I want a Digital SLR camera!!!

Tara - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Im looking at getting a Digital SLR camera but I need some help. Looking to spend around 5 to 6 hundred dollars. Any suggestions one what to get. Any brands to stay away from? What is a good brand to get? Please help.

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Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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All of the professional photographers I know, including myself, use Canon. Both Canon and Nikon are definitely top of the line and I would scratch everything else off of the list if you want top of the line, the question is do you need it? Are you going to be selling your pictures?

I wont get nerdy :) mega-pixels are storage units and is only important on how big you want to make your pictures. 3.1 will get you a clear pic of about a 7x5 picture. 10.1 will get around 24 x16. Most people don't need a 21 like mine if you catch my drift. Just because mine is a 21 megapix doesn't make mine take better pix than the 10. It just means that I can print my pictures bigger and keep the quality.

Another note, I buy everything from www.bhphotovideo.com. I don't live in NY so not having to pay any taxes ends up making it cheaper than buying local at the same price and they have an option to use billmelater which if you pay in a certain amount of time you pay no interest on (of course this works out for me because I have to buy a lot of expensive equipment, I'm not suggesting anyone to go into debt). I have come up with all of this info over time from other professional photographers and my photography professors. I hope I've been helpful, good luck.

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Jenny - posted on 02/27/2010

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Tara, I shoot with a Nikon D5000 and absolutely love it. Another brand to consider aside from Canon or Nikon would be a Pentax. Those are the only brands I would ever consider. I've been a Canon fan for life but quickly converted once I had the D5000 in my hands.

Charity - posted on 02/25/2010

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The Canon Xsi is a wonderful SLR camera. I work at Sam's Club and sell cameras. This is a good one! Our price is $599 and comes with 2 lenses and the body. It has a 14-55 and 75-300mm lens, the bag and memory card. I plan on getting one once I get my next check!

Erna - posted on 02/24/2010

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I just got a Canon Rebel L1i and it is the best camera! I love it!! I am still learning though, but so far I have gotten the best shots!

Debbie - posted on 01/09/2010

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I have a cannon rebel. I love my SLR for special occasions, but I have to tell you, It's so big that I don't really use it that much anymore. I bought myself a little sony cybershot (10.1 mega pixels) last summer. It's so small that I can keep it in my purse and I never miss a shot. I'm not saying don't get an SLR, The pictures are really awsome and you can do so much. I love my telephoto lens for close ups. You should just know that there is a lot to be said for a nice, compact point-and-shoot camera.

Debbie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Hi I belong to a photographic club and the best cameras that give the best results are either Canon or Nikon . Personally I would stay away from the rest as they don't seam to give the quality

Shawna - posted on 01/06/2010

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The Canon Rebel XS is the way to go!!! It's AMAZING! I WOULD NEVER BUY ANOTHER BRAND!!

Tara - posted on 11/04/2009

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I think I am looking at getting the Nikon D3000. but still doing some research.

Lauren - posted on 10/30/2009

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I have the Nikon D40. It's a great camera. You can pay around $450-500 for the body and the 18-55mm lens. I choose to get the package which is the body, the 18-55mm lens and the 55-200mm lens. It's a very user friendly camera and works well for doing everyday pictures and professional pics. The great thing about this camera is if you choose to buy other lenses, Nikon has tons to choose from to get different shots, perspectives, wide angel, fish eye, etc.

Marcy - posted on 10/29/2009

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eeek! I just posted a reply and lost it when an update restarted firefox....here we go again

I didn't have a lot of money to spend so I bought a used Canon 10d body for $200. A photographer suggested that I put my money in lenses since we periodically upgrade camera bodies. I spent almost $400 on my 85mm 1.8 lens (which I highly recommend). You can get the "nifty fifty" lens - 50mm 1.8 for under $100.

In dslr cameras, the zoom is handled by the lens, so you will see lenses that say 75-300. That means they zoom from 75mm to 300mm. The other numbers are related to the size of the opening (aperture) that lets light in. Fast lenses are 1.8 or even lower, which means a larger opening for light to get into the camera which translates to a faster shutter speed. This matters inside dark houses or dark gyms (think kids' basketball games). That's why I highly recommend the 50mm 1.8 and the 85mm 1.8. Most affordable zooms will have f stop numbers like 4 or 5 which means they will be good on the soccer field but not the inside basketball court. I highly recommend Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure. I'm sure the library has it, but it's so good you may want to pick up a used copy.

The Rebel kit lens will probably not be a macro lens. It will specifically say macro if it can shoot macro. There are some inexpensive filters that can make your regular lens into macro capable. I spent less than $20 on my set. Here is a link to some on ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/4-52MM-LENS-FILTERS-...

Here are some sample shots with macro filters:
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?c...
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?c...

Hope that helps!

Brenda - posted on 10/25/2009

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I have a Nikon D40. It is perfect. Not too heavy and can add tons of lenses. It was $500 from Walmart but is probably even cheaper from Amazon or Ebay.

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I have the sony A200 there about 500.00 it takes great photos theres other sonys go online and check them out

Theresa - posted on 10/21/2009

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I have the Nikon D40 and love it. Easy to use as a point and shoot and simple enough to learn the settings for more advanced shots.

Charlene - posted on 10/20/2009

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I have the same camera and I love it around $500.00 tooQuoting Angie:

I want one too but think a good one will run run in the $1000 and up range.

I currently have a Nikon Coolpix P80 - it's not an SLR but has a nice 18x zoom on it.

Good luck, let us know what you find!


 

Kristi - posted on 10/12/2009

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can the canon powershot sx20 camera continuously take pics.. like you can keep clicking the button without having to wait each time? anyone know??

Brittany - posted on 10/12/2009

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I would definitely look into the Canon Rebel xsi. The pictures turn out amazing. Also, if you have the money the 50mm lense is worth it. Good luck!

Marlena - posted on 10/11/2009

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I have a Sony SLR & it can run from $500 to $1800. What you should do is if you have a Conn's store, which is similar to Best Buy, but it's a store full of electronics & furniture where you can pay on it monthly. Mine was brand new, never been touched & I even got a few high dollar lenses thrown in as well. Whatever you do, DON'T buy a Canon camera, they are seriously crappy. I sure hope this helps. Take Care...

Tara - posted on 10/09/2009

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Thanks for your help. I think I maybe leaning towards a canon. I have a canon point and shot and love it. What is the difference between the canon rebel xs and xsi? other than the mp. Will I be able to do Macro photography with the len that comes with these cameras as wll as zooming in on subjects. I do not know much about the different lenses and stuff. I need to go to library to get a book and get educated.

Denise - posted on 10/08/2009

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I just bought a Nikon and I love it. I only have the first two basic lenses, but it is really nice so far. Check adorama.com, they have really good prices and don't be afraid to look at refurbished models as well.

I entered one of my first pics here

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Kelly - posted on 10/08/2009

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I really liked the canons slr series, all of them take great pics. Got to flikr and type the model number in and you can see the different pictures. The camera can only take as good as the lens and the shooter is. HAVE FUN!

Sayana - posted on 10/07/2009

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Check out the Sony DLR and also the Olympus. The Olympus may be a little cheaper.

User - posted on 10/06/2009

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Just wanted to let you know I checked out the prices at http://www.bhphotovideo.com and bestbuy for a SLR-Like Camera that has 5 star reviews: Canon - PowerShot 12.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black Model: SX20 IS

BestBuy: $399.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsps...

BH: $494.95

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/64...

The cost difference is almost $100!!!! Better deal at BestBuy. You can shop online for BestBuy. I have purchased all of my cameras, PC's, laptops, etc from them and they are great.

The Canon Powershot SX20 is as close to SLR that you can get and the photos, plus HD video is amazing. Check out the reviews and see what you think :-)

Good Luck!

Lynn - posted on 10/06/2009

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I'm a Canon girl too. Try www.bhphoto.com they are the cheapest site around and a great reputation you can often get free shipping and if any manufacturers are offering rebates they will have them. They also have "used" and the rating system they use is very accurate, they have refurbished from time to time and you can get a great bargain. they have a canon rebel XS DSLR for 499.95 with 18-55mm lens with free shipping for 499.95 right now it's 10MP and takes EF-S or EF lenses or you can get a used XSI for 529.95 with the 18-55mm lens and it's a 12.2 MP these both have the self intergrated cleaning system for sensor dust. I shoot with a Canon 30d that I love and bought new for around 1300.00 several years ago it hasn't got the cleaning system and that's the one thing I wish I had, I have one small area where I see dust spot if I shoot a very light sky but of course I clean that up with photoshop in one click so no biggie. I think you'd be happy with either of those and you can't beat the prices even on ebay and with BH you can feel better about what you're buying. I've bought several new and used lenses from them and never had a problem when I upgrade to the Canon 5D I will buy from them.

Angie - posted on 10/04/2009

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I want one too but think a good one will run run in the $1000 and up range.

I currently have a Nikon Coolpix P80 - it's not an SLR but has a nice 18x zoom on it.

Good luck, let us know what you find!

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