DSLR–What to buy?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
15014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My mom is a professional photographer and just dumped everything Cannon. It’s the prices of the lenses that was the final straw. I have no idea what’s she’s using now but I know she’s much happier with the quality and the price.

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sheepandbear:  I have the t3 And really like it. It’s easy to use and takes great pictures even in auto. I’m still learning but I think it’s a great starter dslr and fits our needs – which basically is to just take pics of our baby when she arrives.

Post # 6
39 posts

@sheepandbear:  we have a Nikon 5100, we bought it for 630 on Black Friday. It came with lenses, a nice bag, memory cards, wireless adapter and a couple of other neat accessories. We love it. It has a guided mode which has been very helpful

Post # 7
212 posts
Helper bee

It all comes down to personal preference, but I prefer Nikon over Canon. I just bought a D600 about a year ago but they have some nice less-expensive models that would do more than enough for a beginner! I had a D40 for many years before I upgraded!

Post # 8
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

I love my Pentax K20D. I had a K10D, but it was stolen last March and I replaced it with the K20D in June.

Post # 10
3836 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@sheepandbear:  In that case,  I’d suggest researching macro lenses first, choose a very good lens, and then pick a camera body which will accomodate it.  You don’t want to blow the budget on the camera body and then not have enough to purchase a really good lens.  I’d suggest sticking with Canon or Nikon bodies and lenses.  I’m only familiar with Canon, I have a 180mm f3.5L  macro lens and love it, although for wildflowers you might prefer the 50/2.5, or the comparable Nikon lens.  

Have you read any of George Lepp’s articles?  He has a lot of information online and in books on macro work.  

Post # 12
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The Nikon 5100 is a great camera – easy to use, not tooo pricy, and gets great reviews. I got a Nikon D40 as a starter and upgraded to a Nikon D90 and I love it a lot – the 5100 is probably better and cheaper than what I paid for mine. 

I would also suggest buying a “friendly” photoshop – like photoshop elements and a book on how to use it, using the right color correction and shooting in .raw makes a HUGE difference. 

If you buy a “cheaper” camera like the 5100 (still $600-$700) you could probably get a speedlight too. 

Check out Ken Rockwell’s camera site – he does GREAT reviews and real world photos of most cameras and lenses. 

Post # 13
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That’s the camera my brother has and recommends for beginners. Then you’ll have to buy a variety of lenses depending on what you’re shooting. He also recommended Nikon. 

I’ve been thinking about taking up photography too but can’t decide on a camera. 

Post # 14
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a Nikon D3200 and I love it.  I only have one lens with it right now, but it’s been easy to learn and I love how it works.  Some of the pros with Nikon that I know of is that they will take lenses that aren’t their brand (I think Sony works with them and I know there are others), the mirror flip is quieter when you take the photo and the batteries are better. 

Post # 15
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

*Some* good advice thus far, some not so great. But I agree with others that for the purpose of macro photography a good lens should be a greater priority than the camera body itself. I’d suggest something at least 100mm f/2.8 with image stabilization.

Post # 16
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - St. Francis of Assisi Church & N.O. Board of Trade

I recommend doing some more research before buying – learn about lenses and how dslrs work.  Ken Rockwell is a great source.  I did this before picking out the nikon d5100 for Christmas, and I’m really enjoying it. I currently am using the lens it came with but I plan on getting another soon. 

Several others have recommended the D5100, and I have no complaints on it. It has all the features I would need and I was able to get it at a better price because it is an older model. however, seems like some stores dont carry it anymorel, and i wasn’t able to find one in store before ordering to test it out. I found the best price at Sears online. 

Good luck! from all that I researched, seems like you can’t go wrong with canon or Nikon, it’s just which one works or you. 

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