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    Cool Camera Suggestion Required

    Hi all,

    My name is Michael from the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. I am interested in Portrait/nature-scenic photography but with so many camera's to choose from I am a little lost as I am a total beginner. A friend has suggested that the 'glass' of the camera is important. He has suggested I look at the Cannon G1X. Whilst at the camera shop I was also shown the Sony NEX-3N.

    I really liked the image of the 3N but also notice there was no viewfinder. It was only digital.

    I am really looking for some suggestion about the above, and at this stage of photography how concerned do I have to be about Aperture and also not having a viewfinder if suggestions point me to choose Sony NEX 3N.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Regards
    Michael.

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    I myself would not have a camera without a viewfinder.Sometimes you cant see what your taking from sun glare
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minya View Post
    Hi all,
    G'day Michael.


    Quote Originally Posted by Minya View Post
    I am interested in Portrait/nature-scenic photography but with so many camera's to choose from I am a little lost as I am a total beginner. A friend has suggested that the 'glass' of the camera is important.
    As a beginner the first advice I think you need is to slow down and not rush into any decision without plenty of research and asking advice is a good idea. Your friend has offered sound advice when he says lenses are important but before you are able to take full advantage of either a camera or lenses to their fullest you need to learn quite a few basics beforehand it seems.

    Quote Originally Posted by Minya View Post
    I really liked the image of the 3N but also notice there was no viewfinder. It was only digital.
    EVFs ( electronic viewfinder / digital ) are getting much better with each new camera these days the same way that the rear screens offer very good resolution and usability but they still have significant draw backs in some areas. They can be hard to use in bright sunlight ( landscape or outdoor photography in general ) and they tend to "lag" when moving subjects are involved. On the other hand, live view or "the rear screen" can be extremely useful for both portraits and landscapes when used on a tripod. I have been using live view a lot in a studio lately.

    Quote Originally Posted by Minya View Post
    I am really looking for some suggestion about the above, and at this stage of photography how concerned do I have to be about Aperture and also not having a viewfinder if suggestions point me to choose Sony NEX 3N.
    Yes, you do have to be concerned about aperture, it is one of THE fundamental parts of both portrait and landscape photography.
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    Thanks to all that have replied so far I have done some theoretical research on Aperture, ISO and Shutter speed but I tend to learn by doing. As far as a camera brand/combo advice on a good camera for beginners would really help, more from a comparative point and informed decision perspective.

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    You can learn to take photographs with any camera, provided it addresses the fundamentals of what makes up good photography. I am still relatively new to the craft but what I know about photography exceeds what I have practised at photography. This is more due to opportunity than anything else, but while using rare opportunities I have still learned a lot about it.

    I bought a Nikon D3100. It only does 3 fps in burst mode, and has a smaller density sensor than most, as well as a smaller sensor. It has smaller and slower most things than more expensive cameras. I regard it as entry level but I also know it will be far from my last camera.

    What it does give me though is the ability to do most things that I need to to learn how to take good photographs. I can adjust the shutter, aperture,ISO triangle. I can work on my Depth of Field skills. I can pan. I can use different lenses and filters. I can adjust certain parameters in-camera. I can take photographs in RAW mode for later PP. I can try astro photography. I can use a remote shutter. I can use a good intelligent flash. I can do lots of things. See where I'm going with this?

    All the things I can do with it allow me to develop skills that I will use with a more expensive camera later on.

    So don't sweat about which camera so much as what you can learn when using the finally chosen. It will be your first, not your last, but as your first it needs to be able to do most things that people discuss on this site that allow you to adjust photographs and get good at them. It won't do all the things people discuss, and it won't necessarily do them fast. But it needs to be versatile.
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    Hi Michael, do you have a budget in mind? That will really effect any recommendations.

    The Sony NEX models are great cameras; my wife has an NEX-5N and it really has some bang for buck.

    There are only three real disadvantages with the 'mirrorless' systems such as the NEX, when compared to an entry level DSLR:
    1. Some of the controls may be harder to get to (simply due to the size of the camera, you may have to trope through menus rather than having a physical button)
    2. The lack of an optical viewfinder (some people don't mind this, but I do prefer to use an optical viewfinder)
    3. There are a lot fewer lenses available on mirrorless systems at this time (however as a beginner this probably won't bother you..)

    However there is also a BIG advantage with mirrorless, which is the size factor.. if you are more likely to take the smaller camera with you, then it's probably better to get the smaller camera.
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    Thanks to all those that have replied. A friend of mine has some Canon Lenses I can use which brings down the cost as I just need to buy the body.

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    You should buy yourself at least one lens the nifty-fifty is cheap, what happens if the friend is not home the day to want to use your camera ?
    I could not image asking someone to borrow a lens every time I wanted to use my camera as so far today its been seven times, plenty of Birds around..
    Also have a look at the entry level cameras with the kit lens they are good if you are on a budget..

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    My bias up front.... I am an old (in both sense of the word) Minolta person so now shoot Sony ( who bought out Minolta.)
    I stayed with the A700 which has an optical viewfinder for years but finally bought the full frame A99 with Electronic viewfinder and now WOULD NEVER GO BACK. The advantages far outweigh the perceived disadvantages in my opinion. OK Bias disclosed now for the things to consider

    Do you want a DSLR or a smaller body such as the NEX you were looking at?
    Is size and weight a consideration. Do you want to carry the camera in your pocket or take a suitcase full of gear .
    Brand- once you choose a brand and buy some lenses they will not fit other brands. You mention if you go Canon then you can borrow lenses. This may be a reason to think about Canon.
    What is your principal interest- landscape/still life/street photography/wildlife. This will influence the lenses you need but you can start with one all purpose lens.

    Do not just listen to camera store sales folk -ask around with your friends, visit a photography club and talk to members, stop photographers in the street ans ask about their gear and why they have what they have.
    Take your time.

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    I like using a DSLR. I like the feel of something in my large hands. Controlling various settings is easier with the buttons and dials.
    You have access to Canon lens.
    Photographing what, where and your budget?
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    I agree with Mary Anne that you should have your own lenses, maybe you can start using your friends, eventually, it is still better to own yours. you can get your camera with Kit lens 1st. Also you sure you want to lugged around the bulky DSLR or you prefer to keep a small compact or mirrorless camera in your bag?

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    Hi Hightone & Mary Anne

    I don't mind carrying a larger DSLR. I have ordered the Canon EOS 700D for ~$600 and will be buying the kit lens from my friend. I have also 'borrowed' my friends EOS 650D and am using the various modes already and getting used to the functionality of the camera, but at the moment sticking to general settings until I get comfortable. I might also consider doing a 1 day camera workshop.

    Also, Thanks everyone for all the helpful suggestions. This is a great place to learn and appreciate all you help.

    Regards
    Michael

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    Good on you and thanks for the update.
    Quote Originally Posted by Minya View Post
    I might also consider doing a 1 day camera workshop.
    So long as it don't cost to much. Read the cameras manual. It won't sink in first time around but it gives you an idea and is easier to come back to as you learn. There's the Canon threads that it's free to ask any question (how do I make my camera do ....., can my camera do ....?) ........ http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...y.php?16-Canon

    Also may be worth slowly working through some of this free course ... http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...otography_Book
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minya View Post
    Hi Hightone & Mary Anne

    I don't mind carrying a larger DSLR. I have ordered the Canon EOS 700D for ~$600 and will be buying the kit lens from my friend. I have also 'borrowed' my friends EOS 650D and am using the various modes already and getting used to the functionality of the camera, but at the moment sticking to general settings until I get comfortable. I might also consider doing a 1 day camera workshop.

    Also, Thanks everyone for all the helpful suggestions. This is a great place to learn and appreciate all you help.

    Regards
    Michael

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    Good stuff. Have a look at the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. You should be able to pick it up for $150-180. The wide aperture means you'll get quite a bit of background blur, which you'll enjoy for portraiture. Good place to start before upgrading to something with a longer focal length.

    Don't forget to ask on here for your questions, and post photos on here for either constructive criticism and/or technical advice. We can even suggest a few experiments to get used to the impact of aperture/shutter/ISO

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    Once you get the 700D and the "Kit Lens" (I assume it is one of the EF-S 18 to 55F/3.5~5.6 models), then I suggest that you resist the urge to buy ANYTHING for a couple of months until you get your knowledge and skills up to the standard that you are asking useful questions and knowing why you are asking them.


    It will be at this stage in your learning and your experience, where it will begin to become more apparent what your specific interests are and also what limitations (if any) the gear is placing on you.


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    I have a friend with the 700D and they are very impressed with it, good choice ..
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    Hey William W, Ameerat & All,

    I now have the body of the 700D and a friend has offered me a lens 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 and I didn't buy a kit lens (as such)

    I am eager to start shooting but at the same time I know I need to learn the basics. So now I have a dilema to choose fixed ninety-fifty lens or buy 18-55mm. An earlier post by marianne suggest this but has anyone else got different views and opinions.

    For those that have not been following this thread I am primarily interested in portrait/landscape-nature photography.

    At the moment I am also trying to find groups in Melbourne or classes to really understand the basics and move on from there.

    Look forward to your reply.

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    The nifty nifty is a great little lens and so light you would never know you had it on your camera and its a prime so you have to move back and forth.
    The 18-270 mm is a Telephoto zoom lens and opens wider so you get a lot more in your frame especially for landscapes and the lens moves back and forth not you.
    And at the longer end it will bring your subject much closer to you if your wanted to shoot Birds for instance..
    Why is your friend selling you this lens, unhappy with it ? Best you get one lens you will be happy with and shoot with it till you learn enough.
    Perhaps the 18-55mm lens as your walk around lens for now, lets see what other Members suggest.

    I suggested the nifty fifty because it was a budget priced lens, when you wrote that you were going to borrow your friends lenses
    Though looking on line you can get the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens for $115 delivered that's even cheaper than the nifty fifty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minya View Post
    I now have the body of the 700D and a friend has offered me a lens 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 and I didn't buy a kit lens (as such).
    The friend has “offered the lens to you” or “has offered to sell the lens to you”?
    What lens, specifically?
    The TAMRON?
    If, the Tamron - WHICH ONE, specifically?

    Thanks,

    WW

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