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Old May 6, 2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'd be very grateful for some advice... I have about 1000$ to spend on a new camera. I am a relatively experienced photographer, I like to have the settings on manual, and am very comfortable working with f-stop and shutter speed, etc. but I also like automatic settings which work well. I have a Nikon F1, but have been satisfied with my Canon S80 for far too long. Now it is time to buy something more substantial digitally, and I am overwhelmed with the selection. There are more than a dozen canon eos's which one to choose? or a Nikon? or something else...
somethings I don't need:
lots of gadgets or 'creative' filters... (I like to have my photos vanilla, and play with them in photoshop if need be)
WIFI or anything to quickly update my facebook or other social media
though HDMI could be nice...
as would decent rapid-fire and good low light performance.
any advice much appreciated
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Old May 6, 2012, 11:41 AM   #2
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What do you want to shoot?

Almost any modern dSLR will do what you want, so it will probably come down to whether the selection of lenses for a particular camera will cover the range of your needs, and whether the ergonomics of the camera meet your expectations. If you can't comfortably hold a camera, if you can't find the controls and commands when you need them, you'll miss shots and be dissatisfied with the camera. So a second question is this: Is there a good brick-and-mortar camera store near you where you can try out different cameras to see if they fit?
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Old May 6, 2012, 6:11 PM   #3
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Thank you TCav for the helpful response.
you're right, the lens is very important, and might be even just as expensive as the body. Which is more important? Answering your second question first, I don't have a good camera store around here, so I feel a bit at a loss, trying to figure out what to order sight unseen.

I shoot a lot of different things. Being an artist, I have to document my own work and processes. I also shoot for other artists. I take photos that go into my work, lots of portraits and group shots of people, but also streetscapes, landscapes.... I increasingly use the movie feature, and, rather than take a still, shoot a few seconds of video. That is one area I would like the precise flexibility of an advanced slr for: taking HD video (with lots of exposure/dof control for example). I do a lot of night photography, but rarely use flash or fills, rather I prefer using available light and long exposures, though I suppose I will do some experiments with flash in the future.


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The kit lenses from Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony are all reasonably good and reasonably priced. If I had to choose from among them, I'd go with the Canon. But there are other lenses that can do a better job for some of what you want to do.

The unstabilized Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a very good lens, and an excellent lens for the money. When mounted on a stabilized body from Pentax or Sony, it will cover most of what you say you want. It won't be silent, however, so you'll hear the AF while recording video. For that you might want the Sigma 17-70 HSM. It's stabilized, silent, faster (for low light shooting), and has a better zoom range.
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depends on what you want, if having a decent all around lens is important. I would look at the t3i with the ef-s 18-135 IS lens. It is not as fast as the 2.8 zoom, but it has a very good range for everyday stuff.

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