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Brian D. Cronk

Digital camera or film scanner?

I am an amateur photographer who is ready to go to the next level equipment wise. I can either continue to use my Canon Rebel k2 slr and add a scanner and editing program,or I can buy a digital camera bundled with editing software for about the same price. Any thoughts on which option is going to be better for me long term.

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3/23/2006 12:36:12 PM

Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  I'd opt for the digital camera, but that's just more my personal preference than serious advice. Once you get the gear you don't have to keep buying film and you can see your images immediately rather than wait for film to be developed.

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3/23/2006 1:47:13 PM

Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006

I don't know how long you've been shooting or how many shots you have that are worthy to be saved, but if it's a lot, you may want to consider the scanner route. That you not only can you digitize future photos, but also the work you have already done.
On the other hand, if it's not important to digitize your current work, I would definitely go with the digi-cam.
Personally I own the Canon 20D and it is an absolutely amazing camera. Despite all the features, it is surprisingly easy to use.
Some of the things that aren't readily advertised are the second curtain flash sync which is great for special effects. On my gallery is a shot of Dice which I caught in mid air. A long shutter speed allowed the die to blur, while the flash firing just when the second shutter curtain closed froze them in mid air. The result was a neat depiction of motion.
Also, the camera not only shoot B&W, and of course has the usual toning filters, but it also has B&W filters. I don't know if you're into B&W, but these filters similate the effect of B&W filters on a film camera. In other words, selecting the red filter will lighen all the reddish colors in your scene and darken the complimentary colors, such as blue, giving you a dramatic sky.
Too many things to list here but it is an outstanding piece of equipment and the 8.2 megapixels is more than most people would need. I've cropped and printed 13x19" prints and they are outstanding.
Well, good luck on whatever you decide.


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3/23/2006 3:12:42 PM

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