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new to SLR what type should I look into?

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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 8:45:38 PM PST
M. Sorce says:
Hey, I've been very interested in photography for quite some time. I have an artistic eye and would really like to get a SLR camera to take pictures of scenery. I've only owned point and shoots and I'm looking for something more advanced that I can manually set my white balance and manually focus...etc. I've used several friend's SLRs and I really want one. I've been looking at canon and nikon, but i'm not sure which would be better and which type. any ideas?

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 11:44:06 AM PST
JCUKNZ says:
How much money do you want to spend?

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 9:27:43 PM PST
M. Sorce says:
Not more than $800 on just the body.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 10:36:20 PM PST
Get the Canon T3i bundle currently on sale for $449 including a good kit zoom lens, backpack and 16gb card. Amazing deal. The T3i will make you VERY happy for still and video.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 9:47:39 AM PST
Ji says:
The T3i Bundle is currently $579.00.
Did I just miss the deal?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 12:42:38 PM PST
Irish mike says:
Even at that price the T3i is still a good deal. This camera will let you do most, if not all the things on your list & still be able to use it on nearly full auto, if desired . I own the T3i and it really is a very nice camera, but if you're like me it won't be long before you begin looking for a more advanced camera. The 7D, even a full frame model or some newer cameras arriving in 2013. The T3i offers a lot of features that extend well beyond a P/S.

Personally, I'd get the T3i kit now & start saving for more advanced lenses, accessories and/or bodies. Then when you have a clearer "picture" how far you want to go, you'll have a much better idea of the hardware needed and the T3i will become a great back-up. Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 2:13:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012 2:14:17 PM PST
Rachel Anne says:
Sony A65 24.3 MP Translucent Mirror Digital SLR With 18-55mm Lens

24.3 MP For body and lense it is currently on sale for $798 (jealous cause i bought it a couple months ago for more!)

I bought the above camera a couple months ago and couldn't be happier. This camera has the best of both Canon and Nikon. Canon had the speed I needed, and Nikon had the crisp, vibrant colors that produced stunning images. Sony actually makes the lenses for Nikon, so has the same stunning imagery, and this one is 10 framers per second which is great for snapping racing cars or hyper children. My favorite feature (well, one of my favorites that I just use a lot), is the focus peaking. You turn it on through the settings menu. What it does is it will actually highlight the sharpest areas in your picture when in manual focus mode so you know exactly what is in focus and what is not. The value of this camera cannot be more evident. You won't find 24 MP in anything else full-frame or not for anywhere near this price. I adore this camera and also love the swivel screen. Great for tricky shots or tight spots and angles. Definitely do your research; amazon is the best place to do that because of all the reviews that are super helpful. Figure out your needs, and do your homework.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 6:39:35 PM PST
Sony makes /sensors/ used by Nikon...

But Sony may not even make lenses for their SLRs directly (many of the higher ranked Sony lenses are Carl-Zeiss!). Heck -- Tokina was started by former Nikon lens designers (and then went on to make many of the "Pentax" labeled lenses of the last decade or so <G>)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 12:14:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2012 12:19:50 AM PST
EdM says:
What did you think about your friends' DSLRs? Did you prefer one brand or model? If so, look into that.

Really, all DSLRs are pretty good these days, but different models and brands do have differences that might matter or not. That's why your impression of those you have already held in your hand [and tried out] is important. Also, pretty much every DSLR can be shot in manual mode and with manual white balance; you just have to learn how to use the camera properly.

Also, your friend/relative might have a lens that you could borrow and try out, another reason to consider that brand.

Next, for scenics, there are two main possibilities - 1) landscape type where you set up the camera carefully, focus critically sharp, etc. This is more amenable to manual focus, as the time to shot is not usually important, as the scenery is not moving [although the light can change quickly on occasion].

Type 2) is scenic in the sense of street photography, travel, etc., where movement and the creative peak action may occur. In this second case, having a good autofocus hopefully with more AF points and more AF cross type points can be helpful in getting a quick shot. This also applies to shooting wildlife, which might move very quickly so you might want/need to get off a shot quickly.

Both Canon and Nikon make good cameras, and have a large assortment of lenses to support your possible needs. It is important, how much $$ - budget you have available. Note that there are some sales ongoing right now for black Friday weekend, including the Nikon D3100, D5100 and D7000. I like and use Nikon, but you should get what you like, not what I like or what someone else likes. Again - back to your experience so far, or trying something out at a local camera store.

DSLR photography can use your artistic eye, but also requires learning how to use the technology of your DSLR for best results. There is no magic camera that takes the "best" photos, as what's best for one type or style of photography, is not best for another. Plus, almost always, the "best" costs more, perhaps much more. Selecting cameras and lenses, etc., is always a compromise. Anyhow, consider [prices may differ, with different extras, e.g.]:
Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens
Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens
Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens

Also, check your local camera store this weekend for Black Friday deals, as well as places like BH photo or Adorama.

ADDED: One more thing, it is the photographer that takes or makes the photo; no camera can evaluate the composition of a shot, figure out where to stand and point the camera, or decide when to push the button. Thus, a better tool can help you do a better job, but it is you that is shooting the shot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 10:23:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012 11:39:02 PM PST
Richard says:
outsourcing and getting parts isn't as clean cut as it sounds. Sony I believe do make their owns lenses from what is left from "the minds of Minolta." They do have a partnership with Zeiss. Sony sonnar/varo to me look like Zeiss's optic and lens. Sony "G" lens are designed by minolta/sony with Zeiss optic. Zeiss lenses are found on Sony tv new station camcorder so they have a history. Most of the lens manufacturers in Japan use hoya's optics (glass blank) which include Nikon, canon.. (sony G would not as they use Zeiss).

As for Nikon they buy/get their senso/ fab from Sony, Aptiva (1 series) and Renesas.

chipwork took a look at The D4 sensor and it is from Renesas which is owned 25% by Mitsubishi, which Nikon is under the Mitsubishi umbrella. Percentage wise you can say Mits makes the sensor which would say Nikon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 1:19:03 PM PST
Roger E says:
Good advice from Brian on a great deal...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 1:21:00 PM PST
Roger E says:
shop around....Amazon plays price games with their customers...I have found them cheaper before I log in and then when I log in the price is higher...I will never buy from Amazon again with out checking around first...
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