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Old 08-10-2011, 10:48 PM   #1
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Any suggestions?

Lately I've been thinking of getting a DSLR, but I know almost nothing about them. I figured I'd ask the photo pros for the best kind of camera/lens for a starter. Anyone got an idea?


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Old 08-10-2011, 11:08 PM   #2
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Ray (tukaniSVT) is one of the guys to talk to. I'm pretty sure he'll show up sooner or later.
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You don't always need the newest gadgets to take the best photos. That being said, some of the older, more popular cameras to look for if you're just getting started would probably be a Nikon D60 or a Canon EOS Rebel XS. Just about anything you buy (new or refurbished) will come with a basic zoom lens (usually 18-55mm), unless it specifically says it's body-only.

Adorama and BH Photo are great places to go for both new and refurbished gear, and KEH is awesome for refurbished stuff. My gf got her Rebel XS with the 18-55mm kit lens for $400 refurbished on Adorama. I have an Olympus E-420 (Olympus is not nearly as popular as Nikon or Canon) that I got from KEH for $286.

If you're set on buying new, check out the Nikon D3100 or the Canon EOS Rebel XSi.

The things you'll want to do in order to take great photos are to practice shooting, play around with your camera, and read whatever you can find. Kenrockwell.com is a great site with tons of information, and I've found that Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a great book for people new to DSLR shooting. Whatever you do, don't obsess over gear, because that will never make you a better photographer.

I'm no pro, but I am more than willing to help on anything you might have questions about. Yes, there are much more experienced people than myself, but I have a fresher idea of what it means to be brand new to shooting, since I just started about 7 months ago.
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I thought about a DSLR a few times but my #1 deal breaker is the batteries.

I want to pick my own battery. I would rather have something that uses a standard size battery over a proprietary pack. They always seem out dated and have a short life. Once you decide to replace it its way over priced.
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I have a pretty cheap DSLR with a small battery, and in the 7 months I've owned my camera, I think I've charged the battery maybe 5 times. It really has not been an issue for me.
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I have a pretty cheap DSLR with a small battery, and in the 7 months I've owned my camera, I think I've charged the battery maybe 5 times. It really has not been an issue for me.
When i got my camera (2004) i looked at others with battery packs. They were all using like 1000 mah, or 1200 mah packs. My S2 uses 2200 AAs, this is current AA battery technology. 1800s when i got it.

Now some years down the road when i replace these with new battery technology ill be able to go anywhere and get a set for my 15 year old camera.

Or if im on vacation and i forget to charge them or bring the charger i can just stop and get a pack of AAs and be going again.

I really like rechargables but i just dont want to feel stuck with a proprietary pack i have to order and use a special charger for.
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It all depends on what you want to spend, tbh..

A lot of guys on here use Canon Rebels. Which are very nice.
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The Rebels are a good entry level Canon camera.

And the Nikon D60/D40/D3000 are good entry level Nikon Cameras.

And Sony's Lower numbered Alpha's are actually pretty good too. These guys are newer to the DSLR market, but are definitely playing the game well.


As for proprietary batteries ... I shoot with Nikons and I use to own a D60. The battery in that camera would last through 2000-2500 photos before dying on me. That's high quality (FINE) Jpeg.

My current D300s, I have the grip and with 2 proprietary batteries it lasts well over 4000 clicks and all day (Plus a few more days) of shooting. Even with a little bit of video.

As long as you get the DSLRs, the camera companies have made some great improvements on battery life.

Much better than the ones using AA/AAA batteries. Plus in the long run, it will save you money. Charging a battery over buying a new set of 6 dollar batteries every 2 weeks.

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1 proprietary battery = 40 bucks - and will last you a couple of years before replacing.
1 Set of 4xAAs = 3/pack for 2 weeks of use = (25 weeks roughly) 75 bucks for the year.

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I'm extremely happy with my Olympus DSLR, but there are way more choices for expanding your arsenal with Nikon and Canon, as well as a lot more literature support.
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Nikon and Canon have tons of support because they have been in the game for many many many years.

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