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1. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

Hello everyone. i'm going on a trip soon, and i'm taking my little digicam with me, but I'd also like to take a SLR camera.

So here's my doubt:

My dad owns an old Konica Autoreflex TC with a 50mm F 1.8 Konica lenses and 37-70mm f2.8 sigma lenses.

The other is a newer Nikon F60 with 35-80mm f4 Nikkor lenses and a 70-300mm f4-5.6 Sigma lenses.

I will mainly take pictures of cities, as I'm going to Prague.

what would u reccomend? Might sound like an obvious question to some, but i'm not sure.

Also, what film to take? I like taking night shots

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

I took a Minolta X-700 & 50mm/f1.4 some rolls of 400(?) HP5 & colour Fuji 100 (it's labelled under a different name here in Canada so I don't know what specific type) when I went to Prague in August. My vote would be the Konica. You have two fast lenses with that body, and the only advantage of the Nikon would be the 300mm. Which I didn't really find to be much of an advantage there.

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3. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

If your main objective is to take pictures of city scapes and landscapes, wider lenses are preferable. In this case, the Nikkor is slightly wider at 35mm, which is okay but not wide enough in my opinion... 28mm or 24mm would be better.

Nikon is better choice because you'll have a wider focal range (35-300mm) whereas the Konica is limited (37-70mm). At 200m and longer, you can zoom-in on architecture details that are impossible with the Sigma 37-70mm.

Film: for color I recommend Fuji Superia 100 & 400 (consumer films), Fuji Reala (expensive) or Fuji Velvia (slide film) if you want really rich colors. For B&W, Agfa APX 100, Fuji Neopan 100, and Ilford XP2 400 (chromogenic).

Night shots: a tripod is necessary to prevent camera shake at slower shutter speeds.

Good luck!

4. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

Thanks to everyone for the advices.

Does the shutter speed have to be really slow at night scenes? What speed do u usually shoot at? I'm kinda new into this world, this is why i'm asking things like that all the time.

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

prague at night

13 sec, f2.8, ISO 50 using my Canon A620. No tripod, just put it down on the concret and shimmed the lens with my right index finger to get the angle. Ultimately it depends on what you want to shoot and the look you want to achieve. The gear follows from your personal style.

Try out every piece of gear you can get your hands on. You'll quickly learn what you like and don't like. A rare trip to Prague is an expensive way to learn, so learn the gear before hand.

6. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting S_Deisler

Thanks to everyone for the advices.

Does the shutter speed have to be really slow at night scenes? What speed do u usually shoot at? I'm kinda new into this world, this is why i'm asking things like that all the time.

Shutter speed depends on available light and aperture. The *general* rule is any speed slower than 1/30 second (max focal length 50mm) requires a tripod or another type of support. You can also use faster films at the expense of more grain.

7. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

Lovely picture Q ! Christ, I love it hehe. You didnt use a tripod for that then? You need to have some good pulse I guess.

You're right, i'll do a few tests before I go to Prague so I can make sure I dont have to throw away 10 pictures.

Thank you for the good advices people

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting S_Deisler

Lovely picture Q ! Christ, I love it hehe. You didnt use a tripod for that then? You need to have some good pulse I guess.

Thank you ! 100 year old concret seemed more steady than a tripod to me. A finger doesn't have much movement when it's pressed firmly against concret. But no, you're right, I stopped my heart and locked my muscles in place for 13 sec. just for that shot.

I looked at the pictures in your profile. You have a talent for a new guy, and you live in a beautiful part of the world. Should be able to take some fantastic pictures ! Good luck. That night shot was taken about 15 to 20 meters to right of the entrance to Prague castle. You'll see the spot. Have a good trip !!

9. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

I can't really pick a film. i've been reading reviews about every fuji film, and I can't make my mind up. I'd like a type of film that has some contrast and fine grain, for outdoor pictures. I don't think it will be very sunny in Prague so it should also fit cloudy sayd.

I'm really lost

10. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Try Fuji Reala. Very fine grain, smooth, moderate contrast and rich colors (saturation). It's also very flexible and works for both landscape and portrait. I shoot with Zeiss lenses (Contax, Rollei) and the pictures are just amazing. My Minolta works fine too but not as sharp, contrasty or saturated. By the way, contrast can be adjusted during printing.

Another important point is a good print shop. A good one knows the difference between a $0.99 roll of film and a $5.00 one.