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Apr 25, 2017 21:09 |  #1

I just bought a used XSi/18-55 for my 7 year old grandson. Size and weight will be fine; he can use my 6D with a small-ish prim on it just fine. He gets the basic concepts of BBAF and shutter release. I've had him shooting manual exposure and he get the knobs/dials/meter thing in rudimentary fashion. Basics of AIM, COMPOSE, SHOOT are all there. But hey, he is 7. I can't let him take my 6D home with any lens he chooses (100-400 would just be funny!).

Which leads to my question. How many of you with kids/grandkids have them working (playing?) with SLRs at this age? Premature on my part? I started at 8, but I used a no-knobs Brownie Hawkeye. I know kids break stuff, which is why I spent big ($75 - all in) on his kit. Does any one else have the kids using 'real' camera? Just curious.


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Apr 25, 2017 21:23 |  #2

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I just bought a used XSi/18-55 for my 7 year old grandson. Size and weight will be fine; he can use my 6D with a small-ish prim on it just fine. He gets the basic concepts of BBAF and shutter release. I've had him shooting manual exposure and he get the knobs/dials/meter thing in rudimentary fashion.

Good for you! I hope that he has a lot of fun with it!


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Apr 25, 2017 22:13 |  #3

My daughter was shooting with my 7d when she was 10. She started shooting for the school year book, but the equipment the school had was a bare bones rebel kit. She used my 7d and 70-200 2.8 for volleyball, and the teacher was very happy but was disappointed when she decided to not be on the committee the next year. It's never too early!


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Apr 25, 2017 22:16 |  #4

I dunno too young. Even the wife is too young I don't trust her with expensive stuff lol

I think it depends on the kid.


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Apr 25, 2017 23:16 |  #5

Hi, my 8-14 year olds have use of a DSLR anytime they like. They have even remarked about the difference in quality (compered to phones etc) and they like using it


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Apr 26, 2017 11:39 |  #6

For Christmas, we got our 6-year-old daughter an SL1 with the 40mm pancake, and she loves it. It's the perfect size/weight for her, and the touchscreen makes scrolling through images similar to phones/iPads like kids these days are already used to.


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Apr 26, 2017 11:54 as a reply to  @ JonQCanon's post |  #7

The SL1 is perfect for kids! I did the same thing, but my daughter has stopped using it (lost interest) and I just sold it with the expectation that the SL2 will be announced.

Touchscreen is perfect, especially for the cell phone/tablet generation.


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Apr 26, 2017 12:03 |  #8

My 12 year old has had his camera for several years now - I think I got one for his 8th or 9th birthday. I decided to go the bridge camera route and got him an SX50HS. He is a diehard birder and the 1200mm or whatever zoom it has was something he liked a lot. It had a lens retraction motor problem and when we sent it in to Canon, they couldn't repair it, so they sent a SX60HS as a replacement instead! The good thing about the SX60HS is that it has a DSLR form factor, full manual controls and RAW output, so he has learned how to manipulate the exposure triangle, and the RAW files are a great bonus in PP.

If kids want long lenses, the bridge camera may be a good option because long lenses get heavy in a hurry. My son was struggling with even a 300mm lens as fatigue would set in quickly. He has no problem with his SX60HS even on long 3-4 hour birding hikes.


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Apr 26, 2017 12:05 |  #9

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My 12 year old has had his camera for several years now - I think I got one for his 8th or 9th birthday. I decided to go the bridge camera route and got him an SX50HS. He is a diehard birder and the 1200mm or whatever zoom it has was something he liked a lot. It had a lens retraction motor problem and when we sent it in to Canon, they couldn't repair it, so they sent a SX60HS as a replacement instead! The good thing about the SX60HS is that it has a DSLR form factor, full manual controls and RAW output, so he has learned how to manipulate the exposure triangle, and the RAW files are a great bonus in PP.

If kids want long lenses, the bridge camera may be a good option because long lenses get heavy in a hurry. My son was struggling with even a 300mm lens as fatigue would set in quickly. He has no problem with his SX60HS even on long 3-4 hour birding hikes.

Good point, I have thought about the SX60HS too. The longest lens my daughter can hold for periods of time is the 55-250 STM. She can shoot with the 70-200, but not for very long. Forget about the 150-600...

With those bridge cameras, as long as you don't have expectations of printing large prints in all cases, they will produce good web and probably 8x10s. Should make for a great zoo camera, and I know folks like it for hockey.

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Apr 26, 2017 16:13 |  #10

I forgot about touchscreen. Not on a xsi!


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Apr 26, 2017 16:24 |  #11

I bought my two-year-old grandson a Nikon point-and-shoot. Boy, he was excited. This kid was a total gadget freak, a very curious boy. It was about four years ago now, and as far as I know, the camera has survived and is still functioning (but used rarely now).

(The pics he took were mostly awful.)


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Apr 26, 2017 16:38 |  #12

Gave my wife my olympus pen, she used it like a month now it's a paper weight. My daughter was using my old 50d with a nifty. She was doing good but it's to. Big for her. ߘ So it's now for sale ðߘ


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Apr 26, 2017 16:44 |  #13

Heya,

It's cheaper than your cellphone.

She likes to hold my other cameras, but they're just too big for her. Heck, even adults are really put off by the size of a dSLR these days, as everyone is used to a tiny smartphone with an easy touch screen camera that everything is automatic with.

My kid loves to take images with the EOS-M + 22 pancake. Touchscreen. Easy to use. Video. Small. Light weight. My daughter started playing with it around 2 years. You can get these for $150 these days. Modern enough to not be a bear in a world of touch devices and easy GUI's, etc.

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Apr 26, 2017 16:54 |  #14

My 4 year old uses a Sony Nex6 with a 30mm (45mm) she does alright but uses it on P so far and can do limited adjustments in LR, bought our son a small Point and shoot he's 7 wks old.


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Apr 26, 2017 17:25 |  #15

alex66 wrote in post #18339366 (external link)
My 4 year old uses a Sony Nex6 with a 30mm (45mm) she does alright but uses it on P so far and can do limited adjustments in LR, bought our son a small Point and shoot he's 7 wks old.

I bet you've already gotten some decent shots of the inside of his mouth. :)


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