(Closed) Camera suggestions for interested beginner?

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Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got an Olympus Pen a few months ago and I looove it! It’s a bit pricey- $500- but still really reasonable for the quality of camera it is. The auto settings are actually very sensitive and well tuned and it cranks out great pictures. It also has lots of options for manipulating various settings, so you can have lots of flexibility. Apparently it even takes HD video.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Everyone in journalism school loved their Cannons. There were a few Nikon devotees, but mostly every photographer I came into contact with swore by Cannon.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just got a Canon T2i.  It was expensive (under $1000 for a package).  I am learning how to use it but I love it! 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have been a pentax devotee since learning from my father (a pro photographer) on his late-70s classic K1000.

The pentax K-x is one of the most feature rich DSLRs out there at its price point, and the included lens is in my opinion better than the stock lenses that come with the cheap canon DSLRs.

I also felt the build quality of the camera itself was better, but that is personal preference.

However, I feel that you get a better deal by not buying into the Canon and Nikon hype, and get a better camera to boot. For $500, I don’t believe there is anything comparable on the market right now.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Correction: the new model of the K-x appears to be the K-r. Street price is the same, or $749 for the kit with a standard lens and a long zoom.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I’m a major newbie when it comes to all things DSLR but I bought myself one before we left for our {current} big trip. I got the new model Nikon D3100 – it’s toting itself as a good one for beginners to the DSLR field, and I’ve found it super easy to use. It has a cool guide mode, but I’ve found it more useful to just flip through each setting and give things a go – I’ve quickly learned to love my ‘No Flash’ and ‘Landscape’ settings, and I THINK I’m getting a bit better as I go along. 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I wouldn’t recommend doing it for a living.  you should check out another thread hereL

brides and photographers: regrets, loves, tips from both sides!

 

As for cameras, it doesnt really make sense to spend $500 on a consumer camera if you are planning to take on weddings.  You would be wasting $500 because you would have to upgrade to a pro camera that could handle low light situations well.  I’ve never yet met a pro who didnt use canon or nikon gear.  Canon photos are warmer with a greenish tint. Nikon produces cooler images with more magenta.  Both are good choices.  You can probably find a good pro camera in the $1200 range.  bhphoto.com is where i buy all of my equipment.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I hear the Canon Rebel is a great starter and learner! =] And its quite affordable! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a Nikon D3000 and it is very affordable Best Buy has a starter package with a DVD, the Camera, and a Lens. I LOVE it, it is a wonderful beginners DSLR. Even my mom could pick it up and start shooting. I also picked Nikon because of their underwaterhousings, as I am an avid scuba diver and want to photograph sealife one day! I would also suggest looking at a local community college or on craigslist for a class and shoot with what they use, that why you can try out several different brands, everyone is different.

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