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Photographers, which camera??

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by steve_kibbe, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. steve_kibbe

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    I want to buy my wife a nice camera for her b-day in July and figure I better start shopping now.

    I already have a good basic digital, but I want to get her a more professional style.

    What should I look for, How much is it going to cost...

    TIA,
    Steve
     
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    Not sure exactly what you mean by "professional style" but if you are looking for something just under a DSLR, then I would recommend the Canon S3 IS. I've had this camera for about 8 months and I love it.

    You can read about it here:

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons3is/

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S3IS/S3ISA.HTM

    http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/review/90/page_1.html

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/s3is.html

    And the CK5 equivilent of user forums: http://www.canons3is.com/

    If you are looking for a DSLR, then be prepared to spend $$$ for the camera, lenses etc. I would still stick with Canon, they are the best IMHO. My brother is a professional photographer and he uses Canon exclusively.:bow:

    I believe that the illustrious colbystephens has a Canon 20D, which is a heck of a camera......definitely professional grade.:D

    Good luck in your search!:D
     
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    A 10 MP camera is film quality. And a version of a question that is asked here almost daily.......what does she plan to do with the camera?
     
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    That is a pretty loaded question. Photographers are a lot like 4 wheelers. They all have their favorite. As you see above, Canon is a big favorite of lots. I personally went with a Nikon as I have a buddy who does it for a living and that's what he uses. *shrugs* I believe you can get good pictures with any good camera.

    I like the digital SLR for the wide variety of lenses you can use. They can be pricey but they allow you to do things you wouldn't be able to do with a point and shoot.

    I don't think you need to go overboard with the resolution either. The higher the resolution = the bigger the high quality photo you can print and have it still look good basically. Mine is 6.3 MP and I can get great 8 x 10 print.

    Good luck in your search!
     
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    We bought my wife a Canon Rebel 35MM a couple of years ago. She uses it when she wants to take really good pictures that we're going to frame or use on Christmas cards. We haven't paid a photographer since she bought it.

    We've got a digital for just your everyday picture taking.
     
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    I don't know what DSLR means...

    She will use it for recreation use, she has taken photography classes before, over 4 years ago though.
    She'd like to take some more, but you kinda need to have a camera to get a good start.
    Her father is/was a amature photographer, and he uses Nikons, but I'm sure she'll be happy with anything better than what she has now.(all manual nikon, I on't remember the #?)
    I hope this helps.

    Any ideas on price
     
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    Digital Single Lens Reflex...........you actually look through the lens when framing and focusing................helps immensely!!! :wink1:

    You've seen mine, I'll let ya play with it at the Devil's Playground if'n ya haven't bought one by then..........:p:
     
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    DSLR = Digital Single Lens Reflex http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_single_lens_reflex_cameras


    I paid $380 at Best Buy for my S3 IS.....but with batteries, charger, SD card, bag etc I paid close to $500 total.:D

    If you want to see some pictures taken with the S3 IS check this out.

    http://www.canons3is.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=6

    I am not even close to being in the same league as some of those people, but it will show you what is possible.:D
     
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    style? are there features you want or does it just have to 'look cool'?

    j
     
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    It depends on what you want to spend and what you think she wants it for. Take her to a camera shop and let her look around. If you think she is serious about this, even as a hobby, I'd be looking at an SLR (digital or film is up to you).

    The Nikon F100 is a great camera, but it is big & heavy- about 2 lbs. Figure about $400-$500 for the body, new.

    We have had a Nikon D70 DSLR for about a year and half. I wouldn't trade it for anything on the market, except maybe a D80. Personally I would pass on the D50- It is lacking in the features you get for the price, especially if she wants to do things manually. The D80 body is going for as low as $350. You can get a basic package for $500 or an awesome one for around $700- that includes 2 Nikon lens, a 2 GB memory card, and a bunch of other stuff.
     
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    Also, a friend of mine mentioned the Pentax K10D. She said it was the best as far as dust and moisture sealing. I don't have any personal experience with it, though.
     
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    Choose a budget, then I can help you with a very good chioce.

    The two have to coincide with each other.
     
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    I bought a refurbished Canon 30D DLSR on ebay for $300. Body, 18-55 EF-S lens, battery, charger, and 2 GB memory card.

    I've been happy with it.
     
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    Now that's a deal!
     
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    Once you decide what you want check out Beach Camera, they usually have the best prices around.

    www.beachcamera.com
     
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    I have a Canon S2 IS, had it about a year I guess. Its a great camera so far, batteries last a while, good pics, comfortable.
     
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    I don't want to take her to a photography store because I want it to be a surprise.

    I don't mind spending $500-$700, but I can't go much more for now.
     
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    Donald, I did like you camera at Tellico, tell me more :D
     
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    Curious as to what features it is lacking? That has always been one of it's claims to fame is the features you get for the money. I use it and it does everything I want and more. Not trying to start sheeeeite, just curious what you know that I don't (which generally is a hell of a lot :-) )
     

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