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Apr 03, 2018 11:18 |  #16

Bassat wrote in post #18599335 (external link)
The best way to teach a child is to let them discover it for themselves. Guide/introduce/demons​trate when the child is ready. Start 'teaching' and you'll turn them off for sure.

The challenge now is holding her back. She wants to know everything all at once. I'm doing my best to answer her questions without getting too deep.




  
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Apr 03, 2018 19:24 |  #17

Gave my 8 year old boy a Panasonic GX1, 14-42 kit lens and an old tripod I'd kept for a rainy day. He loves it and has been shooting lots of video as well as taking pics.

Any (used) Rebel with a kit lens is more than enough camera for kids to be starting out with, and they're not so expensive to be a huge loss if they get dropped and broken.


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Apr 03, 2018 19:51 |  #18

Have you thought of looking at a Mu-43 used unit Olympus or Panasonic they are small and light not to costly your 7 year old looking to photography as an artistic hobby don’t stifle her creativity
I got my first SLR when I was around 10 and than it was with film a whole lot more expensive
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Apr 03, 2018 20:02 |  #19

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Something like a Fuji X100 would probably be ideal (compact, straightforward controls, fixed prime lens) but they're still a bit pricey.

The X100S is not expensive at all, excellent camera, a total joy to use.

So simple, if you want it to be, that a 4 year old can master it.

We use this camera for everything day to day. We can all use it. Myself, my wife, my 4 year old, our relatives/cousins. It's just a pleasure to shoot, yet still is a powerful sensor that lets you really get what you want. It's a 35mm FOV effectively, very classic.


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Apr 03, 2018 22:48 |  #20

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The X100S is not expensive at all, excellent camera, a total joy to use.

So simple, if you want it to be, that a 4 year old can master it.

We use this camera for everything day to day. We can all use it. Myself, my wife, my 4 year old, our relatives/cousins. It's just a pleasure to shoot, yet still is a powerful sensor that lets you really get what you want. It's a 35mm FOV effectively, very classic.

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A quick check of the for-sale forum shows them in the $450-$500 range. That's a lot more than I want to spend on a camera for a 7 year old. Also, the focal length doesn't really do it for me so I'm not sure how much I'd use it personally.




  
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Apr 03, 2018 22:51 |  #21

Well, I wound up finding a Rebel XT/350D with the 18-55 kit lens, two batteries, charger and a bag on Craiglist for $50. Now I get to read the manual and set it up for her. :-)




  
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Apr 04, 2018 01:19 |  #22

i was going to say an eos-m...with the 22mm, and being able to use a touch shutter...i hand it off to my nephews and nieces all the time, and just set the aperture and shutter, and auto-ISO...but wanting a viewfinder, you'd have to get an external add-on...

anyways, saw your last post...hope she doesn't mind the small screen :)


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Apr 04, 2018 01:25 |  #23

50 bucks!!!

Incredible the price you can pick older gear up for. It's a total no-brainer!


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Apr 04, 2018 15:51 |  #24

DreDaze wrote in post #18599854 (external link)
anyways, saw your last post...hope she doesn't mind the small screen :)

Yeah the screen is laughably small by today's standards and there's no live view. No auto-ISO either so if I set it in Tv mode to keep the shutter speed off the floor, I'll probably have to teach her to manually change the ISO when going between indoors and outdoors.




  
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Apr 04, 2018 15:52 |  #25

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50 bucks!!!

Incredible the price you can pick older gear up for. It's a total no-brainer!

I was lucky to get it. It has been posted for 10 days before I saw the ad. At that price, I won't care too much if it gets damaged or she loses interest.




  
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Apr 06, 2018 22:16 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #26

Also she will appreciate (hopefully) modest upgrades.

Not a bad idea to start without LV.


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Apr 06, 2018 22:25 |  #27

ejenner wrote in post #18601665 (external link)
Also she will appreciate (hopefully) modest upgrades.

Not a bad idea to start without LV.

She hasn't even mentioned the lack of live view on the camera. She mostly used the OVF on my camera anyway since I didn't show her LV until recently.




  
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