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Posted 10/4/2013 by ray_of_sunshine in General Photography


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Posted: 10/4/2013 6:37:10 PM
I am an amateur...what cameras do you recommend? And where do you recommend I shop? I live out in the middle of nowhere, so online is easiest. I'm willing to wait until Black Friday, if anyone knows of a place that usually has good deals. TIA!


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Posted: 10/5/2013 12:10:21 AM
Reputable online sites are Bhphotovideo.com, adorama.com, mpex.com, calumet.com and amazon.con

I prefer shopping as locally as I can because it helps build a good relationship with a place that can help me if I need help. Even if you live in the middle of no where it may well be worth your time finding a brick and mortar store in your general area. Go hold as many as you can. Some may feel right and some may feel wrong. Too big, too small, too heavy, to lightweight.... when you pick up the one that feels right you have found the best model to start with for you.

You'll notice the reputable sites typically run about the same prices. If you find a place with a wildly lower price is is most likely to be a scam business.

Canon and Nikon are the big names. Pentax and Olympus are smaller companies. Their gear is good quality but it can be on the limited side for accessories, extra lenses etc if you decide to invest more in your hobby.

Beyond that, the differences in cameras are really rather negligible in the basics until you have experience shooting dslr and know why you want, or don't want, a particular "bell and whistle" Its those bells and whistles [extra features] that drive the price up between models and may not pertain to your shooting needs at all.

Go for the newest model your budget can afford as it will have repair and support available for the longest time period.

Canon shooters love their canons. Nikon shooters love their nikons. Pentaxians are loyal to their pentax and on it goes.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:52:16 AM
I agree with voltagain about the advantages of getting to a real bricks and mortar store where you can see and hold the cameras, if at all possible. Having said that, if it is a long trip for you, I'd do some research on line before going. At least get an idea of what the different models and brands cost in the online stores so that you know which ones are in your budget category and have a basic idea of the features each one offers. You may find you can narrow the options down quite a bit by doing that and then go and hold them and see where the various buttons are, and how easy to use each one seems to you. By doing some prior research you'll also have a better idea of what questions to ask the sales person and be less likely to be swayed overly much just by his or her personal preferences of camera.

Before you buy, think about what kind of photography you think you want to do and if any of the cameras have features which seem to lend themselves especially well to that. For me, I'd probably consider Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony among the brands to check out.

Of course you can also check out online reviews of the various cameras and while a lot of the techno jargon may go over you head, at this point, there is usually a summary which will give you an idea of what that reviewer sees as the positive and negatives of that camera.


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Posted: 10/8/2013 8:33:18 PM
I just got my first dslr. I got a Nikon D3200 and absolutely love it!!
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Posted: 10/10/2013 6:39:00 AM
You can't go wrong with the entry level DSLRs from either Canon or Nikon. Both make excellent cameras with avid fan bases.

I would order online from a camera shop like B&H Photo.

In your shoes, I would be tempted to buy whatever the newest, entry level model is. But you might also consider a used or refurbished camera. Skip the kit lens and buy a 50mm lens.

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