(Closed) Camera suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have the Canon Rebel, it’s a DSLR. The one I have is their lowest model, it was $600 Canadian dollars, so a bit more than you want to spend, but it’s probably cheaper in the US!!

Anyways, I love it. I haven’t had a chance to play around with it too much yet, but even just taking photos on auto mode works great! I don’t have any photos to share because I am at work, but I’ll try to attach some later when I get home!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Also, it comes with a lense, but then you have the option of buying multiple lenses for it depending on what you want to take pictures of and such πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thanks! He’s a welsh terrier, they look very similar! πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hmmm. $500 really won’t buy you a “professional” camera. My gear is a tier under what my wedding photographer is using (she is using a Canon 5D Mark II DROOL), I have a Canon EOS 20D (a few years old, there have been several new versions since then). My camera new with an image stabilizing kit lens was about $1800. Just a camera body will run you $1000-$1200. I’d suggest looking for used camera bodies if you really want a high end camera – Adorama.com is incredibly reliable – i’ve bought many things from their used shop online, always with great results. Keep in mind that the camera purchase is the tip of the iceberg – the real cost is in lenses. A good portrait lens (50mm f1.4) will set you back about $350, a good zoom lens with image stabilization will cost around $1200-1500. If all you want is something that lets you choose your shutter speed/f-stop, go with a Canon Rebel, but don’t expect it to give you the results of a camera whose processor costs twice as much. THere’s a ton of online forums for this, i’d google and learn more. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What you are looking for is a DSLR.

The main thing to consider is feel. Nikon or Canon are both the industry leaders and will give you excellent results. The technology will ALWAYS see-saw back and forth between the two companies. Once you choose one, it get’s very hard (read, EXPENSIVE) to switch to the other.

My biggest advice, is to go out and hold different cameras from both. I can’t STAND the way a canon feels in my hands or they way the controls are laid out. For me, a Nikon felt so much better and you need to be comfortable with your camera. It basically becomes an extension of your body πŸ™‚

You see the image, the camera body records what the LENS sees. So, just as important as the body, are the lenses you get to go with it. Each lens has a different purpose and a different effect to the image. (i.e, don’t skimp on lenses). 

B&H and Adorama are both reputable dealers. I would suggest stalking craigslist and amazon though once you know what you want and then purchase it used. Odds are, you’ll either want to upgrade quickly or not get as into it as you thought. 

Then, starting now, you need to start scouring the internet and learning about how to take a picture. Yes, you can put it on an “automatic” setting, but your results won’t be consistent and you’ll never learn how light and different settings affect an image. Nor will you ever learn how to take the vision in your head and create it on “film.” 

Learn how to expose manually. Learn WHAT aperture, ISO, and shutter speed are and how they all interact and impact each other. 

Then, practice practice practice! Of course, if you ever wanted to go pro or charge for your work that’s a whole long other post of many things to do before you’re ready for that πŸ™‚

Happy shopping! 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Okay I don’t think you really are sure of what you want…. a PROFESSIONAL camera will easily set you back $5000. It sounds like what you want is maybe a digital slr, which means the kind of camera with detachable lenses. For someone just getting started you could get a consumer grade DSLR and you’d probably be much happier with it than a professional grade dslr, which is generally going to be more confusing and also a lot heavier and more expensive. 

 

But unfortunately, you’re not going to even get a consumer grade dslr for under $500. When you get a dslr you have to think about two things. #1 is the camera body and #2 are the lenses. I have a Canon Rebel xti, which is a model that came out in 2007 (there are two newer versions of this camera). You could get one of these or one of the newer models but they’re still going to cost you probably at least $600 just for the body unless you get it used (and I am wary of used bodies. I might be alone here but there are a LOT of fine tuned moving parts in a camera body and I want the warranty). Then you have to think about lenses. I have 4 lenses that I used regularly. My everyday lens that would be comparable to what you’d be able to get focus length wise on a point and shoot cost me about $350. My portrait lens was $350. My wide angle lens used for landscapes was about $700. My telephoto lens was a gift so I’m not sure the cost on that… probably a few hundred. Photography isn’t really a cheap hobby to get into. I’d recommend, until you’re ready to invest some serious money, get a nice hybrid camera like maybe a canon powershoot (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SX20IS-Stabilized-Articulating/dp/B002LITT3I/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1271182011&sr=8-7) that will take great photos and will be a lot easier to use and a LOT cheaper. Please feel free to pm me if you have more detailed questions πŸ™‚ 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

No problem! It is a really expensive hobby but it is SUPER fun. If you think its something that you’re going to stick with then you can (and should) invest in a good camera body and worry about getting lenses as you can afford them. I certainly didn’t buy everything all at once πŸ™‚ Remember that the photographer is way more important than the equipment though. Sure, there are limitations to what you can do with some cameras, but if you have good skills you can get great shots with anything. I’ve actually sold a few shots I took with my super basic $200 point and shoot. I carry that with me everywhere just in case, and with some good composition and a little editing, I’ve gotten some amazing shots. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@nurselindsey – thanks for starting this great thread! I am in the same situation as you.  I love photography and want to learn more and be able to take better photos, but I don’t want to spend thousands on a camera.  Thanks everyone for all the great info!

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