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Old October 6th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #21
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I researched this same question for like 4 months before buying my camera. I went with the Canon T2i.

Arguing which is better is seriously pointless, especially if you are just getting into photography. I don't even remember why I went with the Canon now. I think it was like $18 cheaper or something than the comparable Nixon. People with Canons will tell you to buy a Canon. People with Nikons will tell you to buy Nikons. I'll tell you to buy either one and you are making a good decision.

It's like asking if you should buy a Ford Explorer or a Mercury Mountaineer. Same thing, just different badge.
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Two website that may interest and inspire your wife...though they are both commercial and trying to sell anything from classes, books, to equipment...they also contain good free advice, tips, and contests. She may want to take a look:
http://nyip.com
http://www.photograpytalk.com
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I have a D3100 and love it....
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There are many options to choose from. 1st you need to know what it is YOU want to do. For out and about and not worried about the best quality a good point and shoot works well (and they do takes great pics), even the cameras on the phones nowadays works well. If your looking to post, edit and print then a higher end camera is needed and a good photo editor. I grew up with Canons and still have my 35mm's along with a 5D Mark II digital. Do comparisons searches, ask people you see using theirs what they have and how did they chooses it. There is something for everyone.
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I have used several point & shoots over the years. I started out with one of those huge Sony Mavicas that took a floppy disc (and it still takes fantastic pictures). I had an Olympus that was great after that. The cat decided to knock it off the counter and that was the end of that one. I ended up getting a Samsung to replace it and that was teh biggest POS camera I have had. We picked up a Canon Rebel a couple years ago and that has done pretty good. I bought a Canon T2i back in July after using a friend's T3i. Wow! That thing is damn-impressive. I have been learning the different settings and playing with them since I got it and I am slowly figuring them out. Plus there is that want for more lenses.

There are also several more compact camera that you can change lenses on now. Overland Journal reviewed a few a while back but I can't remember what ones tehy were.
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I just picked up a Nikon D3200. With the reviews and price point I finally dropped the hammer. I have only had it a week, but the potential is there.

We also have a Olympus TG-1 Tough Camera. I hope it is better then the 2 other Olympus Tough cameras we have had in the last year. Both failed under warranty with only 100 pictures on one, and maybe 300 on the other. Both had software issues.
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I finally messed with teh video a little yesterday. I have to say, I was quite impressed. That will fill a memory card fast though.
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Well my D3200 fell of the tripod and shattered the housing... accidental protection plan FTW.

Figured I would upgrade to the D5200 since they gave me a store credit.

This was from the D3200.... I have not shot anything with the 5200 yet.

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Well my D3200 fell of the tripod and shattered the housing... accidental protection plan FTW.

Figured I would upgrade to the D5200 since they gave me a store credit.

This was from the D3200.... I have not shot anything with the 5200 yet.

How do you like the D5200? I'm upgrading to get more fps to have a better chance at capturing kids in action
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All I know is I am going to quit talking to pros. They about have me convinced to step up to a fullsize. Unfortunately, they don't give those away.
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All I know is I am going to quit talking to pros. They about have me convinced to step up to a fullsize. Unfortunately, they don't give those away.
[I've been very happy with my D5100 which is their DX format (APS-C). I can't see for my home use that I need to move to full frame.

I have the D5100, with the kit 18-55mmm lens, a 50mm prime lens, and 70-300mm telephoto (all Nikon AF-S lenses).

IMO, the camera you use is too obsessed over. Far more important is understanding how to shoot, how to use all the settings. I am amazed by how many dSLR owners don't really understand basics of how shutter speed, aperature, ISO, lens selection, subject framing, depth of field, etc really affect the look of their picture, or give a blank stare when you start talking about the number of stops of a neutral density filter.

This is one of my favorites, taken with the D5100. Its sunset behind a pier about 1/2 mile from our condo in Gulf Shores, AL. Shot with a 300mm telephoto( which ends up being equivelent of about 450-480mm, due to the crop factor). It had a 2 stop polarizing filter + 3 stop neutral density, F1/22, 8 second exposure time. This is resized badly, so doesn't do the detail justice. I just had it printed 12x18, it looks very good. Few realize there is 3ft surf in the picture. The long exposure blends it together, so it has a mist-like quality, especially around the pilings.



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[I've been very happy with my D5100 which is their DX format (APS-C). I can't see for my home use that I need to move to full frame.

I have the D5100, with the kit 18-55mmm lens, a 50mm prime lens, and 70-300mm telephoto (all Nikon AF-S lenses).

IMO, the camera you use is too obsessed over. Far more important is understanding how to shoot, how to use all the settings. I am amazed by how many dSLR owners don't really understand basics of how shutter speed, aperature, ISO, lens selection, subject framing, depth of field, etc really affect the look of their picture, or give a blank stare when you start talking about the number of stops of a neutral density filter.

This is one of my favorites, taken with the D5100. Its sunset behind a pier about 1/2 mile from our condo in Gulf Shores, AL. Shot with a 300mm telephoto( which ends up being equivelent of about 450-480mm, due to the crop factor). It had a 2 stop polarizing filter + 3 stop neutral density, F1/22, 8 second exposure time. This is resized badly, so doesn't do the detail justice. I just had it printed 12x18, it looks very good. Few realize there is 3ft surf in the picture. The long exposure blends it together, so it has a mist-like quality, especially around the pilings.



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I took this in Italy with my S95 point and shoot.....but have a hard time keeping up with the kids with it @1.2fps


These were in the Dominican Republic. For a small camera, it takes a nice picture.

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I bought my wife a nice Canon a few years ago. Best thing I ever did for getting good pics of the jeep.
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We have a Canon DSLR with 3 or 4 different lenses, I have no complaints with it. The battery lasts for about 600 pictures or so, we've gone on week long back packing trips and the battery will last a solid 4-5 days of continuous on and off. I would say find the body that has the features you want, then find the lens to capture what you are shooting. The lenses will make more of a different than the body.

If she is looking to start her own business, I would get a full frame camera, more money, but you get what you pay for. If I remember, I'll post a couple pics I've taken with it to give an idea of clarity and zoom with the stock lens.

These are just a couple shots with the 55-250 kit lense that came with the camera...



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IMO, the camera you use is too obsessed over. Far more important is understanding how to shoot, how to use all the settings. I am amazed by how many dSLR owners don't really understand basics of how shutter speed, aperature, ISO, lens selection, subject framing, depth of field, etc really affect the look of their picture, or give a blank stare when you start talking about the number of stops of a neutral density filter.
The original post is old, but FWIW, I agree with this. I started out with a Canon Rebet XT, which I picked up at a greatly reduced cost in 2007 because the XTi had been released. That allowed me to buy better lenses to start with and I've invested considerably more on glass (lenses) since then. I mostly went with Canon so I could share glass with friends.

Other camera bodies obviously offer some advantageous, but nothing that will help as much as knowing how to shoot and take advantage of the core features of any camera.

I finally upgraded, mostly because the old Rebel was starting to show its age. It's dirty, with probably 35,000 clicks through it. Canon had refurbs on sale, so I grabbed a 7D with an EF (full frame) 28-135mm kit lens. The kit lens will go on the old Rebel for my son and whomever to use.

I was greatly tempted buy the 70D, with the new sensor and wireless control. I decided that the 7D controls, plus 3 custom modes and such, were more important to me. And it was cheaper.

I can imagine that going Pro would be different. The layout on the Canon 7D is extremely efficient. Almost everything is one button press away. It's also a vastly tougher camera, with a higher duty cycle (expected life of 150,000 clicks vs 50,000 for the Rebel XT, IIRC.) Not to mention, it shoots a hellava lot faster too.

FWIW, this is a recent favorite, shot with the old and dusted Rebel XT with a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8:
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Nice shots in here, BTW! I meant to mention that, but I'm scurrying out the door. 5pm!
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I bought my wife a nice Canon a few years ago. Best thing I ever did for getting good pics of the jeep.
It is Ron Fetter's fault I ended up with my Canon T2i. He was in that race at R&V last year and he wanted me to take pics of him. I fell in love with the camera and ended up getting my T2i. It became a mild obsession after that. I always had the point-and-shoots that would do ok and once in a while have a great pic.

I have a few pro photog buddies and started bugging them with questions. One of them directed me to the Scott Kelby books which are amazingly helpful with people and landscapes.

I took this one over the summer in da UP on the Firesteel Trestles. It just earned me a spot on the 2014 Expedition Portal calendar (this is the compressed facebook upload).



My wife and I frequent The Machineshop in Flint for shows. I have become infatuated somewhat with trying to get good pics in there. I asked Minty (pretty much the in-house photographer) a lot of questions. The 2 biggest and best suggestions he gave me for shooting there; shoot in RAW and learn Lightroom. I have been doing both for a few months now. I went there last Weds. to shoot the opening band some publicity photos. They required some work in LR. I took a few of Granger Smith that they opened for. What a big difference the lighting made. His were a piece of cake to process. Not much of a country fan but it was a free show for me and a chance to use the photo pit for the opener (Kevin the owner is an awesome guy BTW).



This was taken with the $120 50MM f2.8 prime Canon lens (I think every APC-S Canon owner has that lens). I have been told by all 3 pros, for the spectacular pics, its very glass-dependent. 2 our of 3 of them are using 4 year old cameras but with lens that cost much more than the camera.
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This was taken with the $120 50MM f2.8 prime Canon lens (I think every APC-S Canon owner has that lens). I have been told by all 3 pros, for the spectacular pics, its very glass-dependent. 2 our of 3 of them are using 4 year old cameras but with lens that cost much more than the camera.
I'm on Nikon, but I have the similar Nikor f1/1.8 50mm. Great all around indoor lens. Low light performance with the aperture wide open is incredible. Here's a shot, almost taken in pure darkness, (much much darker than it looks in the shot, dark enough you could not read a piece of paper....), of an art installation in the attic of an 11th century Abbey in Central France (Fontevraud). Hard shot to get handheld, with 32000 ISO... the only light is from the acrylic rods with red light, and a little leaking in the windows up above...


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I'm on Nikon, but I have the similar Nikor f1/1.8 50mm. Great all around indoor lens. Low light performance with the aperture wide open is incredible. Here's a shot, almost taken in pure darkness, (much much darker than it looks in the shot, dark enough you could not read a piece of paper....), of an art installation in the attic of an 11th century Abbey in Central France (Fontevraud). Hard shot to get handheld, with 32000 ISO... the only light is from the acrylic rods with red light, and a little leaking in the windows up above...


That is a lot of red! Cool pic though. I hate dealing with the red lights at concerts. I rarely process any of them now but that is a whole different story.
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