Purchase advice
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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:01:08 PM
Hi all,

I am at a crossroads in my photography hobby and would really like some advice if anyone has any.

My Canon digital Rebel XTi is dead. I wore out the shutter (go me! I got my money's worth out of that camera for sure).

My dilemma is that I think I want to downgrade to a point & shoot (like a Canon G12 or it's newer variety) or maybe to something like an Olympus OM-D OR maybe get a T3i.

Towards the end of my Rebel's life, I was not using it like I used to, I was using my crappy point & shoot or my iPhone. We went to Italy last year and I only used my crappy P&S and my iPhone and I gotta say I'm pretty happy with the pictures (they say the best camera is the one you have with you, right?) I did miss being able to manually control the camera and changing the ISO easily, but not enough to really regret not taking my dSLR.

So, that is where my dilemma lies, do I sell my lenses (I only have 2) and just get a decent point & shoot or will I regret not getting a new camera body?

I know you guys probably won't be able to answer that for me, but if any of you have gone through this, I'd appreciate your advice!

Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:14:05 PM
Take a look at Nikon's Coolpix s80.

It's really slim, fits nicely in a coat pocket or purse. Take beautiful shots.

Here's a set I did with it last spring:

ETA: I will say that not having any kind of control over the ISO etc was always frustrating. Always. Now that I have a true DSLR, I can't imaging even touching my Coolpix. Sad enough, but there it is.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:21:54 PM
I would definitely sell your lenses and get what you want now. There may be a point, later in your life, that you will want another DSLR but cross that bridge when you get there.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:51:36 PM
Thanks for giving me permission to sell my lenses! Every time I ask my DH, he says he doesn't care and to do whatever I want. So not helpful! LOL

While I am intrigued by the Nikon, I'm a brand loyalist and will probably go with a Canon G15. I keep going back to that one and get distracted by all the other ones on the market.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:06:48 PM
What lenses will you be selling? My husband is getting my old camera body (I just got a 60d) and is in the market for lenses!


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:44:28 PM
If you can make a major trip like going to Italy, use a p&s without regrets I'd say you have turned a corner in your camera needs/wants. Go with the camera you will USE and not feel obligated to tote around more gear than you want to carry. Sell the lenses and get the camera you want.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:48:51 PM
Yeah, that's kind of what I thought voltagain. I did actually bring my DLSR to Italy but a. it was so cold when we were there I had a hard time working with it with my gloves on & b. the shutter kept getting stuck open and I just got frustrated. I shed a lot of tears in Milan when I couldn't shoot the photos of the Duomo that I wanted (never mind the fact that we were in Milan 3 years earlier & I took about 300 photos of the Duomo with my DSLR back then!) and then I smacked myself in the head and said "I'm in Italy, I still have 2 cameras that work and I need to get over myself". I had my camera looked at and they said the shutter was kaput when I got back.

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Posted: 1/18/2013 1:45:50 AM
I'm sure that there are better point and shoots out there but mine always seemed to leg too much when snapping that special moment. I am no expert w/the DSLR but I wouldn't give mine up for any point and shoot.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:10:52 PM
I have an xti.. I'm kind of scared you said your shutter wore out.

My friend works for Olympus and they've just come out with a camera only slightly bugger than a p&s with dslr controls and a tiny lens. I can't recall the name.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:58:17 PM
I have the G12 on my wish list. One of my photog profs carries his around all the time, even when he is carrying his 5D Mark II. He did an entire shoot for a magazine with the G12. Its a great camera and really affordable.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:42:10 PM
Let me know what lens you may have to sell I'm looking for one in specific

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