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flying_babyb
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Nov 11, 2017 13:09 |  #1

which brand is best? Im looking for not to expensive, lots of accessories and rugged. Lots of people recommend cannon (and I found one I like) but I dont want to make a error as this is a HUGE purchase for me




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davesrose
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Nov 11, 2017 13:23 |  #2

"Best" is a debatable topic. You state you want a brand that's reliable, not expensive, and has many accessories. Canon and Nikon are top brands for DSLR systems. Popular mirrorless brands are Sony, Fuji, Olympus, and Panasonic. If you've found a Canon camera that you really like, then you can't go wrong (Canon is a reputable brand).


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MalVeauX
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Nov 11, 2017 20:39 |  #3

flying_babyb wrote in post #18494070 (external link)
which brand is best? Im looking for not to expensive, lots of accessories and rugged. Lots of people recommend cannon (and I found one I like) but I dont want to make a error as this is a HUGE purchase for me

Every brand has a champion and a pawn. Don't get caught up in names.

What is your experience level with photography in general?
What are you looking for in a camera?
What will it be mostly used for?
What do you mean by rugged?
How big are you ok with everything being? Are you conscious when you're out with a huge camera and huge lens?
How heavy are you ok with everything being?
What accessories are you looking to have (note, not exclusive to a particular camera system)?
What is your overall budget for everything?
Are you willing to go used or refurb, or is this all new only?

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flying_babyb
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Nov 11, 2017 21:12 as a reply to MalVeauX's post |  #4

What is your experience level with photography in general? Been taking pictures since the age of 6. had a sony A230 years ago
What are you looking for in a camera? cheap and rugged
What will it be mostly used for? I do alot of senior pictures, nature, outdoors
What do you mean by rugged? I do alot of hiking so somthing that can handle a bit of jossling.
How big are you ok with everything being?I dont know.
Are you conscious when you're out with a huge camera and huge lens? the only time I used a huge lens was for animal photos, Most of the time I had the short lens on the camera (back when i had the sony)
How heavy are you ok with everything being? lighter is better
What accessories are you looking to have (note, not exclusive to a particular camera system)? I like lenses (i love the fish eye one). I use alot of filters (sun light, ND ect)
What is your overall budget for everything? Right now looking to spend $500 or less for a camera and a lens. I have filters, a tripod, monopod, multiple BIG camera bags.
Are you willing to go used or refurb, or is this all new only? Oh gosh! Never new, I havent owned a new camera ever!




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MalVeauX
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Nov 11, 2017 21:29 |  #5

Maybe consider Canon refurb (comes with warranty):

https://shop.usa.canon​.com ...6-is-stm-lens-refurbished (external link)

Then, as funds allow, add a flash for portrait and a Canon 50mm F1.8 STM for portrait.

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Nov 13, 2017 19:17 |  #6

Are you open to buying used gear? I think that'd be the best way to maximize your budget. Canon's rebel line really hasn't improved much in a long time.....some AF improvements and things like touch screens were added, but it's basically the same sensor. I think if you scour the used markets you can build a kit of a T2i, 50 1.8, and 85 1.8 right around $500.


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Nov 14, 2017 15:56 |  #7

Nikon or Canon. Any camera made since ~2011 can give amazing results. Everything else boils down to ergonomics really, and a few things that don't matter to probably 90% of the photographers, and to the other 10% they matter maybe 10% of the time even then. I'd personally recommend the mid-tier bodies though, just due to ergonomics and some features (usually AF) that are purposefully crippled by the manufacturers on the lower end bodies. Think Canon 70/80D's, 7D's, if you can swing it a 5D3 or 4. Nikon D7200, D500, D750 etc.

Used gear is better with the Big Two (Canon Nikon) since they've been around forever. Usually a mid range f4 zoom goes for approx $500 (Canon 24-105L or Nikon 24-120VR), and a fast prime for $100-400 (50mm, 35, or 85mm). Start with those and a decent body and you should be good to go for a while, until the gear bug bites you and you start lusting for f1.4 primes or f2.8 zooms lol




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Nov 14, 2017 16:03 |  #8

Depending on skill level, best brand is any dslr produced in the past 8 years.


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Nov 14, 2017 16:11 |  #9

I did not like the way Nikon zoomed clockwise. The rotation in my wrist felt unnatural.....so Canon became the choice.

It was purely down to that. Everything else fell in place.


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Nov 14, 2017 20:03 |  #10

I've seen the original Sony RX10 going for just under $500 on ebay. That 24-200 f2.8 Zeiss is sweet.


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Nov 15, 2017 01:26 |  #11

flying_babyb wrote in post #18494070 (external link)
which brand is best? Im looking for not to expensive, lots of accessories and rugged. Lots of people recommend cannon (and I found one I like) but I dont want to make a error as this is a HUGE purchase for me

If this is a huge purchase for you and you don't want to make an error I sincerely hope you're doing more research than just a forum post in a very Canon user inhabited space.

As others have noted, there really isn't a "best" brand. There is a "best" brand/camera for each individual user, which is your "best" camera/brand depends entirely on your needs and tastes. There's really no "bad" brand out there as far as the big names are concerned (Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Leica).


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Nov 15, 2017 22:18 as a reply to EverydayGetaway's post |  #12

this is just starter research




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Nov 16, 2017 11:12 |  #13

"Most Value" seems to be what you're looking for, and that's Canon most of the time.


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Nov 16, 2017 11:38 |  #14

No brand is best. You will always find plenty of things to praise and complain about all of them. Stick around this forum enough and you'll see many people very satisfied with all brands, as well as plenty that have issues with certain brands.

Only you know what's best for you, and questions like this are very general and don't really help you decide what you want. It would be like asking "which car brand is best?" or "which state is best for me to live in?" (if you live in the US on that last one.) No one can really answer these questions as there are so many factors that go into the answer.


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Nov 18, 2017 09:32 |  #15

lots of accessories and rugged

GoPro.


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