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Offline phoenix

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DSLR's
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:55:41 AM »
Hey gang. It's Christmas shopping time. My daughter is lined up for a (high school) independent study class focused on photography and image editing. The instructor suggested a Nikon D3200 initially.  A package deal to include a basic lens, and some other accessories it more than I really want to spend ($550+). I would prefer to buy new, but I'm shopping the local ads to see what is available.

So anyway, looking for advise / suggestions / feedback on alternatives like:
* Nikon D3100 or D3000
* Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, others?
* Sony A3000

I'm not aiming for a professional camera, but also don't want to be locked in to limitted lenses, flakey software or other unknow bugs, poor reliability, whatever.

if you have had good experience with a model not on the list, please share.
All in, I would like to keep it closer to $350.

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Re: DSLR's
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2013, 02:48:22 PM »
I have had the Nikon D3100 for a little over a year. Dragged it up on sand dunes, pack it in the topbox on the bike. No problem or issues, been very reliable. I don't know if you can get a package with a D3100 for $350 however.
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Re: DSLR's
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 07:57:17 PM »
We have the canon t3i and a prime (canon 50mm) lens. Fantastic.   Yeah, getting a package for $350 new will be tough.  Check the DPReview forums.  Plenty of used cameras on there.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums


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Re: DSLR's
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2013, 12:08:33 AM »
We have the canon t3i and a prime (canon 50mm) lens. Fantastic.   Yeah, getting a package for $350 new will be tough.  Check the DPReview forums.  Plenty of used cameras on there.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums


The T2i is basically the same camera without the articulated LCD. It still might be tough to hit $350 but it should come in cheaper than the T3i.

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Re: DSLR's
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2013, 09:47:16 AM »
We have the canon t3i and a prime (canon 50mm) lens. Fantastic.   Yeah, getting a package for $350 new will be tough.  Check the DPReview forums.  Plenty of used cameras on there.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums


thanks for the link. lots of good info over there. I just wish they had a list of DSLR's that is sorted by price, but price isn't always constant. :(

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Re: DSLR's
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2013, 09:50:03 AM »
I think at your price point you should seek out a local shop and some decent used gear.

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Re: DSLR's
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2013, 10:44:36 AM »
It's your daughter's choice of course...but having owned 3 DSLR's (and having two now plus a bunch of lenses) I've decided they're more hassle than they're worth. (I'm sure Kendenton would disagree...)

I've just found the best camera is the one you have with you—and over the years, that seems never to be my DSLR. It's so bulky I just don't feel like dragging it around with me. My current alternative is this, a Panasonic Lumix FZ-150...

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...but even this has gotten too damn big for me.  :( So now I'm saving my money for one of these:

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Very small, feels awesome in your hands (built like a tank) and takes GORGEOUS photos (even in incredibly low light). It's a fixed lens, and costs $1200...but I like the idea of going old school and zooming with my feet.  :thumbsup:

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Re: DSLR's
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2013, 11:08:21 AM »
Check Out Cameta Camera for used gear. I've bought from them before and was very happy.

http://www.cameta.com/used-equipment.cfm