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Old 12-17-2010, 12:55 PM
 
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Anyone here a photographer?

My spouse has epxressed interest in photography with a better camera than the one we have. I'm trying to shop for him for X-mas but the problem is I have no clue about what brands, lenses, etc are better. I'm trying to get a new camera so he can get started...if possible under $500 and definitely under $1,000. If you know this topic, what brands, models would you recommend?
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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I'm sure there are a lot of photogs who will weigh in on this. At your price point your selection is huge. I personally use Canon equipment, but that's because my first instructor used it . Whatever brand body you select, you'll be buying matching lenses (e.g. Canon lenses don't fit a Nikon body, etc). I'm partial to Canon (Nikon is great too), because I use their pro lenses (like the white lenses you see on the sidelines at professional football games). Nothing bad to say about Sony, etc, except in the upper ranks their selection of lenses is a bit thin. You don't usually see the pros carrying those brands, but there are exceptions (as there always are with big buck endorsements)

Go to the Best Buy web site. Select Digital SLR. Sort by price, low to high. You'll see a Nikon D3000 and a Canon Digital Rebel both on sale for $499. Excellent cameras to start with (???is this better than what he has?). Both include an 18-55mm lens. If you move up in price, your selection gets bigger.

A note of caution. You should GROW into photography, not GO into it. Don't overbuy your camera. Even a $500 camera is better than 99.99999% of the world's photographers. I always tell people that until YOU are better than your camera, you don't need a better one.

Also, IF your husband sticks with photography, he will spend far, far more on lenses than camera bodies. That's why I picked a brand and stuck with it. Wife and I have many camera bodies between us, from many different generations. But our one set of lenses fit them all.

You're welcome to PM me if you have more questions. Camera/lens discussions quickly degenerate into religious wars which don't interest me. I would caution you about believing much of what the sales people in a camera store tell you. Except maybe the sales people at Camera Exchange in Houston. I trade there occasionally and they have some pretty smart people behind the counter. Their advice can be worth the higher price you pay there. Give it a thought.

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Old 12-17-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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Get a Canon Rebel. You can find great bundles this time of year. NIkkon is a nice camera but not really for a novice. We have had both. We took the Nikkon back because it was too complicated for me. I love my Canon though I have not learned to use it to it capacity. I do recommend the LCD screen. That is one thing I really liked on my Nikkon that my cannon does not have.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:36 PM
 
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You can't go wrong with a Canon Rebel. If you want to save some money, get an older generation one like an XSi with the kit lens for around $500. Don't bother with video. You have to manually focus, the files are huge, and you have to learn to edit the video.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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... I do recommend the LCD screen. That is one thing I really liked on my Nikkon that my cannon does not have.
????? Even the $500 Rebel has an LCD screen on the back. In fact, I doubt you can find an SLR without the LCD screen. Even the first generation SLRs from many years ago had LCD screens.

Maybe you're referring to another feature.

As far as complexity, at the same price point all cameras will have similar features. The market dictates this. But indeed, some will be more intuitive than others. That's why for your first dSLR, don't buy it mail order. Go to the store. Hold it. Try it out. Make sure it's a good fit for you.

In fact, I would go so far as to dissuade you from making the selection for your husband. Forgo the surprise factor and take him with you, esp if HE is going to be the one to take the pictures.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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... I do recommend the LCD screen. That is one thing I really liked on my Nikkon that my cannon does not have.
This comment continued to puzzle me. I'll go out on a limb that possibly Txgal33 is referring to "movie mode", or the ability of a dSLR to take video clips, not just still pictures. davidtk mentioned this. To be clear, the ability of a dSLR to take movies has nothing to do with the LCD screen on the back. You'll get an LCD screen regardless.

But davidtk is absolutely right. Adding video to the equation complicates things significantly. I did still pictures for a long, long time before I ever bothered with video. And when I started, I had to upgrade my computer, buy additional software, learn new skills, etc.

Trying to learn both at the same time would be a significant challenge.
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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Thanks to all!!! I will look into the Cannon and perhaps take him w me.
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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Anyone here a photographer?

My spouse has epxressed interest in photography with a better camera than the one we have. I'm trying to shop for him for X-mas but the problem is I have no clue about what brands, lenses, etc are better. I'm trying to get a new camera so he can get started...if possible under $500 and definitely under $1,000. If you know this topic, what brands, models would you recommend?
I would go with a hybrid between a soap cameras and DSLR.

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Old 12-17-2010, 04:22 PM
 
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Most people go with Nikon or Canon Rebel, most of my friends have a Rebel. If you're going to invest this much money, I'd take him shopping with me or get it with a gift receipt in case he wants to exchange it.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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That's why for your first dSLR, don't buy it mail order. Go to the store. Hold it. Try it out. Make sure it's a good fit for you.
Exactly! I went to the store and held every single camera several times. I played with the buttons, figured out what I would do with it. I found that some cameras annoyed me more than others. I chose a Nikon because it fit right in my hands. I have a D80 (which was then replaced by the D90 and now the D7000). You might be able to get a great deal on a D90 if Nikon is the way you want to go.
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