(Closed) Good Camera Recommendations?

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m a photographer for fun.  I would recommend anything Nikon.  I know a lot of people love Cannons.  I personally use a Nikon D80, and I LOVE it! Do your research and go to an actual store to play with the cameras.  i found that Nikons have more weight to them, but if you want a really light camera, then you may not want that. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

So I assume you want a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) because you already have a point and shoot? I’ll run through the basics– I’m sorry if you already know some of this but I’d rather be thorough 🙂

Basically DSLRs have two peices: a body, and a lens. You can buy the body seperate and then buy separate lenses, but sometimes the body will come bundled with lenses. When they do come bundeled, be aware that the lenses you get are pretty low quality.

Be aware that this is a VERY expensive hobby! Buying lenses gets addictive and you always want just one more. There are two types of lenses, primes and zooms. A prime lens just has one focal length (so, you can’t twist the lens to make the picture come closer or farther, you have to physically move your body to change the shot). These are good because they are often better made for the price you pay, and are also often “faster” (which means you can take pictures at lower light without blur). Zoom lenses cover a range of focal lengths, so standing still you can see something as closer or farther away. These are good because you can get better framing with limited area to move in… but they are often a lower quality build for the price you pay and are “slower” (which means that you may not be able to take pictures in lower light without flash or blur).

Most people start with a mid-range zoom lens. Something in the 18-55 or 18-70 range. If you know anything about 35mm SLRs, be aware that there is a 1.3-1.6x cropping factor on almost all dslrs. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then ignore me because you probably won’t care 🙂

As far as brands there are two basics: Nikon and Canon. They are very comparable in quality and cost. Most professionals use one or the other– it is just preferance. I’m a canon girl because that is what I started with. There are also other brands that might be a bit cheaper, but you’ll have a harder time finding a wide range of lenses and they might be of slightly lower quality.

That may be more than you ever wanted to know… if you have any other questions at all feel free to ask or PM me!

Post # 5
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have a NikonD70s (basically the version before the D80) and it’s great.  We bought it used and got 2 lenses.  They are very expensive cameras and the lenses are also expensive, as mentioned above, but the pictures you can get are priceless.  Since you are planning on taking a course this would probably be worth it for you.  Yay!  Have fun!

Post # 6
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I gave the Fi a Nikon D80 for V-day last yr and he loves it!!  He’s pictures are so much better than a regular point n shoot!  It benefits me too because I’m a scrapper and the pictures turn out really professional for my pretty books!!  I ordered the camera from B&H Photo online and I highly recommend them.  I did a lot of research before I made the huge purchase and they were highly recommend by reviewers and friends.  They also had a better price and package deal!

Post # 7
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

If you’re looking for a top of the line digital point and shoot, you won’t find anything (imho) better than the Canon SX20is. It’s aMAZing. I’m getting J one for Christmas, even though it’s almost 2 months salary for me (I live overseas. It’s only $350, probably going down to $300 by the holidays).


Their SX120is and SX1is are both very nice too (and up and down a price range, respectively).

Post # 8
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Go Canon or Nikon. DSLR. If you’re interested in, photography, DO NOT INVEST IN A POINT AND SHOOT. Yes, I’m yelling in that statement. And shaking my fist in the air.

You cannot get the quality of shots with a point and shoot that you can from a single lens reflex. Dslr, dslr, dslr, dslr.

I can elaborate if you want.


Post # 9
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I just got the Nikon D3000 and it’s a great entry level DSLR. It has a guide mode and a lot of auto settings that you might appreciate as you’re used to the point and shoot, plus it’s got all the features you’ll need as you expand beyond the basics.

From what I’ve read, Canon and Nikon were initially equal in the DSLR market, and even older Canons were better, but now most agree the Nikon is better.

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