G1 back around 2001, and then the EOS400D in 2004. Since then I have amassed a formidable collection of (mostly Canon) gear (see my profile!). I actually put some Ilford XP2 film in a couple of my Canon film bodies recently and did some shooting. It reminded me of the many advantages of digital!
That said, I am glad I learnt on film. It gave me a discipline not to use the camera like a machine-gun, but more like a sniper. I choose my shots with care and it saves a lot of time in PP. Not to say I will not put on burst speed when required, but I usually come away with at least the same number of keepers compared to my digitally-native associates who have expended 20 times as many images - and had to process them afterwards.
12-27-2019 02:38 PM
In late 97 I started researching digital camera to hopefully get better auto appraisal photos. I restored muscle cars & as part of my business did insurance appraisals. At the time most of us used Polaroids which I felt wasn't good enough for the quality of cars I was seeing. After a lot of research I had decided on a Kodak model & fortunately a local camera store was hosting a seminar in early 98 with an emphasis on the move to digital. I attended & spent a lot of time between the Olympus rep & the Kodak rep & ultimately bought an Olympus C 3030 which was so new they weren't yet in stores. I paid a lot of money for it & a lot to buy a good photo printer (HP P 1000) but they made a lot of money for me. The word got out pretty fast I could assess & share photos of cars for sale locally using the internet which had me very busy for at least the first 2 years after buying everything. It didn't take long to realize I wasn't using my film cameras at all except at car races where I needed my longer zoom lens. DSLR's were VERY expensive then but it got me started on researching them & I was finally ready to buy the Rebel when the 20D was announced. I was happy I had waited a bit longer because photos from it still look great when compared to my newest bodies.
12-27-2019 03:57 PM
I agree. I was researching the technical history of photography and had a book by Tom Ang "A Pictorial History of Photography" that had a picture of the Canon EOS D30. Released in late 2000, it was the first APS-C CMOS sensor camera built from the ground up - until then digital cameras had Kodak inside their adapted film camera bodies. The D30 was so-called for its 3.3MP sensor (leter replaced in 2003 by the D60 @ 6.5MP and the 10D).
Intrigued, I found one on Ebay that had not been used - it had been slashed across the back and was unsaleable. I got another for parts and had Canon put the best bits together to make me a good working unit. It produces excellent images with very little grain. I have posted these before so forgive the repitition: both were taken in a rather dimly lit pump room, in available light, hand-held, using the EF 17-40mm lens.
I got the D60 as well and have enjoyed pairing them with contemporary lenses: EF 28-105 USM and EF 28-135 IS USM. They take amazingly good photos.
For viewing on social media, on screen or small prints they would do fine and they cost about $70 each (plus lenses).
12-27-2019 06:43 PM
Those look great. When I ordered my 20D I ordered the 28-135 with it. didn't take long to realize I needed something wider so i bought a kit lens from an Ebay seller very cheaply. That lens served me nicely but was eventually replaced by the 17-40 which after several years of use was replaced by the 16-35 F 4 L
12-27-2019 06:53 PM - edited 12-29-2019 12:19 PM
Yep. The challenge with the Dxx series was that while they were APS-C sensors, they did not take EF-S lenses. Those had not been developed at that time otherwaise I could have used my 15-85 or 10-22 lenses. The 17-40 works fine for me though.
There are more of an interesting project to demonstrate that "you can still play a good tune on an old fiddle"