charlie15 wrote in post #17619827
I have always been interested in becoming a photographer and while in an art gallery i was talking to a photographer that recommended this website for the question i asked him, saying "it will be better to get more than just my opinion on it." The question was "What is a good beginner camera that i will be able to keep for a long time and only have to change and upgrade the lens?" Any ideas? Preferably a camera that is not outrageously expensive
Cameras, being digital devices, really don't hold value, but lenses for the most part do. So what to invest in? considering you talk of the possibility of future "upgrades", look at what the high end offers and if it will suit you in the long run, as there is little that separates low-end cameras:
Canon currently makes the fastest DSLRs in terms of autofocus speed and capture rate, plus the lens selection is top-notch, but the sensors are old.
Nikon is no slow-poke either, but their focus is on sensors with high detail and dynamic range, although the lenses are a bit less impressive than Canons'... in my opinion.
Sony makes exceptionally compact and quiet cameras, but the lens selection is only just starting to get filled out, although you can use adapters to attach almost any kind of lens.
Pentax often gets overlooked due to the fact that they haven't had a full-frame camera offering, but their cameras pack a lot of features for the price.
Canon cameras are very easy to use, and it's the brand I learned photography on, but it's your choice. For what it's worth, in 2015 I wouldn't buy a Canon myself... 5~6 years ago, I would, but the competition has really brought out their best in recent years.
Consider a used Sony A7 perhaps, it's cheap, full-frame, has modern features, and it won't burden you with size or heft. The batteries don't last as long as some other cameras, but not enough to be a problem for a beginner I think, get a spare in any case, it's always a good idea.