Almost ready to buy my first DSLR but need some final advice
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:14 PM
My first choice the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP with the following lenses: EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens + Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS Lens.
The camera gets good reviews for an entry level camera and seems like it will do what I want it to do which is mostly nature photography. Both lenses get solid marks and again are great entry level lenses. I doubt I'd need more in the way of lenses unless it's macro lens and given their price that's something for the futureafter I learn how to use the camera a lot better
My 2nd choice is the Nikon Nikon D5100 16.2 MP with the following lenses: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR & 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens
Despite being lower in megapixels the Nikon compares well against the Canon and the lenses compare just as well or possibly even better then the Canon lenses.
At the entry level will I really notice the difference between these 2 cameras? The Nikon seems to offer some better features but I'm realy not sure I'm understanding the tehnical side of the reviews that well.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:39 PM
I can offer one bit of advice since I'm operating under the assumption you want to take photos of fish....
Set your budget and get the very best lens you can afford and ignore the camera body.
Good glass is far more important than a good camera body....get a used body if you must.
I'm really fond of the canon 60mm macro lens. Has great detail and easy to use for fish under a foot and a half.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:39 PM
This does go against your advice though since now I would have 3 middle of the road lenses that I will most likely replace in the next couple of years. I'm getting a headache
Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:27 PM
Now, as Uland said, a good lens is more important than a good camera body. An older camera with a good lens will produce better images than a new camera with an inferior lens. However, you do have to start somewhere, and it is nice to at least have the basic wide angle to short telephoto focal lengths covered. As you mention above, a couple of inexpensive zoom lenses like an 18-55mm and 55-200mm will get you started and cover most normal situations. To save money, I would recommend checking the prices on the slightly older versions of these lenses that lack image stabilization (IS for Canon, VR for Nikon) but are otherwise the same optically.
As Uland said, with your interests in crayfish, fish, etc, you should really get a macro lens as soon as possible. The level of sharpness and detail for small subjects that a macro lens provides is far beyond what you can get from a normal lens. The Canon 60mm macro that Uland mentions is a wonderful lens. The Canon 50mm f/2.5 macro is a great option as well. It is certainly not a middle of the road lens optically. It is super sharp just like the 60mm, and the images it produces will just be just as good. Where the 60mm is better is that it has faster and quieter autofocus, and it can focus closer. I would definitely recommend trying to spend a little less on the camera body and normal lenses so that you can afford to buy a macro lens as well.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:43 PM
Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:15 PM
Also, don't overlook the other camera manufacturers. Sony and Pentax make some outstanding DSLRs that have features lacking in the Canon and Nikon equivalents. The image quality at high ISO is as good and they are image stabilized in the body, which means you don't have to pay for it over and over again with each lens!
Yes, Canon and Nikon are the most popular brands of DSLR in the world. But then again, Ford and Toyota are the most popular car brands. That doesn't mean Chrysler, Mercedes, Honda, etc. don't produce excellent cars. No one would be foolish enough to only look at the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla because they are the best selling cars in the world and assume other cars were inferior, yet with cameras people do this all the time.
If you are determined to stay with Canon or Nikon, I would suggest Nikon. Their live view is better and their flash technology is better. Of course, Sony's flash and live view systems are as good as Nikon's as well, if not better. Canon is behind in these areas buy trying to catch up.
Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:52 PM
The lenses area a separate issue and most professionals indicate comparable quality for both Canon and Nikon. You won't go wrong with either choice but understand that selecting a lens locks you into the camera body.
As for a macro lens understand that they are a fixed focal length which allows no compromises that are inherent for a zoom lens which have to spread the quality over many focal lengths. Inherently, macro lenses have better resolution which is why they are used for closeups. In making a selection of a macro the one thing that you need to take into consideration is the distance that lens allows between the camera lens and the subject. If you plan to run around the fields shooting butterflies then you want that distance from the lens to the butterfly to be at least several feet to avoid spooking them. This example requires you get a lens with a focal length of 100mm or greater. If you only had a 50mm macro then you would have to be on top of the butterfly to bring it into focus. The 50mm is fine for plants and things that do not move.
As for the 19-55mm zoom I would prefer a longer separation, say to 150 to 200mm range but that would increase the price and I know you are balancing funds. Do make sure to get the low end of 19mm (or lower) in your zoom as this allows wide angles for landscapes and nature shots.
Here is ken Rockwells review of the D5100. http://www.kenrockwe...nikon/d5100.htm
Plus, while Nikon does not make a separate vertical power grip for the D5100 you can get one anyway (cheaply) that allows two batteries to be used which considerably enhances the shooting time. http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1
And relatively new to the macro scene is the inexpensive LED ring light: http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Good luck in the world of DSLR.
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