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« on: March 02, 2016, 15:50 »
Hi what dslr cameras would you recommend for someone who is completely new to photography? I have had a look at a Canon 1200D which seems reasonably priced, any reviews on this?

« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2016, 15:55 »
Well, that depends on what you can afford. Do it this way instead: Come up with the maximum amount you want to spend and find the closest thing to that. A used semi-pro (XXD) model is always a nice idea instead of a new XXXXD or XXXD.

« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2016, 12:47 »
the best camera for a beginner is no different for the best camera for someone who is an advanced .

what is mean is, your learning will go very fast from clueless to advanced with a good camera that
allows you to learn the basics and then switch to all the priorities..
auto.. shutter priority.. aperture priority...etc

any new camera you buy in the semi-pro category should be perfect for you until you become an expert.
the thing to remember is get a body that does not need to be upgraded until you become an expert.

remember that you can buy the top of the line with all those bells and whistles which you won't use
anyway,  just to look like a pro ...
or you can buy something that is not the best-est and the biggest ,
so you can lay aside the money you wasted for lenses... and other things like studio lights,etc
as you progress.

i would say, get one of the lower mid-pro cameras of the past. find the one that was the
most popular till this day. something that is now reduced to about 50% of what is was new.
you can find many in the nikon, canon, pentax, olympus, etc like that.

remember, cameras are cheap... lenses are the thing that is expensive.
so you're better with a not so expensive body but an excellent lense which will cost more
as it is the lense that make the picture, not the camera.
the camera is just the brush...
the person behind the camera is the one that makes the picture great.
but if you have a top of the line camera and the cheapo lense.. it would do no better
than a mobile phone camera.
it's the same with playing a guitar. all the pedals and gadgets are garbage
if you cannot know how to play guitar.

iow, get a camera you can grow with, something you can keep for many years,
and one body that can use the best lenses without becoming redundant.

hope that helps.


« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 12:27 »
Just to add two words.

If you are completely new to photography I think that it is better that you begin with a cheap camera. If you are new  to photography you will have to learn everything and to understand if you will like to continue or not.

Today almost all the reflex cameras of any brand can give you satisfying results, some have more features, some less, but at the end of the story what is the most important is to get good images, not the way how you get it, (and I think that less you will use the automatisms of the camera more and faster you will learn about photography).

The most important point is lenses.
A camera has a relatively short life, lenses are for the whole life (I still use lenses I have bought 25 years ago). So dont hesitate to invest in good lenses. If you decide to stop with photography probably it will not be so easy to get a good price selling back your camera because of the obsolescence, but you will have the possibility to sale back your good lenses for decades

« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2016, 13:02 »
I think any camera that has APS C will do for the beginning.

« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2016, 13:02 »
For example Sony A6000 or Canon 60d

« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2016, 14:30 »
Many agencies accept images from smartphones. Might be a good way to try stock without investing too much. iphone, a good samsung etc... with good light should be enough to get you going.

Or buy a used camera from friends who are upgrading. For photos even a four year old camera is more than enough.

« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2016, 15:15 »
Many agencies accept images from smartphones. Might be a good way to try stock without investing too much. iphone, a good samsung etc... with good light should be enough to get you going.

Or buy a used camera from friends who are upgrading. For photos even a four year old camera is more than enough.

read my thoughts, though i did not voiced it in my suggestion, since i am not a mob camera convert. in fact i don't even own a mob.
but yes, using the mob will actually put you in the trend want list. agencies do , crazy or not believe it, they seem to be steering this direction.
evidence is in all the local newspaper etc that have fired their photographers and are using mainly
free mob photos from the readers. cheapskate as usual, but you cannot deny the harsh reality.'s like the way of the dinosaur all over again..
from film to digital, from wedding pros to my cousins' cousin's a photographer and do weddings,..
to the utterly ridiculous movies with shaky camera becoming now the current rage  even up to
the totally amateurish ads being using by famous manufacturers etc .

grab the chance, it may not last, .. and when the time does come for pro cameras to be needed,
you will be an expert photographer by then, and would have saved enough money for a good pro
system.  if this trend of mob camera and amateurish bad photos does not end,
well, you did not waste any money on an investment you did not need.

« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2016, 02:46 »
For me, I would recommend the Nikon D5300. I believe that Nikon is a great choice for a general purpose DSLR. our family is a great fan of Nikon. We have been using our camera for so many years.


« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2016, 05:53 »
Everything is great nowadays you can't go wrong with any brand. But as a general rule the big DSLR-brands like Canon, Nikon offer less for the buck in the entry-level league but have much better upgrade possibilities (more professional bodies and a larger lens choice) while smaller DSLR-Brands like Sony and Pentax offer more sometimes much more for the buck in the entry-level class but doesn't have the same upgrade possibilities like Canon or Nikon. Sony may leave DSLR and concentrate solely on EVIL, but Pentax is a rather save choice they have great and userfriendly entry-level cameras. Despite asking specific for DSLR I would have at least a look at MfT (Olympus and Pansasonic) or EVIL (Sony and Fuji) because the mirror in the DSLR is a bit from the past (the DSLR-Systems are still great and professional and most developed though).

« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2016, 11:22 »
Dsheppard90 posted 7 weeks ago - wonder what he/she got??

« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2016, 15:47 »
Dsheppard90 posted 7 weeks ago - wonder what he/she got??

A Kodak Brownie....


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