What is a good camera for a beginning photographer?


Asked by krazyash023 at 9:13 PM on Feb. 10, 2009 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • If you are serious about photography, don't go to walmart to buy a camera. They only have one option for a Nikon DSLR and one option for a Canon DSLR. Not one other DSLR brand. You could get a camera cheaper on ebay than from walmart if saving a bit of money is that big of a deal.

    Seriously, B&H is a respected camera dealer. They are the top ranked camera store on resellerratings. I would trust them before anyone. They are very good about taking returns. Look at it this way, the camera I bought, an a700 kit, costs $1099 at B&H (just about the cheapest I have found it anywhere). If I had had to pay tax (B&H only charges NY residents sales tax) it would have cost $1200. I also got free shipping. I checked it at Ultimate Electornics and they charge $1399 for the same kit-with sales tax, it would have cost about $1520. You can't find a camera cheaper than online. Got mine from B&H for $400 less than Ultimate Electronics.

    Answer by casperskitty at 1:35 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • the web site picnik is really fun:) you can do lots of cute things if you check out my pics you can see a few i did on the site

    Answer by Tannarae at 10:32 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • It depends on your camera experience, amount of money you have to spend, how involved you want to be. Do you want film or digital. Manual or automatice. (only a concern if you have a film camera) . . . I have a canon A-1 (totaly manual film camers), canon T90 (manual fim), and a canon 30D (digital about $900). You want the biggest sensor with the most megapixals for your budget. I'd stay with canon or Nikon (I've used their d60 and liked it). If I knew your budget I could give you better suggestions.

    Also, it isn't the camera but what you do with it. You might want to check out a class or borrow a book from your library.

    Answer by chrissmom734 at 11:21 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • I would not get a completely manual camera. Only Nikon still uses the same mount they used on their manual cameras. So if you were to get a manual Olympus, Canon or Minolta you could not use the current lenses on them.

    My first SLR was a 35mm Canon Rebel. I recently bought a Minolta Maxxum 7000 and am waiting on the delivery of my Sony a700. Minolta dropped out of the camera business a few years ago and Sony bought them out. Now you can use older auto-focus lenses on the Sony DSLRs and newer Sony and other a-mount lenses on the Minolta Maxxums. Sony has put the stabilization into the body rather than the lenses, so those old Minolta lenses are even stabilized. With other systems where the stabilization is in some of the lenses, there are a lot of lenses that won't be stabilized.


    Answer by casperskitty at 12:21 AM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • For an entry level camera I would suggest the Sony a200. Go to B&H website:


    You can get the a200 with two lenses for $550. The kit with the 55-200 (which is a better lens than the 75-300) is a good deal. Check out the options, and see which one is in your range. Go out to a store that carries cameras and try one out.

    You should also check out the Canon and Nikon models in your price range. Don't forget about Olympus and Pentax. The thing is, it is a lovely ideal that people have about learning on a manual camera, but you can immediately see the results of your work with digital. Digital makes it much more conducive to learning.

    I also suggest this site:


    Answer by casperskitty at 12:27 AM on Feb. 11, 2009

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    Answer by __bbaaoo at 1:46 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • Also, I don't know what your budget is, but B&H has an amazing deal right now. You can get a Sony a350 with the 16-105mm lens for $949. The camera generally costs $650 and the lens $579. That is a total of $1299. You would be saving $280. If you consider that you would be paying $650 for the a350 body, you would be getting the lens for $299. That is about half price. That is an amazing deal for this combo! The 16-105 lens is revered as an excellent lens, great IQ along the entire focal range. If you have about $1000 to spend, I suggest this combo. Then add the Sony camera bag that comes with an extra battery pack and a kingston 8GB CF card, and you are set to start shooting with a great camera and a great lens.

    I cannot stress how good a deal this is!

    Answer by casperskitty at 1:41 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • *sorry I meant if you have about $1100 to spend

    $ 949
    $ 89
    $ 36

    and it should be free ground shipping and no tax unless you live in NY.

    Answer by casperskitty at 1:45 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • i have a canon xti,i use corel paint shop pro,adobe photoshop cs3,shutterfly studio,picknik

    Answer by photogrypher at 6:31 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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