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    SLR photography

    I've decided to go back to film to learn SLR photography.

    I've been researching some and will probably go with the Canon Rebel Ti www.canoneos.com

    I'm looking for suggestions on lenses, film, etc.

    Any good review/help sites?

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    Why not snag a used EOS D30? Then you'll have the best of both worlds at well under $1,000.

    As for review sites for analog cameras, I Googled
    this and it looks like there some good stuff there.

    Also, if you insist on using film, I'd consider a used camera. KEH is supposed to be awesome with used stuff. Several of the other sites: B&H, etc also deal in used equipment.

    When it comes to lenses, the first thing to consider is your budget, then make your choices from there.
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    Originally posted by Dakota
    Why not snag a used EOS D30? Then you'll have the best of both worlds at well under $1,000.

    As for review sites for analog cameras, I Googled
    this and it looks like there some good stuff there.

    Also, if you insist on using film, I'd consider a used camera. KEH is supposed to be awesome with used stuff. Several of the other sites: B&H, etc also deal in used equipment.

    When it comes to lenses, the first thing to consider is your budget, then make your choices from there.
    I tell you what, the camera I used when I first got into photography was the Pentax K1000....great little manual SLR camera that took some really nice pictures. I took this picture about 15 years ago with it when I was stationed out at Patuxent River, MD...this picture is overlooking the St. Mary's river right at sunset...

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    Originally posted by Dakota
    Why not snag a used EOS D30? Then you'll have the best of both worlds at well under $1,000.
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    I'd love to go digital over film, still too much $$ though

    I found a pretty nice deal on ebay. Rebel Ti + Sigma 28-80mm Lens and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens for $380

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    That's not a bad deal. Then at least — when you can afford it — when you get a dSLR, you have two lenses to start!
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    Any recommendations for film scanners?

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    I have the HP S20 and it does an awesome job. I have not used any others.
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    Originally posted by Dakota
    I have the HP S20 and it does an awesome job. I have not used any others.
    Oh really? I was just looking at that one.

    Have any samples?

    I would love to get the Nikon 8000 but it's $2500

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    Yup. That Nikon is sweet. AT that price you could have a 10D and some toys to go with it. Here are some samples from my S20:

    The first photo is scanned from a 3x5 photo. The others are all scanned from slides except for the last one which was scanned from film. Obviously these are not full size as the scanner scans at a max of 2400dpi which equates to 3000x2000 sized photos. Let me know if you have any other questions on this scanner.

    http://racefamily.racinglines.com/Mi...D_1024x821.jpg

    http://racefamily.racinglines.com/Mi.../Gagliardo.jpg

    http://racefamily.racinglines.com/Mi...tprocessed.jpg

    http://racefamily.racinglines.com/Mi...O%20SUNSET.jpg

    http://racefamily.racinglines.com/Mi...EY_800x640.jpg

    http://racefamily.racinglines.com/Mi...EL_800x640.jpg

    http://racefamily.racinglines.com/Mi...grist_mill.jpg

    NOTE: Photos edited out to preserve bandwidth. Click on links to see photos.
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    Very nice. A bit grainy but I can deal with that.

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    Yup. That's the drawback to most film scanners. With a little creative post-processing however, most of that will go away and produce an excellent 8x10.
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    Which do you think is better/would give me better results...

    Scanning the actual photos on a flatbed or scanning the negs with the film scanner?

    The photos will be resized down to 600xwhatever for use on my site.

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    Always scan the negs if you can. Scanning a photo is like making a copy of a copy. It'll work okay and I've made some awesome scans off of photos, but I prefer to scan the original neg/slide. BTW: The HP S20 does awesome on scanning photos too.
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    BTW: I have an Epson 1650 flatbed scanner too. It does slides and film, though I have never used it for that.
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    I finally made the purchase woo

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2933583416

    I also researched some other film scanners and decided to go with the Minolta Scan Dual III http://www.ephotozine.com/equipment/...fm?test_id=167

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    Congrats Banshee!! Looks like a sweet film setup. BTW: I also have that Sigma 70-300. Pretty good little lens. A little slow on the focusing, but it produces some sharp pics.

    That scanner looks awesome! 2800 dpi!! Ought to produce some sharp digi-pics and USB2 also.

    Hope to see some pics soon here.
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    Yeah, I know the lenses aren't the best but I thought they would be ok to start out with for an SLR n00b

    I can't wait to test this thing out over at Cedar Point.

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    Well, I changed my mind again.

    I decided to just go for it and get the best

    Nikon Coolscan IV ED
    http://www.nikonusa.com/usa_product/...productNr=9236

    That Digital ICE3 is pretty damn amazing

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    Dang! Now you're very close to have been able to acquire a used D60. Back when the guys shot film at the race tracks, most of them used the Nikon scanners. They are very nice. I'm looking forward to seeing some shots from that setup. Very good choices there.
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    Originally posted by Dakota
    Dang! Now you're very close to have been able to acquire a used D60.
    Heh I dunno about that, like the camera, I found some good deals on ebay. No way i'm paying full retail price.

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