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UER Forum > UE Photography > The Official "What camera to buy?" Thread (Viewed 171853 times)
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Re: The Official "What camera to buy?" Thread
< Reply # 660 on 3/8/2015 4:03 PM >
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Okay so I have looked at like 10 pages on this thing, and you guys are speaking a whole other language. Really the only experience I have with cameras, are the $200 little digital ones you can buy. I know 90% nothing about cameras. I know how to "point and shoot", download pictures, and charge the battery. That's pretty much it. I understand the point of pixels, frame rates, and photo quality. Before, I used my camera more for documentation, and less to take some cool pictures. Looking at everyone else photos, I definitely feel like my photo quality can improve with an investment in a better camera (and also because I dropped mine in the cat water bowl and rice didn't save it).. Fortunately the SD card wasn't even in the camera, so that is completely undamaged.

Onto my question:
Can you just tell me what to buy, or explain stuff to me like I'm 5? Something that is easy for Urbex, small, usable with one hand if necessary, rechargeable battery, and probably in the $500-600 range. And has a tripod I can purchase. I'm guessing the Canon Rebel series will probably fit my needs (I'm researching them a little bit now), but I have no idea what I'm getting into.


If you haven't bought a camera yet, go to bestbuy.com and buy a nikon d7000 with kit lens for $629. A D80 with an old kit lens would be far inferior.




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< Reply # 661 on 3/8/2015 4:50 PM >
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I have a Canon 5D Mark III with a 1.2 50mm and love it.




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If you haven't bought a camera yet, go to bestbuy.com and buy a nikon d7000 with kit lens for $629. A D80 with an old kit lens would be far inferior.

That doesn't leave any room in her budget for a tripod, and I wouldn't call the D80 "far inferior".




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< Reply # 663 on 3/9/2015 5:59 AM >
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That doesn't leave any room in her budget for a tripod, and I wouldn't call the D80 "far inferior".


http://snapsort.co...D7000-vs-Nikon_D80




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I picked up a D5300 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II lenses. A little late now, but what do you all think of the camera? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere.




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http://snapsort.co...D7000-vs-Nikon_D80

I'm not sure what you're trying to prove with that comparison, and it doesn't negate the fact that it'll still put her over-budget.




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I picked up a D5300 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II lenses. A little late now, but what do you all think of the camera? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere.


It's a solid camera, the newer 3200 & 5300s have really great sensors and really good color transfer. One recommendation, I've found that with the newer Nikon models, you can't always trust the display - meaning if you're shooting on auto in low light, there's a good chance the shot will come out underexposed despite a clear, well balanced image on the LCD.

Enjoy the 18-55, it's one of the most useful lenses out there!




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I'm not sure what you're trying to prove with that comparison, and it doesn't negate the fact that it'll still put her over-budget.


I am pointing out the fact that the D7000 is a $1400 setup that is on sale for 629$ and that D80 is an outdated piece of junk. I'm sorry if that offends you. For a 100 or 2 more you can get a semi pro level camera, almost double the megapixal, more than double the high iso noise capability, better battery life, better lens with ED glass and longer reach, More dynamic range, weather sealed, dual card slots, 4 times the amount of focus points and 9 times the amount of cross type points. Magnesium body and a new 5 year warranty...Why on earth would you buy a camera that is almost 10 years old over a new in the box d7000? It makes no sense. So you up your budget slightly to still be able to grab a $100 Manfrotto tripod. Big whoop, it's worth it.




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I picked up a D5300 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II lenses. A little late now, but what do you all think of the camera? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere.


The d5300 has a great image sensor. For a hobbyist it is a great camera. Learn how to use manual mode right away and shoot in RAW. If you are unfamiliar with both you can do some searching on youtube for more information. Watch some videos and you will learn a lot.

The only thing that is sometimes a pain with the 3xxx and 5xxx series cameras is that you can't just throw any old Nikon lens on it. You have to make sure your lens has an autofocus motor internally (if you want auto focus).

If you haven't already, I would look into the adobe creative cloud software. You can get photoshop and lightroom for 9.99 a month.




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The d5300 has a great image sensor. For a hobbyist it is a great camera. Learn how to use manual mode right away and shoot in RAW. If you are unfamiliar with both you can do some searching on youtube for more information. Watch some videos and you will learn a lot.

The only thing that is sometimes a pain with the 3xxx and 5xxx series cameras is that you can't just throw any old Nikon lens on it. You have to make sure your lens has an autofocus motor internally (if you want auto focus).

If you haven't already, I would look into the adobe creative cloud software. You can get photoshop and lightroom for 9.99 a month.


I've been playing with manual a bit. I went out last week and took some shots of a local waterfall in full manual that I am really happy with. But they aren't really UER-related so I didn't post them. I haven't really fooled with RAW yet, I am tring to focus on getting the camera to do what I want first before I fool with post-processing. All I really do now is crop and resize with an o!d copy of PSP.




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Onto my question:
Can you just tell me what to buy, or explain stuff to me like I'm 5? Something that is easy for Urbex, small, usable with one hand if necessary, rechargeable battery, and probably in the $500-600 range. And has a tripod I can purchase. I'm guessing the Canon Rebel series will probably fit my needs (I'm researching them a little bit now), but I have no idea what I'm getting into.


I'm going to throw a wrench in the works and say don't bother with a digital SLR. Go for one of the compact System Cameras. Something like a Sony A5000 with the 16-50mm kit lens will give you fantastic quality straight-out-of-camera in jpg mode (I just picked up the a6000 amazing camera). From B&H in NYC the camera with lens will run you 450$ in change) so plenty of space for a tripod. Also very easy to use one handed if the action requires it. Charges through a USB cable with the battery in camera and uses SD cards.




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I am pointing out the fact that the D7000 is a $1400 setup that is on sale for 629$ and that D80 is an outdated piece of junk. I'm sorry if that offends you. For a 100 or 2 more you can get a semi pro level camera, almost double the megapixal, more than double the high iso noise capability, better battery life, better lens with ED glass and longer reach, More dynamic range, weather sealed, dual card slots, 4 times the amount of focus points and 9 times the amount of cross type points. Magnesium body and a new 5 year warranty...Why on earth would you buy a camera that is almost 10 years old over a new in the box d7000? It makes no sense. So you up your budget slightly to still be able to grab a $100 Manfrotto tripod. Big whoop, it's worth it.

Half of that is irrelevant, as most of what she's probably going to shoot are low ISO long, wide-angled exposures. Furthermore, the D7000, while higher end than the 3000 and 5000 series, is NOT semipro, and sits below the D300 and D300s, which are.



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Just starting to gain in camera skill and knowledge, but I recently upgraded my Canon XS to the T5i and I love it. I also just got the Canon 10-18mm lens. Not very fast so a flash helps inside sometimes for low light, but the view is fantastic for inside explores, or capturing the outside of a large building.




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I just got a Nikon D3200. It's my first DSLR, but not my first SLR. (I currently have a 35mm SLR) Opinions?




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I know there is the whole 'Canon vs Nikon' debate that will rage on forever but from my personal experience at least three of my friends who own or have owned Nikons have had them break down or stop working or go faulty to varying degrees. I use a Canon 550D which I purchased in August 2011 and it has never put a foot wrong, the only major accident I have had with it came when I knocked my fully extended tripod over with it sat on top and it faceplanted a stone floor. The Canon body was absolutely fine, the Sigma lens on the front took the impact and even that still worked initially, however it slowly developed a focusing fault as the motor was busted in the impact so the lens had to be sent off for repairs.




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I was on a tight budget, so I just picked up a d3200, so far it has been great and I should be able to grow with it a bit.




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I'm going to throw a wrench in the works and say don't bother with a digital SLR. Go for one of the compact System Cameras. Something like a Sony A5000 with the 16-50mm kit lens will give you fantastic quality straight-out-of-camera in jpg mode (I just picked up the a6000 amazing camera). From B&H in NYC the camera with lens will run you 450$ in change) so plenty of space for a tripod. Also very easy to use one handed if the action requires it. Charges through a USB cable with the battery in camera and uses SD cards.


Thank you! The "mirrorless" cameras with kit lenses will get you pretty far, and may even be a good intermediate step for someone coming straight form the point and shoot perspective.

I have been rocking a scruffy old Olympus e500. It's officially ten years old, but it's mine and it was cheap. I bought the lens, body, and a charger for less that 150.00 through KEH. Sure it's a low megapixel camera, but it got me out of the habit of shooting everything with my smart phone. Do your research, find out what environment you will be shooting in mostly(low light, etc) and buy what you can afford. CL is always good for a deal right now too.




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I have a Nikon D3300 currently. I'm planning on keeping the body, but want new lenses. Any advice, preferably somebody who has a D3300? Thanks!




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I have a Nikon D3300 currently. I'm planning on keeping the body, but want new lenses. Any advice, preferably somebody who has a D3300? Thanks!


A bit hard to give advice without knowing exactly what you want to shoot and what your shoot style is but for exploring I think wide angle lenses are invaluable.

I use the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 (Canon mount) almost exclusively for exploring. It's nice a wide even on a crop body and also has a large aperture (which really helps in low light environments!).




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Is an 11-44 mm lens wide angle? That's what I've been running on my Oly.




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