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Dec 16, 2012 19:41 |  #1

I’m in the market for a camera just as a hobby. I will be using it for taking photos of family and the activities that go along with them, sports, vacations, outings. Looking to spend about $2,000.00 to start. With the special going right now the 70-300 would cost about $189.00 nib, so it seemed like a good deal. Just looking for opinions on the list I and not to be flamed please.
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Dec 16, 2012 20:15 |  #3

Not sure where your getting your prices from, but it would cost a lot more then $2,000.00 for all of that you have listed.

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Dec 16, 2012 20:18 |  #4

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Not sure where your getting your prices from, but it would cost a lot more then $2,000.00 for all of that you have listed.

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The titles in the OP are Amazon titles. It's $2100 there (I added all of them to cart).


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Dec 16, 2012 20:36 |  #5

SoCalTiger wrote in post #15375094 (external link)
The titles in the OP are Amazon titles. It's $2100 there (I added all of them to cart).

Yep, thats where I priced it. So what do you think?


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Dec 16, 2012 20:53 |  #6

It doesn't seem that you need the level of camera that is the Canon 7D. Instead, I think the 60D or even a Rebel would suffice. At B&H Photo, the T3i with 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS can be had for $700. You can put the remainder of your budget to accessories or additional lenses, like some primes. You can forgo these Canon zooms and opt for the two Sigma f/2.8 zooms (17-50mm OS and 50-150mm OS), getting a constant max f-stop, USM, and making your center AF point more accurate.




  
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Dec 16, 2012 21:38 |  #7

steve67 wrote in post #15374964 (external link)
I’m in the market for a camera just as a hobby. I will be using it for taking photos of family and the activities that go along with them, sports, vacations, outings. Looking to spend about $2,000.00 to start. With the special going right now the 70-300 would cost about $189.00 nib, so it seemed like a good deal. Just looking for opinions on the list I and not to be flamed please.
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For a beginner, a Canon PowerShot SX50 (external link) is a very good place to start, and it's far less expensive than US $2,000.




  
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Dec 16, 2012 21:53 |  #8

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For a beginner, a Canon PowerShot SX50 (external link) is a very good place to start, and it's far less expensive than US $2,000.

IMO the SX50 is overpriced for what it is. The OP could easily find an older Rebel with a kit lens for that price and start off with better IQ and better DOF control. Plus, if the OP wants to start with an interchangeable lens DSLR, the SX50 definitely wouldn't work.

I would second the recommendation of the 60D over the 7D though if OP is set on buying new right now. Amazon and B&H both have the 60D at a decent price right now.


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Dec 16, 2012 21:57 |  #9

Depending on budget, I would look closely at the t4i for 599.99. Very good camera to start off with.

The d3200 is also not a bad choice.


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Dec 16, 2012 22:33 as a reply to  @ sonofjesse's post |  #10

The only reason I was thinking about the 7D over the 60D is because what I have read about the 60D not being that great with sports or is that untrue? My son races motocross and plays football, my daughter plays soccer. I am a beginner of sorts; I used to have an EOS 7 back in 2000 and a few lenses and loved it. Fast-forward 12 years and a half dozen point and shoots that are not cutting it anymore.


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Dec 16, 2012 23:07 |  #11

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The only reason I was thinking about the 7D over the 60D is because what I have read about the 60D not being that great with sports or is that untrue? My son races motocross and plays football, my daughter plays soccer. I am a beginner of sorts; I used to have an EOS 7 back in 2000 and a few lenses and loved it. Fast-forward 12 years and a half dozen point and shoots that are not cutting it anymore.

60D can take great sports shots if you know how to use it. The 7D is obviously a better camera but has a ton of options that can be very overwhelming. It is a camera that one needs to read the manual several times to understand it. When I first got my 7D I blamed a lot of bad pics on the camera. Turns out it wasn't the camera. It was the "guy" taking the pics. :-)

I would seriously look at the 60D or T4i to see if your truly serious about the hobby before throwing down a lot of money.


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Dec 16, 2012 23:29 |  #12

If I could start over again, I would have kept my 60D, 24-70L, and 70-200mkII. Now I'm stuck with a 5d2 and a 50 1.4. I guess my point is get the most you can afford on the lens, and buy a camera no less than a 60d or t4i, which are both capable cameras. Then if you think the camera is limiting your skills, you can upgrade in the future... Which I doubt would happen quickly.


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Dec 17, 2012 00:26 |  #13

The 60D is a great option for a midrange dSLR with someone with experience like yours. I started with a 60D and recently upgraded to a 5d Mark3. To be honest I like some of the features of the 60D better like the swivel screen.

The 7D does have better autofocus but the 60D is no slouch.

I'd recommend getting the 70-300 and a kit lens to start (or some other 17-50 or 15-85). The 70-300 is actually a really nice lens for the 60D, I really enjoyed it with mine before I upgraded to the 70-200 f/4 IS. You can't do everything with that lens (especially on a crop body) so it is crucial to have something like the 17-50 or 15-85. With a good all purpose zoom and a telephoto your good to go/can take most of the pics you want (for now at least).


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Dec 17, 2012 00:36 |  #14
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The 7D is much too complex for a beginner. The steeper learning curve may well ruin the hobby for you. I'd start off with a T4i with the kit lens and use the rest of your budget for a telephoto lens for sports (the Tamron 70-300 VC is a great lens, and not too expensive). Maybe buy a flash, too.


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Dec 17, 2012 01:14 |  #15

I don't think you are really a beginner. My change from 35mm SLR to DSLR began with a Canon 50D and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. The outfit listed is a lot for $2,100 and you would love it.

The problem: You need to add a flash, add a 70-200mm f/2.8 if your kids play football and soccer at night, add a _____, add a _____ add a_____, etc. All too soon you will have $5,000 or more (maybe much more) invested in camera gear.

Sports photography can get really expensive, especially for less than ideal light conditions. Many athletic fields have such poor lighting that even an f/2.8 lens is too slow. Any kind of photography is impossible at some of our playgrounds and very marginal at the best lighted fields. Our local high school gym has great lighting for basketball but not so good for the camera. I can get by with ISO 6400 f/2.8 and SS 1/640 sec.

Now, order the outfit before we scare you out of it. Get a faster lens when/if needed. It's only money. Welcome to POTN and enjoy life with a DSLR camera.


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