Photographers & photo enthusiasts: Can I find a good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400?
I realize someone asked a similar question several months ago, but they already had some cameras in mind they wanted to run by people. This is a somewhat more open-ended question.
Some background. . . Don't know a great deal about the technical aspects of photography, but since I was engaged in drawing, painting, and studying visual art and film in youth, I seem to have developed strong senses of composition and aesthetic poignancy that translate into the photographic medium. Have been taking artful photos dabblingly throughout my life with random, inexpensive point-and-shoot analog and digital cameras, and for some time with late '60s and early '70s Canon analog cameras, purchased inexpensively at antique shops, both of which broke about a year after purchase.
Anyway, over the last year have gotten into the habit of taking artistic photos with my phone camera, and surprisingly have gotten some good images, resulting in a number of friends and acquaintances who've seen them encouraging me to become more active and try to dip my foot in the waters of professional freelance photography.
To this end, I clearly need a decent camera. In any case, have tapered off using the phone camera recently, as I seem to have stretched its particular strengths as far as I can, and, as I tend to shoot a lot of dilapidated, crumbling landscapes, have been increasingly frustrated with it not getting the kind of precision and detail I'm looking for.
Have up to $400 to spend at the moment, and, keeping in mind that the quality does indeed depend on the photographer more than the camera to some extent
, am wondering whether it would even be possible to find a used (or daresay new) camera which would more or less fit my purposes.
Looking for a camera that will be able to capture:
-- dilapidated landscapes, detritus, beautiful squalor, and patterns of light thereof with a great deal of precision. For example, I
-- light, shadow, and mist with great precision. I
-- people & models with clarity & depth, in a somewhat more commercial vein, I
-- jewelry (for a burgeoning jewelry designer friend)
Suppose the camera would need to be able to shoot in RAW, as that seems to be what all the kids are doing nowadays, and also unquestionably to offer Manual mode, and probably have some semblance of good interchangeable lenses.
Any and all suggestions appreciated. Thanks much!