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    I know we have some fabulous photographers around here and I was looking into purchasing an SLR camera (preferrably digital as film is a hassle I wish not to have ).

    So does anyone have an suggestions on models or brands that they really like? I was looking at a Canon Rebel XT that seemed like it would be good to learn on. And lenses....that's a whole other deal!

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    I have a Canon Rebel & I LOVE it. I took a community class at a local university to learn how o use the basic settings. There are TONS one online resources as well

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    I have a Nikon D60 DSLR and like it a lot.... it is a lot better camera than I am a photog.

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    nikon 3000...it was gift...i'm a big picture taker....took classes in my younger years

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    You can't go wrong with either a Nikon or Canon... the difference is really with the button locations and functions. Once you get used to one, the other would probably feel awkward.

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    I have not much knowledge when it comes to photography and photography equipment. I just read a quote from some famous photographer that said something to the effect of - "the best camera is the one you are holding when you stumble upon a photographic moment." In my case, more than likely, that's going to be my smart phone.

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    I'm a big fan of Canon. Not expensive as Nikon, and every bit as good.

    I use a Canon Rebel EOS T1i. It's a step up from the one you're looking at, I believe. I didn't click the link haha but I'm pretty sure it's the one I'm thinking of. The Canon Rebel line is great for a first DSLR for a newbie to them. The T1i is my first DSLR and it's been very good to me..I love it. I want to upgrade now to the Canon 7D as I'm really into photography, but that's a $1500 camera. Can't afford that right now, LOL.

    Lenses are so much fun too. The camera comes with an 18-55mm which is a good starter lens. I also have a telephoto lens that I got that cost more than my camera body..you'll find that happens a lot. It's a 70-300mm. I also have something I call a "nifty fifty" which is just a 50mm lens..no zoom. It's EXCELLENT in low light, the aperture gets to 1.8 which is aweeessoommmeee.

    Feel free to message me with any camera questions I love this stuff.


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    My mom has that Canon 7D...that thing is crazy! Takes really nice pics though. LOL

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    I am a Nikon person, the d3000 is a nice entry level body and you can get the kit at costco with the 18-55 lens good for everyday situations. Also, the 50mm like Lauren was saying is great, I actually love the 35mm too, it is great for indoor pictures and moving subjects like kids and dogs. I like the 35mm better because it has a little wider frame than the 50mm but they are both great. Make sure you read the compatibility of the lens with the camera because the older lenses don't have full functionality with the newer cameras. I have the nikon d5100 and I really like it a lot! Please feel free to email me with any questions! Other than my kids and my dogs my photography is my love!

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    All these fancy cameras are good but for most people a good point and shoot like both canon and nikon make will last them a lifetime. Depends on what you care to spend on your camera. We also, besides the Nikon, have a Kodak Z650 that is more of a point and shoot that takes great pix and takes video that my D60 doesn't, although the new Nikons now do videos. I think the Kodak was about $250 if I remember correctly.

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    My preference and what I use:

    Canon 7D with a 17-55 lens

    Only about $3,000.00 for the two!

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    Any camera can give you good pictures... My wife LOVES her iphone camera. I've spent our kids collage money on DSLR equipment. To each their own


    Things to keep in mind about DSLR's..
    • DSLR's are LARGE. My camera setup for my kids sporting events weighs ~6lbs. I get a better workout then the kids!
    • Good Lenses are not cheap. (my 'sports' lens cost over $2k)
    • It can get addictive. Ask my kids about it while they are at community collage


    If you want something smaller check out some of the Mirrorless cameras (or m4/3). They focus just as fast as DSLR's, have interchangeable lenses (though nobody ever changes the lenses on them).. and can be less expensive as a DSLR. A good example would be Nikons 1 series cameras.

    However... only a DSLR will give you pictures like these:

    (narrow dept of field.. smooth as butter bokeh)




    I would recommend either the Nikon 5100 ($750 w/lens) or the Nikon D7000 ($1.2k w/lens). I would also recommend picking up a prime lens (prime = fixed focus length.. non-zoom). A 35mm or 50mm prime lens will work better in low light and give you MUCH sharper images then the kit lens. It may even make you feel like a real photographer!


    Check out this site.. Its great for new photographers to the paid pro's!
    http://froknowsphoto.com/

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