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Sep 20, 2016 11:01 |  #1

Hello,

I'm thinking of buying a DSLR camera for photography in the next month or so, as the choice is so wast and I don't know anyone personally to consult with, I thought this would be a great place to ask such a question.

The camera is going to be a gift for my gf, she loves photography but doesn't have the spare cash to buy a decent camera. She loves photographing landscapes and the occasional portrait.

Any advice is much appreciated. :) And a complete kit would also be great info to have.

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Sep 20, 2016 11:06 |  #2

Eh,

Hard question since we don't know if your GF has lenses already or not.

Does the $1300 include lenses? Or just the body? Accessories? I assume you need everything, so that $1300 is for the body, lenses and bag/accessories.

Care about Sony? Nikon? Canon?

Size matter?

Does she like big bulky heavy cameras and lenses?

Considered Micro 4/3's?

My top recommendation for the GF camera thing is going to be a Fuji APS-C and two little lenses (an 18mm F2 and something longer, like a 50mm of some flavor).

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Sep 20, 2016 11:51 |  #3

With Mal there. The first thing we need to know is whether she already has an SLR and some lenses or if this is starting out a fresh kit. If there are no, pre-existing lenses then the field is a lot wider. Also, some clarification on whether the budget is for a body only or for a full, functional kit.


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Sep 20, 2016 11:56 |  #4

Sony a6300
80D
7D II


Body only:
5D II
6D

For that price you should be able to get the whole 80D kit by now.


Seeing that its for your gf, she might like the a6300 more. They are just way more cool and they should be better at most except they dont have the dual pixel auto focus.


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Sep 20, 2016 13:08 |  #5

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Best DSLR for $1300 or under

I, for one, am glad to see that you want to get her the BEST camera within your budget, and not just "a camera that will meet her needs", or "a camera that is the best value for the money".

I'm also glad that you specified a DSLR - that makes it easier to answer the question.

Unfortunately, I am only familiar with Canon's lineup, and really don't know anything about the other manufacturer's DSLRs. Hence, I am not qualified to make a suggestion. But I did want to post just to say that I like the parameters that you set. Too often an OP sets parameters, then receives suggestions that do not fall within those parameters. Hopefully that does not happen here.

I am interested in seeing what folks suggest.

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Sep 20, 2016 14:04 |  #6

MalVeauX wrote in post #18134299 (external link)
Eh,

Hard question since we don't know if your GF has lenses already or not.

Does the $1300 include lenses? Or just the body? Accessories? I assume you need everything, so that $1300 is for the body, lenses and bag/accessories.

Care about Sony? Nikon? Canon?

Size matter?

Does she like big bulky heavy cameras and lenses?

Considered Micro 4/3's?

My top recommendation for the GF camera thing is going to be a Fuji APS-C and two little lenses (an 18mm F2 and something longer, like a 50mm of some flavor).

Very best,

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I, for one, am glad to see that you want to get her the BEST camera within your budget, and not just "a camera that will meet her needs", or "a camera that is the best value for the money".

I'm also glad that you specified a DSLR - that makes it easier to answer the question.

Unfortunately, I am only familiar with Canon's lineup, and really don't know anything about the other manufacturer's DSLRs. Hence, I am not qualified to make a suggestion. But I did want to post just to say that I like the parameters that you set. Too often an OP sets parameters, then receives suggestions that do not fall within those parameters. Hopefully that does not happen here.

I am interested in seeing what folks suggest.

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Except that OP asked about DSLR's seemingly because of the usual assumption that DSLR's are the "best" or more "serious" cameras... that's often no longer the case, especially for landscapes and portraits.

Taking a close minded approach and not helping the OP understand all of their options isn't helpful in my opinion.


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Sep 20, 2016 14:06 |  #7

Youll find it that on these forums people seem to complicate things quite a bit


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Sep 20, 2016 14:26 |  #8

If i was starting from scratch and was going to spend $1300 for a landscape/portrait camera I'd get a Nikon D7200,IMHO.


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Sep 20, 2016 14:40 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #9

Ideally it should include lenses in $1300 price range, but i can go over it by a bit, if it is actually worth it. ;)

She's interested in Nikon and Canon cameras, i don't think Sony is on her wishlist.

No, it does not matter if the camera is bulky, large or anything else, it needs to perform, that's it ;)

No have not considered Micro 4/3's, but they don't seem as anything she'd want.




  
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Sep 20, 2016 14:48 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #10

Fresh kit ;)

Really depends on how much the lenses are gonna cost in the end, If I could i'd go way overboard, but sadly can't.




  
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Sep 20, 2016 15:13 |  #11

I would definitely put the D7200 on your short list. I own the 80D, and it is very capable as well (the video AF is amazing), but the D7200 is the image quality king for an APS-C DSLR. Those two cameras don't leave much room for lenses. You could start her out with a D7200 and a 35 1.8G DX, which I personally think would be a great option...but some people would find a single focal length lens a bit limiting.


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Sep 20, 2016 15:13 |  #12

PJmak wrote in post #18134455 (external link)
Youll find it that on these forums people seem to complicate things quite a bit

I agree, and it bothers me to no end! Sticking within the OP's parameters should really help to keep things simple.

Dudara wrote in post #18134485 (external link)
Ideally it should include lenses in $1300 price range, but i can go over it by a bit, if it is actually worth it. ;)
She's interested in Nikon and Canon cameras, i don't think Sony is on her wishlist.
No, it does not matter if the camera is bulky, large or anything else, it needs to perform, that's it ;)


Well, in that case I think that the 6D is the best DSLR in Canon's lineup for portraiture and landscape photography, given the $1300+ parameter. I think that they are about $1499 new at B&H right now, but surely could be had for hundreds less on the used market. As mentioned before, I do not know if any of the Nikon DSLRs in this price range are better for portraiture and landscapes than the Canon 6D.

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Sep 20, 2016 15:50 |  #13

I spent more than $1300 for each of two cameras. The lenses and lighting adds up to about $10,000 more. If the budget is $1,300, you may wish to reconsider the whole SLR thing. Even a used 70D/80D and some decent EF-s lenses are going to cost way more than that.




  
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Sep 20, 2016 16:13 |  #14

Bassat wrote in post #18134551 (external link)
I spent more than $1300 for each of two cameras. The lenses and lighting adds up to about $10,000 more. If the budget is $1,300, you may wish to reconsider the whole SLR thing. Even a used 70D/80D and some decent EF-s lenses are going to cost way more than that.

What? Surly you must be joking...

DSLRs can be had for under $200 used and under $400 new... I started with a T2i and $200 Sigma 18-50/2.8-4.5 and some of my favorite shots even today were taken with that ($500) setup.

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Sep 20, 2016 17:58 |  #15

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #18134586 (external link)
What? Surly you must be joking...

DSLRs can be had for under $200 used and under $400 new... I started with a T2i and $200 Sigma 18-50/2.8-4.5 and some of my favorite shots even today were taken with that ($500) setup.

You don't need the nicest DSLR to take great pictures, you need knowledge and experience.

Agreed. If the OP (and GF) want to stay with old technology and ef-s lenses, a $1,300 kit is a quite capable. If she loves photography and gets in deep, that will be money she could have better spent on a 5D/5D2 and some fair EF glass. No way you make a well rounded collection EF glass for $1,000, leaving $300 for an old, out-of-warranty, no-longer-repaired, parts-not-available 5D. Spend $7-800 on a 5D2 and the budget goes south quickly.

5D2 $700
28 1.8 $300
50 STM $75
85 1.8 $300
(notice we're over budget already)
28-105/135 zoom $150
70-200 f/4 non-IS $450
Add some lights/modifiers/contr​ollers and the budget is approaching double the OP's stated limit. And no macro, long tele, or fast zooms. To me, that's a pretty thin kit for a good bit on the other side of $2,000.




  
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