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Old     (inty399)      Join Date: May 2007       07-10-2009, 7:33 AM Reply   
I have been into filming and editing video for a while with a canon HG10, kind of a price point camera that was good enough so I could learn to edit in FC.

Now i am looking to getting into photography. I have a panasonic DMC-FZ20 point and shoot. I have done some grad and funeral slide shows on my mac for family and friends and have got some good compliments on those.

I am looking to spend around $1000 give or take to get a camera with lens. thanks for your help
Old     (iamnathanhudson)      Join Date: Dec 2002       07-10-2009, 8:18 AM Reply   
If I had $1000 right now I'd buy the Nikon D5000.
Old     (iamnathanhudson)      Join Date: Dec 2002       07-10-2009, 8:18 AM Reply   
the 2 lens kit that is.
Old     (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-10-2009, 8:27 AM Reply   
Get a used Nikon D200 with an 18-200VR. Good glass starts at about $1000 but the 18-200VR is a great place to start. You should be able to clear that setup for about 1K and is a great camera. It has some noise issues above ISO 400 but if you are just getting into it, it will still outshoot you for several years. I would get that setup over any of the newer entry level (like D40-D60, D80, etc..) cameras any day of the week. Maybe the D90 but I don't know enough about it to say anything.


Old     (iamnathanhudson)      Join Date: Dec 2002       07-10-2009, 11:12 AM Reply   
the D5000 and D90 are very similar and very awesome. I would recommend that WAY over the D200. Your gonna want to be able to take pictures over 400 without noise issues.
Old     (garret_s)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-10-2009, 11:45 AM Reply   
Rule of thumb on Cameras is to get a decent camera body, and sink your money into a nice lens. Everyone will try to push megapixels, self cleaning sensors, live-view, video, yadda yadda yadda. The truth is, without a nice lens, none of that stuff means anything: you'll have a terrible time getting a sharp picture. For your first DSLR, I would recommend buying refurbished. Adorama or B&H are great companies online, I have dealt with both with ZERO issues. This way, you get the most for your money, and aren't paying for the "latest and greatest." Anything around 8MP is perfect.

If you are looking to spend $1000, here is what I would go with. Honestly, it doesn't matter Canon or Nikon, so just get what you can find a deal on. I would recommend a Canon 30D or Nikon D200. Some people will recommend the Rebel XS series (or equivilent Nikon starter camera) because they will take the "same" pictures, but the truth is, you want to have a full featured camera, and the Rebel line just doesn't cut it. They are too flimsy (plastic casing), and will slow your progress because most everything is done through an LCD, and they lack a good focus system. If you aren't convinced, google it. Spot metering is worth the extra money.

For lenses, it depends on what you want to shoot. If you are doing closeup portrait stuff, it's all about prime (aka fixed) lenses. These will give you the sharpest image possible for the lowest price. They also make learning the basics (shutter, aperture, ISO) easier, because you aren't dealing with a variable Fstop at different zooms. I bought the 50mm f1.8 Mark II, and at $90, you can't beat it. Example shot below. Just don't drop it haha.

For wakeboarding, a lens such as the 70-200f2.8 is king. It's expensive, but I've seen them go for 800 or so. Just make sure you get the 2.8 and not the'll regret it long term otherwise. Not sure on Nikon equiv here...I shoot Canon.

If you have ANY questions, feel free to call, I would be happy to let you demo my setup to see what you think!


Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       07-10-2009, 11:48 AM Reply   
nikon makes 70-200mmf2.8 as well. i highly doubt you'll see 'em for $800 though.
Old     (garret_s)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-10-2009, 11:53 AM Reply   
Oh, one more thing to note: Buy full-frame lenses. If you get further into photography, crop-frame lenses are going to be worthless, wheras full-frame stuff will still work. For canon, it would be the EF series (instead of EF-S)

Just my .02


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