I thought we could talk cameras today, since I have seen a few blogs where the gals are trying to decide what kind of new camera they want. If we could have a discussion amongst us camera lovin’ folks, hopefully that would be helpful to others.
Here are the questions to answer:
- DSLR or point and shoot? Brand and model.
- Love it? Hate it? Not sure yet?
- Why did you choose this brand?
- If you have a DSLR, what lenses do you have or want to have.
- Add a link to your favorite image(s) you took with your camera so others can see what it is capable of creating.
- Anything else you think is important for someone buying a new camera to know.
I’ll go first…
1. I have a Nikon D50 DSLR. They no longer make this camera, as it has been replaced by the Nikon D40/D40X. I wouldn’t recommend getting the D40, only because of the lens limitations. As any experienced DSLR owner will tell you, the body is only half of your camera. The lenses are just as important, even more so, than the body of the camera. Instead I would either look for a used D50, D70 or a new D80.
Most people that get a DSLR will get either a Nikon or a Canon. Both are good cameras, that generally evoke fierce brand loyalty. I personally think I could shoot a Canon or Nikon just as well. Canon’s are better at higher ISO’s on these low end DSLR cameras. The Nikon’s have richer colors, and Canon’s color isn’t as heavy.
2. I really love my Nikon D50, but I would love to upgrade to a D300. The reason for wanting to upgrade is basically that it has more features and the ISO goes way higher than my camera. That being said, I think it is a good thing to start on a lower end pro-sumer camera, since they are easier to learn on. If you start with a higher-end camera I think all the features would be way to confusing.
3. Honestly, because it was cheaper than the comparable Canon. If I had it to do over again, I don’t know if I would stay with Nikon. Canon lenses are cheaper than the Nikons, and the glass is pretty comparable. I didn’t save any money going with the Nikon. I do love the richer color that the Nikons produce and it feels good in my hands. I think test driving cameras at your local camera store, just seeing how they feel in your hands, is a great idea.
4. Ah, lenses! Here is what I have and what I like about each one:
Kit zoom lens 18-55 f.3.5-5.0 – This zoom lens can go down to f3.5 only when it is at 18mm. At 55mm, the lowest it can go is f5.0. It is a good lens for outdoors, and I have managed to get some nice shots with it. Indoors it is not my favorite for natural light, but with a flash it works well. I will show some pictures shot with each lens in natural light so you can see what the lens can do.
Taken with the kit lens: 18mm, f3.5, ss 1/160
Prime lens 50mm f1.8 (cost ~$110 for Nikkor) – Prime lens means it only has one focal length. If you need to zoom, your feet are required for that task. This is a good, cheap portrait lens for low-lighting situations where you don’t want to use the flash. The aperture of f1.8 (lowest it can go) allows you to let in more light. This lens stayed on my camera pretty much all winter long last year.
Taken with the 50mm 1.8 prime lens: 50mm, f2.5, ss 1/640
Prime lens 35mm f2.0 (cost ~$300 for Nikkor) -The reason I got this lens was because I wanted a wide angle lens for taking pictures indoors. Basically, so I could get more people in the shot. It really wasn’t a big enough difference from the 50mm. If I had it to do over again, I should have gotten a much wider-angle lens, but there are not many options with a low aperture. If I had to choose between the 35mm and the 50mm, I would say for the price, the 50mm did a great job comparably.
Taken with the 35mm f2.0 prime lens: 35mm, f2.0, ss 1/40
Prime lens 85mm f1.8 (cost ~$500 for Nikkor) – The reason I got this lens was that I needed a longer length lens and I read that it was a great sharp lens with a wonderful creamy bokeh (the blurriness you see when using a shallow depth of field). I just got this lens on Monday, and I can’t give a great review since I haven’t had enough time to use it in all situations. I have notice that it is nice and sharp and the colors are richer when using this lens.
Taken with the 85mm f1.8 prime lens: 85mm, f2, ss 1/100
I took this with a flash since it has been dark, but hopefully this weekend I will be able to get some pictures during daylight using natural light.
Other lenses I want to get would be:
Longer zoom length (probably my next lens): AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Wide-angle zoom: NIKON 12-24mm f/4G IF ED AF-S DX NIKKOR
Fish-eye lens: AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D
5. All the pictures on my Favorite Fotos page and on my blog have been taken with my Nikon D50.
6. Basically, if you really want to get a new camera that doesn’t have the lag time that most digital point and shoot cameras have, then get a DSLR. Yes, it is big and bulky, but it’s not like I have a teeny purse…I have kids! My purse is big enough to accommodate it, so I still carry the bulkiness of it around all the time. It is worth it to get those great images of my kids growing up.
Now, it’s your turn, my wonderful friends. You can post here in the comments or on your own blog, which may be better if you have lots of links to pictures. My sp @mmer controls limit the number of links in the comments, but I will watch them really, really well to make sure I don’t delete any of your hard written comments. They may just show up in moderation in the meantime. Or if you have already discussed this at some point in the past on your blog, then just add that link in the comments.
Hopefully this will be helpful to others! 🙂