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Help needed for a weekend hobby camera

Discussion in 'Photography' started by superfair92, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. Jun 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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    superfair92

    superfair92 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    We're looking for a DSLR for out and about photos. Looking for something around or below the $500.00 mark. Right now we have a point and shoot Kodak digital. It's ok but looking to take better and crisper photos.

    We've been told we could get a Nikon or Canon entry level but just not sure what to go with. We don't want to go to a store and be suckered into the wrong direction for not knowing what's what.

    We've been told a Canon EOS T3 or Nikon D3000 is this right? Or what would the experts here say?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Jun 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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    would you be ok spending $500 on a point and shoot that could take better photos than that kodak of yours, or are you hard up on a dslr? sometimes dslrs are a bit much for people.

    recommendations:
    canon s100
    fuji x10
    canon g12
    nikon coolpix 7100
    panasonic lumix lx5

    what do I shoot with? I have a nikon d700, fuji x100, and a canon s90. I dont use the s90 these days, just taking up space and collecting dust.

    associated costs with getting a dslr for the first time, that most dont realize:
    1. need more zoom(purchase another lens)
    2. want to get tighter(purchase another lens)
    3. it's bulky(will have to adjust, or plan to take it out with you during the day)
    4. how do I work this?(learn how to use the camera, or photography in itself - i.e. settings, exposure, etc)
    5. I need more flash(purchase an external flash unit, or learn how to use available light around you - see no. 4)
    6. it's too big to be convenient for everyday use(shouldnt be a "special occasion camera" just because it is a dslr. it just has the potential to take better pictures than a point and shoot)
     
  3. Jun 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    Did that help you(or anyone else) with your decision making?
     
  4. Jun 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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    It's an oldish camera, but still has good specs. Don't get scared at it only having 10megapixels as unless you are cropping a lot or making huge prints, you won't see the difference between 10 and 18, except in file size.

    And please read 6spd's post. Exactly what you need to know
     
  5. Jun 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM
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    If you intent to shoot any kind of sports/action photography, an SLR is a must. With point-and-shoot cameras, there's too much shutter lag.
     
  6. Jun 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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    I just picked up a Sony DSC-HX200V . I found it on sale for $400.00. I liked it just a little better than the Canon 40 and Nikon 510.
    So anyone else have this one? Anything good or bad? Thanks.
     
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