I have been lurking here for about 3 years. I have come out of hiding before, but I just really enjoy looking at all your lovely photos. I am diving in and buying a DSLR and am sooo nervous. The reason I am so nervous is 1. this is a huge investment 2. there are so many choices and 3. what if i regret it lol.. So I have narrowed down my choice to the Canon t2i and the nikon d90. I bought the canon s5is a couple years ago but am SOOOO over this camera as it doesnt do me any good. I have compared and compared and I am overwhelmed at this point. Any suggestions for me?
Didn't realize how long ago I have been on here. haha the siggy says it all lol. Emma is almost 8 and Dean is almost 5
I think my only suggestion would be to go to the store, and hold both, try out the controls, and see what feels right to you. I didn't do that, I just picked canon. I don't regret it, but when I finally one day can afford to upgrade, I will go and try out both brands before I decide for sure Another common suggestion from us girls is, don't buy the kit lens! If you want to get something for the same price or cheaper, look at getting a 50mm 1.8. A lot of people (including myself) buy the kit lens, and then realize almost instantly that they need a change! Especially for portraiture. Good luck on your decision!
That's how I did it too ... I narrowed it down to 2 cameras and then went to hold them.
If you've decided on a camera, the next decision really is the lens. Nikon makes a nice, but inexpensive 50mm f/1.8 lens. I think it runs around $150.
Have fun w/ your new toy and post some updated pics of your kiddos for us!
Congrats on making the decision to get a DSLR. You will NOT regrett it! Your only regret will be that you didn't get it earlier. And I agree Lauren and GiGi, don't go with the kit lens... if you can afford to get a better one. Everyone told me to get a better one and just buy the body. I thought it would take a while to outgrow the kit lens. It didn't. I am not trying to decide which lens to get and I've only have my camera a little over a year.
thank you so much, ladies. This might be a stupid question as I have never owned a camera with a detachable lense before. But the 50mm f/1.8 doesnt zoom right? I am a big "zoomer" will this be a big problem for me? I would have to get up close to the subject and far away and use my body as the zoom right? hahaha, I dont know if that made sense at all.
that's right. the 50mm is what we call a "prime" lens. it is fixed at a constant length of 50mm. to zoom, you've got to use your feet. :+)
I think the D90 comes w/ the 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens [I did a quick look on amazon]. Now, it's not a BAD lens (especially w/ the VR - vibration reduction), but the further you zoom in ... the further you go towards the far end of the range [105mm in this case], the higher the minimum value of your aperture will be. I know that's a lot to take in at once. But, zoomed all the way out to 105mm - like when trying to catch your kid playing at the park while you sit on a nearby bench - you will only be able to open your aperture up to a value of f/5.6. And in return, that means it gets a lot harder to get that smooth creamy background that makes your subject really stand out.
Does that make sense? I'm not the best at explaining these kinds of things.
I like to shoot my boy playing soccer, so this is the zoom lens I am dreaming about:
But at that price tag, it's going to be a LONG WHILE before that dream becomes reality. *sigh*
If $$$ is not too tight, you might consider getting the kit lens, but know that its best uses will be outside. And then add the 50mm to get your best shots.
Good luck to you!
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You got it right! A 50mm f/1.8 does not zoom, so you use your feet as your zoom. I am playing with a friends's 50mm and 85mm right now to see if that is what I what to buy. I think I may go that route, but only because I will still have the kit lens which is a zoom. If I had the money, I would buy a good zoom lens since I do like to be able to zoom in and out for snap shots. But I'm just not willing/able to spend the kind of money that it would take to get a GOOD zoom lens. I figured I might as well save up for it and get a 50mm prime lens (prime means that it does not zoom). I don't want to buy a "cheaper" zoom now just to want to replace it in a few years. Oh the decisions. There are always so many to make!