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Searching for affordable camera

Discussion in 'Photography Issues' started by YBF USA, May 15, 2015.

  1. YBF USA

    YBF USA Grumbler

    Preferably with a tripod. These iPhone cameras drive me mad. Need higher resolution. Something not crazy expensive
     
  2. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Buy the kit camera from Nikon or Cannon. The Nikon D3200 with two lenses is about $600-$700 and a nice stable Sunpak (I have the 7575) tripod is about $59-$69. This is all the camera you will need for 99% of anything you want to do.
     
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  3. YBF USA

    YBF USA Grumbler

    Sweet. Thanks!
     
  4. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    OK : what's your budget? Knowing that, we can start by seeing what Consumers Reports recommends.
    Do you have preferences? Action shots? Landscapes? Will you be printing your photos?
     
  5. jferrari

    jferrari CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    This is the wave of the future:
     
  6. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    You're right about the future. That phone doesn't hit Canada until late August. It may be my next one.
     
  7. jferrari

    jferrari CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I tried to call my friend the other day by talking into my Canon DSLR. Oh well...
     
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  8. YBF USA

    YBF USA Grumbler

    Strictly for web purposes. Film and video
     
  9. YBF USA

    YBF USA Grumbler

    @tedh My budget is $350.00
     
  10. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Push the budget to $395 and here you go.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nikon/43343023

    Most of these so called "refurbished items" are simply packaging that was opened and then returned. They are factory inspected and sold with the one year warranty. My wife is store management at Wal-Mart and once the factory seal on the box is cut they just have them inspected and sold as refurbished.
     
  11. KingstonJW

    KingstonJW CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Heck, I'd probably sell you my old D90 for a lot less. As a professional photographer, I always find great interest in these types of discussions. The first question to ask about a camera is not whether or not it is an affordable one but does it do what you need it to do. I'm curious as to how many pixels you want, and for what purpose. If you aren't overly ambitious, you can probably find an older something on Craigslist at a steal because camera nerds like me always want the newest versions (we are sick and need therapy). But sit down and write a short list of what you want to accomplish and then go in to your local Nikon or Cannon specialist (I like Glaziers in Seattle), and ask them to recommend a solution for you. If you have a good store, they will show you the differences in models and can discuss in agonizing detail the why and why nots. They should also offer you basic or advanced training depending on your level of proficiency. Finally, look for a local photography group and find a mentor if you need one.
     
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  12. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    Try eBay. I just bought a Nikon D5300 recently and sold my old Nikon D40 on eBay for $180 (shipping included). I put it up there with a Buy It Now and it sold within 2 hours.

    Here are a bunch up there now: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...A0.H0.Xnikon+d40.TRS0&_nkw=nikon+d40&_sacat=0

    If the seller doesn't include the shutter count, make sure you ask. Mine sold quickly because it had a low shutter count. You can't go wrong with a D40. IMHO you are best off with an SLR. Don't consider a non-SLR.
     
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  13. Kirstie

    Kirstie PFG, Picture Framing God

    For 90% of the population, it certainly is.

    I traveled this month with a Sony Rx100 III. Great little camera for travel. I haven't tried it in the shop for web photography, but I'm curious.

    In the shop we use an old Nikon D60 and it works fine for capturing rectangular objects without flash. White balance adjust meant is essential, as it not shooting through glass. We find we can shoot shadowboxes with Museum Glass installed because the glass is that good. Here are dozens of examples:
    http://www.framersworkshop.com/Examples/index.html

    As you can see, my problem is lighting. I need a place to set up a BIG light box and I don't have that right now. I plan to work on it this summer as we are spending too much time in Photoshop.
     
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  14. Steve Collins

    Steve Collins SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

  15. skye

    skye MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I shot a D40 as my first DSLR and loved it. It was easy to use, and a total work horse.
     
  16. FramerInTraining

    FramerInTraining MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Kristie, your pictures look wonderful. Are you saying your pictures have flaws?
     
  17. FramerInTraining

    FramerInTraining MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I have a Canon t3i and use an EyeFi memory card. I'm sure most know what it does but in short it transmits photos taken directly to your PC. I selected the folder to save to in Dropbox so everybody has access to the photos immediately.

    I also have an iPhone 5s setup on a tripod. I then use a selfie's Bluetooth clicker to take pictures. It has its purpose when listing large volume items on eBay or Amazon.
     
  18. garylyb

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