I currently don’t know much about photography (other than the obvious) but would like to start taking some high quality pics while out and about. I’d like to buy myself a digital SLR anyone got any recommendations of a good starter camera, second hand is fine? I’m also going to look into an evening class.
Any other tips would be appreciated.
ButterflyMoon (6th July 2009)
I love my Canon 450d!
It's getting on a bit now, but I adore my Canon 350D: as well as the stock lens I bought a fast 50mm prime lens for portraits. They're pretty well priced second hand now, and they're still reasonable new.
[ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Understanding-Exposure-Photographs-Digital-Camera/dp/0817463003/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246871328&sr=8-10]Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera: Amazon.co.uk: Bryan Peterson: Books[/ame]
[ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/40-Digital-Photography-Techniques-3rd/dp/8931433697/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246871328&sr=8-12]40 Digital Photography Techniques, 3rd Edition: Amazon.co.uk: John Kim: Books[/ame]
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and [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Photography-Masterclass-Photographic-Image-manipulation/dp/1405315563/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246871328&sr=8-6]Digital Photography Masterclass: Advanced Photographic and Image-manipulation Techniques for Creating Perfect Pictures: Amazon.co.uk: Tom Ang: Books[/ame]
all excellent books I devoured, particularly the first one - lots of lessons about light and how the camera interprets it.
I'm just amateur, but I don't have a dSLR or SLR of any kind but you will be surprised what you can do with basic point and shoot camera, A lot of people think that I use a dSLR but I've never touched one, some examples of my photography can be found at p858snake on deviantART
Another vote for the Nikon D60 for starters. I don't have one myself but a few friends do. You can pick second-hand ones up fairly cheap.
There have been soom good starter cameras mentioned here. I still use a Nikon D50, I have used this to do various types of shoots from weddings to music gigs.
You need to get a couple of decent lenses. ideally some sort of wide angle lense 18-55 or better and some type of zoom lense say from 55 - 200 or even upto 300. I tend to use my beast of a lense 80-200 mm f2.8 continuos.
Forgot to add the book mentiond above by Tom Ang is a good starting point I have read this plus a few others from the same guy.
Nikon if you already have lenses.
Canon if you dont.
I love my Canon 400D
Yeh i'd seen that Cannon do some good budget cameras and that there is a good second hand market. I'll take a look at a few.
A200 for me lovely little camera works well and lots of lenses available for it.
Should be some good prices available after Sony announced the replacement A230
Another vote for the Sony Alpha - a decent supply of second hand lenses as the Minolta AF range are compatible.
If you're going to buy Canon lenses, make sure they are EF mount and not EF-S: the latter only fit their budget end cameras, wheras EF generally fit budget and pro series.
Here's my current DigiCam -
Steves Digicams - Canon Powershot A650 IS - Hands on Review
12MP, 6X Zoom. Only thing it hasn't got is interchangable (DSLR) lenses. Love this camera - fantastic pic quality. Not bad price either. I paid around £300 for it about a year ago!
Another Canon fanboi here
I've had a 350D, D30, 10D and now have a 1Ds. Second-hand lenses are easy to come across as are the bodies. I definitely wouldn't buy new.
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