So you think you need an expensive camera to get good photographs?  Crappy camera = crappy photos?  Does your old, cheap camera have you convinced you can’t pursue photography with the passion and talent you know you harbor?

If so, you’re a victim of the cheap camera myth. Please read on.

This photo, taken on the Li River near Guilin, China, was taken with a $50 camera called a Diana. The Diana is a medium format film camera (now available with a 35 mm back) with a plastic body AND plastic lens. That’s right PLASTIC. Not Zeiss. The vignetting is inherent. The photo is SOOC - straight out of the camera — as in no Photoshop.

I liken the Diana to Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get! Every photo is a surprise — I like that. While dependability is critical when you need to count on the outcome, the point here is that even with a $50 camera, the potential exists for something you’ll be proud of.

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  • Tammie Dooley

    I’m an explorer who happens to write and maintain a camera on my person at all times. Foreign travel is exotic but doesn't happ…

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