(Closed) Buying a camera

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1405 posts
Bumble bee

The canon rebel series  T2i, T3i,etc is the best bang for the buck out there right now.  It’s also easier to use than Nikon, more intuitive.  Get one of those with the kit lenses, and also pick up an inexpensive zoom (55-250mm).  Also consider renting a 10-22mm wide angle for landscapes.

Post # 5
209 posts
Helper bee

@USER876: to us Canon users it is more intuitive.  😉


@Samantha, USER876 is pretty spot on.  Depending on what you want to shoot, the camera bodies of that range – T2i, Nikon’s D7000 (or whatever comparative body) will be able to cover most things. 

The best thing to do, is actually holding them in your hands.  I would suggest going to the store to just hold them and play with the menus in the store without minding the store employees trying to sell them to you.  It has to feel right with you, because, really both brands (the major ones at least) are pretty comparable in specs.

Post # 6
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get the nikon d3100, It’s great! I have the downgrade from that…the d3000., and it’s very user friendly. a great entry level DSLR! I have started my own little photography business and am upgrading soon, but I will always recommend this camera. It’s also very affordable.

Post # 7
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

For someone starting out I would recommend an entry level body like the Nikon D3100. It’s a great starting out DSLR. Just put it P mode (aka auto) and it will take care of your apature and shutter speed for you. =)

Post # 8
44 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with USER too.  I have a Canon rebel and I love it!  Previously, I’ve only owned Canon point-and-shoots, so this was my first foray into DSLR.  Oh my goodness, what a difference it makes, even for an amateur like me. 

Post # 9
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You definitely need to go and play with them in the stores… especially because Canon folks tend to dislike Nikons and vice versa (I’m a nikon and I always will be, so I would tell you go to buy a Nikon) and it’s really up to you to see how intuitive the menus are and that kind of thing. What was important to me in buying my cameras was:

1. I control the aperture and shutter speed and ISO and white balance separately. Once you learn about how creative you can get with these settings, you might get frustrated with a camera that wont let you change them. In fact, I love being able to have control over these so much, even my little point and shoot has these options!

2. It has a space for an external flash. While you might not need that right now, when you get into portraits and macros and things it really helps to have a separate flash that you can control as well. Mine is even wireless so I can put it on the side, etc.

3. Quick access settings. I didn’t want to have to go into the menu and try and find what i was looking for all the time, so having some buttons or a dial on the outside was super important to me.

4. Interchangeable lenses. It’s really nice to be able to change my lenses depending on what I’m shooting.

I ended up going with a Nikon D50, and i’m not sure if they still make it or what, but if you go and play with them and get a feel for what you like and don’t like and then you can narrow them down by feature. I hope this helps!

Post # 10
1405 posts
Bumble bee

If you don’t think you will ever graduate out of P or auto mode, I would skip a DSLR, and go with a Canon S95 or something.


Post # 11
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know for myself two years ago when I was on the hunt for digital SLR the professional camera store I went to said hands down Nikon. They sell both Nikon and Cannon but Nikon is a much better product. That is what I got. I have a Nikon D60. 

Shop around take a feel for both Canon’s and Nikon’s. See which one you like better. 



Post # 12
527 posts
Busy bee

Another vote for the Canon Rebel here!  I looooove that camera!

Post # 13
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Will you want to use it for video too? Canon video is much higher quality than Nikon.



Post # 14
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have a canon T1i and we got it because it also includes video, which was actually super high quality. We LOVE our camera–neither of us really knew how to use it, and we got it only about a week before our honeymoon, but it was SO easy and took some amazing pictures.

I will also say that if you get a dslr, be prepared to spend some money on lenses, since those are super important in taking good photos. If you don’t want to do that, then there are plenty of great non-interchangeable lense cameras that you can get, like the olympus pen or the canon g6 (I think that’s what it is).

Post # 15
1405 posts
Bumble bee

Canon vs nikon

Both manufacturers make great products.  The debate can go on for years, so it’s important to take a look at the facts when buying an entry level camera and see what is best for you.

For the entry level cameras, there are two distinct features that give canon an edge.

1.  Camera controls are a bit more intuitive.  For people shooting in A or P modes this is not an issue.

2.  Lens systems – The canon rebel can accomodate any lens that canon makes including their professional L series.  Nikon entry level cameras do not have an autofocus motor built in so can only use their entry level lenses that have the autofocus motor built into the lens.  So you will have to upgrade your camera body to use the better nikorr lenses.  If you are never going to get past the “kit” lens this is not an issue.  If this camera is a stepping stone, then canon is the way to go, since you should be spending your money on lenses, not upgrading your body every few years.



Post # 16
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have had a Nikon D5000 for almost a year, and I absolutely love it!  It’s my first DSLR.  I’ve heard the Canon’s were good too.

I think there’s a new Nikon – D7000, maybe?  I haven’t tried it out or anything because I love the one I already have.

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