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Aug 13, 2014 11:56 |  #1

Hey guys,

I have a small question.
A friend of mine wants to get a sub $1,000 camera.
I don't think she will get very seriously in photography, but she wants good quality pictures. She is going to do mostly people photography.

Now the problem is while I am very know knowledgeable about Canon DSLR's, I don't know much about alternative options out there.
If she was to get a Canon DSLR, I would probable advise her to get a 60D or 7D as its in her price range. I would also advise her to get an external flash like 430EX 2 and she would be below $1,000 with all that.

What about alternative options out there though?
I know nothing about FUJI cameras? Mirror-less cameras? (I don't think mirror-less cameras can be had for less then $1,000, no?)

Are there any sub $1,000 options (Including external flash) out there that are better alternatives?


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Aug 13, 2014 12:02 |  #2

Mirrorless cameras can certainly be had for less than $1000. But most of the popular ones that you'll see here on the forum are well over $1000.

For a sub, the 7d would be a great option for her if she isn't doing this as a full-time job. You described her as "not getting seriously into photography" so I think this will be fine. With the new 7d Mkii coming in the future, the current 7d can be found for a very reasonable price. Many copies of the body can be found used here also!

A quick search through the classifieds revealed this great deal!
https://photography-on-the.net …hp?t=1392872&hi​ghlight=7d


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Aug 13, 2014 12:06 |  #3

You mention sub $1k but what lenses would she get along with the 60d and 430ex2? She can get great pictures with good composition and the right light with an iPhone 5s



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Aug 13, 2014 12:08 |  #4
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I would stay away from DSLRs completely if that $1,000 is a hard and fast budget. There really isn't much point in owning an interchangeable lens camera and only one lens. The budget doesn't allow for any more.


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Aug 13, 2014 12:08 |  #5

Does sub-$1k include just a flash and no lens?


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Aug 13, 2014 12:12 |  #6

Encourage her to go to a camera store or Best Buy or some place similar and handle various cameras. The 7D may be too large for her and she may prefer a Rebel series. A T3 can be had from B&H for about $450 and the prices go up from there. The important thing is for her to find a body that is comfortable for her to hold and operate. If the 7D is not too large now is a good time to purchase one since prices are lower right now.

She might also consider a Canon G series. They have a fixed lens and the sensors aren't as large as a DSLR but they do offer high quality pictures. If she will be doing all her viewing on the computer she may not see any difference between the G series and a DSLR.


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Aug 13, 2014 12:14 |  #7

Van Gogh wrote in post #17093607 (external link)
Hey guys,

I have a small question.
A friend of mine wants to get a sub $1,000 camera.
I don't think she will get very seriously in photography, but she wants good quality pictures. She is going to do mostly people photography.

Now the problem is while I am very know knowledgeable about Canon DSLR's, I don't know much about alternative options out there.
If she was to get a Canon DSLR, I would probable advise her to get a 60D or 7D as its in her price range. I would also advise her to get an external flash like 430EX 2 and she would be below $1,000 with all that.

What about alternative options out there though?
I know nothing about FUJI cameras? Mirror-less cameras? (I don't think mirror-less cameras can be had for less then $1,000, no?)

Are there any sub $1,000 options (Including external flash) out there that are better alternatives?

The first option is a Canon Digital Rebel T5i (external link), which comes with a built-in pop-up flash. A 430EX II  (external link)will complete the $1,000 budget (assuming you don't need a basic lens or other accessories.)




  
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Aug 13, 2014 12:22 |  #8

I think a rebel would be a great choice. it's cheap enough to grab a couple of more lenses and a flash for less than $1000.

just looking at the classifieds on here, there's a;

T3i with a sigma 30 f/1.4 and a crumpler bag for $500
T3i with an 18-55 and 50 1.8 plus some other gear for $520
T4i with a 18-135 for $619

those were just the first results I got for a simple search.

Add a Yongnuo 565EXII for $100 or so, a decent telephoto zoom lens and/or a 50 1.8 etc and you're still under $1000.

Deals are out there.

Hell, you might even look into an EOS-M system with a couple of lenses for less than $500 if she just wants good pictures and might not want the bulk of a DSLR.


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Aug 13, 2014 12:23 |  #9

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Hey guys,

I have a small question.
A friend of mine wants to get a sub $1,000 camera.
I don't think she will get very seriously in photography, but she wants good quality pictures. She is going to do mostly people photography.

Now the problem is while I am very know knowledgeable about Canon DSLR's, I don't know much about alternative options out there.
If she was to get a Canon DSLR, I would probable advise her to get a 60D or 7D as its in her price range. I would also advise her to get an external flash like 430EX 2 and she would be below $1,000 with all that.

What about alternative options out there though?
I know nothing about FUJI cameras? Mirror-less cameras? (I don't think mirror-less cameras can be had for less then $1,000, no?)

Are there any sub $1,000 options (Including external flash) out there that are better alternatives?

Heya,

"Serious" and $1k budgets don't go hand in hand in my book.

You don't need a lot of camera to do portraits. Especially when doing flash photography.

Here's what I'd do with that budget, for someone who's not serious:

Canon T3 ($200)
Canon EF 40mm F2.8 ($120)
Youngnuo 560 III (two of them, $70 a piece, $140 total)
Yongnuo RF603C ($30)
Stands for the lights ($20 a piece; get 2, $40 total)
Mount for of camera flash x 2 ($30)
Umbrellas, 43" shoot throughs x 2 ($40)
$600?

Someone who knows how to do portraits and do flash photography would produce very printable show case worthy material with that, on a dime.

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Aug 13, 2014 12:30 |  #10

My Suggestion: Canon Rebel T3i Kit from Costco:

650 bucks out the door and you get

T3i Body
18-55 IS STM
55-250 IS
SD card
Gadget Bag

Cant beat that!
http://www.costco.com …le.product.1000​75344.html (external link)


Then buy a used Speedlight on ebay.




  
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Aug 13, 2014 12:33 |  #11
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If it help with the lighting, I have a setup from Cowboy Studios that includes two 43" umbrellas, two full-size stands, a mini-stand, flash attaching hardware and a carry bag for about $40. The umbrellas are kind of thin and produce noticeable hot-spots when shot through, up close anyway. For close-up work I use them as reflectors and shoot (the flash) into them. Good stuff, considering the price.


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Aug 13, 2014 12:36 |  #12

I'd probably go with a Canon G1x mk2 or Panasonic FZ1000. Both allow for external flash units and both have amazing sensors and lenses for their price point.


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Aug 13, 2014 12:37 as a reply to  @ electricme's post |  #13

Well the Rebel's seem to be an obvious choice for that price range, I know.

The thing is that I think that a 60D or 7D would be better because of the on top camera display.
Does anyone else thing that these on top camera displays are crucial? I mean I can't imagine myself working with a camera without the on top camera display ...


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Aug 13, 2014 12:37 |  #14

electricme wrote in post #17093697 (external link)
My Suggestion: Canon Rebel T3i Kit from Costco:

650 bucks out the door and you get

T3i Body
18-55 IS STM
55-250 IS
SD card
Gadget Bag

Cant beat that!
http://www.costco.com …le.product.1000​75344.html (external link)


Then buy a used Speedlight on ebay.


thats a great deal,for some one to learn dslr thats a great combo,


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Aug 13, 2014 12:40 as a reply to  @ genesimmons's post |  #15

Costco's T3i is a good deal indeed for someone to start with.


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