"I talked to my son about the Eiffel Tower for weeks. But when we got there, we were too scared to go to the top. So we bought a souvenir and walked around below."
Expert: Robert Frumkin, F&W copy chief
Camera: Nikon FM2
Price: $400 plus $110 and up for lenses
Details: With manual focus, there's no delay between pressing the button and taking the picture. Autofocus cameras can take up to half a second.
Alternative: Olympus OM-2000 ($320)
"On shoots there was all this Polaroid film lying around, so I started taking pictures of friends for fun. Then I got hooked on the soft, surreal images."