Need help in switching from old to new technology!
by dougbert - 7/13/04 12:14 PM
Like many of the other Digital Cameras Forum readers, I am researching the purchase of my first digital camera, and need advice. For the last 25 years, Ive used a Pentax 35mm camera with two lenses, one being a zoom lens, and have always got excellent pictures from it. However, the processing of film and scanning pictures has just gotten too laborious, so I want to go digital.
However, and this may sound really weird, Im concerned about losing the intangible part of TAKING pictures in switching to a digital camera. I am NOT a professional photographer, and probably not even a very good amateur one, but I enjoy the PROCESS of taking pictures. I like being able to hold the camera up to my face, look through the viewfinder, do my own focusing, and shoot. So, that being said, heres what I need advice on (my starting ballpark is around $500, but if there were a camera that were ideal, Id certainly consider spending more):
1) As opposed to getting a digital camera that is as small as possible, Id prefer one that is similar in size (but not as heavy) as my Pentax one that I can grab onto with both hands, with a viewfinder to look through. However, my wife will also be using the camera, and shed prefer the simple point n shoot flat display screen to look through, without holding it up to her face.
2) On my old Pentax, I dont use the zoom lens often, but enjoy using it when the occasion warrants. How do digital cameras handle this? Separate lenses, or built into the camera?
3) As I mentioned, I really enjoy doing my own focusing. However, my wife will prefer just the opposite (story of our marriage!). I know all the digital cameras have millions of controls, but are any EASY to switch back and forth between manual focus and auto-focus?
4) One of the things that I really enjoy about my Pentax is that once Ive got my subject focused, when I click, thats the picture I get. Ive heard horror stories about the lag time for digital cameras between click and image captured. A recent post from Helen1 said that she found very few cameras that even list their click-to-capture speed in their literature how would I research this (it sounds like she already has)?
Thanks so very much for any responses to this! Its harder than buying a car! - Dougbert