Saturday, January 24, 2009

Help with cameras?

So I'm looking into buying a digital SLR camera, and wondered if anyone who reads this has any pointers on what to look for, or any suggestions to help steer me in the right direction.

At the moment I'm leaning toward a Canon or Nikon, though I'd consider other brands. I don't want to spend more than a thousand for the body and the lens. I'd prefer to spend a good bit less, but that's my limit.

I talked to some people at a camera store, and they didn't seem impressed with the Nikons. They recommended either Canon or Pentax, due to the quality of the pictures in comparison with Nikon. Not sure how true that is (or how noticeable of a difference in quality there is). I'm hoping to get some more info on that and ask around for more brand/model recommendations.

I have done a good bit of research on my own, and I have a couple of sites people have given me that have reviews and information about different types of cameras. I'm always looking for more info though...I'm new to all of this and don't have a clue what I'm doing. The sites I have are very helpful, but also get a bit technical for someone like me. I'd really like someone who can explain different features to me in a way that I'd actually understand.

So, if anyone out there can help, please comment or drop me a message on MSN. Any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!


Jadey said...

Ok first off, Camera people can be rather snobbish towards the Nikons. I don't quite know why.
My Art teacher has both a Nikon and a Canon.
Personally I prefer the Nikon. But thats because I now have one.
Canons are possibly the best ones to to buy but are usually pretty expensive.
The quality of the image of the Nikon is actually pretty good.

I'm not sure on all the in's and outs though.
I will ask Amy, as she knows a bit on cameras she might be able to help you out.

However, like you said, not wanting to spend too much on the lens/base itself. Lens, in all honesty, mine is on 55, and unless you plan on actually using like zoom etc then the lens doesn't really matter atm.
If you want to zoom Get Closer. Well that's what Penders says.

Personally though, I'm torn, I really like the Nikons, but truth be told if I'd have had the money I'd of gotten a Canon.

I might have more helpful advice later.

Jarannis Orranis (Chris) said...

I got my mother a Nikon D60 packaged with the included lens, and it's actually a really nice camera for the price. You could probably spend a bit more than I did, but I'd definitely suggest the D60 if you're not looking for superduperultrafancy.
Image quality is AWESOME.

That's not to say the D60 doesn't have a lot of features, though.

Jadey said...

I have it Jar :)
Its awesome :)

Niall said...

I helped :D

Personally, I'd say go for a Canon. They might be a bit more pricey, but they're always recommended.