October 9, 2013

Advice Needed - DSLR Camera Shopping

So, my birth month is rapidly approaching (yes, I said month!), and the hubs has been asking for my birthday/Christmas wish list. Of course there are a few trinkets and such on there, but I've really had my eye on a DSLR camera!

Or a puppy.
(but that got vetoed.)

Ever since I've started this humble little blog, I've been dying to learn how to capture beautiful photos of my own and share them. If I got a DSLR, I would have a blast learning the ins and outs of a big girl camera.

But first I have to know which one to go for.
This is where you come in...



1 //  What DSLR camera do you recommend and why?
2 //  Do I need to add specific lenses to my wish list too?
3 //  What about editing software? Any faves?
4 //  How did you learn to use it? Tips/tricks?


I would love to have a camera that could beautifully photograph food as well as everyday photos.
Any help, advice, or recommendation are gladly welcomed!

{eeek!}


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10 comments:

  1. I would go with newest Canon Rebel, that is what another blogger suggested to me. Good luck with deciding!!

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  2. I've got the Nikon D5100 and love it. It takes beautiful pictures with the kit lens, but the range is limited. I'm going to ask for a new 50mm lens this Christmas too. I don't use any special photo editing software-- just picasa and picmonkey usually. I have Photoshop Elements but don't really know how to use it. Haha.

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  3. Hey lady! I wrote a whole blog post about why I went with a refurbished older Canon Rebel. I'd explain here, but you'll get a better picture if you read my post!

    Let me know if it's any help!

    Why I Bought a Refurbished Canon Rebel

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  4. Hey lady!! I am a Canon lover over here. (I just posted about my two most recent sessions, both shot with a canon and a 50mm 1.4 lens) http://jaxandmarbles.blogspot.com/2013/10/two-more-photo-sessions.html
    I definitely would recommend starting with their Rebel series. I started with the Rebel T3, but there are definitely more advanced ones now. And the 50mm 1.4 lens is AMAZING. its about $300. Or you can go with the 50mm 1.8 lens which is about half the price and its a fabulous lens too! Good luck lady! :)

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  5. Definitely NIKON! I first started with a Nikon D3000 in March 2010 (the equivalent is D3200 I believe now). In January 2012, I upgraded to the more professional model D7000 (there's a newer version of that, that just came out).

    Definitely get a 50mm. It is a perfect portrait lens!

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  6. 100% Canon Rebel. Keep in mind that it's not always about the camera body, the lens plays a huge role!

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  7. I use a Canon Rebel T3i which I bought earlier this year and told the sales associate at Best Buy that I specifically wanted to photograph food. He said there was no need to upgrade to the newer model unless I was planning to do lots of videos. As far as the lens... I did purchase another one at the time, but have been super content with the original one that came with my camera (for now!).

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  8. Yep, the Canon Rebel T3i is a perfect entry level camera. I'd suggest getting a lens with a better zoom rather than the kit lens (18-55mm) that it comes with. You can often upgrade to a better lens when you buy it rather than buying a 2nd one. Let me know if you need more help with lenses. Oh, and my biggest suggestion is actually take time to learn the camera - don't just put it on auto mode! It's about the photographer, not the camera. :-) -Lindy

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  9. Canon Rebel T3i all the way!!! I agree with Hannah - no need to get newest version unless you're planning to shoot lots of videos.

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  10. I personally love Nikon, but that is just my preference. I started out with a Canon Rebel but switched to Nikon a few months later. I feel Nikon's menu's and buttons are easier to use and navigate. Nikon D3100 or D7000 would be my suggestion for you, and definitely pick up a 50 mm f/1.8. They're very affordable and great for everyday!

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