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Age of DSLR users.
« on: December 09, 2006, 05:13:32 PM »
 To my sisters horror my nephew has expressed a desire to get a dslr.
 Nothing wrong with that of course,only thing is,  is he will be 11 on Christmas eve (unfortunate birthday for him :-) ).
 (We all missed out on Christmas dinner that year :-() and my sister has doubts as to  wether he is old enough to appreciate/ take proper care of it.
 She is considering a film SLR ,as there are several flaoting around in the family now unused of course. This would a "proof of concept" if he can avoid destroying, or mislaying it, or loosing interest he may be very lucky at some point in the future.
 I have my doubts as to this approach

 He already has a  3mp digital cmera ,compact.  I suspect he thinks the camera will do all the work :-)

 I was thinking thar a copy of photoshop might be more fun from his point of view . Instant gratification, learns about the digital side of things. His Dad has a 7mp compact so quality is ok for large printouts.
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Re: Age of DSLR users.
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006, 06:40:14 PM »
i've got a feeling film will make him lose interest if I'm honest. The instant feedback of digital is really good for keeping people interested, whereas the wait for film to come back from the lab may be too long to keep a young mind interested.
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Re: Age of DSLR users.
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2006, 10:48:39 AM »


When I was in high school photography was available as an elective (at some cost I think - dunno, wasn't interested at the time)... so I guess that's working with about 13 ear olds and up... but teaching them in a small class.

Setting an 11 year old on the loose with a dSLR without teaching them would be a gamble I think - I wouldn't use anything above basic kit lens(es) - also would the camera be unwieldy from being too large/heavy?

A compromise might be one of the 'ZLR' (Zoom Lens Reflex) point and shoots - a fixed lens, with big zoom range, and similar feel / shape to an SLR, though smaller. Personally I think they're much better than the little compacts, and they usually have a good range of functions, including A/S/M modes etc. (eg KM Z6/Z5/Z3 etc, and I think Sony Cybershots are similar these days)

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006, 06:01:33 AM »
A tough question. Naturally one does not want to stifle a young one. Way too much stifling these days.

My gut reaction is that eleven is too young to understand the fineries of DSLRs and apertures, DOF, shutter speeds ..and all of the other controls. Maybe I am wrong, but I can also see a young person getting frustrated with lenses -- or wanted no end of lenses. 

I agree with fother...get a good ultra zoom P&S reflex type camera. These are great cameras, will make good prints and have 10 and 12X zooms. And get the young one taking classes. A new studio opened in the nearby city and she teaches classes just for kids. What a great idea. And I saw some of their pictures. The kids are uninhibited by popular notions and photographic conventions. It was great.

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Re: Age of DSLR users.
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006, 08:12:58 AM »
If the youngster can afford a DSLR then let him buy a DSLR, I wouldn't be buying one for him. But in saying that if he has expressed a strong interest in photgraphy at that age then I'd be all for encouraging hime with something in between.
The biggest problem with kids ( I've had two families now so I feel I speak with some authority LOL ) is that they lose/change interests so much. One week it's Warcraft online, next week it's all iPod, then something else so spending big on a possible fad has some risks.
If there is a family member who is also into photography and can loan, guide and encourage on a good DSLR then go for it and see where it leads.
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Re: Age of DSLR users.
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2006, 03:04:50 PM »
If there is a family member who is also into photography and can loan, guide and encourage on a good DSLR then go for it and see where it leads.


I get the distinct impression that I am getting the blame for this one :-)

i've got a feeling film will make him lose interest if I'm honest. The instant feedback of digital is really good for keeping people interested, whereas the wait for film to come back from the lab may be too long to keep a young mind interested.
 Think I'd agree with you there no-one ever loose money by providing instant gratification ;-)


Apparently he is going into this in some detail consulting various magazines and interent sites as to what is the best camera/ price . Quite unusual fro an 11 year old (Both his parents are management accountants :-) )

 Given that he has several digital cameras available one of which is  a high end compact maybe they ought to get him to explain what he thinks he is going to be able to do and or  why it needs to be a DSLR

Christmas approaches watch this space :-)
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