DSLR help. Which one?

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Posted 1/4/2014 by luv my son in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 95,467
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Posted: 1/4/2014 2:03:19 AM
All of my pictures taken indoor are coming out very dark. I want to upgrade to a DSLR. Any suggestions?

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PeaNut 172,256
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Posted: 1/4/2014 5:57:43 AM
We have the Nikon d5000 it takes awesome pics we got it for sports and are very happy with it and it feels good in the hands I suggest u going and holding different cameras before purchasing some cameras may be too heavy or too big in the hand. Good luck.


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Posted: 1/4/2014 7:05:36 AM
Bought myself a Samsung NX2000 for Christmas and its an amazing camera. And after my dd used it she bought herself one. Overstock has a package deal with 4 lenses at a great price.

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Posted: 1/4/2014 7:17:26 AM
I have the Nikon D5200 which his basically the same camera that Twinkles mentioned just a newer model and though I'm just a beginner with the kit lens I really like the camera. I would also look at the Canon G16 which is a high end p&s. I'm kind of wanting that just so I have something smaller and easier until I get the DSLR figured out and can purchase the lens I want. Just a thought!
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Posted: 1/4/2014 9:41:36 AM
I am a Canon girl-- I just updated to a 70D from the Rebel line. Both companies produce great cameras. I would suggest determining which camera you feel more comfortable with and stick with it. That way if you update your camera, you can still use the lenses you buy for them (Canon lenses don't work on Nikon). There are some lenses (Tamron) that are usable with either. Happy shopping!!

Another suggestion-- look on the web for sites and youtube videos on that give reviews for cameras.


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Posted: 1/4/2014 9:52:28 AM
Check out http://www.dpreview.com/ for reviews, videos, sample photos, etc on pretty much every digital camera out there. It's a pretty good site that makes it really easy to compare cameras. They also have lists of cameras for beginners, etc. It's also a good idea to go to a store and hold different cameras. Find one that is comfortable for you.

ETA: The photography course here at 2Peas is pretty good. Link is here, and the photography board is great too!

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PeaNut 95,467
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Posted: 1/4/2014 10:00:41 AM
Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.


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Posted: 1/4/2014 12:17:58 PM
I just bought a Canon T5i, which was recommended for a beginner in the DSLR world. I just bought the body and two Tamron lenses. I went to a camera shop that sells nothing but cameras. I explained that I wanted better pictures, that I have teens, and that I specifically wanted to take pictures of my daughter on stage and my son playing night time football games.

I got a basic lens (Tamron 18-270mm) and a long range lens that lets in a lot of light (Tamron SP 70-200mm). I've had the camera for a few days now and love the pics. It snowed here the other night and the night time snow pics are beautiful. And I got some great pictures of the puppy in the snow. The camera is really fast and so far, I'm happy.

Now I just need to learn how to use it. That was my New Years resolution--to learn to use a DSLR and to get my photos in order.

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Posted: 1/4/2014 1:18:12 PM
I just recently upgraded from a canon 3ti to a canon 70d.

My house is kind of dark, and most of the time i need to use an external flash indoors. With the external flash, my photos come out much better than my non-dslr camera though. There's not reallly a huge difference between my non-dslr and my on-board dslr flash. If someone is near a window, I can get away with no flash at all.


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