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1. Posted by WillPalt (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


So im going travelling in may to several countries including china, japan, austrailia etc and i want to buy a decent camera. I love photography and am planning on studying it at university next oct. However im having a debate with myself about whether to buy a digital camera, point and shoot, 4 mp etc or a Nikon F75. i like the idea of the rapid frames p. sec. on slrs but fear the weight and film space. i hate the way cheap digital camers take a second before caputring the shot. I haven't the budget for a digital goign for about 3 months, so there'd be lots of film, i shoot lots with my standard cannon sureshot anyway. I'd love some personal opinions on the differences between the two options, or in betweens?

Thanks, will :)

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey will,

i've got the same question to ask-i'm thinking digital but i'm really not sure, least with a digital you can upload the photos and if you get one with an external memory-lots more photos! least you can see the pics and decide whether you want to keep them or not! where as if you've got a film you can get them developed while on your travels.decisions ay!-i'm terrible at making them!

I know that really doesnt help you!


3. Posted by WillPalt (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

aye, it seems to be a popular debate. I like the idea of modifying photo's on my pc, but i dont fancy the cost of printing them off to experiment with mixed media. However i suspect i'll have to balence that against the cost of develpoing the films. Im quite snap happy. My brother managed to get 500 odd photos onto cd in peru i think which cleared his memory card and he started fresh. Im still unsure, like i've said i have looked at the nikon's: 75 and 50. In used condition, but are these worhtwhile buys? i could easily buy a digi for the same cost. I'd love some pesonal opinion of a travelers, anyone, any advice? thanks jas

will :)

4. Posted by Bretti (Inactive 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Will,

I have been thinking about the same thing for a while and I have found out some information that may or may not be relevant to you when making your choice.

Reasons for a Film Camera
- Able to blow up pictures to poster size
- Body is made out of metal
- Better lense quality
- If anything goes wrong much easier to replace when overseas
- Cheaper on Battery Life
- Last longer

Reasons for Digital
- Instant viewing/deleting of pictures
- Can take a lot more pictures then a film camera
- Can upload pics to the web, and can back up photos more easily
- Easier to carry
- Much easier to use

If you are serious about photography get a film SLR, you won't regret it and you will have much crisper photos to show everyone when returning. Also you get much better zoom which is important if you are travelling and want to take photos of lanscapes. Major downfall is if you want to share the photos, you have to spend a good amount of money to get a good photo scanner. Another one is that is takes a bit of time to become a good photographer with a SLR. But I assume you should be good at it by now if you want to study photography.

Also have you thought about going down a model so looking at the F65 and when your buying that see if you can get a good deal on a second camera. Then you buy a cheap digital to take heaps of pics and use your SLR for taking serious photos that you may want to blow up later, or use for your photography portfolio. This way you cut down on the cost of film and developing.

If you go this option, get a standard 3mp camera. My recommendations are the Pentax Option s30 or Nikon Coolpix 3700. Both have good picture quality and are both made of metal which is a plus. Also both are incredibly small so they take up no room at all.

I have the Nikon Coolpix 3700, I like it a lot, only problem is the on/off switch is highly sensitive.

In conclusion, I would look at the 2 camera option as it means you will have 2 cameras and you get the best of both worlds.

I hope this has been useful

5. Posted by tea (Budding Member 16 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I agree with that dude ^ up there. Unfortuneately, you still can't beat a good roll of film. Although it takes up more physical size, I find the results gratifying, and well worth it. You can also upload with film. As I've mentioned in some other post, I used to work for Jessops. And to be honest, they can put a roll of film onto a CD for like £2.99 ¬_¬. So you can still modify and ajust. I see whatcha mean with digital, being able to view pictures on the spot. I own both, and I could not choose between them, they both have their pros, and their cons. At the end of the day, it has to be down to you.

Although I should mention, I love the anticipation of film. I own a dark room... and waiting for the images to appear, seeing if you've got everything as perfect as you think you have... the susspence... okay... thats.... quite sad really.

I should get out more.

6. Posted by barge (Full Member 54 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I´ve been having this same argument for a couple of weeks and have decided to go down the two camera route. I´m going to opt for the Canon A85 digital which seems to be fairly well thought of, but does anyone have any advice for film cameras.?

I´ve probably got another 50 to 100 quid max. Any recommendations?



7. Posted by Tamo (Full Member 40 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Personally, buy a fairly decent digital - just for a few hundred quid. And take a point and shot with film - mines and konica thing with 4.2 x lense on it which is pretty good for 100 quid! I'm taking a digital and my little film camera. Like you, I go a bit mad with photography (whats this about being sad and loving the suspence of getting a roll of film back?! I think I'm going to kill myself waiting sometimes!) so having two is good! Batteries on digitals dont last long before recharging - you dont want to be caught out! Thats why im taking my other as the battery lasts 6 months! So if the digital dies... I can keep snapping!

If your doing photography at uni, buy an slr. My boyfriend did it, and some of his photos are great with it. But I wouldnt take one travelling - theyre big and bulking and cost a lot! Plus youre stuck if something goes wrong!

Tams x