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I want a badass photo camera

#14#14 Registered User regular
edited October 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Photography has always interested me. I have a little money now and I want to start taking pictures. Thing is, I'm a total noob. I know nothing about photography at all. My plan is to buy a good camera and just start learning.

What kind of camera would you guys recommend? I will probably do a lot of portraits and urban landscapes, but I want to experiment with everything. If it all works out I might want to start taking a college course on it (I'm from the Netherlands). So I think I'll want a multifunctional, semi professional one. I just don't know what type of camera would be good for me to start with.

Thanks in advance!

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    TrippyDKTrippyDK Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    A budget in this kind of situation is necessary.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I would recommend one of the consumer-level digital SLRs, either Canon or Nikon. For Canon, check out the Digital Rebel XT or XTi (only difference is resolution). I'm not sure what they are called in Europe--I'm pretty sure that Canon calls the Rebels something different everywhere else. It has all the features that you will need (three focusing modes, shutter speed priority, aperture priority, program mode, full manual mode, exposure shift, etc.) as well as some preset modes that will help starting out so that you just have to worry about composition. The Digital Rebels won't break the bank, have the same light sensor as Canons that cost twice as much, and take all Canon EOS lenses.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    edit: found an online review--looks like the Rebel XT is called the EOS 350D overseas. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos350d/

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    #14#14 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    edit: found an online review--looks like the Rebel XT is called the EOS 350D overseas. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos350d/

    This looks like exactly what I want, thanks. Some people also recommended me the Nikon D60/D80 (not sure they're called that in the USA). I take it this one is quite similar?

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    #14 wrote: »
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    edit: found an online review--looks like the Rebel XT is called the EOS 350D overseas. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos350d/

    This looks like exactly what I want, thanks. Some people also recommended me the Nikon D60/D80 (not sure they're called that in the USA). I take it this one is quite similar?

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that is basically the same thing. Unless you happen to have Nikon or Canon lenses already, I'd just look for what you can get the best deal on.

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    Limp mooseLimp moose Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I have a rebel XT

    Its fucking great.

    I recommend you get a macro or zoom lens to go along with the 35 mm it comes with. Just to give you some versatility. I got mine off Amazon.

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    They are called the Canon EOS 400/450.
    The 350 is the older model now.

    Alternatively - check out the Nikon D60. or for a step up body-wise, the D80 - D90.

    They are all great and will last you a long time. You will buy new lenses before you replace the body.

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    Dark_SideDark_Side Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    The best starter DSLR thread is basically the same as this, check that out if you want more information as well, provided you want a DSLR. Also Dark_moon's post in that thread will help you out a lot too. Link

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    #14#14 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Thanks guys, some good advice here. Feel free to add more if there's more to say on this, anyone.

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    blanknogoblanknogo Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Fallingman wrote: »
    They are called the Canon EOS 400/450.
    The 350 is the older model now.

    Alternatively - check out the Nikon D60. or for a step up body-wise, the D80 - D90.

    They are all great and will last you a long time. You will buy new lenses before you replace the body.

    If you're looking at the Nikon line, I would either step down to the D40 or step up to the D80-90. The D40 and D60 are very similar cameras - neither has the internal focusing motor (meaning AF lenses will not autofocus on them and only AF-S lenses will), they're both similar bodies, etc. The major differences are in the megapixels and the kit lens (differences many people agree are not worth the price increase).

    If I was to buy my camera now, I'd probably looking to the D90. The movie feature looks really interesting.

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