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July 23, 2013
January 31, 2013
$2,000 is a bit high for a starter camera budget, but if that’s what you want to invest, great! If you’re just starting out, you should get a few things. I recommend getting a decent DSLR, and skipping the typical “Kit” lens that comes with them. Instead going for a better lens that will outlast your hobby and help deliver better pictures. And you’ll need a decent-sized memory card, camera case, and possibly a tripod.
If you have the means, here’s why to avoid the “Kit” lens. Lenses have an aperture or iris measured in f-stops. The lower the f-stop the more light the lens collects and the shallower depth-of-field (blurry background) you can achieve. The higher the f-stop, the less light the lens takes in and the more everything is in focus.
The Kit lenses that most sub $2500 cameras come with are f/3.5-5.6. So they won’t perform very well in low light and you won’t get too much blur when shooting in good light. And to many, blur makes the picture look professional. And basically lenses that have the lower than f/2.8 are considered the best. You could blow your whole budget on a quality lens.
Given this, I can only answer your question so well without know what kind of subjects you’ll be shooting. And will you need video? Many documentary film makers and even television shows are shooting on DSLRs for the quality of video they provide.
Now, I’m partial to Canon because I’ve always owned and enjoyed their point-and-shoot cameras. So I’ll start with Canon suggestions and someone can weigh in with Nikon or I’ll add to this post later. And I’m going to try and be brief because really I could write a 20 page essay about my reasons. If you have specific questions you can ask.
In September Canon will release the EOS 70D. It will come with a (kit) lens for $1549. As I said the lens will be f/3.5-5.6, but it will have image stabilization and silent focus (plus auto focus for video). For $1200 you can buy the camera alone and invest in a new or used L lens. L is the pro level of Canon lenses. The Canon 24-105mm f/4 L sells for $724. Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina make some great Canon lenses for less if you want to go off brand and save.
Anyway I could go on and on about lenses. But this Canon EOS 70D is their latest tech and has great features like a touch-screen and wifi. And since it’s in your budget, I would say it’s the one to get, rather than a used camera with an older processor and features.
Next you’ll want a good starer camera case. I recommend the Canon 2400 SLR. And next a memory card. You’ll want Class 10 for faster writing and at least 32gigs. I’ve always had good success with Transend’s SD cards.
Tripod? That’s up to you. You can get a decent tripod for under $100 and they are made for either photography or video. And sometimes for both.
Opinions may vary on what I just said, but those are mine, and you asked Hope this helps.
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