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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 519616 11-Sep-2011 17:34
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Hi Joseph,

I bought myself a Canon 550D about a year ago, after agonizing about it for 6 months - it's a really nice camera and either that or a 600D would be a perfect choice. Or you could look at similar offerings from Nikon.  Personally I'd stick to Canon or Nikon, you will find a greater choice of lenses and other accessories.

The biggest benefits you will get with just about any DSLR are virtually no shutter lag delay plus much more manual control over the photos you shoot.  The penalty of course is bigger and heavier camera, and more $$$.  Most of the cameras do video as well.

I'd highly recommend you go to a reputable camera shop (or several) and try out different models.  You can buy online cheaper but that isn't always a good strategy, especially if you want after sales support and advice.

The very next thing I did  after purchasing was to enroll in a Polytech 6-week night class to get the best out of my camera.  It's well worth it, and if you are going to get the most out out of your new purchase then you should be trying out all those manual settings.  Going to the night class was good as we were set "homework" between classes and I was able to learn from other students' experiences and questions.  The Polytech course was good, but it's really only an introduction - you need to use your camera lots, and I'm still learning about mine.

Finally, if you do end up buying a DSLR, you don't have to buy the kit lenses.  Investigate further, you may find a better lens with better optical charactistics (i.e. a faster lens, more suited for indoors work where the lighting is not always the best) for a bit more money than the kit lenses, but it may give you a better all-round lens.  Again this is where the camera shop will come into its own.

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  Reply # 524455 22-Sep-2011 10:03
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Again, thanks everyone!!! I really appreciate all of your advice :)

DSLR & photography classes for sure!


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Master Geek

  Reply # 524471 22-Sep-2011 10:22
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And don't pay attention to any advice or reviews online to decide which one to get. All cameras of a given type, cheap compact, SLR etc are as good as each other. The differences are things like size, build quality, control layout, menu design etc, and these all come down to personal preference. The only way to decide is by trying a few models in a camera shop.

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  Reply # 524520 22-Sep-2011 11:31
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I'm probably repeating the above here but I think there are quite good (what I would call ) 'intermediate cameras' available these days. I have a DSLR but my brother has a Canon very similar to this one camera that gives good photos, has a good zoom lens, and it does a heck of a lot of the setup for you. 

An example would be if you take a photo of a group of people with a bright window directly behind some of them.  The 'auto' setting on many DSLR cameras will compensate for the bright window, given a picture where most of the people are very dark.  His camera picked up that there were faces in the shot and adjusted the settings to ensure they were captured well in the final photo.

Now to be very clear, I'm not saying you can't achieve the same thing on a DSLR, but it's a lot quicker and easier for a 'newbie' if this is done for you.  So personally, I'd suggest taking a look at that sort of thing too, to see if it could work for you perhaps?

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