Babies/Kids and Camera's

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Which camera if any?
    Stick with the camera you have until next year. Maybe by then you'll have more clarity : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Go for the DSLR you won't regret it! : (26 votes)
    81 %
    Get the smaller ILC, the size is nice and it doesn't have to be lightning fast. : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Other, details below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MsJ2theZ:  If you don’t mind, I am going to put in my 2 cents even though my child isn’t born yet. I have a point and shoot. It’s a Sony. While it is a great camera, I have been asking for a DSLR for a long time, just because we have a dog. That want grew more when I found out I was pregnant. My Sony does a nice job, but not in certain lighting situations nor does it work well with an on-the-go subject.

    DH got me a DSLR for Christmas. It is a Nikon D5200, and I love the thing. First, he bought it while it was on sale, which was good. Second, I am learning to use it before baby comes so I can get the most out of the camera before then. I don’t plan on getting into photography as far as professionally (or even doing it for friends) but I would like to be able to take my own pics of my baby and have them look half ass decent. Third, its great because baby will become active quicker than I anticipate, and I wanted to be ready so my pics don’t turn out all swishy from movement. Plus we have a dog, and to have two subjects moving I need a good camera.

    So that’s my reasoning for getting a DSLR now rather than wait. I don’t think it would be wrong to wait, but when the price is right and while you have time to learn to use it, it seems like a good idea.

    (Edit) Just wanted to note as well, I don’t feel like I’m carrying around a bulky item. It fits in a nice, small, carrying case which fits my cords, charger, battery, extra lens, lens pen, and manual. It’s going to be one more thing to carry, definitely, but I don’t find it an incovenience.

    Post # 4
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    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Get the DSLR and then use your smart phone for cute on the run moments 🙂  We did a picture a week on a piece of fabric for my son and then made a book at the end of the year, those pictures are priceless!

    Post # 5
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would get the Nikon D3200, but I would not get that kit.  If it were me, I would get the D3200 with the 18-55mm lens, and then get a faster lens like a 50m 1.4 or 1.8 to capture the kids.  My first DSLR was the Nikon D3000, and they are great cameras.

     

    Post # 8
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    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Dslrs are great, if you know how to use it beyond a point and shoot with a fancy lens. If you are still only using the auto mode, you aren’t getting the full use of your camera anyway so I wouldn’t spend the money. If you understand how to do all the adjustments to get the best photo with the camera, get it. It doesn’t matter how nice a camera you have or how many settings it has, if you can’t use it, it doesn’t do any good. I have a point and shoot and my phone I use more than anything but DH was a photography major and took lots of classes on all the stuff to really utilize his fancy camera and you can tell the difference when I use his not knowing what I’m doing and when he can do all his magic.  

    Post # 10
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    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MsJ2theZ:  Yeah, with my camera I about shit myself when I saw the retail price. I really hope the cyber Monday deal was worth it or else I might die at the fact my husband spent that much. But, then again, I use it a lot already.

    And since you name-dropped Napoleon…

    These were actually taken a few nights ago with the DSLR (DH took them). They would never have turned out this crystal clear had I used a point and shoot. Napoleon is way too active and moving around all the time. Well, maybe not in the 2nd pic, but definitely the first one (where he seriously sucker punch pawed me in the face).

    It’s also nice to have pics like these because these were taken late at night, and we have very poor lighting in our living room. Because of the flash and stability of the camera, we were able to get decent pics (and no red eye!!!)

    Seems like the DSLR would be good for you since you have a cute furry family member too and because you like to vacation and be active.

    Post # 12
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    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    As a photographer, this is what I always tell people who are looking at purchasing a SLR.

    Do NOT purchase a SLR if you don’t plan on taking it off of automatic mode.  It’s a total waste.  A nice point and shoot would provide just as good (if not better) pictures than a SLR on automatic mode.  There are lots of good options out there nowadays that would still capture fast movement for the later years.

     

     

     

    Post # 14
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    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @MsJ2theZ:   I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but not crazy difficult.  It just takes a lot of reading and playing with your camera to understand things such as shutter speed, f/stops, white balance, ISO, etc. 

    Local community centers sometimes have free intro classes!

    Post # 15
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    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    And to add…if you decide to go the SLR route anyways and keep it on automatic mode, then I would get a Canon over a Nikon.  (Which pains me because I’m Nikon all the way!)  But Canon is more user and beginner friendly. Nikon tends to be a little more difficult to manuever, and geared towards the professional market (but are the better camera in the end).

    Post # 16
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’d definitely get it now, while you have the money!

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