What kind of camera?

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What kind of camera?

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:48 pm

Hello all,

I posted earlier this year about my going to MSU for college. Because I am leaving home, I will no longer be using my dad's camera for photos. I now plan on getting my own bundle to use. Almost everyone here who has a camera knows that it's no cheap investment, so I want to be sure that I get the right one for what I'm going to be doing. My budget is about $550.

I'm partial to Canon, since that's what I've been using for the last few years. This is pretty much what it's come down to:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/canon-eos-r ... Id=5004025

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M124AIU?psc=1

Is there a big difference between the two (with the exception of the additions in the Amazon bundle). I'm more worried about the camera and not all the accessories, but I must admit, the Amazon bundle definitely piqued my interest.

Thanks,

-NS
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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby trnwatcher » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:15 pm

The bundles are OK but you end up with stuff that you rarely ever use. Concentrate on camera features (I.E. full frame vs non full frame, how fast it will write to the SD card, frames per second, len quality, etc.) Don't be afraid to buy on Ebay or the web from reputible resellers. You can sometimes get a used camera with lens for the same price as these kits but you end up with a higher end camera.
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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:31 pm

trnwatcher wrote:The bundles are OK but you end up with stuff that you rarely ever use. Concentrate on camera features (I.E. full frame vs non full frame, how fast it will write to the SD card, frames per second, len quality, etc.) Don't be afraid to buy on Ebay or the web from reputible resellers. You can sometimes get a used camera with lens for the same price as these kits but you end up with a higher end camera.


That's true. I'm not sure what I'd use the larger flash or the filters for but a lot of the stuff in the pack seems to be maintenance stuff which could come in handy. Not only that, but it comes with a memory card which I would have to buy separately from Best Buy which brings it up to 560 dollars.

Is the T6 better than the SL1? I can't really find a difference.
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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:57 pm

I can count on one hand the number of times I've successfully used most of the crap that came in my maintenance kit. A cheap microfiber cloth from the automotive department at my favorite big box store handles most of the maintenance I have to do to my camera (T2i, fwiw). It would be nice to have a bigger flash unit, or a remote trigger (or both!) than most of the accessories that came with the kit.
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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby bdconrail29 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:52 am

The only thing the SL1 does better than the T6 is video shooting or Live View autofocus. Phase-detect is a little worse (non-Live View).
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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:22 pm

Thank everyone for the help. Pre-college life has been so hectic that I forgot to post that I am now a proud owner of a Canon Rebel T6 EOS. I went to take some photos this morning and this was the result:

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I'm really happy how these turned out, and hopefully it means good things to come on my trip next week.

Thanks again,

-NS

(Photos above are post-edit, which involved color saturation and vignette additions).
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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby railohio » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:11 pm

Dial back the cartoon colors, kid.
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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:45 pm

railohio wrote:Dial back the cartoon colors, kid.


Although the phrase is...unusual, to say the least, I agree. I'm still working with the original photo because the colors didn't come out the way I had hoped and I over compensated with the saturation.

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Re: What kind of camera?

Unread postby PatAzo » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:50 pm

Enjoy your new camera. Keep your dorm neighbors from swiping it. I too would dial back the saturation and probably the contrast too.
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