Sep 11, 2016969 views

Beginning Cameras

Hey guys! I've just recently become REALLY interested in photography. I have a decent Fujifilm high-zoom point-and-shoot(Finepix HS 25EXR), but I find it lack-luster and not particularly good at any one thing. it takes decent pictures, but not great ones.
I've played around a little bit with a family members Nikon D5000 and Sony A6000, and overall I prefer the DSLR's to the Mirrorless Cameras. I've been looking between Nikon's D5300 and D5000, as well as at Cannon's Rebel T6 and T6i camera's.
I'm hoping that y'all can give me a little bit better understanding of what I should be looking for. Thanks y'all! I look forward to seeing what you've got to say!
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timechange, Sky C., and 7 others
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If you are just starting out, I suggest you try FILM. You can buy a trusty Canon AE-1 with lens for as low as $100-$150. Film and developing will cost a little bit ($15-$20 roll for film, dev and scan) but it will force you to learn about aperture, shutter speed, depth of field and most importantly to slow down and think about what you are shooting instead of shooting tons of images and then trying to find one that works.
Stevem415
This is good advice
Both Nikon and Canon have great cameras, and to be honest if I were to show you a photo from a Nikon and a photo from a Canon you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. They both produce great gear. But, with that said I'd probably opt for the Canon T6i for that dual-pixel auto focus. Also, Canon is known for their great lenses so if you ever want to get some professional glass from Canon it'll work no problem with the T6i. That's just my opinion, read some of the other users' comment to see what they have to say.
I was looking at the lower-end Nikon digitals but then I went to try them at my local camera shop. "How do you feel about used?" the guy asked.
Buying used let me get a higher quality Nikon than I would have otherwise. I bought the D7100 that day because it was nearly half price and Camera Guy said since I had older lenses from my film Nikons they'd be compatible with the 7100 and not the 5500 or 3300.
Soon, the 7100 will be my back up camera and I'll jump to the next level. I always look for used equipment before I buy new. I save a ton. I find most people get deep into photography--then their stuff collects dust. Or they progress and outgrow their camera and lenses and trade up, so I know it was taken care of.
The camera you choose is less important than having the eye for your subject, a little beginner's level digital knowledge (I came from film and needed a bit of YouTube before I found all the equivalent settings), and one or two good lenses. Happy shooting!
Check out the refurbished department on canon's website. I have five T5 bodies (I'm a photography teacher) purchased from there. They are practically brand new but at a significant reduction in price. As far as what to look for, pretty much any DSLR will have what you need to learn the fundamentals. Newer models generally have nice bells and whistles, which are, in reality, unnecessary for making good images. Also, I would highly recommend the lighting 101 course on strobist.com
yes see i have the same problems i want a good quality camera but dont know what to get bu i cant have a very expensive one right now i have 2 canon film from my family as a gift it was my grandmas its very nice quality but i dont like having to buy film and i cant delete the photo so i want a nikon but i dont want to pay over $1000
lmxdyl
If you like canon the 80d can be picked up for less than 1000$ great first camara with the 18-120 Kit lense
Sorry if this seems like a hijacking but in relation to OP's question my wife recently is starting to get into photography as a side business and i was recommending her canon's rebel SL2 after reading some reviews online. What are your opinions on this mini dslr?
Apologies if this is inappropriate and thank you in advance if you can help and advise me. Much appreciated.
Personally all the new crop sensor cameras are great and have pretty amazing low light performance and what not but they always feel like they're missing something big personally. Ive used all kinda of cameras and when my last camera broke and I was on a tight budget I went for a canon 5d classic. This is an old dslr. But its such a great camera! The colors don't really look true to real life but I prefer them to other cameras especially newer crop sensors that lack character. It has 12 mp which is plenty for me and most people honestly. Its full frame and has a much much better bigger viewfinder than any crop sensor dslr which is amazing after you have been shooting a while. It may only go up to iso 3200 but personally I don't shoot past that very often at all. Its super basic and has a short menu compared to other newer cameras but when your starting out this isn't bad at all. Read the reviews of this camera and ill bet that most if not all are positive reviews because this is such a great camera and still Definantly relevant to today's world. So this concludes my little speech haha goodluck!:)
Ive been on the Fuji XT1 for a while now and have zero complaints. It’s a fun camera to shoot with, small enough for hikin and riding on my motorcycle. All around it’s fantastic. Plus, wifi Photo transfers which you might not find on most dslrs.
Nikon D5300 is a good choice, I think you should buy this camera. Perhaps you will help to decide to become a relonch camera review which I recently found on fixthephoto.com. I hope you like it!
I have a Nikon D5300, and I'm very happy with it. If your going for Canon, expect a very good and polished software that is easy to use. If you're leaning more toward the Nikon side, you should expect more power for the price. Yes, the Nikon camera takes more time to get used to, but it just feels more satisfying with that extra flexibility. Anyway, hope you can use this in your research. Good luck, and enjoy your new camera ;)
Ive heard great things on the xt20 from fujifilm. I considering getting on for a trekking trip to nepal this fall
I am not sure what model it is but I have a Nikon DSLR of some sort and I really, really like it. I upgraded from a little Canon digital camera when I graduated high school. I have no experience with other cameras but I'm happy with what I've got.
I was in a similar place. New to photography. Between the Ti6 and A6000. I ended up going mirriorless. A6000 with kit. I am in a variety of subjects, so I needed flexibility. Plus, I'm sitting in the stands for marching bands, and in the theatre with my kids so I wanted portability as well. I'm only a week in, but its been great. It really fits my lifestyle as well as a new interest/passion. Good luck!
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oh definitely! you're not wrong at all. my main complaint with it, while nit-picky, is the location of the eyepiece. just never quite felt right with the eye I use to look through it and how it lined up with the bridge of my nose haha
Tyler
lol true. The problem I have is the sensitivity with the eye piece. How it automatically goes to the evf. If I have the camera at my belly it thinks i put my eye on it when i wanna take a shot at the waist. There should be a feature where it cancels the evf if the lcd is extended >:|
I've shot personally and professionally for many years and worked in a camera store too. My advise is simple, pick a budget, how much you want to spend and then go to a camera store and check out the models in your price range. See how the camera feels in your hands. See how you like the feel of the buttons and controls. See how you like the camera menu systems. Picture quality on a $500 DSLR is going to be nearly identical brand to brand, so find one that you personally like. It's that simple. For the record, I shoot a Nikon D800 with Nikkor lenses, 28-70mm f/2.8 as my main lens and others.
samscholes
Currently working at a reputable camera store and this is correct. One thing to consider is mirrorless though, I currently shoot with a 6D, 7DmkII, and a 5D MkIV. These are for higher quality photos but if its not for commercial quality I would shoot mirrorless. The XT-2 is a great system on the higher price range but maybe try the xt10 for a bit of both, price is not absolutely nuts but I had a blast carrying that around.
samscholes
This post from samscholes said everything I would've added to this discussion. The big jump going from an inexpensive camera to a camera like this is going from JPG to RAW, and all the cameras in this price range will shoot RAW. The rest comes down to ergonomics, personal feel, and to some degree the system you're buying into. You can't know about the ergonomics and personal feel without holding it in your own hands.
My advice to you - research your options, do a long table of pros and cons, pour over the specs, figure out what you really need in a camera, spend hours on websites looking at cameras and getting advice.
Then throw every single shred of that research out and go try all the cameras you are considering in your hand. Yes, go physically pick them up and try them. Nobody can tell you which camera will fit your hand the best, nobody can tell you if the buttons are where you think they should be, nobody can tell you if the menus are intuitive. No research can help you with that.
Go use the cameras, pick them up, hold them, try them out. It doesn't take long to figure out which one you are in love with and which one fits your hand the best.
And then buy that camera from the store that showed you all the cameras. Even if you'll pay a little more, they just saved you a ton of money on buying the wrong thing. Oh of course you could mention Amazon sells it for a lot less - maybe they will cut you a deal.
You might want to keep some of the specs in mind. For example, I do sports photography - volleyball, an incredibly fast unpredictable sport. I need high frames per second, and really fast autofocus. That narrows the choices to a few cameras. But my final decision was how it felt in my hand.
You have to fall in love with your camera. Reviews, advice, specs - none of those count for falling in love. Kate Upton might be the perfect woman in pictures, but you might just not get along with her. She might be boring. Same thing with a camera - you have to hold it to understand it.
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ZeeDan
Support local camera stores for sure!
Pentax is fine, but the are s lot more options for Nikon and Canon. More lenses, more accessories, more of everything. Options are good.
I am a Canon shooter (nothing wrong with Nikon but I can't really address that system). The Canon T6i would be an excellent choice. It will take longer to outgrow than the T6 and will perform very well. The EF-S lenses are relatively inexpensive, but you can also invest in better EF choices that will be useful if you get serious enough to move to a full frame camera like the 6D or 5D.
Let me add that no matter which camera you choose, I would suggest getting a fast prime lens (probably the EF 50mm 1.8 STM for the Canon). At ~100 bucks, it will make you excited about more "serious" photography and provide a lot of fun.
just pictures
Would you be using it for pictures and video? Or just pictures?