Help! Digital photography on a budget

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Steven, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Steven

    Steven Guest

    Hi all,

    I am looking to get into digital photography and on a budget (less
    than £300/ $250-ish).

    a) I am wondering if it's possible!
    b) I will need the following:

    A camera (obviously!). Where is the best place to get second hand kit?
    I would quite like a 3MP camera - how much will that set me back? I
    have looked on eBay. I would want a camera with some manual settings.

    Is there any way I will be able to afford a digital SLR?

    Software - I doubt I will be able to afford Photoshop or even
    Paintshop Pro (it's not freeware?) Is there any free software that's
    any good?

    Printer - should I print my own pics? Where is the best place to buy
    cheap paper? Do people generally stick to "brand" name paper or is it
    ok to get the stores own stuff?

    Ink catertriages - is it ok to fill your own if you are doing high
    quality printing.

    Bags - I will be on the road a lot. Canon/Olympus bags seem expensive.
    Is LowPro better?

    So in short, where can I make the best savings? Are there are areas
    that you really can't save. I am worried about refilling ink etc may
    damage a printer.

    Any advice much appreciated!
     
    Steven, Aug 13, 2003
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  2. Steven

    gsum Guest

    "Steven" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I am looking to get into digital photography and on a budget (less
    > than £300/ $250-ish).
    >
    > a) I am wondering if it's possible!
    > b) I will need the following:
    >
    > A camera (obviously!). Where is the best place to get second hand kit?
    > I would quite like a 3MP camera - how much will that set me back? I
    > have looked on eBay. I would want a camera with some manual settings.


    I would avoid a second hand purchase. The market, technology and prices are
    moving extremely fast and people generally seem to want far too much for
    their second hand gear. There are always exceptions to this of course.
    Have a look for end of line items on Amazon. I recently bought a Fuji A101
    for 100 pounds. This would not fit your requirements as it does not have
    optical zoom and is only 2mp but for about 200 pounds you should be able
    to find what you want. The digital camera mags are full of adverts for
    companies
    that specialise in selling cheaply via the net.

    >
    > Is there any way I will be able to afford a digital SLR?
    >


    No, not for the foreseeable future.


    > Software - I doubt I will be able to afford Photoshop or even
    > Paintshop Pro (it's not freeware?) Is there any free software that's
    > any good?


    Photoshop Elements is often included in the box. A good alternative is
    an old version (e.g. v.10) of Corel Photopaint which can be bought
    fully licensed for about 10 to 15 pounds from many computer shows.

    >
    > Printer - should I print my own pics? Where is the best place to buy
    > cheap paper? Do people generally stick to "brand" name paper or is it
    > ok to get the stores own stuff?
    >
    > Ink catertriages - is it ok to fill your own if you are doing high
    > quality printing.


    Print your own. Its more satisfying and the results will be incredible.
    Paper and ink can be bought relatively cheaply from companies such
    as MX2 and 7dayshop. Generally I stick to Epson as I find that the
    colours are a bit better and that prints last longer. Some brands of paper
    will not work with Epson. Its worth splashing out for a good photoprinter.
    The very cheap printers are slow, noisy and cost more in ink as the
    manufacturers have to recoup their costs.

    >
    > Bags - I will be on the road a lot. Canon/Olympus bags seem expensive.
    > Is LowPro better?


    LowePro are good solid bags.
    If you're on the road a lot, you will need plenty of memory. ebuyer
    and crucial are excellent (can't remember whether they are .com
    or .co.uk). A 128mb card, which should hold about 120 highest
    quality 3mb jpgs, costs about 30 pounds at the moment but
    prices are falling.

    >
    > So in short, where can I make the best savings? Are there are areas
    > that you really can't save. I am worried about refilling ink etc may
    > damage a printer.


    I haven't damaged a printer by using 3rd party inks but I have heard of
    jets becomming clogged, and the warranty would be invalidated.
    You can save money by displaying your photographs on your telly -
    just print the best.
    >
    > Any advice much appreciated!


    Good luck,

    Graham
     
    gsum, Aug 13, 2003
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  3. Steven

    simon Guest

    On the software side...
    GIMP (gimp.org) it works great in Linux, I haven't tried it in Windows.
    GIMP is FREE to download (except for downloading cost... If you're a modem
    user its not so free). For the home user its perfect, and can cover the needs of
    many semi-pros and even pros.


    On 13 Aug 2003 03:32:58 -0700
    (Steven) wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > I am looking to get into digital photography and on a budget (less
    > than £300/ $250-ish).
    >
    > a) I am wondering if it's possible!
    > b) I will need the following:
    >
    > A camera (obviously!). Where is the best place to get second hand kit?
    > I would quite like a 3MP camera - how much will that set me back? I
    > have looked on eBay. I would want a camera with some manual settings.
    >
    > Is there any way I will be able to afford a digital SLR?
    >
    > Software - I doubt I will be able to afford Photoshop or even
    > Paintshop Pro (it's not freeware?) Is there any free software that's
    > any good?
    >
    > Printer - should I print my own pics? Where is the best place to buy
    > cheap paper? Do people generally stick to "brand" name paper or is it
    > ok to get the stores own stuff?
    >
    > Ink catertriages - is it ok to fill your own if you are doing high
    > quality printing.
    >
    > Bags - I will be on the road a lot. Canon/Olympus bags seem expensive.
    > Is LowPro better?
    >
    > So in short, where can I make the best savings? Are there are areas
    > that you really can't save. I am worried about refilling ink etc may
    > damage a printer.
    >
    > Any advice much appreciated!



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    simon, Aug 13, 2003
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