Designer looking for camera

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by JustinG87, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. JustinG87 macrumors member

    JustinG87

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    So I'm shopping for a digital camera that's decent, but not too expensive. Obviously if I need something for a project I'll hire a photographer, but it's still good to have a camera myself for those times I just need to take some shots for a mock-up, or any number of scenarios. I'm not the best with a camera, I'll admit, my photos usually wind up fairly blurry, or the lighting is fairly off. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. cube macrumors G5

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    You have to start by saying how much you are prepared to spend.
     
  3. JustinG87 thread starter macrumors member

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  4. cube macrumors G5

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    What kind of camera do you want? Ultracompact, compact, bridge or DSLR?

    Are you willing to buy used from a reputable store (which should give you at least a few weeks warranty)?
     
  5. JustinG87 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm open to suggestions, and yes I'm willing to buy used from a reputable store.
     
  6. cube macrumors G5

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    90-day warranty:

    http://www.adorama.com/IOME420KR.html


    But you should check the main brick & mortar stores. For example, someone saw this camera new with 2 lenses for something like $320 at Ritz some time ago, I think.
     
  7. gkarris macrumors 604

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    It's the E-410 with 2 lenses for $320 around Chicago, and only at the stores that are closing...
     
  8. JustinG87 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I've narrowed it down to a DSLR, but I'd still like to find something under the $300 price range. Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  9. LittleCanonKid macrumors 6502

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    Under $300 for a DSLR is a pretty hard deal to come by, even if you're looking around at used cameras. If you're willing to spend $400-$500, many more options open up and it's even enough for a new, recently-released entry-level DSLR. If you find a deal as good as gkarris describes, I would jump on it. However, are you planning to expand on whatever you get or are you planning to just stick with whatever body/lens you get? If the latter is the case I suppose researching each brand's lens library isn't as necessary. The comfort level with the camera's controls though is still important, so you might want to try out different cameras/brands at a store.

    Remember though, if you have unique needs you'll probably be looking at a skyrocketed price for a good lens (for example, ultra-wide angle). For $300, you're probably going to have to look for a used camera that's a couple generations old, like a used Rebel XT or D40. Good luck.
     
  10. Olivier L. macrumors member

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    bridge + tripod

    For your 300 bugdet, I would forget SLR. I would suggest a good bridge camera for 250 then a nice tripod for it. This will help you a lot when shooting pictures of mock-up, objects, installations, ...
     
  11. cenetti macrumors 6502

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    ^^ exactly !

    Why would he even need a DSLR? You buy SLR system, so that you can change the lens for different shooting situations.

    All you need a point and shoot...
     
  12. JustinG87 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've never found a point and shoot that can take very satisfying shots. Not to mention they all take them in jpeg. Ew.
     
  13. Olivier L. macrumors member

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    Search better. :rolleyes: Some P&S or bridge shoot also in RAW or TIFF.

    With the boundary conditions you gave us (budget, casual use when no dedicated photographer is available, no particular skills with cameras), I would stick to my advice to buy a compact or bridge and a tripod.

    Bad reputation of P&S comes from blurry, bad colored, badly framed pictures taken inside in low-light.

    With a tripod and a minimal amount of observation and sensibility, you will get very good results.
     
  14. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    You can install hacked firmware on many canon cameras that lets you shoot raw (and do a lot of other really cool things).

    http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK

    PnS is still your best bet for your budget and outlined requirements.
     
  15. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The above is correct if you will be using these images after they are downsized. Even a 4MP camera has way to many pixels to fit on a computer screen and must be re-sampled.
    Resampling pretty much eliminates noise and removes any fine details

    What the SLR buys you mostly is a physically larger sensor. It will have better color, and less noise. But if you can put the Point and Shoot on a tripod, trigger it with a self-timer and (big "and" here) have enough light on the subject you can do very good work. For small indoor objects you can buy a 500 watt work light from Home depot and aim it at the back wall or ceiling and really put some light on a subject for cheap. The reflected light will not look harsh either. Or aim the work light directly to the subject if you like those knife edge sharp deep black shadows. Just do NOT use the P&S' builtin flash. Buy a $50 work light.

    The DSLR would be much more versitile and sude Nikon D70 or D50 with lens start at just over your $300 limit at about $350. But even then buy a tripod and a big light
     

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