Last edited by zaren; 7th July 2012 at 01:39 PM.
you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye
thanks for the suggestion senior , yeah that was what i was thinking i should do too ! thanks for helping ! since i kinda doubted myself when i made that decision haha !Originally Posted by zaren
yes definetly senior ! next 2 weekends ! payday . mwahahahaOriginally Posted by catchlights
very much agreed , thanks for the suggestion !Originally Posted by nedy77
looks like the d3200 is it ! thanks for the tons of help/advice you haven given me !Originally Posted by kei1309
It is o.k. to take time to make decision on the first DSLR.
Anyway after owning 5 DSLR and after a few hundred thousands shots and win some photo competitions, by now the first decision on the right DSLR was no longer important, is right question should be when to jump in.
The DSLR will come and go, but investing in good lens will stay with you for years. More important is to know what you need. The camera body should just treat it as consumer able items, most of the time it do not worth of repairing, I found it worth to buy another used camera body then to take time and money to repair. The camera body bought years before, but now you could just pay half of the value and get better specifications from the used camera.
Canon 5D II, 20-35 f/2.8L, 28-80 f/2.8L, 70-200 f/4L IS, 100-300 f/5.6L, 100 f/2.8 Macro
Canon 7D, indestructible (nearly)!!!
Canon 7D - Hardcore Durability Test - YouTube
and it takes pretty good pictures, too. (don't try this at home though!)
If is landscape I would go for d3200 if the megapixels provides better details than other models. 7D is known for af and burst speed which isn't that crucial for landscape.
Before buying, u got to ask yourself if u are willing to carry the DSLR weight around.....Originally Posted by HuiJin
A body with couple of lenses, filters and tripod is no joke.
Ppl are selling DSLR off because of bulkiness and weight and turn to mirrorless or M 4/3
Dont be a 3 minute warm.
TS has already set her mind on the D3200. why wait till everything is almost settled then try to change TS' mind?
dope ! haha but d7 is kinda out of the picture for me ! heheOriginally Posted by shizuma
hehe no worries !~ decision to get d3200 remains unchanged !Originally Posted by kei1309
Take a look at the lens range offered by any manufacturer (and the respective prices) 1and go with the brand that offers the right lens range for you. For me it's 24mm 50mm and 100mm but depending on what you like to shoot it will differ. If macro is your thing then look at macro lenses offered, if you're into shooting nature/wildlife the probably 200mm and above is the way to go. Keep in mind the above angle of view mentioned is for what today is called full frame 35mm. Learning the basics of what an aperture, shutter speed etc does to the final image is more important. I like 24mm in full frame format because of the drama it captures in street photography without overblowing the distortion of people's faces. 50mm is a bit boring but a very useful lens for everyday shooting (it's the most common of lens type that I use). 85mm or 100mm is nice to get some distance between you and the subject so that the subject feels relaxed plus it flattens the face somewhat - ie the nose doesn't look out of proportion to the ears. Keep in mind the longer the lens the faster the shutter speed needs to be when you are not using a tripod. So for a 100mm lens you'll need to shoot at 1/100s (or 1/125s) But for 24mm you can get away with 1/25 of a second. IS helps a bit but practice taking shots like you're shooting a rifle. Breath in, partial exhale and gently squeeze the shutter release button at the right moment. Don't keep looking at the LCD screen to check if your shots are good - it doesn't help to build confidence. Remember, the smaller the aperture the greater the depth of field in any given lens but wide angle lenses then to have a greater dof then say tele lenses.
Now if the newbie thinks that she might want to purchase the cheaper AF or AF-D lenses in the used market in the future, she might be better off with a D7000 or D90 instead.
I think the current selection of AF-S lenses offered by Nikon to be quite adequate. I have explained before that other than a couple of niche lenses, a novice should be quite well served by the AF-S lenses.Originally Posted by calvinistguy
The used lens market exists because most of us, I believe, could not afford the expensive prices of new lenses, or perhaps we like to use certain lenses that are out of production. If the novice owns a DSLR with an internal AF motor, she could have a wider range of affordable lenses to choose from.
Also, the novice may find at times some of the AF-S lenses more expensive than their AF equivalent. For instance, as seen in the forum's price list, compare a new $279 AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens with a $182 AF 50mm f/1.8D lens. Or a $2,050 AF-S 85mm f/1.4G lens with a $1,830 AF 85mm f/1.4D lens.
I see. Well, I can understand your point, and it is certainly valid.
I just think that the newer lenses, despite being marginally expensive, are superior over the older lenses.
Besides, photography can be an expensive thing, and I think if the consumer wishes to go past the basic kit, he/she ought to be prepared to spend.
Nonetheless, I know that it is always go to save a few dollars more. Thanks for your perspective.