mdvaden wrote in post #18474678
My question deals with beginning, not simply what's excellent. My wife would like to try photography, but I am not sure which path to follow. At first, I thought maybe she could borrow a 3rd body if I get one, like a Canon 80D / M5. But she clarified wanting her own camera in case I'm out hiking or exploring. Also, I recalled starting years ago with a Canon SX 10 IS and enjoying the basics of that when I started. My wife doesn't like complexity. Tends to "hate" computers, but is willing to learn in bite size. Over the years, for any of you who have watched wives or husbands successfully get started, can you recall things that may help me sort through a decision?
My wife is 60, and not a techno person. She may share a few pics on Facebook, but I'm pretty sure she won't find Wifi, GPS or interconnectivity of interest. Her phone is for calls and texts. She uses the internet via laptop only. She also said she doesn't want to take portraits of photos of people. Mainly other stuff like scenery, plants, animals, etc..
If you have helped others choose, what sort of questions do you find useful to ask to narrow-down the selection?
You can do great photography with a cellphone. This is one of the first hurdles to get over, w hen approaching "doing photography." Photography doesn't mean "get a big dSLR because its higher quality." Snapshots from a dSLR that are poor are still poor images. Go take a look at some of the images in the 5DIV, 1DXII threads, etc. A $5k camera can still be used to make a bad photograph and sadly there are always snapshots in these threads from amazing cameras that are just a brick wall, a faucet, random stuff inside their house, just playing with the camera and posting it as a photograph. Not trying to be rude, but it's just an example. My point is that getting a big great camera doesn't automatically enter one into the state of mind of doing photography and the art & skill of creating a photograph.
So if your wife is really looking to create photographs, with purpose, not just snapshot everything and sift through later and not edit or process or care to do much more than that, then keep it super simple, a cellphone can be great for this, so can a very simple P&S, or a friendly smaller compact of some kind. It also greatly matters what she wants to shoot. It's not always fun for someone to walk around with a huge dSLR and huge lens and feel out of place while trying to be creative, or maybe it's just heavy. Ergonomics and weight matter.
I'd look into a camera that has a decent JPG engine and can be nice in full automatic mode with an LCD and some smaller, but nice lens options.
Maybe consider a Fuji EX1 and a pancake lens like the 27mm F2.8 or the 18mm F2. Small. Handsome. Easy. Nice JPGs.
Or the M5 or M6 and share glass with you.
My lady wanted to do photography and started with a dSLR (Canon XSi + 40mm F2.8 STM & 85mm F1.8 & 18-55mm) and prime lenses. Too much bother to always charge batteries, check settings, know what the buttons even are. Stopped using it. Got a Canon S100. Used that one once. Cellphone was as good, in her hands, as the S100. Couldn't be bothered with using settings and understanding the stuff. It was more than just a P&S from the early 2000's. Got the EOS-M. Tried that, with the LCD, touch screen. This worked more often. She used it more. Left it in A+ and just pointed it at things (the kid) and was taking photos. But, remembering to charge batteries and stuff, that's always the killer. She's using her cellphone still. She doesn't forget to charge it. She doesn't have to set anything. It's WYSIWYG on the LCD and can be rapidly edited/shared without havign to process to touch a computer, ever. The cellphone wins.