Which camera would you buy an 8 year old?

Started Nov 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
Russell Evans
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Re: Which camera would you buy an 8 year old?
In reply to meanwhile, Nov 16, 2011

meanwhile wrote:

She wants a dSLR, but that, obviously, ain't gonna happen.

Why not an old AF film SLR instead. Pretty inexpensive for used equipment. The cost of film and development could come out of her allowance so that she has an economic incentive to make every shot count. Plus having her pay her own way would determine if she really has an interest or if it is just fashion.

The one thing I wouldn't want to do is set up the kid as a target. The worry isn't someone stealing it while she isn't looking, the issue is a face to face mugging. I don't think an old film camera would do that. Anything digital in a kid's hands seems like a problem though. I don't think most thieves would know last decade's digital model from this years, but I bet they all know film is old school.

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Russell

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