Nope, not too late. I don't want to rush into a decision. And plus I have some health issues, which often interrupt my plans. So it could be another month or 2 before I make a purchase. I'm glad someone emphasized physically trying out different cameras, but that means I'll need to visit at least a couple of stores.
You might find this of interest:
Very concise! One thing I don't understand - a phrase I haven't seen yet (or actually I did see somewhere, but now I can't find where it was
). The article refers to "fast camera" or "slow camera". What part or feature of the camera determines whether it is fast or slow? I've been thinking of fast or slow in terms of shutter speed, but I thought most cameras would have the same range of speeds available. So maybe a fast or slow camera means something else?
I'm less convinced on the value than most. I've never found a technical problem I couldn't solve myself, and I've seen (and heard) enough to make me think that they (with the best possible intentions) impose an artistic straight jacket on members. And that is a contentious assertion.
I have often asserted that club membership is advantageous for the beginner but have also tempered that with the proviso that you should be wary of becoming a 'club' photographer. Pleasing club judges is to be avoided like the plague!
If I were to join a photo club (which I probably won't) it would be to benefit from any classes or seminars they might offer, and maybe for ride sharing on trips or outings. As for having my photos judged....and even if I submitted photos here, I would only take any advice that made sense, or that moved me more towards my own goals. After quite a lot of experience, I might like to try and meet someone else's goals or tastes, only as a learning exercise. I joined a poetry club once, but my tastes are not in line with current trends, so my work was never popular. But if I'm happy with it, that's really all that matters, since I don't expect to make a living with either poetry or photography!
Anyway, thanks again for all the info