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Bees who have a DSLR, what do you have? I have a great “point and shoot” but am wanting a DSLR for the upcoming wildflower season. My hobby is photographing and cataloging as many different wildflowers as I can and its always a plus if the flower has a bee or other interesting bug on it. The majority of my photos are very close up but I do like taking basic every day photos and a few landscape pics.
This DSLR is only $509 on amazon but I have no clue where to start. I am on a budget for sure. I can save up longer if I need to, I’m in no rush.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Post # 3
@sheepandbear: Do you have a good macro lens?
Post # 4
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
@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
@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
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
- 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 # 9
@Astra: I dont have any! Right now I have a Lumix point and shoot, thats it. Not even sure what to look for in a macro lense. I have so much research to do…
Post # 10
@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 # 11
@Astra: wow great advice!! There is so much to all of this, I dont want to get something cheap so I’m probably going to do tons of research, save up for a bit and get something really nice for my birthday this summer.
Post # 12
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
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
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
*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
- 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.