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Old 02-22-2019, 07:58 AM   #1
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Question Camera Recommendation

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I know ZERO about photography or equipment other than what was posted in the above thread and what I've read in my bit of googling. With a vacation quickly approaching, I decided to bite the bullet. I really admire some of the photography posted on here and I could see it potentially becoming a hobby. I would like to heed SnakeLover's advice and buy a decent camera and eventually splurge on nice lenses. Just looking to get my foot in the door for now, though.

So to you pros and those more experienced than I (not saying much), please recommend a beginner-friendly camera and first lens in the 350-500 price range just to get me started. Not sure if that's even reasonable.

SLR
- Canon EOS Rebel T6 seems to have pretty good reviews. Though, there were contradictory viewpoints regarding the model on the other thread.
- Sony Alpha A5000L

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What about mirrorless cams? What are the advantages? From my research, I've gathered that the Lumix is decent. Just seems that the mirrorless cams in my price range have pretty low resolution.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
- Sony Alpha A6000

Are there any other models I should consider? Any gear besides backup battery that is absolutely essential? Any other tips for a beginner? I look forward to getting started!

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Tim

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Old 02-23-2019, 05:52 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2019, 09:38 PM   #3
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I started out with the canon T-series cameras and I have no complaints. They have enough features that you'll likely be under utilizing it unless you really dive in, and if you do, you'll want to upgrade again before too long.

Out of curiosity, what types of photos do you see yourself shooting? That will determine what types of lenses you should target in a big way.
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Old 02-23-2019, 09:46 PM   #4
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If you can find a used Canon 7D for around 300-400, that might be a good route to go too. Then you can grab a lens or two depending on what you think you'll be shooting. I'd probably try to track down a 55-250mm lens and then see if someone is getting rid of their kit lens (usually 18-55mm or 18-135mm) for pretty cheap.
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Out of all those cameras I'd pick a used A6000 body and a decent used lens. You can usually score them for around $200 or so and drop the rest of the cash on a decent 50mm 1.8 prime or their 18-150 (i think thats the range) zoome and you will be good to go
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Thanks for the input, fellas.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:48 PM   #7
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Out of curiosity, what types of photos do you see yourself shooting? That will determine what types of lenses you should target in a big way.
Apart from the usual vacation pics, it'll most likely be utilized for wildlife/landscape pics. I realize those may require diff lenses.
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:32 PM   #8
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I was in your boat a month or so back. I wanted a good camera and was trying to decide between Mirrorless or DSLR. I ended up getting a used Canon 7D for 350.00 in excellent condition. I was looking for something with a fairly high FPS for shooting moving things like wildlife and my 18month old. Iíve been really happy with it so far.


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I was in your boat a month or so back. I wanted a good camera and was trying to decide between Mirrorless or DSLR. I ended up getting a used Canon 7D for 350.00 in excellent condition. I was looking for something with a fairly high FPS for shooting moving things like wildlife and my 18month old. Iíve been really happy with it so far.


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Those seem to be good cameras!

The A6000 shoots 11FPS for what it's worth... I captured some pretty good action shots with mine! It'll fill up a memory card shooting raw QUICK lol
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Those seem to be good cameras!



The A6000 shoots 11FPS for what it's worth... I captured some pretty good action shots with mine! It'll fill up a memory card shooting raw QUICK lol


Yeah I know they will. I just already had a couple Canon lenses so I bought the 7D body only


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Those seem to be good cameras!



The A6000 shoots 11FPS for what it's worth... I captured some pretty good action shots with mine! It'll fill up a memory card shooting raw QUICK lol


Yeah I know they will. I just already had a couple Canon lenses so I bought the 7D body only


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I'm a noob so take it for what its worth but I have the a6000 with kit lens and the
55-210.
so far I love it and have zero complaints, my wife has a high dollar cannon DSLR but I like the size of my mirrorless for better to carry around and use.

I'm learning as I go so I don't see the need for better lenses until I get better than what I have now. I've seen some pretty amazing shots done with a kit lens thanks to good composition and post processing.

There's videos on YouTube that are "cheap camera challenge" by Jessica Kobeissi where her and a couple of pros take extremely cheap toy cameras and each shoot the same model with the same camera, the photos they get from those cheap cameras actually turn out pretty good because they have all the other basics covered. I believe if you suck your still going to suck with high dollar gear, like bad form and technique with a high dollar quality bow

Like I said I'm a noob and am nowhere near the photographer these other guys are so this is just my opinion on it all
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I'm a noob so take it for what its worth but I have the a6000 with kit lens and the
55-210.
so far I love it and have zero complaints, my wife has a high dollar cannon DSLR but I like the size of my mirrorless for better to carry around and use.

I'm learning as I go so I don't see the need for better lenses until I get better than what I have now. I've seen some pretty amazing shots done with a kit lens thanks to good composition and post processing.

Like I said I'm a noob and am nowhere near the photographer these other guys are so this is just my opinion on it all
Hey, man... This is exactly what I was looking for. Real-world experience from someone in the same boat as me... or was recently.

I've been looking pretty seriously at a lightly-used A6000.

I appreciate the input.
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Hey, man... This is exactly what I was looking for. Real-world experience from someone in the same boat as me... or was recently.



I've been looking pretty seriously at a lightly-used A6000.



I appreciate the input.


No problem, here’s one of my daughter I shot with the 55-210 lens...my mom was sitting in front of me holding her and she was not happy that grandma said no more cookies (I know it could be better but I’m pleased with it)


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No problem, here’s one of my daughter I shot with the kit lens...my mom was sitting in front of me holding her and she was not happy that grandma said no more cookies (I know it could be better but I’m pleased with it)
Great!

After doing a bunch of reading the last week, I'm leaning towards an A6000 bundle for now. Body, battery, charger, soft case, 16-50mm lens, editing software, etc for $600.

Going to do a bit of shooting and familiarizing myself w/ the cam before purchasing my next lens in time for vacation.
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awesome, I think you'll like it and there's a ton of videos on YouTube on how to use it and the different settings
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If you can find a used Canon 7D for around 300-400, that might be a good route to go too. Then you can grab a lens or two depending on what you think you'll be shooting. I'd probably try to track down a 55-250mm lens and then see if someone is getting rid of their kit lens (usually 18-55mm or 18-135mm) for pretty cheap.
Agreed along these lines. If I could start over I would go find a used full frame camera and get one decent lens. Then stop spending money on it until you know how to use it inside and out and know how you'll actually use it.
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Great!

After doing a bunch of reading the last week, I'm leaning towards an A6000 bundle for now. Body, battery, charger, soft case, 16-50mm lens, editing software, etc for $600.

Going to do a bit of shooting and familiarizing myself w/ the cam before purchasing my next lens in time for vacation.
You won't be disappointed! It's a killer little camera.

Is that price for a new camera? If you don't mind going the used route you can probably score the camera with the kit lens for around $350 or so or a used body and the sony 50mm F1.8 prime (which will give you WAY better results than the kit lents) for around $600

I shot Moonspell, Amorphis and Dark Tranquillity in concert last year with my old A6000 and an ancient Helios 44m 58mm manual focus film camera lens. It was the last time I used that camera before I sold it to Sneaky on here and upgraded it to a Fuji XT1 They aren't the "best" photos but they are honestly some of my favorite pics I have ever taken.

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Agreed along these lines. If I could start over I would go find a used full frame camera and get one decent lens. Then stop spending money on it until you know how to use it inside and out and know how you'll actually use it.


Thatís the idea for now. Iím looking forward to diving in and learning the features and getting to know the camera before dumping a bunch of money into it. I was thinking about doing it the other way around though... starting with the kit lens and buying a nicer one down the road once I learn the ins and outs. Iíd be concerned starting with the 55-210mm. Isnít that too much lens for portrait type stuff or just everyday stuff around the ranch?




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Great!

After doing a bunch of reading the last week, I'm leaning towards an A6000 bundle for now. Body, battery, charger, soft case, 16-50mm lens, editing software, etc for $600.

Going to do a bit of shooting and familiarizing myself w/ the cam before purchasing my next lens in time for vacation.
Iím about to list a lightly used a6000 in the classifieds. It will come with a extra battery. We purchased our 3rd A7iii so no need for this guy anymore

Iím in SW Houston so we can meet up also.

Shoot me a pm if you are interested
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Thatís the idea for now. Iím looking forward to diving in and learning the features and getting to know the camera before dumping a bunch of money into it. I was thinking about doing it the other way around though... starting with the kit lens and buying a nicer one down the road once I learn the ins and outs. Iíd be concerned starting with the 55-210mm. Isnít that too much lens for portrait type stuff or just everyday stuff around the ranch?




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That lens will be an equivalent focal length of about 83-310mm when you figure in the crop factor for the a6000 sensor. It will be great for posed portraits and wildlife but might be a little tight in for more casual and candid portraits or if you are trying to capture more of the scene.
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Nikon D850 is a good camera in 2o19.Thanks to sophisticated 153-point AF system and 9fps burst shooting speed, the D850 is and incredibly versatile piece of kit, just a home shooting action and wildlife as it is landscapes and portraits.
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Want to bump this up-- looking for recommendations on a decent camera for carrying on hunts, mostly backcountry.

Looking at the Sony RX100 series cameras. Any other similar size/quality recommendations??
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I got a Pentax K-S2 - pretty good features for the price

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I have both a T5i and an A6000 and 90% of the time, I will grab the Alpha. To me (a novice as well) the Alpha is just almost idiot proof and quick for action shots.



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Want to bump this up-- looking for recommendations on a decent camera for carrying on hunts, mostly backcountry.

Looking at the Sony RX100 series cameras. Any other similar size/quality recommendations??
I believe Michael bought one of these for this reason. Perhaps he will see this and comment. I'm all in on Sony products.
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