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Buying a Camera

Need Help Buying A Camera



7:49 am on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

I'm looking to buy a camera for all my web work. Not a cheap one - a nice one. Unfortunately, I don't know what to look for in a camera. I was browsing some cameras in the $150 - $200 range at one store and they all had about 10 megapixels - which is what I was originally looking at the pixels.

I've heard Cannon is supposed to have good camera's, can anyone confirm this? What is a good camera for taking still photos - I'd like to get people, buildings, wildlife, forestry, etc. I'd also like it to be very durable. And, if possible, I don't want any extra software added to my comp to use it - I hate that.



11:19 am on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Canon 40D SLR takes great pictures


11:48 am on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have had great replies for a similar question in this thread [webmasterworld.com].


1:28 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the suggestion mandytom - I'll look into that.

Thank you too Habtom - that thread was very informative. I'd forgotten just how expensive camera's can get. I'll probably been sticking under $1000 - though I may go as high as $1500. I don't need anything too fancy right now - but this could change in the future.

I just signed up for a Photography class at my college so I'm going to be talking to my Professor on Thursday.


4:11 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just remember MP doesn't = Quality. Any pro is going to take a good camera over one with lot of MP's although the new pro cameras have plenty of it. I know a guy who does photography and he has a old Canon camera that is only something like 2.5MP and he said he'd take it over a higher point and shoot anyday. Better censor technology and glass..

Personally I'd be looking at "low end" Canon DSLR and they are within your price range.

creative craig

4:36 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I use a Canon 30D - you could pick up a very well priced one about now seeing as the 40D is out and the 50D should be out at the end of the year.

Paul Bedford

6:15 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The Canon 50D was released this week but I won't be rushing out to buy one just yet. My 4-year old Canon 20D still works great for what I need it for and as long as the picture editors of the magazine I contribute to are happy then so am I.

Once you have a reasonably decent body it is the lenses and the person operating the camera that make the difference. Buy a reasonable prosumer body (even second hand if it has been well cared for) and spend as much as you can afford on decent lenses.

[edited by: Paul_Bedford at 6:16 pm (utc) on Aug. 26, 2008]


7:24 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've been a pro photographer since the early '80s and without any hesitation would go for the Canon system. Nikon also fantastic, but I feel Canon have the edge digitally.

The pro versions (best probably the EOS1DS-MkIII) are the top buy for ruggedness but the EOS5D and even the old EOS10D are built superbly.

Best all rounder, but not so heavily built at a not too high price has to be the EOS30D, 40D or the new 50D. They were an improvement on the 10&20D due to the larger screen on the back.

Having said this, we have old EOS20D's (the predecessor to the EOS30D)that I just can't bear to part with due to reliability.

My top tip is don't worry too much about mega-pixels. We have perfect pictures blown up to seven feet high from old EOS10D's (a mere 6 mega-pixels).

Buying good quality lenses is far more important. Canon L are the best, but we have a number of non-L lenses that produce superb results, as well as the better Sigma lenses. Look for wide apertures and image stabilizing where possible.


11:26 am on Aug 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I just wanted to update you all. My teacher is selling:

A 8.2 megapixel Canon EOS 20D (body) in good condition with a 1 gig CF card and an extra battery (and the charger, too). The lens is a Sigma DC 15 - 55 1:2.8 Auto focus. Plus, there's the Canon TC-80N3 remote timer and a case.

And he's selling all that for $700. I've emailed him and told him that I would purchase it if no one else has yet.

Do you all think this is a good purchase?



11:55 am on Aug 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The best way to figure out if you're getting a good deal would be to do some comparison shopping on ebay.

You also need to figure out if that lens is the right choice for the work you're doing.

[edited by: BillyS at 11:57 am (utc) on Aug. 31, 2008]


5:37 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Woot! I just got the Cannon EOS 20D today... It is awesome! I'm going to do a little nature this weekend to get some shots :D


Paul Bedford

6:53 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Enjoy it! I'm out shooting Formula 1 powerboats this weekend


7:42 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You've got a great camera there..hope you enjoy it.

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