Saturday, November 7, 2009

Buying Your First Camera

Although it may seem not critical, the choice of camera to purchase is one of the first decisions one has to make if he or she is to pursue lomography; an important one at that. As many of you know, there are a lot of cameras available in the market; toy cameras, vintage cameras, Russian cameras, lomographic camera,s among others. Different cameras have different characteristics; in their built, features, affordability, and in the quality of the images they produce. Individuals are different themselves. Your spending capacity, preferences, and priorities, are things to consider in making that first purchase. I say first, because if you stay long enough, you are likely to make your second, third, and so on. As of now, I have gone as far as my fourteenth buy; but that is just few, compared to how much others are willing to spend in collecting cameras.

Below are some questions you have to ask yourself before buying. If you cannot understand some of the terms, please feel free to Google them.

How much am I willing to spend?

Do I want to use 120 or 135 film?
What type of image quality do I like?
Do I like more flexibility in setting the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture?
Without flash? With flash? With color splash?

These are just few; you may have other considerations. Chances are you will have conflicting preferences; you like one camera’s affordability, but also like the other camera’s flexibility, and yet like the other camera’s film size. The final decision will depend on what you prioritize most. Of course, if you have the money, you can simply buy five at a time. But for
me, such is ill advised. It is better to buy one, and warm up to it; enjoy it. When you are ready to try something new, that’s the time you buy your next camera.

My first camera was a Holga120N; Amanda, as I have personified
her. There are many things that drew me to this camera; the square frame, the vignette, the vintage-like appearance of the images, its flexibility in term of the modifications you can do with it, and its affordability. I spent a lot time learning about this camera before I bought it. It really is very important that you research before buying. Do not make the mistake of relying only on the photos on the internet, as a gauge to what you are looking for. There is more to the camera than just the quality of the pictures they yield.

Again, be intelligent in choosing your first camera. This is a make or break si
tuation for you. A good camera choice can enhance your passion or interest in photography; but a poor one may just as easily bore you, and put out that fire in your heart!

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