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New Camera Suggestion?

Discussion in 'Camera and Photography Tips' started by gigglymonkey12, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. gigglymonkey12

    gigglymonkey12 Little Dog

    I want a new camera that will be quick enough to catch pictures of my dog. My old camera was unable to catch my dog when he was in flight or when he was coming out of the water. I want to be able to see water droplets...etc. I just want a really nice camera. Any suggestion?
     
  2. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    What's your budget?
     
  3. SadieBulldogs

    SadieBulldogs Little Dog

    I have the Nikon d7000 and I really love it
     
  4. gigglymonkey12

    gigglymonkey12 Little Dog

    I'm not willing to go over $1500. I will be using it for my photography thing too.

    Sadie: Thank you for the suggestion. Is it able to capture a subject mid air? Does it come with the lens?
     
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  5. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Your photography thing??

    With a $1500 budget, you could get a nice DSLR body and a lens (or two) if you look in the right places. The new Canon T4i looks really nice, and goes for about $950-$1100, depending on which lens you want with it.

    I'm a Canon person, so that'd be what I'd recommend. The D7000 is a very nice camera though, but depending on your skill level, it may be too much for you. The Rebel series cameras (which is what the T4i is) are great "starter" DSLR's, and produce very nice shots. I just recently sold my T1i and would've kept it if I could!
     
  6. SadieBulldogs

    SadieBulldogs Little Dog

    The kit does come with a lens. I had lenses already so I only bought the body. But it's an DSLR and it's part of Nikon's Semi Pro line up it replaced Nikon's long lived d90. I had a d5000 before I upgraded which was an entry level dslr. I am very happy with the d7000 I am still learning and it's a lot of camera but it def has many capabilities. It's pretty darn fast and does well in low lightening. Also depending on if your shooting sports you obviously want to get a faster lens than what comes standard with the d7000. Here is a good review of the camera.

    Nikon D7000 Review - Watch CNET's Video Review
     
  7. gigglymonkey12

    gigglymonkey12 Little Dog

    Thank you. Photography thing = photography class. I'm also taking pictures for some of my friends dogs (they want to take it when the dog is leaving the water) or when they catch a ball midair. I'm also taking pictures for one of my friend's wedding.

    starter dslr? So what's different from the T4is and the D7000.

    Thank you.

    Thank you for the both of your help. I'm looking for a good camera, but after looking at the D7000 further it was starting to look quite complicated. I want a camera that's still a dslr, but with less options (but not lower in quality).
     
  8. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    The D7000 is undoubtedly a better camera than the T4i, but it is a more 'professional' camera, and while it is still considered (I believe?) an upper entry-level, it is not as beginner-oriented as the T4i. It's also more costly. A closer competitor to the T4i would be the D5100.
    [video=youtube;rm71KKTZNsE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm71KKTZNsE[/video]

    I personally would go with a slightly older camera body than those I mentioned so you have more lens cash. :)
     
  9. SadieBulldogs

    SadieBulldogs Little Dog

    Than you can go with Nikon d5100 which is a beginner DSLR and still takes remarkable pictures but with less bells and whistles than the d7000. It's also a bit cheaper for under a grand you are really getting a great camera.

    Nikon D5100 Review - Watch CNET's Video Review
     
  10. SadieBulldogs

    SadieBulldogs Little Dog

    LOL Cliff we posted at the same time.. The d5100 is a very good camera it has the same image sensor as the d7000 and it's a lot cheaper. I am not familiar with Cannon but I know many who love Cannon as well it's a matter of preference but I don't think you could ever go wrong with either company. I started off with Nikon and just stuck with it.
     
  11. gigglymonkey12

    gigglymonkey12 Little Dog

    yeah i probably will end up buying an older camera (in good condition), but I'll buy new lens. What type of lens would you recommend?

    I think preferences will start once I buy whichever company...I'll be prejudice. Thanks you guys :)
     
  12. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    Same here, my camera (my first) is a Nikon and I don't know that I will ever buy a Canon. My camera is a D40x and I have been really pleased with it, and I can't get enough of the d5100! If I had the spare cash I would trade up! The d7000 is more camera than I need right now so if I was on a $1500 budget I'd stick with the d5100 and spend the extra on a nice telephoto lens.
     
  13. SadieBulldogs

    SadieBulldogs Little Dog

    I had a d5000 that I used before I sold it on ebay and bought a d7000 .. For an entry level camera I got some pretty damn good pics out of it. I think you can still buy the body on ebay for 350-400 bucks ... I am by no means a professional shooter but I have a love for photography and I am learning. I will tell you those lenses are not cheap! Good glass is very important though so whatever you end up buying you are going to want to save up for some good lenses.

    Here are some sample pics I took with my d5000 at the Atlanta Aquarium and it's hard to shoot in an Aquarium but I think these came out pretty good

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    One at the zoo lol

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  14. SadieBulldogs

    SadieBulldogs Little Dog

    And a few more

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  15. gigglymonkey12

    gigglymonkey12 Little Dog

    Really nice pictures. I'm not willing to pay that much on a camera. I want most of the money to go toward the lens.
    So after reading more about cameras I narrowed it down to

    d5000
    d5100
    T1i
    Any other recommendation? For each of the camera above do you know any good lens to buy?
    Did you use lens for the pictures above? (the 2 post above me)
     
  16. SadieBulldogs

    SadieBulldogs Little Dog

    For those pics I know I used Nikon 35mm lens on the Aquarium Pics and the Other Pics I used the Sigma 70-300mm Lens.
     
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  17. gigglymonkey12

    gigglymonkey12 Little Dog

    Thanks. I can't wait to go shop for my camera now.
     
  18. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Too bad I just sold my T1i to another forum member, it would've been perfect for you :)

    As for lenses, it really depends. If you're going the Canon route, the "L" lenses are generally the best. But I always recommend people get a 50mm f/1.8 lens. They're great little lenses for the price (around $100 used). I do pet photography and mainly shoot with a 70-200mm f/4, although I'm getting ready to sell it to buy the f/2.8 version. A few samples:

    Since you mentioned wanting to get shots of dog mid-air/catching things:

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    The first two were with me holding the camera, throwing the ball, and taking the shot LOL. Last one was at a dock dogs event. All shot with the 50mm.

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    Action shots with the 70-200mm

    A few portrait style:

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    All of the above were shot with the 70-200mm.

    Oh, I sometimes branch out from animals..

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    That was actually shot with a 55-250mm lens. Sold that awhile ago.

    If you go the T1i route, you should be able to find a used one for $550 or less.. which gives you plenty of money for lenses. But my biggest advice to you is to read up on photography before you go out and blow $1500. A DSLR does not make someone a photographer.. so many people get one and start shooting and are disappointed with how their shots turn out, then blame the camera.
     
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  19. nickel

    nickel Little Dog

    Does using a lens help take better action shots? I am not thrilled with most of my pictures. When I want action shots I change the mode to action and I find the pictures are grainy.

    Do cameras have a life span? Not saying my poor pictures are from an old camera I am just curious.

    Is there a site that you recommend for photography tips?
     
  20. gigglymonkey12

    gigglymonkey12 Little Dog

    Yup thanks kady. I have an okay camera now (most people say bad), but because I did some reading/research on how to use it my pictures came out pretty decent :)
    Yeah, whatever camera I buy I'll have to do tons of reading on it...and practice practice practice. I'm also planning on taking some extra photography class just for even more help. Thanks. A better camera doesn't equal amazing shots, but it does make my life a hella out easier (maybe its cuz I already know how to use some of the functions), but otherwise it'll still be difficult.
     

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