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tialee's picture
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? for Gwen or anyone else into photography UPDATED WITH PICS

I am buying a cannon slr camera and wanted your advice. I can go up to $1000 but dh would be much happier if I kept it around 6 to 700.00 I want a camera that is really good with lighting as that is not my strong point. I was looking at 2, The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera and the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi 12.2-Megapixel SLR Camera but I am so in the dark with this. I just don't want to spend so much and not know what I am getting. Any advice???

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Tia I don't know much about cameras but my cousin is a photographer and swears by Nikon. They used to be SOOO expensive but I think now the are comparable to most other brands.

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I'm a Canon girl. My only recommendation is to buy the camera body without the kit lens and then get 1-2 good lenses instead. The T1i is newer than the XSi (I think), so I'd probably go with that. This is a GREAT site for camera reviews - http://www.dpreview.com/

Will you be shooting on auto or manual? For the lighting, part of that is the camera but part is also the lens. If you get a lens that has a lower f-stop number (like one that's f/1.4) then you can open it up more to let in more light. But that takes practice to shoot like that because there can be focus challenges (as it's harder to focus when you shoot wide open). Anyhow, just mentioning that because it's important.

Definitely do some research before you buy. But as Kelly points out, people tend to either be strongly Nikon or Canon, it all depends on who you talk to. I've been a Canon girl for years, I haven't really done much with a Nikon because I haven't had access to one other than when I'd use a friend's for a few minutes. I just really like Canon.

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I'm Camp Canon too. I have the EOS 400D, which is a few years old now, but i love it. My friend bought one reconditioned this year for about £300 ($550ish).

If you will be shooting on auto a lot i would recommend you get the kit lense. That's the one i use the most when i'm just snapping and don't want to mess about changing lenses for the different situations iykwim.

If you're no good in low light then i would suggest getting a camera that goes to a higher ISO, but really this would only matter if you plan on shooting in manual, (i think...).

Unless you plan on learning all about ISO, apature and shutter speeds and going it manual then you might be better off with one of these higher spec point and shoots. My mum is having the dilemma at the moment because she's not sure if she would really learn all the manual stuff.

The other option would be to buy a book on lighting - Understanding Exposure Bryan Peterson is the dogs pods. Then once you've learned all that stuff you won't have a problem with lighting anymore!! Lol I will say though that ALL photographers have a problem with lighting. It's a real art to figure out what settings to use / where to position your subject etc. But that's the fun and satisfying part of producing a well lit photograph at the end of it all. Smile

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Oooh and also: Make sure you get a camera that shoots in RAW if you're going to go the manual route. Then you can correct any exposure issues after the fact. It means a bit more processing, but it's well worth it. Smile

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THanks girls, yes I am going to learn all the manual stuff. I had a cannon rebel soething??? lol with 2 different lenses but it broke Sad My dad gave it to me so I wanted to fix it cause he paid about 1000 a few years ago but he said it would not be worth it at the price to fix it. SO, I am finally buying my own. I always shot on auto with the old one but I want to learn manual so bad. Here are some pics I took with my old good camera but I did not know anything just auto and hit the button lol. I would not dare to put any up on the photography board since I don't know anything yet but it seems like if I get a good pic it is just by chance.:confused:
Also KELLY, my friend is also a pro and had a nikon and I wanted one but 3 people in my family all have cannon so then we can use each others lenses and stuff.
Here are some I took and the things . Sorry so many. Just some examples of the looks I like.

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THIS ONE I THINK IS TOO BRIGHT
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TRYING TO BLUR THE BACKROUND BUT I OVER DID IT I THINK?
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MY NEPHEW
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I HAD THIS IDEA IN MY HEAD BUT IT DID NOT WORK OUT. WAY TO BRIGHT AND HARSH SHADOWS Sad
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JAZZ IN CHICAGO SO BUMMED IT TURNED OUT SO BAD Sad

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AN ORANGE WALL AT THE MALL
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MAIN THING I WANT TO FIGURE OUT. HOW TO SHOOT WITH A WHITE WALL

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