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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:55 pm 
Id really love to say that film is the best way to learn photography.

But in all honesty it isnt.

The instant feedback of digital, unlimited shots, usability etc.

It is unbeatable.

Dont get me wrong, I love film more than most.


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You'll learn quicker with digital.
Just save the $300 & wait a bit longer till you can buy a digital camera.

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I'm a big fan of film as well. I used to own a Nikon FE, an excellent camera, as well as the old professional F2. Don't get me wrong, I loved those cameras, but there's a reason that I sold them. Film is great every once and a while, but for my everyday shooting I prefer digital. The ability to shoot as much as you want, and to view your shots instantly is just awesome. I picked up a Nikon FM for shooting film on occasions, but you just can't beat the convenience of digital.

For learning photography, I think that going digital is great because if something in your shot goes wrong, or you don't get it just the way you like it, you can just retake the shot as much as you want. You also get the ability to shoot video, post process your shots, etc.

I'd advise to save up for a digital body and a nice, new lens. After that, if you really get the urge to shoot film, pick up a nice old body like Something from the FM or FE series (eg: FM, FM2, FE, FE2, etc.). There's no beating the classics!

Regarding digital, if you're on a tight budget, the Nikon D3100 or Canon 1100D would be excellent choices, with their respective kit lenses and perhaps a fast prime, like a 50mm f/1.8.

Hope that I helped!

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I agree, I got an accelerated learning program when I bought my first DSLR.

The other problems is cost, not only film, processing film, but also the batteries for the body.

Is it practical for you to travel to S Africa and maybe getting a second hand DSLR, since you indicated that its hard to get one via the internet in Zimbabwe.

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I don't know so much about the cost of batteries, they're pretty cheap and generally they last me a few months. Unless you accidentally leave the camera turned on for a few days, you should be fine, I've never had any problems.

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