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Nov 08, 2017 22:06 |  #1

So i'm currently shooting with a bridge camera. I would like to upgrade (again) to a DSLR. I had a Sony A230 I loved but it had a major accident, the shutter broke. I'm looking for something I could get a good deal on (most likely used). I'm not really picky on a brand right now either. I do a lot of outdoor photography, (waterfalls, animals,ect) and a lot of portraits. Seem to be making most of my money lately on seinor pictures. What would you reccomend?




  
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Nov 08, 2017 22:36 |  #2

Go into a camera store, and test out a couple of Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. Play with the controls and menus of both types of camera systems. The one system you feel more comfortable with, will be the system you enjoy shooting with. Then you go in and research the individual DSLR cameras and features you will want.

I'm suggesting Canon and Nikon since they have the widest selection of digital SLR cameras, lenses, flashes, and accessories that you can start building and customizing your system. There are plenty of used Canon and Nikon cameras and lenses that you can purchase here on the forums, eBay or even Amazon to start. Both Canon and Nikon produce excellent quality cameras and lenses that can serve you well.
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Nov 08, 2017 23:03 |  #3

Budget? Before you answer, consider the money for additional file storage space that you will soon need as well.




  
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Nov 09, 2017 02:40 |  #4

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Budget? Before you answer, consider the money for additional file storage space that you will soon need as well.

I don't understand how this is a real consideration in 2017. Storage is cheap these days. You can get a 1TB HDD for $30 and good sized fast SD cards for less than that.


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Nov 09, 2017 04:15 |  #5

Yeah, so if the budget is $300 then an HDD and an SD card + tax could easily be 15% of that; a significant chunk. Let see what say the OP. $800-$1000 budget and sure, the price of storage becomes trivial.

Another consideration, the OP is coming from a bridge camera, which was an upgrade from their previous, and wants to shoot senior portraiture professionally. This means they'll also have to budget for a lens as well, and I'm sure we'll get plenty of recommendations there..... Canon 24-70, 135, 85, Sigma Art, etc. What's the price of the upgrade now? I've seen this movie before. My greater point is, sometimes people just getting started fail to realize the ancillary costs involved in a professional upgrade.




  
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Nov 09, 2017 05:17 as a reply to  @ texkam's post |  #6

It doesn't matter whether the TS wants to shoot professionally or not, even a casual shooter runs out of space eventually, and need a good storage or backup drive, so that cost is there regardless at some point. The bridge camera likely uses SD cards now, so again, the need to go to larger cards might be a later cost, but not necessarily an immediate need.

Also being in the US, watch the Canon refurbished deals this time of year. Most are basically new cameras at a discount with a 1 year warranty.


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Nov 09, 2017 06:14 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #7

I think the most relevant question would be, how much you want to spend on camera and lenses.
DSLR cameras goes from a few hundred $ to few thousands $. I somehow presumed you don't want
to spend more then 2000 US$ on a DSLR camera body.




  
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Nov 09, 2017 06:28 |  #8

I think the cameras these days are good enough, that we could just about suggest anything and it would work for quite some time for somebody getting back into DSLRs.

For example, for under $750, this is a great solution for somebody getting back into this, and it would be sufficient for many kinds of shooting. It would also likely mirror many of a more modern bridge camera's functions, while being better at about everything.

https://shop.usa.canon​.com …56-is-stm-kit-refurbished (external link)

Add this lens and you are set for portraits and many low light situations.

https://shop.usa.canon​.com …50mm-f-18-stm-refurbished (external link)

So for under $850, you would have 2 very useful lenses and a very capable camera, certainly something that can be expanded upon later too with other lenses, or more bodies.


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Nov 09, 2017 18:45 |  #9

under $500. Am willing to buy used. My current camera was used and works great. Have TONS of memory cards already, tons of accessories. Just need a camera and lens




  
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Nov 09, 2017 19:41 as a reply to  @ flying_babyb's post |  #10

https://shop.usa.canon​.com …-stm-lens-kit-refurbished (external link)

or

https://shop.usa.canon​.com …-stm-lens-kit-refurbished (external link)
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https://www.amazon.com …mbc?ie=UTF8&con​dition=all (external link)


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Nov 09, 2017 21:14 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #11

is this a good deal?
Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black Body Only) for $120 (used of corse)?

what dSRLs use SD cards? Kinda would like to find one that uses the cards I have.




  
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Nov 09, 2017 21:21 |  #12

Too old. Crappy iso performance.




  
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Nov 09, 2017 21:23 as a reply to  @ texkam's post |  #13

Ok any reccomendions on ones that use sd cards? Whats considered a good ISO to shoot for? its been awhile since I had a DSRL




  
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Nov 09, 2017 21:24 |  #14

flying_babyb wrote in post #18493089 (external link)
is this a good deal?
Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black Body Only) for $120 (used of corse)?

what dSRLs use SD cards? Kinda would like to find one that uses the cards I have.

I have an XTi. The image quality is fine at lower ISO. You won't need high ISO for landscape and portrait.

I bought my XTi for $50 though used. For $120 you could probably find a 40D which is heaps better.

At $500 and less, you could look for:

1) 5D Classic (MKI) (full frame; still a great camera for what you're looking to do, commonly $250~300); leaves room for a lens (Tamron 28-75 F2.8 would be $120~150 used and great)

2) Any APS-C such as the 60D, 7D, T3i~T5i, and an 18-135 STM lens would be a nice start and modern. If budget allows, add a 55-250 STM and/or a 10-18 STM as you can for a really full great range with great quality.

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Nov 09, 2017 21:32 |  #15

flying_babyb wrote in post #18493095 (external link)
Ok any reccomendions on ones that use sd cards? Whats considered a good ISO to shoot for? its been awhile since I had a DSRL

I just gave you two suggestions, both good cameras, and both take SD? You also get a 1 year warranty...


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