You probably won't get a digital camera to last you 20 years, but you might manage 5-10 years with a single camera.
That actually seems more realistic to me too.
I'd recommend a Nikon or Canon,
I had actually been leaning toward a Nikon, not only because of real world good reasons, but for a really stupid one as well:
I got a Nikon camera,
I love to take a photograph
-- Paul Simon, Kodachrome, There Goes Rhymin' Simon
but the lenses are more important than the camera body.
From my knowledge of motion picture photography I have learned that the 35mm lens "is the closest to the human eye." It seems like everyone who has a camera with only one detachable lens has a 35mm lens.
What are other focal lengths would you think and artist would be concerned with having besides a 35mm? I want to have the lenses I will need to be flexible as an artist. I definitely plan to acquire lenses, tripod, and lighting equipment through the used market.
You must bear with me. I have only begun my studies and really am quite ignorant of photography at this point. Well I will be facing three photography classes and a class concerning Photoshop in the future. I really can't wait. I'm not even getting into the digital part of my degree yet. I have only traditional art course next semester, but I will be starting the digital aspects of my degree in the fall. (This summer my classes will not be geared to my degree. I will be taking a cooking course and a wine appreciation course through the community college.)
It's so funny. When I tell people I am getting a degree in Visual Art - Digital Art, they all get this disappointed look that I didn't say, "Molecular Biology." They imagine I will be weaving baskets and doing finger painting for four years. As soon as I say, "Photoshop," their attitudes completely change as they realize I will actually learn something at the university that pays.
Thanks Rowan. I'll see you on the Politics Board as soon as I start posting there on May 12th after my second semester at the university. I am self-exiled 'til then. If I came back early:
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