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Which dslr is better for me?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by mcleod90, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Jun 28, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    mcleod90

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    Im looking into getting a dslr. Either the canon t2i or the nikon d3100. The canon feels better in my hands but the nikon is 100$ cheaper and seemed a little easier to use. I am a complete noob and I am reading as much as I can to try and figure out about all the terminology.

    I plan on using it to take some pics of the outdoors when I go on my hiking trips, the occasional family gatherings, and using the hd video feature to shoot some random YouTube videos.

    Budget is right around 800$ give or take a 100$ or so.
     
  2. Jun 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM
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    They are both great cameras so it really comes down to the feel and and your taste. I'm a Nikon man myself so I would lean towards the 3100. It's really up to you both cameras will take great images.

    The thing I would do is but just a body and some really nice glass (Lens) it's really all about the lenses and kit lenses are not that great. My first DSLR I sold the kit lens within 6 months.
     
  3. Jun 28, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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    That's what I was thinking about doing since I will be saving some money on getting the nikon I can use it towards a lens.

    Is there one that is a pretty good overall lens. Like I said I will be shooting everything from waterfalls to birthday parties to my cat
     
  4. Jun 28, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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    There is really quite a few lenses there you can choose from...depends on what kind of money you want to throw at it. I just purchased Canon's "nifty fifty" (50mm prime lens) which has been the lens that has pretty much stayed on my camera for the time that I have had it. That lens will run you about $140 at most. But that lens would only be for the Canon t2i you would have to see the lens that Nikkor offers that is similar.

    Like jLee said he is a Nikon person where I am a Canon person, I've heard great things about the t2i. But the 3100 is a great camera as well.
     
  5. Jun 28, 2011 at 8:56 PM
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    Ok I plan on buying one this week. I am taking a trip up to yosemite. What should I look for in a quality lens.
     
  6. Jun 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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    Nikon has a lot of really good lenses. Despite what Jerry says, some of their kit lenses aren't that bad. The same is true for the Canon stuff so don't be too quick to diss the kit lens; especially if you're new to photography.

    And while it would be better to buy something like a 24-70mm zoom, I'm guessing budget is enough of a concern that $1800 for a lens just isn't going to happen.

    What I will say is that if you are a serious photographer, then your lenses will be with you much longer than any camera body will. So buy the best lenses you can afford and if you cannot afford the best, save up for longer.

    Also to consider are focal lengths. Finding one lens that does it all and well will be hard. If you're buying zooms, two might be good. 18-55 and 70-200 would cover most things.

    If you're new to photography, just get the body and kit lens (usually something in the 18-55 range) and take pictures. Once you get better and have more of an idea what you need, then consider selling the kit lens and moving up.

    If you want to use the video feature, I do think Canon is a bit ahead of Nikon in that regard.

    Good luck with your decision.
     
  7. Jul 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM
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    thanks for the input. i went with the d3100 bundle, came with the kit lens, 55-200 vr lens, 8gb sd card and lowepro bag. now comes the fun part . . . . learning about it.
     
  8. Jul 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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    Congrats! Now get out and shoot!
     
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