What DLSR camera to buy?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Rustydiver, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. dean_butler

    dean_butler TLB Design Guru

    I know I have said it once but just incase.
    Canon 50d or canon 550d with sigma lens. You will love it.
     
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  3. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Mod

    There are half a dozen of us down here going through the same thing. We have decided that we will each vote for which one we like (either Canon or Nikon) & then the majority rules. With our increased buying power we reckon we can screw the shop(s) down on price & if we all purchase different 2nd lenses at the same time we will be able to pretty much cover all eventualities. Then the idea is to be able to swap the lenses between each other as we need them, we all know each other well & are all happy to lend anything to the others (partners excepted ;) ). It works for a lot of our power tools so should work fine with the lenses (we hope :- )
     
  4. I've gone and done it now, I've just bought a Canon 600D.

    Just got wait for the battery to charge up before I can play.
     
  5. Good choice, I didn't say what I have incase it swayed you at all, it needed to be your choice.

    I've got a canon 50d but started with a 350 so I know you will be happy with the 600d it is a great camera.

    Welcome to another world where your bank balance is never big enough, now you've got the camera you will start hankering for new lens and then tripods and finally filters. :)

    Oh and search for talk photography it's a very good, generally friendly and helpful, forum to get you on your way.
     
  6. Cheers mr MadFrankie and yep I've chosen my lens but it's got to wait. I want the 70>300 uis lens. Had a bit of a play tonight just got to get my head around all of the settings and not be lazy and use the A+ one all th time.
     
  7. Just get out and play, it's the easiest way.

    I put it in aperture mode most of the time and just worry about my dof, ( how blurry you want the background). It's great because for general shooting that's all you need to worry about.

    I flick to time mode or completely manual when I want to get creative such as blurry rivers or star shot etc where you need to control all the settings to get the right shot.
     
  8. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Been following this thread because I've had the same idea recently. Went for the Nikon D5100 in the end and picked it up today. Just waiting for the battery to charge up whilst reading the manual - going to take a bit of mastering I reckon.

    What sort of battery life do people find on these? Am I going to need a spare?
     
  9. Always have a spare, and always have a couple of sd cards or whatever memory card it takes.

    A) it gives peace of mind that you'll not miss THE shot because the battery ran out, especially if you are out all day taking lots of shots

    B) alternate the memory card so that if you do lose it or it fails then you won't lose all the photos

    Oh and the biggest thing is

    BACK UP REGULARLY
     
  10. Battery life seems good on the canon been playing with it over the last few days not taken any real pictures yet just button pushing to see what different settings do and how it changes things, taken a few hundred and only still half flat. For an extra £10 I got a spare canon battery and a remote IF shutter release with it.
     
  11. Now a quick question it's a 18m pixel camera, do I leave it on that or reduce the file size of pictures being taken, what's the standard size people go for. Most of us only print 6x4 pics.
    I did have a large 6x4ft banner made up of a picture I took in Venice, to put up on the fence in the garden that was taken with a 10m pixel camera and all came out great.
     
  12. Leave it as big as possible and shoot in raw mode.

    Remember you can always reduce the file size later but you can never increase it. You'd hate it if you took a picture of a cherished moment that you wanted to print out big but couldn't.

    I'd get the biggest memory cards you can afford and the camera can take.
     
  13. I've got a 8gb class 10 one fitted at the mo. Going to get a few more the cost of memory cards have come down lots since buying a big compact flash one for the fuji camera cost over £50 five yrs go.
     
  14. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Looking at Nikon spare batteries at £45 and other makes at about£10.

    Any views on getting the cheaper ones? :thinking:
     
  15. I've had some other makes do well others not so well. For a tenner it's worth a go. That's 4 batteries for the price of 1. Get 1 if it's no good at the worst it can become a 3rd spare battery.
     
  16. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Just been reading reviews on Amazon about incompatible cheap batteries. Might get the Nikon one - last thing you need is something that doesn't work at a crucial moment ;)
     
  17. Would anyone recommend the Canon EOS 350D as a starter from a Sony Dsc - P10?
     
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  20. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    I just bought the Canon 600d with the 18 - 55 lens kit and a 50 - 250 lens.
    No idea how to use it yet but am off to Cornwall for a week on Saturday so should get to try it out.
    Highly recommend www.BigNorman.com for camera stuff. Much cheaper than Jessops / LCE etc.
     

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