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Looking for a new dslr to get back into photography. Advice needed.

ackelly 5 7
11 Aug 2012 4:23PM
My trusty Nikon SLR was stolen after about ten years of great use, I'm looking to get into the DSLR fun but there seem so many cameras to choose from I felt I needed to ask for some advice. I have considered the Canon 600 and 650D but now see their competition - Nikon.
Any ideas would be much appreciated with a max budget of 600-700 pounds sterling.
Thanks in advance Alex.

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ShaunsPics 7 86 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 5:09PM
take a look at pentax k30 looks a great camera for the money i know i would.
steve486 7 150 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 5:11PM
think of finding a good used eos 5d, that would leave somthing for a lens, mayby a used 28-135 is.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Aug 2012 5:17PM
Canon 650d is pretty good for your budget.
Or Nikon D5100.
Better to go to a camera shop to try them out though.
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 5:53PM
The theft of an old Minolta and an insurance replacement got me back into photography after years out. It's strange that such trauma's can have such silver linings (mind you given this hobby has cost me thousands I guess that burglary is still costing me Wink).

I believe that you are splitting hairs between brands these days in terms of IQ etc. My personal advice follows on from Coles...

1. How the camera feels in your hand, and how intuitive it is to use are important. You can get a sense of both by going in a camera shop and having a play.
2. Remember with a DSLR you are buying into a system. You don't want to buy a camera, and loads of accessories only to realise later on down the line that you wish you'd bought a different brand because their system is more suited to your type of photography.
3. Used is a good option, but think about warranty. Would you feel more comfortable with a degree of protection?
4. Also - think about how you intend on processing the images you take with your new DSLR. Might a tweak to your budget allow you to get a copy of Adobe Lightroom too? If I recall correctly I think Amazon often do LR for a silly price when you buy from a range of DSLR's.

Good hunting, and get taking pictures again.

ackelly 5 7
11 Aug 2012 6:02PM
Thank you very much for the ideas, are there any reliable places to look for second hand cameras?
ackelly 5 7
11 Aug 2012 6:09PM
Also is there a step up from the D5100 with a few more mega pixels as I would be blowing them up to print but less than the D4 of course.
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 6:11PM
London Camera Exchange usually do a good job. A few independents local to me also do second hand, however some are well OTT in their prices compared to the classifieds on here and eBay.

Before you buy any - perhaps have a think about what features you can't live without. E.g.

Do you need it to have a pop up flash (rules out the used 5D)?
What about low light performance (more recent sensors are much better at handling the noise from high ISO settings)?
Full frame or cropped sensor?
Frame rate (will you use the camera for action)?
Do you want the capacity to shoot video?
Megapixels - really this is far less important than many manufacturers would have you believe hence its at the bottom of my list.
ackelly 5 7
11 Aug 2012 6:24PM
Yes I realise that many of the Canon pro cameras have no pop up flash which would be useful for my kids to get started on photography. It is a shame it's that way but just a quIck google search shows results for 5dbmark iis for 700 pounds, do I've never used a clamp on flash are they easy to use?
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 9:09PM
Yes - external flash can be easy to use, but they are not cheap. A 5D MkII at 700 - very good value, but that won't include a lens. Also remember that a 5D MkII really needs pro glass to get the best from the sensor...

ackelly 5 7
11 Aug 2012 10:23PM
Thanks I think I'm going to go with the safe bet of the 650D. Would you recommend any particular lenses? 24-105mm? Or are Sigma good enough?
stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 11:09AM
Have a look at the MPB photographic advert on this page. They've got many used DSLRs and lenses for sale and, having used their services myself, I'd gladly recommend. Personally, I 'd always consider the very best glass you can afford a priority and if the seller is reliable and honest, used can be a good way to go.
ackelly 5 7
12 Aug 2012 12:07PM
Sorry where is this advert I can't seem to find it by glass which lens are you referring to?
stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 4:50PM
The MPB advert is to the right on this page just above the Lee filters advertisement. Sorry for not being clear! By 'best glass' I meant get the best quality lens you can for the focal length range you most need, it doesn't make sense to have a poor lens on a good camera body. The Canon 24-105 you mention is a very good lens, by the way, if it fits with your budget.
ackelly 5 7
12 Aug 2012 8:34PM
I was using my iPad and had disabled ads don't worry about it. Okay thanks for the advice I'll stick to the official Canon.

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