What camera would you recommend?

What camera would you recommend... I want more than just a point and shoot camera. I was looking at the Nikons, don't really know much about them, but I would like one that is simple enough to use but will take excellent pictures.
What would you recommend or what camera do you have?

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juggalette_mom

Asked by juggalette_mom at 4:55 PM on Mar. 3, 2009 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • I use a professional camera but if UR only looking for something better than a P&S (point & shoot) and to take better pics, I would suggest the Canon XT or XTi and one of the Nikon D models (D60, D70, etc) It just really depends on your price range and what UR willing to spend. =) HTH!
    my2luvbugs

    Answer by my2luvbugs at 5:10 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Nikon D80. The Canon equivalent is the Rebel XTi. Stick with Nikon or Canon when choosing a DSLR.

    Both are great cameras and both have 'newer models' out, so you can get them a little cheaper than you could've just a few months ago. Nikon has better matrixing (which is just a foreign language unless you're a pro anyways) and superior lenses --- but if you're planning to save $$ by using generic lenses, that doesn't matter.

    The setup is just a little different between cameras, and I prefer the setup Nikon has. I LOVE my camera & even won "Best of Show" with a photo I took with my D80 at the county fair this year.

    You can PM me any time & I'll be happy to share some photos with you to show capabilities.
    Laura1229

    Answer by Laura1229 at 5:12 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • I have the canon rebel XTi, it is a digital SLR. I personally love canons, my photography professor also uses a canon for his professional business. Nikons are good too, but I don't know much about them. I got my rebel for around $1500 with 2 lens(one regular lens and one telephoto lens), I also got other accessories so I am not really sure how much just the body and 1 lens cost, but I know there is a nice canon digital SLR that you can get the body and a lens for around $600 if you shop around. The pictures I get with it are great, but I also get wonderful pictures from my fugifilm digital camera that is about 4 years old, I just don't have as many options when shooting in the manual mode.
    Duckieglc

    Answer by Duckieglc at 5:15 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • I think Ur best bet would be to go to a camera store (even if you don't plan on buying there) and seeing what each one feels like in UR hands. Those that use Nikon tend to stick with that and same goes for Canon users. It just really depends on what you prefer and feels best to you. =) Have fun and play!! LOL
    my2luvbugs

    Answer by my2luvbugs at 5:16 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Good info posted above. And not to sound mean (just pointing out), remember that it's the person behind the camera that takes the high quality photos, not just the camera. Anyone can show you a good photo from a great camera. But it takes time and practice to learn how to use your camera to the fullest capacity to achieve those great results. =)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Very true, Anon. lol

    OP, even if you just begin using the camera another mode besides manual, really try to learn manual because the results once you learn proper exposure, etc, will amaze you! It can be frustrating to begin with, but stick it out and I'd suggest joining Camera Workshop or another photography group here on CM to help ya along. =) They really help!
    my2luvbugs

    Answer by my2luvbugs at 5:27 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Canon EOS SLRs come in two flavors: the Rebels and the D's (30D, 40D, 50D, 5D, 1D).

    Frankly, I'd skip over the Rebels and get a used EOS 30 or 40D. If money's no object, buy a 50D. And while you're at it, but ME a 50D. And I could use some new lenses, too...

    Rebels are XS, XT and XTi.

    Thing is, you need to buy separate lenses for both of these types, and that can get SERIOUSLY expensive. Plus, then you need a way to carry around your body and your different lenses, so you need that $150 carrying case. And you need a walking around lens, a distance lens and maybe one other. That's a lot of equipment.

    That being said, I wouldn't trade my 30D for all the point-and-shoots in the world. I can take a photo of my ceiling fan on full blast and get NO motion or blur on the pic at all (unless I want it). It looks like it's off and completely stationary. This is important when taking photos of little boys!
    Avarah

    Answer by Avarah at 1:56 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

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  • I have the 30D, I bought the 5D used and returned it because I did not like it. My next purchase will be the 5D new. I picked the 30D up about 2 years ago and it was about 569 for the body at adorama.com. It is still holding up well. My pics are all shot with the 30D and are up at http://www.flickr.com/photos/monifaperry/

    HarlemMom

    Answer by HarlemMom at 10:42 AM on Jul. 18, 2009

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  • The first question you need to answer is what are you going to be photographing? Some cameras are better suited for portraits and events while other cameras are better for sports photography. And a few digital SLR cameras have video capabilities these days.
    You also need to look at your budget. What you have available to spend on a camera will also determine what camera you purchase.
    Patty_WAHM

    Answer by Patty_WAHM at 2:01 PM on Oct. 11, 2009

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  • I am a Canon Rebel girl, love them!!! I have a Rebel T1i now but I am soon moving up to the new T2i. Love my Rebels.
    Carly67

    Answer by Carly67 at 1:38 AM on Aug. 19, 2010

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