Canon is the easiest to learn camera. If you want cheap prices to develop and order prints , you would need color negative film which will you order to develop one of your chain stores which you mentioned.
As far as I read in forums in 6 years , these people develop and print your color negatives in 1 or so hours. If a chain store is close by to you , you could go there , wait and get your negatives , prints and may be an cd where stores the scans.
Slide film is more expensive , when you order E6 development , result is color positives on the film. Printing , developing is little bit more difficult and expensive if I am not wrong.
First , try to learn to use camera lightmeter , focus and speed correctly including loading film and unload the film.
Rest would be easy. You would expect few errors and not good pictures at first try but it will settle , do not worry.
If it was hard to accomplish , we would not have 60000 members , isnt it ?
As I read from the beginners , most problem comes from the dark scene photography or no light indoor photography.
At your first roll , try your camera at most lighted environment you can find. Dont go down less than 1/30 speed , you would see a speed dial or led in your camera and try faster speeds and more light at your first roll.
I know money is tight for you and dont worry , it will be good. Try to find a job.
If you switch to 35mm BW Film or 120 BW Film , it would be advisable to develop your own films. You can buy 2 dollar 36 expose 35mm BW negative film from Freestyle or 3 ,4 dollars cost 120 film. When developing your film , you would introduce less contrast , high contrast , high acutance , different tonal pallettes , different grain structures and have fun and be amazed.
You need developing tank , temperature measurer, developer , fixer , film for 35mm or 120 bw negatives. You can contact print with a hanging lamp and glass plate weight in your dark room at night under red safe light. For contact print , you need small size printing paper , developer , fixer and trays and water.
Its so easy and rewarding.
Dont worry , everything will be good.
Now decide what you want and lets be more specific,
Last edited by Mustafa Umut Sarac; 12-09-2012 at 09:17 AM. Click to view previous post history.