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UER Forum > UE Photography > The Official "What camera to buy?" Thread (Viewed 202833 times)
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Re: The Official "What camera to buy?" Thread
< Reply # 740 on 11/15/2017 3:58 PM >
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Just looking for something that takes decent photos for under $500 if that’s possible. Nothing crazy but I just need something to upgrade off my phone.




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< Reply # 741 on 11/30/2017 4:20 AM >
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Just looking for something that takes decent photos for under $500 if that’s possible. Nothing crazy but I just need something to upgrade off my phone.

If you're willing to buy used gear, you can get the Nikon D300s and an 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens for under $500. Also pick up a tripod if you're planning to shoot in low light.




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< Reply # 742 on 2/1/2018 5:18 AM >
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So I have been using a Sony Cybershot T-100 and a Canon S5 IS for about the last two years between the two for my exploring, and I am finally getting to where just having pictures despite quality isn't enough for me! I want pictures that arn't grainy, that I didn't have to take six times to get a good clear one, or that look good on the 2 inch LCD screen, but when I get home I find are blurryish or just plain not that well. I'm tired of point and shoot at 8 mega pixels damn it! So i've decided to take it up a notch. I was wondering if anyone had any pointers, tips, personal stories of trial and error, encouragement, discouragement, anything.


I can only answer this as a Canon user. I read somewhere in the forum a great quote that said something along the lines of "marrying the camera brand you start with," because it IS too expensive to change. SO, as a Canon user, I started out with a Rebel T5. Sounds shitty, right? Not when you get good lenses. The lenses, regardless of the brand you choose, are more important than the body. I have upgraded a few times since the T5, but before any body upgrades, I invested in good glass. YouTube has a couple of videos that show the top of the line Canon taking pictures with cheap lenses, then it shows their bottom of the line camera taking pictures with professional lenses; the lower end camera with the better glass was WAY BETTER. With lenses, everyone has their own preference. I don't use L-glass lenses because I find them noisy, but some people swear by them. It's just knowing what look you want. And, honestly, invest in a high-end tripod. I can't tell you how much I ADORE my tripod because of it being quick (triggered movement instead of screws), sturdy, and able to be as tall as I am, or as short as getting macro shots in a rotted-out dish shelf. And, the abuse that it gets!? It's important to have a strong one. My first tripod (cheap one) broke as soon as I got to an abandoned house after a 3 mile hike, and the place was REALLY dark. Ruined the whole fucking mood of the place for me. Seriously, a high-end tripod is one of my favorite investments ever. Hopefully this clarifies something...




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< Reply # 743 on 2/1/2018 5:41 AM >
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Personally I use three to four cameras when I shoot. My main is a Nikon N-90 (film), Nikon D-100 (digital), and a Diana F+ for some more artistic shots. I sometimes also break out my old N-75, but that one is up for sale so do not use it much.

Also for a good resource, B&H Photography is a good place to look, new and used they have some very good products and equipment. This is who I use, and have for over 4 years now.


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< Reply # 744 on 2/1/2018 6:01 AM >
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B&H is where the pros go to buy cams and gear.


I've spent thousands at B&H. Mostly weird order stuff like underwater equipment, tiny ND filters, etc.

Here's a lens breakdown I wrote up in some other thread:


  • Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 DX Fisheye. Good for APS-C digital, good for parties, not much use for FX or film.
  • Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S. Beauty, love it, take it on ski trips and urbexes and landscape days and hiking trips. Heavy but really accurate and sharp. The first of the holy trinity.
  • Nikon 18-55mm f/4-5.6.... I think I threw it out.
  • Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF. Great small lens, great for film and lightweight walking around, though the 14-24 is more fun if I can afford the space, weight and am not worried about bashing the front element (that thing is huge). If I want something light that I can just toss in my bag and forget about, I take the 20mm.
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S. Standard lens for weddings and detail shots... The second in the holy trinity. Good for documenting things for normal people to look more at the subject (a ring, flowers, some shoes, a room) without thinking about how it was created. The f/2.8 is sharp and gets out of the way, but it will never be the *reason* someone says "wow" - that's up to the photographer finding the right light.
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art. My first non-nikon purchase. Love it, love the DOF, don't actually use it much. Good for fixed video, good for isolated portraits in an urban environment or night portraits cause it's so damn fast.
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF. Compact, normal, and *affordable*. Enough said.
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.8 AF. Kinda gritty wide open, bad chromatic aberration but stopped down, it's incredibly sharp and accurate. It's a cheap 85mm and serves as the "long" counterpart to my 20mm when I'm in semi-lightweight mode and want to just toss in the bag and forget. The 85mm is solid and trusty.
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S. Portrait lens. The third and final of the holy trinity. Weddings, models, birds, specific long-distance uses. Heavy, expensive, sharp, purpose-built.






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< Reply # 745 on 2/24/2018 3:24 AM >
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Best affordable long-life camcorder? Asking for future trip.




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< Reply # 746 on 2/25/2018 3:36 AM >
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Best affordable long-life camcorder? Asking for future trip.

I think everyone's camcorders are in the drawer beside their pagers and webcams.

Haha really, though.

If you want beautiful footage, use a DSLR or mirrorless with good lenses to film.

If you don't care about your footage, buy a nice phone. One less device to carry around and charge, and you'll have nice clean video to document your happenings.

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Camcorders are big and even though they talk about 4K and all that shit, they suck.

Sony RX100 IV and A7S/A7SII do amazing things with video and actually give you value [and resale value], and the iPhone 8, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S832 (or whatever Galaxy they're on now) and Google Pixel 2 all produce great video for the fact that they're primarily *phones*, and don't crowd your backpack with clunky cameras, memory cards, batteries and chargers.




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< Reply # 747 on 6/27/2018 10:52 PM >
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Been into photography for a while but have really only used my phone (iPhone 7) and am looking for a nice dslr camera for urbex. Also thinking about going to school for photography so definitely would like something that’s an all around beginners camera. Any help would be appreciated!




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< Reply # 748 on 6/27/2018 11:43 PM >
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Just made the switch, after 8 years, from a Canon XS to a Canon T5




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< Reply # 749 on 7/27/2018 11:02 PM >
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Got my hands on a 5D Mark III used for a good price, so recently made that switch.

My camera lineage thusly has been:
1. Canon A520 Powershot
2. Canon Rebel XSi
3. Canon 5D Mark II
4. Canon 5D Mark III

With this new acquisition the Rebel is officially retired from backup duty, with the 5DII taking that spot.

Now to go back to investing in glass...




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< Reply # 750 on 9/23/2018 1:34 PM >
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Does anyone have advice on the best camera to buy to capture explorations? Most of my shots are cityscapes and lowlight shots with some portraits. I was thinking about getting the Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a lens with low f stop (like 1.8). I can get the camera for $300 and the lens for around $100 (please tel me if that’s a bad price). Any advice is welcome, please give me and suggestions on cameras and lenses and where I should buy them. Also, I am broke so my budget is pretty weak - the EOS Rebel T6 is already pushing my bounds money wise.




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