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Question - Camera on a budget

Discussion in 'Kit / Clothing / Equipment' started by crusader, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. crusader

    crusader 28DL New Member
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    Jul 12, 2010
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    Hello all :)
    Me and my best mate are currently planning to invest in a camera and possibly tripod to share. We are both not massively well off, but are saving up. Currently, my mate has his eye on this:

    If that camera is a bit tacky, then what would you suggest? Considering that our camera budget is around £60 (although we would be willing to save up a bit more for a better one). We are not professionals, or regulars and don't have the cash for a big fancy one. Any help would be great.

    Thanks :thumb

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  2. Adders

    Adders living in a cold world
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    Feb 19, 2009
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    Definitely trawl ebay if your budget is that tight. People have gotten some good bargains off there on older range cameras, Spungletrumpet for one, who up until recently was using a 99p digital camera, and IIRC spent £30 on its replacement.

    Keep your eye on the "spares and repairs" section as a lot of the time the people selling them are idiots and just don't know how to charge or replace a battery. Just read the descriptions, and more importantly don't blame me if it doesn't actually work. :p:
    #2 Adders, Mar 15, 2012
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  3. spungletrumpet

    spungletrumpet Super Moderator
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    Oct 3, 2008
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    Excellent advice in that second paragraph Adders. :thumb

    Spungletrumpet has, indeed, used a 99p camera for the last 2 years or so.. It was a Nikon Coolpix 4300. I spent an extra tenner on a wide angle adapter for it. It was 99p because it had no battery, I simply used a remote controlled car battery strapped to my (ten quid) tripod.
    I had a coolpix 4300 for a couple of years beforehand but French customs broke it so the 99p one replaced it.
    They are a great camera, with a 60 second 'B' setting if you can bodge together a remote.
    Almost all the pics I have posted on here were taken with it.
  4. Styru

    Styru Admin
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    Oct 19, 2005
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    Don't get too hung up on the need to spend lots of wonga.

    This picture:


    Shows spungletrumpet using the aforementioned 99p camera (a camera he produced some cracking shots with)

    It was shot on a 12 year old, 2.1MP compact that I found in a bin, and that is held together with an elastoplast, a bolt, and a bit of metal I literally found in the gutter

    These are from the same 'bin-find-freebie' camera...








    Granted they don't quite match my DSLR - but for the price of some batteries and a plaster they are perfectly useable :p:

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