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Dec 08, 2012 19:45 |  #16

A Nikon D3100 is smaller than a Rebel


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Dec 08, 2012 22:26 |  #17

JeffreyG wrote in post #15342804 (external link)
So why not just keep letting him work with your camera when he wants to experiment and learn?

If you buy a T1i that you constantly carry around for him in your bag, then it isn't really his camera, is it?

To me, if I give a camera to a child then it is their camera. They need to store it, care for it, carry it and learn to use it. If you are doing all this stuff then it is really just your second camera that you are letting the 7 year old use when the mood strikes him. There's nothing wrong with that, but it is a different scenario. I think a Rebel would be good for this. Giving the camera to him as a Christmas present when the camera is not really his is kind of a rip-off though. I bet he'd rather a nice toy dump truck or something.

The better camera for a 7 year old to own is a P&S.

We'll just have to agree to disagree I guess. I only mentioned there was room in my bag as a response to the question of what do I do when he wants to put it down and play for a while. I plan on it being his camera to have and take care of and to use to shoot alongside me. I find it very interesting to see how his mind frames the same subject I'm shooting or how he will zoom in and focus on something in the scene I didnt even pay attention to. Maybe I'll learn that I was wrong and its too big of a responsibility for him but I've always parented by giving him every benefit of the doubt until he proves me wrong.

And I have no doubt that if he opens a present under the tree and its a dslr, it will be "his favorite gift ever"... Cause now he can take some really cool pics of his dump trucks.


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Dec 10, 2012 02:17 |  #18

Does it have to be canon? If so that EOS m maybe (although its not great value for money), why not the canon 1100d (not sure what it is called stateside). If it doesn't have to be canon panasonic do some nice affordable csc which would give as much creative scope as a dslr in a small package. The pentax k-30 is relatively small, well specced and available in a weather proof kit


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Dec 10, 2012 05:24 as a reply to  @ jaomul's post |  #19

a DSLR for a 7 year old? Are you really expecting he will use manual mode properly?


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Dec 10, 2012 05:46 |  #20

Azathoth wrote in post #15348014 (external link)
a DSLR for a 7 year old? Are you really expecting he will use manual mode properly?

My son had a G5 since he was about 7. He's 11 now and uses my 5D3 sometimes and for the last few years he's been able to expose properly in manual mode, back button focus and move the focus point around, etc. Kids are pretty sharp these days.


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Dec 10, 2012 08:07 |  #21

Azathoth wrote in post #15348014 (external link)
a DSLR for a 7 year old? Are you really expecting he will use manual mode properly?

He's a kid. I'm sure part of the experience he has is playing photographer and being like his dad.

When I was a kid I played with my Dad's 20-something year old Canon A-1. Sure, most of the time I couldn't even load the film right, not to mention I poked the shutter curtains a few times. But I had fun, took a few pictures, and even use that camera today. (Although the my $25 eBay special A-1 is in better condition).




  
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Dec 10, 2012 08:19 |  #22

My 7-year-old has a new Nikon S30 that he cares for on his own, and he loves it. It's great for him to experiment with underwater shooting, and it is really durable. Images are just ok.

He yearns for more gear, especially when I showed him how to use stuff like a CPL on my lenses. So, I let him borrow my T2i when he's interested, and I haven't bothered to teach him much more than how to use shutter speed in Tv. He does fine with back-button focusing, and actually enjoys using my 1D3 on a monopod for sports. At this point, I don't need it to be a big photography camp for him, I just feed his interest and teach him a bit here and there.

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Dec 10, 2012 09:34 |  #23

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Dec 10, 2012 09:37 |  #24

I agree with a G-10. To me, a DSLR is too much for someone at that age, but that's just my opinion!




  
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Dec 10, 2012 10:39 |  #25

I got both my kids (teens) XSi's for their birthday last year and they love them. I'm always impressed with what that camera body can produce and they were very affordable. As for video, I'd stick to a small dedicated video camera vs using a DSLR for video, it's so much easier to carry around. My son bought a small water and shock proof video camera that he has a blast with, I think it's a Samsung model W200 and he got it for $50. He can upload to Youtube and we can watch videos on the TV and it fits in your pocket.


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Dec 10, 2012 17:31 as a reply to  @ T2i4me's post |  #26

Sounds like you have a very responsible 7 year old. I would get him the Rebel T1i or, if budget permits, the T2i. I forget the specs offhand but I know that the video options are better with the T2i. Use the previously recommended Canon Loyalty Program for the best price: 20% off regular refurbished price.

You two will have great fun photographing together and comparing shots!


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Dec 10, 2012 17:46 |  #27

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Dec 10, 2012 22:32 |  #28

My daughter is 11 (soon to be 12) and started with a SD1400s, then I let her have my old S95. About a year ago, I started letting her use my 5DMKII with a nifty fifty, allowing her to learn about DOF and framing a pic with a prime lens. This year, I bought her a T3i with the 18-55 (about $450 through CLP with tax and shipping) and will give her the nifty fifty as well.

While we all have our own opinions, the OP knows his son the best and if his son is responsible for a dslr. While I was 13 when I received my Canon AE1-Program, it was a different world back then. Shooting with your son/daughter can be a great experience. If your child has an interest in photography, encourage them and allow them to develop as a young photographer. I can't tell you how much my daughter and I enjoy going out on a weekend and just shooting photos and we learn from each other.

I would go with either a t1i or t2i from CLP depending on your budget and I would save enough for a nifty fifty.


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Dec 10, 2012 23:02 |  #29

Thanks for the advice everyone... Part of the reason for considering a dslr is that I have a couple lenses I don't use at all and I've always considered passing them down (50mm 1.8 mk I and 28-80 for example). Still debating but currently deciding between a t1i (or similar) and a water resistant p&s. To be honest, either would give him a thrill but for different reasons. Should be a fun Xmas either way.


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