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    Please give me some advice. I intend to buy a new DSLR to learn photography. Which model and make is best for beginner? I am so new that i dont even know how to buy a camera . thank you for helping

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelababy
    Please give me some advice. I intend to buy a new DSLR to learn photography. Which model and make is best for beginner? I am so new that i dont even know how to buy a camera . thank you for helping
    All are good for a beginner. Please read the sticky right here called FAQ: What dslr to buy

    All brands have good cameras, from Pentax, Canon, Sony, Nikon, etc. Then there are the mirrorless cameras like the m4/3 and NEX. All are ok. You can even learn photography with a good compact camera.

    What is important is that you get the right camera FOR YOU, and NOT the camera OTHERS tell you to get. You need to head down to the shops and try them, see which feel good in your hands, which have a layout that make sense, and which have a feature set that you like.

    Some have fast AF in live view, some have a tilting screen, some have a built-in AF motor for older lenses, some have built-in antishake (so all lenses get antishake), some have an OVF, some have an EVF, etc etc etc
    Last edited by Rashkae; 7th November 2012 at 07:15 PM.
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    What are you looking for?

    light-weight?
    Comfortable to hold?
    Good Video Recording?
    shoot using the live view and not viewfinder?
    what do you like to shoot?
    High frame rate?
    how many Mega-pixels?

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    QUOTE=kei1309: What are you looking for?

    light-weight? - Most entry-level DSLR cameras are.
    Comfortable to hold? - This is subjective, and why it's important to go TRY the cameras first
    Good Video Recording? - some are better than others, yup. some have AF, others don't.
    shoot using the live view and not viewfinder? - And also, have fast AF in live view?
    what do you like to shoot? - Doesn't matter.
    High frame rate? - can be important, yup
    how many Mega-pixels? - not important

    What is important is also your BUDGET.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelababy View Post
    Please give me some advice. I intend to buy a new DSLR to learn photography. Which model and make is best for beginner? I am so new that i dont even know how to buy a camera . thank you for helping
    Remember please, there is no "best for beginner". Canon fans will say buy canon, nikon fans will say buy nikon, Olympus fans will say olympus, Sony fans will say sony, etc etc etc.

    You need to go try the cameras that are in your budget, compare their features, then decide for yourself as you need to get what suits YOU best, not suits us best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelababy View Post
    Please give me some advice. I intend to buy a new DSLR to learn photography. Which model and make is best for beginner? I am so new that i dont even know how to buy a camera . thank you for helping
    It's best to decide what brand u want to start with first, canon, nikon, sony etc. Otherwise u may end up jumping from this brand to another. IMO, any entry level DSLR is good to begin with. Shoot for sometime then decide whether u want to move up & get a higher end camera.

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    Wahh Angelababy, I like your new movie... *lies, never bother to watch it*, hehe... as rest has mentioned consider mirrorless (small, lighter) or regular dslr (bulky, heavier) then the cost, etc. All dslr's are good to start with... why don't you read sites like dpreview.com steves-digicams.com etc to see which design suits you. If you like beginner dslr with pink, white, red, etc colors, it's all there too like the Canon 1100d

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    As with most decisions on consumption:

    1. Decide on your budget
    2. Go to a store that sells the stuff you wish to buy
    3. Ensure that the price does not cross your budget
    4. Buy the one you like best
    5. Leave the store a happy person

    I can't seem to understand the difficulty.
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    Can't help you to decide on what camera, but can only suggest you to go hold and feel the camera before buying,

    you can go to those recommended shops like, TK, Slr, Cathay located at Funan (it's cheaper than buying at those IT Fair)

    if you are scared to visit those shop to hold n try it out, you can go to those mega electronics store eg Courts, Harvey norman etc etc to try and feel the camera in your hand and maybe you can try the cam too.

    good luck =)
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    Already lots of advises had been given and they are all great advises, also please read up on some of the stickies to help you get an idea of how to select DSLR, DSLT or mirrorless camera.

    To sumarise, the interchangeable lens camera can basically be differentiated into a couple of format,

    1) DSLR - which is what Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony (old models) and Sigma had made.
    2) DSLT - only Sony is using this technology at this moment, it utilize a translusion mirror which is not moving at all. These type of camera normally had higher frame rate as compared to normal DSLR of the same range and utilise an electronic viewfinder as compared to the conventional DSLR which use optical viewfinder. The main difference of EVF and Optical viewfinder was what you see through the EVF was what your sensor see, and for optical viewfinder, whatever you see was what your lens see and it might differ from what you get in the final picture.
    3) Mirrorless - basically there are quite a lot of different models of these type of cameras and the main differences between the DSLR, DSLT and mirrorless was that, mirrorless camera don't have a mirror. In the past, the mirrorless cameras are known to have a slower AF speed as compared to the DSLR (not anymore with recent release of newer mirrorless such as Olympus's EP3, OM-D, EPL5, etc, etc).

    Actually there are no such thing as which is easier to use, because it all boils down to your own preferences, I like the ergonomic and user interface of Canon and Olympus, both my brothers swear by Nikon, and there are many members here who love Sony or Pentax, so it really is difficult for anyone of us to tell you which one is easier for beginner.

    Please note that, don't be bluff into a beginner cannot use a semi-pro or professional DSLR, DSLT or the likes, they can and you can, depending on your budget and whether you like the feels or not.

    Happy hunting.
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    And also VERY VERY important: don't be bluffed by the salesman into buying a brand. They will sell you the camera that gives them the highest profit. Make sure you are informed and making a decision based on what you know and the facts.
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    canon 500d . cheap and good . easy to learn but room to grow .
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    Quote Originally Posted by flame angel View Post
    It's best to decide what brand u want to start with first, canon, nikon, sony etc. Otherwise u may end up jumping from this brand to another.
    Brand is irrelevant. If one thing comes first, then it's budget. This could already eliminate some models. Next thing is the type of camera that suit TS best. This includes size, weight, ergonomics, optical / electronic viewfinder .. I suspect TS has little knowledge what types of camera exist and therefore it's the simplistic assumption that it needs a DSLR to learn photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelababy View Post
    Please give me some advice. I intend to buy a new DSLR to learn photography. Which model and make is best for beginner? I am so new that i dont even know how to buy a camera . thank you for helping
    It only needs a camera and light to learn photography. Camera type (DSLR or whatever), brands and other things are irrelevant. Define your budget, keep in mind that you also need other things beside the camera itself: camera bag, cleaning stuffs, dry cabinet for storage, maybe your computer needs some upgrades for the image processing .. we don't know. Read the sticky threads as advised, make yourself familiar with the types of camera and define which type suits you best. Size, weight, ergonomics, personal taste .. We don't know what you prefer. For some people a DSLR is a bulky piece of gear, for others it can't be big enough - and you? Whatever you select here, they all take good pictures and they all allow a beginner to learn.
    Stay away from any shop as long as you are unfamiliar. Sales man are not consultants for unknowing people, sales man want to sell to fill their rice bowl quickly regardless what it takes.
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    if you want to learn composition ONLY, then any compact cameras can do it.

    if you want to learn about exposure, any camera with manual controls can do the job.

    it all boils down to your budget, how well you like the camera and if you're thinking that if you buy the same brand as your friends, that they'll let you borrow their lenses, think again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae
    And also VERY VERY important: don't be bluffed by the salesman into buying a brand. They will sell you the camera that gives them the highest profit. Make sure you are informed and making a decision based on what you know and the facts.
    Not always a bad thing! Think of the overall utility - the salesman earns his commission and the buyer learns a valuable lesson! No better way to learn than this, isn't it? Haha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    I suspect TS has little knowledge what types of camera exist and therefore it's the simplistic assumption that it needs a DSLR to learn photography.
    i agree!

    it is possible to learn photography using even a handphone camera. but then it would not so easy.
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