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Old 12-26-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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i'm really into taking pics of my car, fire apparatus, car shows etc. but my camera is awful. i'm only a beginner, but i get the concept of taking a picture. i have a canon powershot camera. it takes some decent photos, but i want to upgrade. what camera would be good for a beginner?


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Old 12-26-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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i love mine and im a beginner. Nikon D60, but someone who has more experience will tell you a better camera. If you get a DSLR, dont be like me, i thought lenses werent expensive..... but they are.... especially the good ones

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http://richmond.craigslist.org/pho/2753624249.html << good deal i think
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:54 AM   #3
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not sure how much your willing to spend, i want to take some nice pictures as well but not really a photographer or anything.
i just picked up a Canon t2i w/ a case, extra battery and some other accessories for $599 CAD on a boxing day sale. the reg price on this bundle was $959.99. i think i got a decent price from my quick online search.
if your unsure try searching for something used.

so far i love the camera, even on auto the pictures are amazing and i'm looking forward to actually figuring out all the features to make some really cool shots.

here are 2 pictures of me just messing around with the camera for the first time.



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You might consider looking into a high-end point-and-shoot like the Canon Powershot SX series. My dad has one of those and loves it. It does a lot of the same stuff that an SLR does, but with only one lens. You can get an attachment to add lens filters and it has a hot shoe mount for external flashes. Also, at $380, it's a lot cheaper than a new SLR.
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yea i already have a powershot, great little thing but i want something better. there are some on craigslist that are used. i just don't know what to exactly look at. but these are all great suggestions thanks alot everyone
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As a rule it is good practice to buy a cheaper body and spend the bulk on your money on lenses.

I shoot with a Canon Rebel XS body which I paid $340 for about a year or so ago.
In contrast, I bought a Sigma 10-20mm UWA lens for $470.

Keep an eye out on CL for used gear, just check the shutter count before you buy it to make sure it's not too high. Cameras are good for several 100,000 shutter actuations in a lifetime.
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yea i already have a powershot, great little thing but i want something better. there are some on craigslist that are used. i just don't know what to exactly look at. but these are all great suggestions thanks alot everyone
PowerShot is a general term that Canon uses to describe all of its point-and-shoot cameras. Something that says PowerShot could cost anywhere from $100 to $500. Did you actually look at the link I posted?

lyonsroar makes a very good point, as well. Any DSLR body with a decent sensor of at least 10 megapixels (so a Canon EOS Rebel XS, Nikon D60, or newer) will be perfectly fine. Then make sure you buy nice lenses, and when you eventually upgrade the body your lenses will still be perfectly good.
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I love mine since I'm still a beginner. I have the Nikon D3000, I got it almost brand new for like $200. It takes great pics and not that confusing to operate.
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As a rule it is good practice to buy a cheaper body and spend the bulk on your money on lenses.

I shoot with a Canon Rebel XS body which I paid $340 for about a year or so ago.
In contrast, I bought a Sigma 10-20mm UWA lens for $470.

Keep an eye out on CL for used gear, just check the shutter count before you buy it to make sure it's not too high. Cameras are good for several 100,000 shutter actuations in a lifetime.
really good info here. would have never knew that, i probably would end up with a crap camera

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PowerShot is a general term that Canon uses to describe all of its point-and-shoot cameras. Something that says PowerShot could cost anywhere from $100 to $500. Did you actually look at the link I posted?

lyonsroar makes a very good point, as well. Any DSLR body with a decent sensor of at least 10 megapixels (so a Canon EOS Rebel XS, Nikon D60, or newer) will be perfectly fine. Then make sure you buy nice lenses, and when you eventually upgrade the body your lenses will still be perfectly good.
sorry i didn't see the link. thanks though. i've used one before takes great pictures but it wasnt mine



still, i want to learn to take almost professional type pics, not one's that are helped by the camera. they are cool though

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I love mine since I'm still a beginner. I have the Nikon D3000, I got it almost brand new for like $200. It takes great pics and not that confusing to operate.
i'll look into this. thanks!
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Not sure what you mean by "helped by the camera." "Professional-type" pictures depend on the person, not the camera. A well-composed shot is a well-composed shot, regardless of if it was taken with an iPhone or a Nikon D3. If you are convinced you want an SLR, though, take lyonsroar's advice and get an inexpensive body like a D60/D3000 or XS/XSi and a nice wide angle lens.


Library Sky Phone by Focus Dave, on Flickr

This is one of my favorite shots and I took it with my phone.


Ducky by Focus Dave, on Flickr

Here's another one of my favorites, which was taken with a high-end prosumer SLR. Is the quality difference between the two shots worth over $1,000?

I'm not trying to be a dick or make you buy something you don't want, I just want to point out that a DSLR doesn't always beat a point-and-shoot. Leica and Fuji, for instance, make point-and-shoots that smoke entry level SLRs. Any camera can take great photographs, but not every photographer can. If you decide you want an Olympus E-420, I'm selling one with three lenses ;)
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