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salsal18:
Hello

I class myself a a transgender. Never felt I have been able to identify as either a female or male. It has been been hard for me and my family to accept this. And I have been alone until now! I thought that I was an alien , not fitting in. I look like a woman but I never really considered myself a woman or a man. I know the transgender thing is different for many. I have found this out by visiting groups online and in person. I have made many friends who claim their transgender experience is similar or very different to mine. I have a best friend who underwent surgery and hormone replacements... she wants to be known and feels like a woman although she was born as peter. Her parents see her as a man dressed as a woman. This is frustrating not just for me as I understand but for her as well! They just dont get it, they live their conventional norms. I will go back to my title of this thread... is that I want to start a project. I recently enrolled on art class at college and I want to start a project that represents transgender individuals as humans. With equal emotions and chances of whatever life they want ... and deserve! To me this is a personal project and one that will be quite political at college. But I dont care! I want to express myself and therefore I have to be honest. I would like to document my day to day also. I want to get some info on camera's that take sharp photographs . I want to capture alot on peoples faces. Maybe good flash? I am novice and not started my course yet , i need to wait. So in the meantime I would like to find out about what cameras people use. I want to get up close and personal with my subjects . can any one help me to find a good camera? SLR ... for my project please. thanks!

Lauren O:
How big is your budget? I shoot portraiture and I use a full frame SLR with a 80mm lens. If you use wider angle lenses it distorts facial features.

salsal18:
hello! THANKS for you reply!

well I have been saving up and can add to it but around 1000 -1200 ... could go over abit...

what make of cam have you got?

Dena:
Welcome to Susan's Place. I have been using Pentax for about 32 years as they have pretty good quality for the price. My current camera was purchased a little over a year ago because I was going to shoot my sisters wedding and my previous camera was getting a little out of date. It's a K-50 with the main lens of 18-55 mm. The following picture was taken at the wedding with an external flash but the camera has one as well. The image has been reduced 50% in size as the original is almost 20 mega pixel.

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BeverlyAnn:
Like Dena, I shoot with Pentax and use a K-30 with a K-10 as a backup and have been using Pentax for 45 years.  Since you're a novice, you probably don't want to invest in really expensive equipment to start with.  One question not asked however is because it's an art class, do you need a digital SLR or a film SLR.  Either way, I might suggest you take a look at KEH camera for some used equipment.  https://www.keh.com One of the main advantages of Pentax equipment is the shake reduction built into the camera rather than the lens as some others do.  There is a Pentax K-7 in excellent condition for $228 and a Pentax 18-135mm lens for $268.  The 18-135 is what I use on my K-30 and is a great walk around lens.  As far as a flash goes, old flashes for film cameras generally have a very high trigger voltage so shouldn't be used on digital cameras.  There is a Pentax AF540FGZ flash for $168 and this is the flash I use.  It rotates up and down like most flashes but also rotates side to side so you can bounce the flash (you'll learn that).  So for less than $700 you can have a really good kit.  But there are also Canon and Nikon on KEH so take a good look at everything.

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