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Posted by chrish on January 23, 2003 at 14:37:30:
In Reply to: Comparison Question posted by pythonguy on January 22, 2003 at 20:14:55:
For the $499 you would spend on the 4300 (online price I found), you could buy the Rebel with a decent lens (~$300) and a low end slide/film scanner to get your pics online.
And with the film SLR you have an expandable system. There are dozens of lenses and flashes for the camera body, and if you eventually wanted more features from your camera, you could spend a few hundred dollars and buy a fancier camera body and keep using all your old lenses and flashes!
That sort of expandability isn't available in digitals until you get up into the $2000 cameras.
The fact is, you still get a lot more camera with a 35mm system for the dollar at this point. Why? Because digital cameras are the hot ticket item at the moment.
Another thing to consider when buying digital. How many pixels do you need? What are you going to do with your shots? Do you need 4 megapixels? Most people don't.
And like buying computer equipment, as soon as you buy it, it is old news. It wasn't more than a couple of years ago that a 2 megapixel camera was all the rage. Now they are making cameras in the 11 megapixel range and the 2 megapixel cameras sell at Wal-mart for $69.95.
I happen to have both systems (film and digital). But for serious picture taking, I use my 35mm. For quick snapshots and other things I don't care about I use my digicam (2.1 mpixels - all I have ever needed!).