(Closed) Photography enthusiasts – need camera advice/recommendations please.

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Well, the quality now-n-days is more from the glass in the lenses than the megapixels, so I would say that a Rebel or low end DSLR are your best bet for a quality camera. However, I do have a Nikon PS5000 that is pretty freaking awesome, and it actually has an option to attach a lens if I want to buy one.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Nikon is my camera of choice.  The D90 is my favorite, but the D40 or D60 are also great.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Theresa90405:

Smaller cameras don’t have the sensor capabilities of dSLRs. They won’t have the quality you want.

That said, my point and shoot is a Panasonic Lumix, and it gives me the ability to shoot RAW, and have total exposure control easily (instead of buried in menus like most point and shoots). But honestly, don’t expect dSLR quality from a point and shoot.

if you buy a DSLR, you need a bunch of lenses. It’s the nature of the system.

I would recommend starting with a 50mm f1.4 (or 1.8 if that is beyond your price range).

Kit lenses = crap. Remember that. Buy the body only and get a lens separately.

If you really can’t live without a zoom, get a really good one. Get one that has a wide range of apertures and has IS. And don’t expect it to give you the same quality as a pime (fixed focal length) lens.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Whoops sorry, Nikon P5000.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The canon rebel xsi is a good camera if you’re documenting youre life/planning on doing anything professional). I would definitley shoot with that for a little while and then think about upgrading the lens. The lens the Xsi comes with is a good all around lens for beginners, but it’s pretty terrible in low light settings. My personal preference are zoom lenses (a lens you can adjust with your hands). The other type are called prime lenses someone suggested the 50mm  above (you zoom in and out with your feet). I’m all for getting comofrtable with the kit lens first and then decided what will best fit your needs. Some people prefer prime some prefer zoom.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have a Nikon D90 which I love but I find that most days, I am using my Panasonic Girlfriend1. It uses the micro four-thirds system, and though it’s not as small as most point and shoots, it is much more compact than a bulky DSLR, and the quality is superb. I use it with the 20mm f/1.7 lens, a.k.a. “the pancake”, and I seriously love it (bonus: it’s also a really cute camera).

 

Post # 11
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1986 posts
Buzzing bee

@Theresa90405: It’s bigger than your average point and shoot, but it’s about 1/3 the size of a DSLR. Let me go take a pic 😀

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Here ya go, my Nikon D60 next to my Nikon P5000 (taken with my laptop camera, sorry!)n

 

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