Photography

Discussion in 'Computers and Technology' started by Levelhead, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. Levelhead

    Levelhead Premium Member

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    Im looking to purchase a "good" camera. Not sure what route to go (cannon, nikon ect).

    I dont want old technology, nor something that im going to have upgrade to in a couple years. A good high quality "keep for a while" digital camera. I was looking at some that were 25 MP not sure if thats good or up to date? I also want the cheapest price for the most camera.?

    Any opinions or help would be greatly appreciated!

    -Carl
     
  2. dmurawsky

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    When you purchase a DSLR, you are purchasing the lenses and camera ecosystem as much as the camera body, if not more so. I went the Nikon route, and have been very happy. I think you could go with Canon and be just as happy, though. They're both excellent camera companies. I would suggest going to a store and actually handling them and using the menu systems. Neither have intuitive menus, but I feel that the Nikon system is more ergonomic and intuitive.
    Don't fall into the megapixel race. Unless you're blowing up prints to poster size, you don't need anything above 10 MP. Here's an article on the topic. And another, with a handy chart.
    As far as camera recommendations, I'll stick with what I know. The Nikon D3300 or D7100. Take a look at the features and see which one suits you. Personally, if you're just starting, I would go with the D3300 and get some good lenses as you grow. In a few years, if you really need more pro features, look to the current top prosumer model.
     
  3. Levelhead

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    Thank you! I was thinking about the Nikon D5300.

    Now too low end , not too high end.
     
  4. Txmason

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    I have a Nikon D610 and love it! Switched from Canon. Excellent sharpness every time. Highly recommend it. What will you be using the camera for?
     
  5. Levelhead

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    Personal use, family outings, nature pictures.

    The 610 is a little pricey!
     
  6. Txmason

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    It's well worth it. Trust me with a battery grip and an extra battery then get a 80-200mm F2.8 and a 16-35mm F4 and SB910
     
  7. Levelhead

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    Wish i knew what all those numbers meant!
     
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    Been shopping the 5300 prices range from 799 with one lens to 800-1200 with 2 lenses
     
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  12. Levelhead

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    So the d5500 im looking at is not a "full frame body?" Please explain "bodies" thx!
     
  13. dmurawsky

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    Full frame has to do with the image sensor size. Here's a good overview. http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/full-frame-advantage.htm
    I wouldn't get a full frame as I personally don't think it's worth the added expense. Tou just have to be aware that it adds a bit of zoom to your lense, so a 50mm will act a bit more like a 70.
     
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  14. Txmason

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    Well said brother! I didn't think of that.
     
  15. Levelhead

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    Hmmm scared to purchase. But want to lol
     
  16. dmurawsky

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    Sorry, that was a very ambiguous "it" there. The dx camera adds the zoom factor when compared to an fx camera. So a 50mm lense is 50 mm on an fx camera, but more like a 70 on a dx camera. Sorry for the confusion.
     
  17. RyanC

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    I'm a Nikon guy but Cannons are very good too. Please don't get to caught up in all the different things about DSLR, the D5300 is a good starting camera. Their are some good books and or class too look into,to learn more shooting and what different lens can and will do. I sure are a few year from now you want to look into a bigger body camera, but for me the D5300 would be a better starter camera.
     
  18. Levelhead

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    Is this a good deal?

    Nikon D7000 Camera kit everything is in good condition.
    tested working perfect
    this kit includes everything you need to get started.

    This camera has live view and tilt screen
    this camera can record HD video.

    This KIT includes
    Nikon D7000 camera body
    Nikon nikkor 28-80mm AF f/3.5-5.6 D zoom lens
    lens caps
    .45 Wide angle lens with macro lens attachment
    2x telephoto lens (doubles zoom to 110mm)
    lens bags
    Battery
    Battery charger
    Camera strap
    8gb Memory card (can hold over 900 pictures)
    Usb cable

    camera is good condition, has few minor scuffs

    this is great camera and takes great pictures
     
  19. RyanC

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    It all depends on where you are getting it from, if you order online other than chain stores( Best buys, BJ, ect) don't order from anyone other than B&H or Adorama. Much of the online cameras is a scam.
     
  20. Levelhead

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    Its a guy on craigs list

    Im still hooked on the D5300 tho
     

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