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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera for keen 9 year old.
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:45:06 PM »
I would suggest you look a a dead brand, say Olympus 4/3rds such as a E420, that way it is dirt cheap. If he shows talent than sell it and buy a suitable Canon. The advantage of the olympus is that they are a bit smaller and lighre (I think my original one was lighter than the SL1) and they sell so cheap because nobody wants to but into a dead system - but it cannot get any worse for you.

Pentax DSLRs also work with old (and cheap) pentax glass so they could be a good choice.

For Canon it does not really matter just get the cheapest but bear in mind even the cheap ones will keep getting cheaper as Canon keep bringing out new models - The plus I am guessing is you may be a Canon owner yourself since you are on here so they could be sharing opportunities.

As to glass, if you can I advise a fixed prime 1/ so they can learn about depth of field and 2/ it really does help you learn. I went 6 months with a 50mm only on my canon and it is still the lens I leave mounted in the bag even though my kit has grown a lot. You have lots of DOF option, fast focus and one less thing (zoom) to think about adjusting in a good photo.

I know the use a prime only advise has big opionions on both sides but I can say it helped me greatly and I am glad I chose to do it (plus it is dirt cheap for shallow DOF)

Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: February 10, 2013, 06:19:49 PM »
Simply Put: Market share.

My first DSLR was an olympus (purchased because of the advertised uniformity of the 4/3rds system) and shortly after they stopped making DSL as they were struggling financially and all support for 4/3rds disappeared with the introduction of micro and I could not get the glass I wanted for the things I wanted to shoot (Such as a nice fast portrait lens).
Dismayed at this I sold it and got a camera from the manufacturer with the largest market share as I figured they would be the least likely to go out of business. Thus the choice of a Canon 600D and 50mm 1.4

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