Besides orders being placed the most common email I am getting right now is “I want to get a camera for Christmas. What do you suggest?” So here goes…
I recommend a dslr over a point & shoot…even if you don’t know how to use a camera on anything but the automatic mode. The basics of photography are fairly easy to learn and a dslr opens the door for so much more than a point & shoot. They are bulky, but well worth it in my opinion. As far as specific dslr cameras go, I shoot with Canon so naturally I lean to Canon. Nikon is also a great brand. I personally would stick with one of those. I buy most of my equipment at BeachCamera.com, but there are tons of great credible online stores. Locally, I would recommend Camera Gallery at 71st & Memorial. They can really walk with you through what camera will fit your specific needs.
any of the Canon Rebel versions ($450-$800) – This would be my #1 recommendation for most people
Canon 20D, Canon 30D, Canon 40D, Canon 50D
Nikon D40, Nikon D60, Nikon D80, Nikon D90
You will also notice there are several different lens options. To explain it in the least technical way, here you go:
18-135mm: This is a zoom and a wide angle. Numbers below 50 allow for a wide angle.
f/4.0: In simplistic terms this is how blurry you can make your background. The smaller the number the blurrier the background. I only buy lenses that are f/2.8 or smaller.
You can always invest in the camera with the lens it comes with, learn photography beyond the Automatic mode and then invest in lenses that fit your personal needs. Hope that helps….just a little note to say I’ll be doing more teaching related things next year, but a dslr will be required
Canon is offering a rebate on certain models, you find that rebate HERE