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Old 05-23-2013, 11:02 AM  
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Camera Suggestions?

Ok;

so the wife and I are in the market for a camera. We previously had a Sony digital camera for about 10 years but the wife dropped it and now it won't hold any settings etc.

So, it's time for another one. I'm by no means a professional photographer; but I also don't want some little $100 POS either. I'd like to have one that I could 'grow' into if I wanted to so to speak.

I think My budget is about $400-$600. I was looking at the Nikon D3200 DSLR....though, admittedly, I'm not 100% what "DSLR" is.
I like the design of it; I've held a few like it and they're much easier to hold IMO.

Suggestions?
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #46
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That's professional gear, similar to $3K full frame Nikon you recommended earlier. Although it's better to take photos when you have the best gear, I'm not sure he wants to drop $7K+ on a set up at this point.
houstonwhodat seems to think professionally covering the NFL is akin to shooting a little girl's gymnastics.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #47
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Thanks. Looks like I need to start saving a bit more cash to get those.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:11 PM   #48
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I am not really a particularily skilled photographer but a nice camera can make anyone pretty decent. Here are a few we took with our Canon. My Peter Lik impression came out okay but I think we would have needed some type of wide lens to get the exact effect.
I think that last picture needs to be marked NSFW.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:11 PM   #49
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No, not going to be blowing up the pictures...just normal use. So, by getting a used, higher-end model, I'd be losing some resolution, but gaining speed? And that should be fine because I would only need the increased resolution if I was going to be blowing up the photos?

My old Nikon d-70 shoots 6 mega -pixels and the images are fantastic

I shoot around 12 mega pixels now and some of the Canons shoot 23 mega pixels.

You can't email anything that size and you'll spend your life in post production.

The high res cameras now are like the medium format film cameras of yesteryear.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:12 PM   #50
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I think that last picture needs to be marked NSFW.
You had me scared for a second that I added the wrong picture.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:15 PM   #51
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:15 PM   #52
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maybe look into the mirrorless? like micro four thirds or the sony nex line?

http://www.amazon.com/camera-photo/dp/B0096W1OCG
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #53
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houstonwhodat seems to think professionally covering the NFL is akin to shooting a little girl's gymnastics.
No I don't.

You can get by with a D-70 if you have to.

Cameras now are investments like computers used to be.

If you're gonna spend all that money try to get something that you won't outgrow in a year.

Once he starts to get some amazing images he will get the bug and want better and better stuff.

I didn't suggest he buy a D-4x where the body ix 6k.

But he could get the same lenses that the pros use and come out with the same images.

The body of a camera is nothing more than a storage for images whether it is film or digital.

Of course now there is processing going on in the body too.

It all comes down to money in the end.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #54
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That's professional gear, similar to $3K full frame Nikon you recommended earlier. Although it's better to take photos when you have the best gear, I'm not sure he wants to drop $7K+ on a set up at this point.
one piece at a time, one piece at a time.

A used D-90 body with a 24-70 mm 2.8 would be awesome.

Or go for the variable aperture 3.5-5.6 for like 250.00
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #55
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I'm still shooting my Canon xT1, but I'd recommend anything in that line. Some people will tell you you have to go to the Mark series, but that's frankly bull. Like someone mentioned earlier, it's the glass. I've been a serious amateur (and now semi-pro) for many years and 90% of it is who's behind the eyepiece looking through what glass. The only thing I don't like about the current T series is that they use SD cards and my hands just don't fit those very well. With Canon coming out with their new T-5, look for the prices to drop on the t-3 and T-4s.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:21 PM   #56
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No I don't.

You can get by with a D-70 if you have to.

Cameras now are investments like computers used to be.

If you're gonna spend all that money try to get something that you won't outgrow in a year.

Once he starts to get some amazing images he will get the bug and want better and better stuff.

I didn't suggest he buy a D-4x where the body ix 6k.

But he could get the same lenses that the pros use and come out with the same images.

The body of a camera is nothing more than a storage for images whether it is film or digital.

Of course now there is processing going on in the body too.

It all comes down to money in the end.
I know very, very few photographers that have that kind of gear. Unless he's getting into it professionally, no one needs to spend that kind of money. And it'd be silly to spend that for him. He could spend $1,000 on body and lens and have a camera that would well past his needs for the next 15 years.

I just spent $300 of a 50mm fixed f/1.8 Canon lens, and I've been thrilled with it. No, at f/2.8 it's not as sharp on their L-series, but I don't shoot at f/2.8 that often. At f/4.0 it's one of the sharpest lenses I've used, including some of the L-series.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:23 PM   #57
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I know very, very few photographers that have that kind of gear. Unless he's getting into it professionally, no one needs to spend that kind of money. And it'd be silly to spend that for him. He could spend $1,000 on body and lens and have a camera that would well past his needs for the next 15 years.

I just spent $300 of a 50mm fixed f/1.8 Canon lens, and I've been thrilled with it. No, at f/2.8 it's not as sharp on their L-series, but I don't shoot at f/2.8 that often. At f/4.0 it's one of the sharpest lenses I've used, including some of the L-series.
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I know very, very few photographers that have that kind of gear. Unless he's getting into it professionally, no one needs to spend that kind of money. And it'd be silly to spend that for him. He could spend $1,000 on body and lens and have a camera that would well past his needs for the next 15 years.

I just spent $300 of a 50mm fixed f/1.8 Canon lens, and I've been thrilled with it. No, at f/2.8 it's not as sharp on their L-series, but I don't shoot at f/2.8 that often. At f/4.0 it's one of the sharpest lenses I've used, including some of the L-series.
Whatever works for you.

I shoot professionally so I can only speak of what I know.

Hell a major wire or sports agency won't even talk to a photographer unless they have certain equipment.

That's why I have to have it.

You can get by with a lot less.
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Whatever works for you.

I shoot professionally so I can only speak of what I know.

Hell a major wire or sports agency won't even talk to a photographer unless they have certain equipment.

That's why I have to have it.

You can get by with a lot less.
Because when the guy said "I think My budget is about $400-$600" what he meant was I want a rig that is great for a pro photographer that will get the attention of major wire agencies.

Jesus christ professional photographers are the biggest douche bags.
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