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    PLEASE HELP

    Im looking to buy my first proper camera. I want a digital camera. I want to use it for my art studies, so I thought it would be good to have a camera I can use Depth of Field with. I have no idea how to use field depth but i want to learn. What must my camera have so that i can use field depth with it?
    Does anyone have any suggestions for which camera to buy?

    Thanks!

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    Manual control of iris and shutter. That's technically all you need.

    As a rule, the more things you can operate manually the better.
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    Thanks.

    So how do I know if the camera has manual control of iris and shutter? Can you recommend any beginner digital cameras?

    Thanks

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    It will be in the specs but it might be easier to just ask your supplier. A lot of "mid-range" cameras have a sort of pseudo-manual function, where (for example) you point the camera at the object you want to focus on, half-press the button, then reframe and take the photo. Iris can work in a similar way. So basically, you tell the camera which part of the frame you want it to use to calculate the auto-function. It works pretty well and it's nice and easy.

    I've found the Fuji Finepix cameras to be a good, relatively inexpensive way to get started.
    Dave Owen
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