Choosing the right camera
It may be confusing to select right camera for you. There are so many factors. This points can be figure out to choose the right camera for you.
When you are selecting a particular type of camera to suit your purpose, you have to carefully inspect various cameras of that type before buying a new one. Especially you have to be very careful with the following points.
- It is always advisable to load a film and shoot some photos (a few close-up shots and long shots with and without flash). Develop the film and prepare a set of enlarger prints. Check the negatives and prints closely for sharpest in the centre as well as the end of the pictures. Check all the negatives and prints. This is applicable only for SLR cameras.
- Check the camera controls completely with the help of an expert and with the manuals available.
- Check the basic controls of the camera
- Focusing - whether it is easy and smooth to operate.
- Shutter Speed - Check the smoothness of the shutter of all speeds. There should not be any sluggishness.
- Aperture Setting - Check all aperture settings and examine the opening and glossing of the blades.
- Check the basic parts of he camera.
- Lens - Open the back lid of the camera. Set the aperture at the maximum opening (smallest number). Set the shutter speed at 'B'. Now press the release button and see through the lens against the light from back of the camera. Observe closely for any scratch marks and also observe any finger prints or formation of lens. Ones this formation starts, it will affect the picture quality. It will spoil all the pictures we have taken. So the lens is the most vital part of the camera and it should be always in good condition.
- Film loading mechanism - This should be operated smoothly and film frame number indication must be all right every time when the film is wound. It is even advisable to shoot all the 36 frames. This helps in checking the winding mechanism of the camera. This particular aspect is applicable for SLR camera only.
- Body and Back Cover - This should be in good condition and light tight back covers protect the camera from getting spoiled.
- Check the synchronization of the flash. Set the shutter speed at 1/60 (or) 1/50 seconds. Keep the aperture in full. Open the back of the camera and see easily through the lens and click. When this happens flash should be seen through the lens with shutter open.
- Check the working of the self timer. Generally it might struck in the beginning because of non use of self timers for a longer time.
- Closely observe the camera body, other parts, screws and levers. Any tapering marks indicate the camera should be repaired.
- Shake the camera and look for any loose parts inside.
- Check the price, especially imported cameras. Price depends on the camera and its accessories.
- Look for all facility and attachments available with camera for price quoted, cable release, stand, self timer and built in exposure meters.
- If you are buying an imported camera, it is advisable to demand a customs receipt for the duty paid.
- If the camera is a used one get the proper documents from the seller and see to that it is doesn’t have any legal problems.