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Best Camera for New-bie
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:18:58 PM »
Have a friend who is interested in upgrading from her sony P&S for taking pic of her 3 boys...mainly family stuff but keeping cost around $700-ish. I'm a Canon loyalist and thought about recommending the Canon SL1 or maybe the T3I with kit lens and a 50mm 1.8. But there are so many other avenues to go...Samsung, Olympus, Sony, Nikon...all make decent looking mirroless and/or intro level DSLRs that look to have better specs than the intro Canon cameras.  Although the size of the SL1 would/could be appealing for some one new to DSLRs. One feature that also seems appealing is built in Wifi transfer (of course Canon doesn't offer this near the price point she wants to keep at). Need advice on some good set-ups under $700. And for those of you with wifi built in, is this a must have??  Thanks
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Re: Best Camera for New-bie
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 12:40:24 PM »
Pentax K5.   Since the K3 came out, I bet the prices for the K5 will drop even lower.

Weathersealing, inbody stabalization, lower cost, build quality, and a excellent set of lenses designed for crop sensors.

Honestly, if I were just starting out, I would give Pentax serious consideration.  I think I have seen the K5II, new at around $500.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 01:00:55 PM »
Any of the rebels would be a good choice, if can swing it a 18-200

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 01:52:38 PM »
Pentax K5.   Since the K3 came out, I bet the prices for the K5 will drop even lower.

Weathersealing, inbody stabalization, lower cost, build quality, and a excellent set of lenses designed for crop sensors.

Honestly, if I were just starting out, I would give Pentax serious consideration.  I think I have seen the K5II, new at around $500.

Interesting recommendation. IMO the K5 and its variants are some of the best APS-C cameras ever made. I mostly shoot Canon though for the full frame and full frame lens options. Pentax is fun for its pancake lens lineup.

Anyways, I would recommend that your friend try out some cameras in that price range to see what works with her the best. If she goes Canon, maybe a SL1 with the 18-55 kit and 40 pancake. Might be a good idea for her to stay with Canon so she can get your help with things.

I like built in wifi, but I wouldn't say it's essential.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 03:19:14 AM »
Yup. Any of the Rebels. I love the SL1 too. The 18-200mm lens is one of my favorites. GREAT focal range, fast focus and great quality.
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2014, 03:22:15 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2014, 04:18:14 AM »
Have a friend who is interested in upgrading from her sony P&S for taking pic of her 3 boys...mainly family stuff but keeping cost around $700-ish. I'm a Canon loyalist and thought about recommending the Canon SL1 or maybe the T3I with kit lens and a 50mm 1.8. But there are so many other avenues to go...Samsung, Olympus, Sony, Nikon...all make decent looking mirroless and/or intro level DSLRs that look to have better specs than the intro Canon cameras.  Although the size of the SL1 would/could be appealing for some one new to DSLRs. One feature that also seems appealing is built in Wifi transfer (of course Canon doesn't offer this near the price point she wants to keep at). Need advice on some good set-ups under $700. And for those of you with wifi built in, is this a must have??  Thanks

Well, I think you should ask her what her preferences are.

  • Does she expect the camera to be small so she can carry it with her all the time?
  • Does she want to learn new options?
  • Does it have to be interchangable lens system?
  • Is there any need for RAW output, or all the photos will be just posted to her FB account?

All these questions came up my mind because not so long ago my cousin wanted me to help her with notebook choice. I was considering lot of options and found two-three better options than she proposed ... AND then I found out the most important requirement is that the notebook has to be white and 15"  ... so long my search for quality and reasonable priced stuff...
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Re: Best Camera for New-bie
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2014, 02:36:41 PM »
My sister had an iPhone and took some great pictures of horrible technical quality, so she wanted to buy a camera. Initially she was looking for a cheap all-in-one type, but I convinced her to save a little longer and go for the 6D/24-105 combo. It was (a lot) over her initial budget, but she is now totally hooked and carries that camera everywhere but in the shower and just expanded with a 100 f2.8L IS Macro.
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2014, 03:53:56 PM »
but she is now totally hooked and carries that camera everywhere but in the shower

Phew ! That's lucky. If she had you'd have had to recommend the Pentax K5 with 16/50.  ;)

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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2014, 08:08:44 PM »
Many of the mirrorless camera makers will not be around next year, or they will give up the line.  Sales is tanking, and that means no upgrades or customer support.
 
When buying a new camera, you need to look at the whole package, body, lenses, support, and availability of accessories.
 
I'd say hold off on any mirrorless purchase and go for a low end DSLR.  Canon has the advantage because so many used lenses are available, and a person on a budget can add lenses fairly easily.  Nikon also has a lot of entry level bodies and lenses, but their service and support is only slightly better than Sony, which is almost totally non existent.
Lets face it, cameras occasionally need service, and waiting 3-6 months for a repair makes a owner very unhappy.

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Re: Best Camera for New-bie
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2014, 08:08:44 PM »