View Full Version : Best kind of camera

06-08-2006, 01:43 AM
I know nothing about cameras/photography/anything, and I want to know what type of camera you reccomend that I buy for this kind of thing (taking pictures of cosplayers and the like.) Like, something that can take pictures indoors and out...

Can anyone help me? Pleeease? :confused: :toothy:

<.<' I just noticed the sticky for this question... gomen!! '>.>

Well.. actually, after reading the sticky.. I'm still in need of some help. I'm willing to spend as much money as it costs, and I want a good camera! So, please, tell me which are some good ones...

06-08-2006, 02:13 AM

Please give more information on what your looking for. More of a point and shoot camera or a DSLR?

1) dpreview.com fredmiranda.com steves-digicams.com kenrockwell.com (Thanks, Eriol for the last two which I didn't previously post)

Also self research is a good idea and trying the camera yourself before buying one.

06-08-2006, 06:39 AM
This is totally not meant to be negative, because I enjoy helping.

I would recommend the Hasselblad H2d^39, or The H2d, or H1d.

I would also recommend Mamiya's 645 AFDII with a phase one p 45 digital back.

I am being a little funny/sarcastic, but it makes a point. Those are undeniably good digital cameras. But they are also very pricey.

Check this thread out: http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=84452

Price range is the easiest way to figure out the best bang for the buck that you want to spend. Sav is also absolutely correct...

Cant wait to help! ^.^


06-08-2006, 11:18 AM
The person taking the photograph is more important than the equipment. A good photographer can take decent photos with a humble point-and-shoot camera. Many cameras can take picture indoors and outdoors.

If you don't know the photography terms, you won't know how to take good pictures. Take some time to understand concepts like composition, shutter speed, aperture, lighting, exposure, etc. and then you can begin to find a camera to suit your needs.

06-08-2006, 04:03 PM
First, I recommend digital. Hoardes of pictures are always fun to do with Cosplay photography =)

If you get a mid-range digital compact camera, say $300 CAD or so, I think a person would be able to take pictures at the level of, or higher, than probably 85% of the cosplay pictures you see online.

Like most equipment (camera, sports, etc), I recommend going a little cheaper on the first purchase. That lets you figure out how much deeper into the field you'd like to go. More specifically, it helps you figure out what you need in a camera, rather than some generic salesperson.

06-09-2006, 06:50 PM
Like I said, I know absolutely nothing about camera's and all that fun stuff, so a lot of what I read here just went in one ear and out the other (Well, not quite.. but, you know.)

More information about what I'm looking for? A camera I can take good pictures with indoors and out, while spending a reasonable about of money (...This probably sounds like a dumb question, but what is a reasonable price for this kind of thing? I'll save up my pay checks, whatever, money's not really an issue. I don't need the camera any time soon, so. I want to know what would be a good amount of money to invest into this...)

Uh, I'm not sure what else you need to know... :lost:

06-09-2006, 08:00 PM
Ask yourself how much you're willing to spend on a camera.

There's a few good ones in every price range so I guess finding out how much you want to spend first would be the best start.

06-09-2006, 08:45 PM
Uh, I really don't know. Lets say a couple hundred dollars... That can buy a decent one, right?

06-10-2006, 12:35 PM
I would suggest a 35mm automatic,I got mine for about $167.You get really good pics with this kind of camera,you could also use a digital camera but the good ones cost alot.

06-10-2006, 01:23 PM
When i bought my first cam, i had paid lots of "Deutsch Mark" for photo, made on a german Con. I had to scan those photos, to have them digital. In my opinion it'll be cheaper, to spend a few more Dollar for an new cam, which is extentionsable, than for a cam, maybe without a flash light connector.

The last decision is yours part.

Actually i own my third cam - a "Canon 20D" ... it's a semi prof. DSLR cam. I guess this will be too highgrade for, what you want to do. Maybe for you an "Olympus" or an equal one could be a good choice.

Jurai 8-)

06-11-2006, 07:52 PM
If your looking for a good digital camera that gives great results go for Canon. I bought a 3 mega pixels a long time ago and it still works wonderfully. I know own the Canon PowerShot A520 4 mega pixels and I love it to bits. The flash works pretty well in most light conditions.

Plus Canon includes in its software a good, though not perfect, editing program to change light/dark and color saturation in your photos.

07-03-2006, 01:39 AM
As someone who has sold digital cameras at two different jobs. I have come to like and own a sony. For a point and shoot it works really well. Also it works amazingly in the dark. (which many con photos are) The sony point and shoot cameras work well in almost all situations on the automatic setting. If you want to you can go in there and tweak apature, exposure, white balance and so on. But they also take amazing picture with just the regular modes. For example the following were all taken with my W5 (no longer avalible but the w line still exists with the w50, w70, and w100). The w series is the ones that sacrifice some size for quality and features. The T series is the ones that sacrifice features for being ultra compact. The H series is the ones that are the same quality as the w series but add a significantly better zoom, you sacrifice size for this as they are much larger than the w and t serieses. None of these have had any editing besides resizing on some. The photo I have as my avatar is from my sony w5 but I tweaked color in photoshop. For unaltered ones check on the ones below.


By the way the first one is me my friend and billy bob thornton. The second one is me gary jones, and paul mcgillion (of stargate sg-1 and stargate atlantis respectivly). I'd show you my one of the cosplay joker and harley quinn I took in near total darkness (it was a dark corner of a bar at dragoncon) but its on my other computer. I'll show it tomorrow if anyone wants to see it.

07-03-2006, 12:11 PM
well you'll have a hard time getting a DSLR for a couple hundred bucks, so if you want to be able to change lenses and have more control over your photos, you will have to be willing to spend more for a DSLR. if you dont care about professional features and just want something that will take clear pictures, a regular point and shoot will work just fine. i am not sure which point and shoots out there are good as i havent bought one in ages, but when buying a new camera i always look at the ratings on dpreview.com to help me decide. they are awesome because you can do a side by side comparison of all cameras in your price range.
But if you know nothing about cameras at all, i would suggest reading up a little bit to learn what things like megapixels, ISO, aperature range, etc. mean so you can decide what you really need. I made the mistake of buying my first camera without knowing what i needed (i actually did the same thing when i bought my studio lights. i am bad about that i guess) and learned quickly that i needed something different and had to upgrade sooner than i should have. So i suggest going to the bookstore or something and reading a bit about cameras before buying anything. (The Digital Photography for Dummies book has a ton of good info)

07-05-2006, 10:20 PM
There are many things you should take into factor when looking for a camera.
If you don't know anything about photography, get schooled in it. a few lessons go a long way. Especially if you want to fool around with the apature to make more dramatic photos. The other thing is your budget.

Here are my pics and why

DSLR - Cannon D30 - Cost you about 1500+ US I doubt you'll be able to find a used one since it just came out a few months ago. the D20 is pretty comparable. Just make sure you have a good flash and invest into a battery grip. It makes life easier when you don't have to worry about not having any juice.

Film Camera - Contax 645 - Uses Zeiss lenses and an all around easy to use camera. Able to switch from 120mm film to 35mm. film. Also there's an uber expensive digital back to it, but that cost around 2Gs.. so yeah... but a great camera none the less. Upi cam get a used one for about 1,000 US, but then the lenses are about 1.2Gs each.

35mm SLR - Cannon EOS series (anyone is good and if you decided to go digital, the lenses are compatable unlike nikons) I think they run for like 300 odd dollars

Now if you don't know jack about photography

Canon Coolpix - it's easy to use and just fun, not to mention it takes better pictures than the sony cybershot in my opinion. Draw back is that there's a delay when you want to take a picture, so sometimes action is tough.

Take some photo classes, understand what a light meter is and what it's used for, and know how to push your F stops to make things more dramatic.

If you're going super uber, then you'll have to talk about strobes and that's just pricy and unwieldy.

Good luck, and remember. It's the ability to read light well that makes a good photographer. ^_^ or at least my opinion. ^_^

07-06-2006, 04:32 PM
DSLR - Cannon D30 - Cost you about 1500+ US I doubt you'll be able to find a used one since it just came out a few months ago. the D20 is pretty comparable. Just make sure you have a good flash and invest into a battery grip. It makes life easier when you don't have to worry about not having any juice.
I'm going to be very anal about this -- please get the model names/numbers right. Don't even think it's alright to interchange the letters and numbers of a model name because you just might confuse one model for another. As it so happens there existed an EOS-D30 around the year 2000, a 3MP Canon DSLR. Surely you didn't mean to recommend that.

I can see it now. Years later Canon will release a 60D and people will be calling it a D60, which btw also exists.

EJ Shin
07-07-2006, 06:56 AM
I'm a film guy all the way. I shoot on 35mm and have yet to try larger formats. My uncle owns a color lab which makes getting prints and negative scans easy and affordable.

A good film SLR is about the price of some digital point and shoot cameras. I got my EOS-1N for under 200 bucks. If you want to learn a lot about photography, I suggest getting a fully manual camera and a light meter.

Here are the two cameras I use

Canon AE-1 - This one belonged to my dad. It's mostly manual, but it does have a program mode for aperature and shutterspeed. Focus is manual which means you spend more time with composition as you try to find focus. Not the greatest w/ flash, but it's a sturdy camera and light too. I own a set of lenses with this one including a 28mm, 50mm, and 85mm.

Canon EOS 1N - This is my war machine. It's rugged, built like a tank, and really easy to use. Because of my training on the AE-1, I use this camera mostly in manual mode w/ autofocus. I have a light meter that I use to check light with. However, when I'm at a con, I just pop a flash on w/ an omnibounce and set it in program mode. Checking for perfect lighting in run and gun situations might piss off your subjects. For this camera I have a 420EZ Speedlite, 28mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 80-200mm zoom lens.

I'm a big fan of prime lenses for their speed and affordability. The zoom lenses are either grossly expensive or really built cheap. If I'm at a con, I usually keep my 50mm on as it is perfect for most situations.

I like to control and set up lights, and if my photos are done at home or anywhere else with friends, I make sure I meter everything and run everything in manual mode.