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Old 12-19-2011, 10:20 AM
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Have a new baby on the way, and now need to purchase a good camera to document all of the upcoming stuff going on in our lives. Found a good deal on a Canon 2Ti. Any opinons on those , or any recommendations?? Not looking to spend more than about 800 bucks, the recent deal I found had the camera and a bunch of other goodies (20 extra pieces total) for around that (32GB card, wide angel lens, telephoto lens, 2 tripods, camera bag, etc.) for just under 800.

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Old 12-19-2011, 10:31 AM
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I would suggest rethinking the dslr thing. The big cameras eventually get left behind just because they are that much more baggage to deal with. I suggest a compact camera, something that fits easily into a pocket or purse. You are far more likely to have it with you, and use it.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:41 AM
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I would tend to agree with eyball. For about $400 you can get the G12 and, when your kid gets older and into sports and you decide ou want a faster camera that has more bells and whistles, go for it.

The G12 is a larger compact that has very good image quality. I am sure there are other brands that are similar but I own a G12 and am very happy with it. I can hand it to anyone to take a shot.

The camera you are looking at does sem to be a good camerra from the technical reviews I have read.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:51 AM
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Thanks, we already have a pretty good pocket camera, and are going to get a dslr regardless, just looking for opinons on specific ones if you have them.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:54 AM
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I disagree as long as you're willing to put a little effort in to learn the camera. Results from a slr are FAR superior to a compact camera if you know what you are doing. That said, I do find that I take most of the photos with my compact (or even phone).

As far as the camera you are looking at.....I don't really know. Even bottom of the line Canon (or Nikon) dslrs' would be a good choice for a beginner. Even if you find yourself not using it you can always sell them......the lenses and everything retain some value.

I use a Canon XTi myself and am always glad I have it, but don't break it out as often as I would like.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:05 AM
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Bought a Nikon D5100 when my son was born (July). Go with the DSLR, there is no comparison between it and a point and shoot. Can't go wrong with Canon or Nikon. I got a fixed 50mm lens which is great for portraits.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:47 AM
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have pretty much used a sony point & shoot,i always thought the pics were great; that is, until I bought a Nikon 5100.What a difference.Followed the profesional photographer at my sons wedding & took the same pics. everybody was amazed, especially myself
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:57 AM
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A disadvantage of a point and shoot is it only shoots JPEG files whereas a DSLR body can shoot JPEG or RAW files. JPEG's are RAW files that have been shrunk and compressed by the processor in the camera. There are many robust programs, some free that you can work with the RAW file and really make photos pop. Also If you take a bad shot f-stop wise you can fix it, with JPEG you pretty much got what you shot.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:31 PM
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Get a DSLR and JUMP on this Canon S95 for $229:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZSHNGS/ref=xs_gb_bd_CsB!BsnIall-?pf_rd_p=441937801&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=20&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_ rd_r=1FJHR076R058WJNNX5TS

I'm a photographer and reach for this camera pretty ofter. Its super portable, quick startup, has an f/2.0 lens for great low light shots, shoots RAW, and does pretty good at up to ISO800. At $229, you can't go wrong.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:52 PM
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I'm using the T3i, which is the next step up from the T2i. Only a few nuances of difference, but enough to "con" me in to the difference in price.

That T2i is a VERY capable dslr. I think you will be very surprised and quite satisfied with the camera.

When you have some time check out http://www.dpreview.com/forums/
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:43 PM
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I was sold on a Canon 3ti until I found out the 2ti has all the best features and costs less. Beyond that, I found the NEX series from Sony. It's worth a look in this price point.

If I can find the money, this will be my next camera.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex5n/
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I just bought my wife the Canon EOS Rebel T3 it was a 12 piece package camera kit, Zoom lens, tripod, 4 uv lenses, canon bag, extra battery, flash drive, 32mb memory card, cleaning kit and a few other things for $739 takes excellent pictures

http://www.cameta.com/Canon-EOS-Rebe...Lens-58128.cfm
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:21 PM
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I say go for it. I think you will be pleased with the results.

I bought my wife a DSLR last year for Christmas. At first she had the same reservations about it being too big (even though we had both used 35mm SLR's in the past). I told her I bought it for her to use primarily on the boat with the image stabilization.
She hemmed and hawed a bit, but now loves it, especialy the increase in quality. She got some great pics on the boat this past summer, as well as great shots at family reunions and other functions. Image stabilization is the bomb!!!

Ours was a Canon T1i, I think I paid about $425 with body and 2 zoom lenses.

One bit of advice: Buy cards with a relatively fast write speed. It makes a lot of difference when doing burst shots. No need to buy the fastest, just don't buy the slowest.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by benncsu View Post
Thanks, we already have a pretty good pocket camera, and are going to get a dslr regardless, just looking for opinons on specific ones if you have them.
You have mail.

Hit Costco and grab a Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, or Canon camera SET -- body, lens(es), etc all in one box, in your price range. If you like it, you're good to go. Otherwise you have 90-days to return it and it will have given you a point of reference for any other dslr you consider.

Sony has come on real strong in the price range you are talking. Hey, 5-years ago I would not even think of Sony for a dslr -- but today, in that price range ...

You might also want to consider a compact dslrs -- dslr without the viewing mirror. Instead the camera depends on live-view through the lens to the screen on the back, like a compact camera, but with larger sensor and changeable lenses. Panasonic makes a really popular one, body comes in diff colors. I believe it will accept Leica lenses, should you want to mortgage your house.

When you get close to deciding what you might want, it will be time for you to visit dpreview.com (as a couple others have already suggested) and read about the camera.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:23 PM
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I recommend the Canon "nifty fifty" lens (google it). It's a great little lens for portraits, can open wide enough to take indoor shots without a flash, and can be had for less than $100 (I think I bought mine for less than $75). It is my favorite lens indoors and you will especially appreciate it with a new baby.

I'm sure Nikon has something similar if you go that route. The Photography Corner sub forum at Florida Sportsman will provide more information than you will want to deal with........in fact if you look at all there is more than enough to make your head spin. That's why I would say anything Canon or Nikon would be good.....kind of make it easier.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:36 PM
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ill 2nd or 3rd the T2i, i have had mine for around a year and its pretty amazing.
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