Advice Please

B3DD0W5 Avatar
B3DD0W5 5 2 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2019 11:18AM
I'm looking for a DSLR but I have certain budgetary restraints. Any advice on what to look for, and where please?
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
14 Jul 2019 12:04PM
Hi Matthew,

A bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question, really. It depends on what type of photography you want to mainly concentrate on, and not least the extent of your budget.

Am I right in thinking you are in the Birmingham area? If so, the best thing to do is to find a specialist camera shop in your area (not an electrical store that happens to sell cameras), explain to them what you want and actually get your hands on some cameras. They can give you advice and tips and help you by explaining the various options within your budget , not least the right type of lens(es) to choose depending on what you want to shoot.
AlexE Avatar
AlexE 6 190 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2019 12:32PM
Take a look at WEX's used stuff. It may be of interest if you need to keep your costs down.
JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2019 1:12PM
As above, try out a few brands/menu systems - currys's pc world etc.
Also consider ebay etc.

Don't forget a mazon's prime day , Sony & canon have some deals in that section.
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
15 Jul 2019 4:41PM

Quote:Canon has more lenses out there than Nikon

Other brands are available. Don't get blinkered on just these two brands, there are perfectly good alternatives out there.
779HOB Avatar
779HOB 11 1.2k United Kingdom
18 Jul 2019 12:19PM
Best bit of advice I had when I got my first DSLR was to go and hold some. I was almost 100% going to buy a Canon - can't remember which now - but when I held it and the Nikon equivalent the Nikon fitted my hand better and just felt right. The Canon I seem to remember felt small. Only using Canon and Nikon as that's what I looked at. The main thing is to hold what you think you want to buy before buying.

Wex is an excellent place to buy online either new of used once you have decided. Unless you are able to support a local camera shop of course.
gaelldew Avatar
gaelldew 16 377 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2019 3:18PM
Check out MPB they do new and second hand very good to deal with, dont forget you will need lenses and they depend on what you shoot.As above try and hold different ones first if possible.
WestCamera Avatar
WestCamera 4 121 United States
26 Jul 2019 12:04AM
There is so much good advice, here. I do hope you follow it.

Your question is the proverbial one. Where to start? And, like many others who have posed the question you leave out some very important bits of information. Are you looking for a beginner's camera or is this a step up from years of say point and shoot or maybe Micro Four Thirds shooters? Without knowing where you stand in terms of understanding and experience it is impossible to answer your question. And, of course, the next important question is what is your intended purpose. Not all DSLRs are the same, as I am sure you know. So, until you answer these questions no advice will be very complete nor can anyone really offer you any that would be relevant to you.
B3DD0W5 Avatar
B3DD0W5 5 2 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2019 6:09AM
I've been using a Sony Cybershot bridge camera for the last year or so. I picked it up second hand, and it has what I think is an impressive 63x zoom lens (whether this is actually that impressive I am not really sure, no frame of reference... pun intended)


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