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Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by chadcharb, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. chadcharb

    chadcharb Well-Known Member VIP

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    I know there are a few guys here that take theyre photagraphy pretty serious so I figured I would ask.

    With the kid on the way and me gettting more serious about my outdoor activities i want to get a real camera to shoot with. I want to get a entry-mid level DSLR that i can also shoot video with. When i was younger i took a ton of pictures and had a canon eos rebel 35mm and have all my lenses left over from that still so if there is a camera I could re-use my lenses with that would be even better. thanks fellas
     
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    Canon has a lot of nice offerings in the level your looking for. If you have many nice lenses, Id stay with that platform for sure.
     
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    chadcharb Well-Known Member VIP

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    so they swap from 35mm to digital? if so that would be killer
     
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    Yea they interchange. But most mid level DSLRs have a crop sensor so they magnify 35mm lens images by 1.5. For example, I mount a full frame (35mm) 70-200mm on my crop sensor body, and the actual zoom range is 105-300mm.
     
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    Do you know what lenses you already have?
     
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    i have a 35-80 1:4-5.6
    and a 100-300 1:4.5-6.7 one is a canon lens and the the other is a quantaray
     
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    Ok, I asked incase it would be worth it to keep what you had and buy a Canon body for em. The 35-80 would be a decent starter, but I wouldnt buy a Canon body just to keep that lens.

    I dont have experience with the D3200, but one complaint I have with smaller Nikons is the size and button layout. Neither of which would be a problem for casual shooting.

    You might check out Glazers too. Its a camera store in Seattle. They might have a better fitting kit for you. They have a great web site, and the storefront is pretty cool to go check out. Customer service has always been good to me.
     
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    Yup!

    One thing I might suggest, is getting a body and medium zoom over a body and 2 lens kit. Ive always had wide angles and long zooms and find myself wanting the middle ground a lot.

    In the Nikon line, the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 would be a good option. It wont reach out for great wildlife photos, but itd work good for photographing your take.
     
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    My "stable" has 15 canon xt, xti, t3i and D60 bodies. I like them all and they have been work horses for my staff. We average 30,000 photos a year. The lenses work fine but you do get what you pay for. I have been getting some great used equipment/lenses from a site online. Roberts camera if I remember correctly. I can get you the link if you want. Nikon/Canon are a horse a piece and it basically comes down to personal preference. I would see if I could get a great used body then get one or two quality lenses that aren't "kit" lenses.

    http://robertscamera.com/?SID=sqvkk3id9vutn13ubesa1gqr81
     
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    before you decide which brand you want, go hold them and use them.

    yeah, the nikon may be a little better of a deal, but its not worth it if its uncomfortable or you hate the layout.
     
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    good advice guys thanks. @chestercheeto48 what do you do for work?

    and have you ever bought any of there refurb stuff?
     
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    I have a Canon 50D, good camera for mid-entry DSLR. I think they're up to the 70D now?

    The 6D is a great deal for more of the mid-pro level with a full frame sensor.

    You'll be happy with either the Nikon or the Canon. The Nikon is a little easier to use (IMO).
     
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    I teach high school and advise our yearbook staff so the cameras see your typical use and abuse. I have bought a bunch of used/refurbished bodies and lenses off their site. I was given their name by a pro photog that works for the Milwaukee journal and he uses them. If you want I can get you a direct email to their head of sales or something like that. The main reason we went through them is their pricing, reputation and the fact that they will work to make you happy. Pm me if you want.
     
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    I'm a die-hard Nikon guy but if I had a ton of Canon lenses, even I would pick up a Canon.
     
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    In all honestly those lens aren't worth using as a deciding factor in what platform you are going to go with.

    IMO you do good to get on Ebay, and pick up one of the last generation Nikon bodies, D7000, D90, hell a D200, DO NOT SPEND A TON ON A BODY!!!! it will be "outdated" in six months, they are as bad as computers, but the fact is ANY respectable manufacturer's camera made in the last four years is fine for your needs, buy a cheaper body and spend the extra on glass, period, end of story, fucking /thread/
     
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    Those lenses are if money is a factor. Why start totally over if he doesn't have to. I would rather have a good body and a variety of mediocre lenses that I can replace than totally ditch everything and start over from scratch. Most "prosumer" type people will be just fine with mediocre lenses to start out with. I would recommend getting a solid canon body so you can use your current lenses then start to identify which lenses you use most and replace them with higher end versions as you can. Like I mentioned before I have a ton of cameras with the standard kit lenses and medium telephoto lenses that they use everyday. I then start to upgrade the glass as soon as we can.
     
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    That is completely ass backwards. The glass is what is important, sticking some old lens that's in who know what condition in front of some $2000 fancy schmancy body is lipstick on a pig. You could be rocking a $6,000+ D3x and put an old ass Quantaray POS on it that D3x isn't going to magically make the pictures good. There's a damn good reason why good lens cost more than the camera bodies they go on. But what do I know :rolleyes:

    Of course I doubt the OP is talking about investing G's into a camera, so any mid level body and kit lens would probably be able to shoot far beyond his needs.
     
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    EXACTLY. if my skills start to progress so can my equipment
     
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