(Closed) Camera savvy bees: Suggestions for a DSLR?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Puffthemagicdragon:  I have a Nikon D3100 (there is a newer model out now, D3200) and we really like it! Here are some pictures that we shot with it when we went to Iceland this year, after owning the camera for about a year, and that is with the kit lens (18mm – 55mm) (http://imgur.com/a/zu1Gv#0). 

This website is one of the best I have come across when researching things for the camera (I’m currently looking to get a new lens)

This is his Nikon vs Canon thing since you guys have different opinions. =)



Edit: Also, go pick up a canon and a nikon. See how they feel in your hands. We did that and that’s what pretty much decided it for us. The nikon felt better in our hands than the Canon did. 

Post # 4
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I asked a friend (she is a professional photographer) the same question about a year ago and here’s what she said:


Nikon has 3 lines essentially.

Consumer – tends to have sillier bells and whistles (i am biased, but in camera slide show generation is not a priority for me) price range around $500-800 for a body with a couple “kit lenses” more on that in a bit
Prosumer – tends to be very high end, less silly whistles, more functional features price range around $1000-1800
Professional – extremely droolingly high end. cost prohibitive. (seriously, $5000 for a body…. if they get sold in kits, i will piss myself laughing… more on that next)

you used to be able to tell the lines apart by the number of digits in the model name… 2 (d70, d80, d90) = consumer 3 (d100, d200, d300) = prosumer 1 and sometiems an extra letter = pro (d2, d3x)

but they’ve been blurring that line more and more. d5000? consumer d7000? prosumer… yipes.

so price will determine

kit lenses – awesome and evil. 
They will do the trick at first, but if you want to shoot low light, indoor ambient light, no flash photos – you’ll get angry and frustrated. they typically have a widest aperture in the 4 – 6 range. this is called “slow” it will be hard to achieve a decent shutter speed in a lot of situations with those lenses. also – depth of field will never be very shallow (fuzzy areas vs crisp)

but kit lenses can help get you into a camera sooner, so awesome. my advice: buy a camera body and pick your lenses. if that’s financially tough, buy a camera with one decent kit lens, but don’t put a lot of money into a kit package.

hope that’s a good start!

oh yeah, and canon has a REALLY hard time focusing in low light – currently that’s the big difference. some photogs carry a flashlight just to make focusing in low light quicker/easier…

Now, based on her input, we actually ended up with a Pentax (I would have to go get it to find the model #) and it’s wonderful.  It is actually our second Pentax; the first, we had for less than a month when we left it behind in a hotel lobby and never saw it again.  That camera was the higher-end one and cost about $1500; when we replaced it, we opted for the more mid-scale model, at about $900, not wanting to lose another $1500 camera. It came with a kit lens and we’ve since added 2 more lenses.  Can’t be happier with the quality of the photos and the straightforward controls; the $1500 model also took gorgeous photos but was a bit too much camera for us, too many buttons (the one we have now also has a ton of buttons and options but still about 30% less than its higher-end brother).


I hope this helps!

Post # 6
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Puffthemagicdragon:  Yeah, not a problem. We were going to do the exact same thing and most of our “camera” friends have a canon, but when we went to hold them, either my hand is too large or something and the canon felt cheap. It’s not, but the Nikon was just better in our hands. I saw a refrence once about Canon being a Mac and Nikon being a PC (Canon being easier to use at the earliest stages of shooting and Nikon having the more techinal features you look for later) but that was also someone’s opinion! =)

Post # 7
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Once you have your short list, I’d do some research on interoperability of lenses with other camera bodies from the same maker.  Not all lenses are interchangeable, and it really sucks when you decide to move up to the next level of camera body, but you’ve spent $1000+ over the years on lenses that turn out not to work with the body you want.

Post # 8
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I will say with Nikon, the lenses are more universal. Im a Nikon user, Ive used others but Nikon is in my gear bag.

You wont go wrong with a Nikon or a Canon, its going to be a personal preference. I personally like the colors in a Nikon over Canon.

 I would say a D7000, its a great prosumer style camera, has HD video, and duel card ports. Its Very good in low light. Some of its features are very close to pro grade at a much more affordable price.

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d second the d7000

Post # 10
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’m a one-eyed Canon supporter. Their entry level cameras are exceptionally easy to use, and produce great results. They usually come packaged with two kit lenses (50mm and 18-55 perhaps?) and are really good for people who just want to take nice photos but don’t have any extensive knowledge of photography.

Post # 11
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

For me brands are little more the tools.  What’s the best hammer for the job?  We currently use Nikon, but are contemplating a Canon switch.  They both have a few pros and cons, but ultimately it has more to do with what you are photographing.

I’m big on photographing people and I can generally be happy with just a 50mm lens.  You can easily find a used Canon 5D and pair it with a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens for less than $1000.  It’s older technology, but unless you are shooting in extreme low light that would be a great full frame camera to have, and a lot better than some of the newer consumer models.  

The other thing to factor in is post production.  What software will you be editing your photos on?

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