(Closed) What sort of camera should we get?

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am not super knowledgable and we did not want a DSLR camera. Therefore, we decided on a sony HX1. It is fairly easy to use and takes GORGEOUS photos. It is a step down from a DSLR and it is under 400 but I would recommend a warranty.

Good luck! Have a great time on the safari!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We got a Canon Rebel EOS and we LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I’m so glad we got it! It’s really flexible and can be fully automatic or fully manual and everything in between. I love it!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We bought a Canon EOS XSi DSLR camera and is is FANTASTIC!  The picture are professional quality.  We bought it as a package with two lenses, a case and a memory card through Costco.  Also, the best learning is seriuosly a DSLR for Dummies book.  One of my friends who is a professional photographer recommended that and also a series that I have in .pdf version that I have been reading through.  The Scott Kelby “The Digital Photography” series (3 books).  In terms of learning to use the camera, it’s just practice. 

If you go with a DSLR, Canon and Nikons are the best and are what professionals use.  On mine, I love that there are a number of pictures settings.  There is one completely manual setting, 4 manual settings for each major attributes. There are 5 different manual settings, but there is one completely automatic camera setting, and 4 other automatic settings based on what you are doing (sports, landscape, close up, and night portrait).

I love that this has a live view screen so that I can both view pictures I have already taken and also set the camera to take a picture from that like a little compact point and shoot (very helpful when giving the camera to someone else to take a picture of us). 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My suggestion: don’t get a DSLR. I have one and I LOVE it. But kit lenses suck and and on your budget you really can’t afford to get what you need for a dslr. Go to amazon and research some prosumer cameras… i don’t know much about them but you should be able to find a pretty good and compact camera for a few hundred bucks ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am still really a novice.  I used just the automatic settings, although I used the scene automatic settings.  I’m really looking forward to learning more about photography in general so that I can learn how to modify the settings to create truly beautiful pictures.  Did you ever see the movie “A Lot Like Love” with Ashton Kutcher?  The girl is a photographer and she creates these pictures where she leaves the shutter open for longer periods of time so that everything slightly blurs except for the subjects.  If you have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about since this was a main part of it.  Anyway, that is just one example of changing these manual settings. 

The three books I have go into this, although they are for photography in general as opposed to the Canon specifically (although there are books just for the Canon).  Now that I’ve used the camera for two straight weeks on our honeymoon and I’m comfortable with how it works and where all the functions are located, I’m going to start reading the books and playing around with the camera.

Even if you just use the manual settings, the pictures will turn out much more vibrant and beautiful than with a little point and shoot.  We brought both cameras with us – the little one for when we were on the beach and by the pool and the DSLR for when we were going to beautiful areas, out to dinner, etc. 

We really wanted to get this so that not only would we have some beautiful honeymoon shots (I’m planning to blow up five landscape shots to 8×10″ size, turn them into sepia, matte and frame them for our living room), but that we would also have it to take great pictures of kids (when we start having them).

I hope this helps!

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Here are some pictures taken by normal non photographer people with their own DSLR’s at home/ on vacations:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/canon_dslr_photos/pool/

Many of my pictures just using the manual settings came out looking like professional pictures, which was amazing!

Post # 11
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1251 posts
Bumble bee

I have a Nikon D3000, and it’s in your budget, and I am in love with mine. It’s a really fantastic camera, and easy to use as a beginner. I have a lot of photography experience, and it still keeps me satisfied.

Here’s a picture of my kitty. More to show off the kitty than anything ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Canon makes a really nice point an shoot as well if you want to step away from DSLR (I agree with Corgitales–especially on a honeymoon you don’t want to tote around lenses, hoods, the giant battery/charger etc). I have a Powershot G10 (the newest version is the G11, retails ~ $450, but the G10 is just fine too) and really love it. You can go all-manual or all-automatic, you can do video, and you can even attach an external flash as well. It’s heavier than your average P&S but the quality is really good.

I brought the G10 as an emergency backup to a wedding I helped shoot last weekend, and when my DSLR started having memory card issues, set the flash on it and it worked really well in the meantime.

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