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It is that time of the year when we take a look at what DSLRs, Point and Shoot Cameras, Lenses and Digital Camera Accessories have been popular with our readers over the last few months. The following is a compilation of the most purchased gear on Amazon – by our community.

Popular DSLRs

61W0knoTL2L._SL1500_.jpegAs usual over the last quarter we see Canon and Nikon battling it out in this category with sales between the two brands almost equally split between the two. As usual we see entry level DSLRs at the top of the list with the more serious (and expensive) cameras lower down. The Canon T4i (pictured right) took over #1 position from its sibling the T4i this month for the first time.

  1. Canon EOS Rebel T4i
  2. Canon EOS Rebel T3i
  3. Nikon D3200
  4. Nikon D3100
  5. Nikon D7100
  6. Nikon D5100
  7. Canon EOS 60D
  8. Canon EOS 6D
  9. Canon EOS Rebel T3
  10. Canon EOS 5D Mk III
  11. Nikon D7000
  12. Nikon D5200
  13. Sony Alpha SLT-A57M

Updated 13 May 2013

Popular Canon DSLR Lenses

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As usual the f1.8 50mm lens wins in the Canon range – a huge seller (see notes before). It’s a great quality lens and considering its price and how fast it is – it is almost a no brainer to have one in your camera bag.

  1. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
  2. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom
  3. Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens
  4. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
  5. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
  6. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  7. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
  8. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens
  9. Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens
  10. Canon EF 100-400mm
  11. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens
  12. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
  13. Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Wide Angle Lens
  14. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens

Updated 18 November 2012

Popular Nikon DSLR Lenses

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As with Canon – the 50mm lens is king here – doubling the sales of its nearest rival in the Nikon range – again its to do with quality of the lens and the value for money!

  1. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
  2. Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens
  3. Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Nikkor Zoom Lens
  4. Nikon 105mm f/2.0D AF DC-Nikkor Lens
  5. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime Nikkor Lens

Updated 18 November 2012

Other Brands of Popular DSLR Leneses

Many of these lenses from third party suppliers like Signma and Tamron can be used on different brands of cameras (just make sure you’re buying one with the appropriate mount for your DSLR.
sigma-10-20-lens.jpeg

  1. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens
  2. Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Motorized Telephoto Zoom Lens
  3. Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens
  4. Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom
  5. Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Lens
  6. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Large Aperture Standard Zoom Lens
  7. Sony 50mm f/1.8

Updated 18 November 2012

Popular Point and Shoots

best-selling-point-and-shoots.jpegCanon continue to dominate this list with a range of cameras but the big surprise this month was the rise of Sony’s HX5v which leapt into 2nd place from nowhere.

  1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
  2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V
  3. Canon PowerShot A3000IS
  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K
  5. Nikon COOLPIX S9100
  6. Canon PowerShot SX210IS
  7. Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS
  8. Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 IS
  9. Canon PowerShot S95
  10. Nikon COOLPIX L120
  11. Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS
  12. Canon PowerShot SD1400IS
  13. Nikon COOLPIX S6100
  14. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
  15. Panasonic DMC-FH25A
  16. Canon G12
  17. Canon PowerShot SX130IS
  18. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W560
  19. Canon PowerShot SX230HS
  20. Nikon COOLPIX P7100

Updated 15 December 2012

Popular Four Thirds Cameras

panasonic-gf-1.jpgI decided to add this category of cameras last quarter in as it continues to gain popularity. There isn’t a lot of cameras to chose from but here are the 3 that we saw sold. The Panasonic outsold the Olympus PENs by 3:1 (I have one myself).

It will be interesting to see what impact the Panasonic GF2 has on sales of the GF1 in the next report.

  1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
  2. Olympus PEN E-P1
  3. Olympus PEN E-P2

Popular Accessories

popular-digital-camera-accessories-lens-cleaning-pen.jpgThis section is always fun. This quarter many of the most purchased accessories for digital cameras came from our 15 Must Have Photography Accessories Under $25 post. The list is a perfect place to look if you’re starting to look for stocking stuffers for Christmas for a photography enthusiast.

  1. LensPEN Lens Cleaning System
  2. Opteka Hot Shoe Two Axis Double Bubble Spirit Level for Digital and Film Cameras
  3. Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster Large
  4. Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter
  5. Mennon Set of 2 Gray Card’s size 6″x8″ and 8″x10″, 18% Gray / 92% White
  6. Adorama Filter Wrench. Set of 2. Fits 46-58mm Filters
  7. Opteka RC-4 Wireless Remote Control for Canon EOS Digital SLRs
  8. Interfit Strobies Small On Camera Diffuser
  9. Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/4GB
  10. Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW

Popular Digital Photography Books

This popular photography book list was updated 10 August 2012:

popular-photography-books.jpegAmong the biggest sellers with dPS readers are digital photography books. We see literally thousands of them bought every year. Here are the most popular ones from the last quarter.

  1. Pro Secrets to Dramatic Digital Photos
  2. Fundamentals of Photo Composition
  3. Digital Photographer’s Complete Guide to HD Video
  4. Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light
  5. Fundamentals of Photo Composition
  6. Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
  7. The Digital Photography Book
  8. The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
  9. Wildlife Photography: Stories from the Field
  10. Focus: Found Faces: Your World, Your Images
  11. Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories
  12. VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography
  13. Digital Masters: Nature Photography: Documenting the Wild World

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • gabi

    I just got my Canon T3i and the first thing I did was look at the bottom to see where is was made, and to my surprise is said Made in Taiwan. :( I guess Canon moved their factory to Taiwan after the 2011 sunami? This is the only thing a hate about my T3i.

  • sabreena

    i am just getting started in photography and would like to know which would be a better buy.the sony a55 or the nikon 3100.i am more interested in taking good stills and nights pictures. im getting a offer to get both 18-55 and 18-200 lens with both the nikon and sony. please advice.

  • Kailen

    My mom has the Canon Rebel which I use. In the middle of me taking pictures though, it repeatedly says ‘Busy” and makes me wait like 15 secs…. does anyone know why? or how I could change that??

  • KittenCat

    Odd question this: BUT. I’ve tried a few times to “get into”-photography whilst at Uni/travelling etc …but I always ened up frustrated.. I can point&shoot with the best of them but how do I learn to *understand* photography:composition/taking a simple/decent pix…as I have numerical dyslexia and all the lenses and crop ratio info makes my head want to EXPLODE :( – are there courses / books specially for people like me…? – any thoughts people…?

    Thanks for reading…/ …any ideas muchly appreciated xx :)

  • http://www.tozlusayfa.net Asl? gungor

    Hi Tallulah
    I too have a K7 and I have found it to be a great camera. But before you buy try it with your lenses to make sure they do work. facebook has a K7 site where Pentax K7 owners put on their photos this may help you in seeing what it can do.
    regards Jeff

  • ACL Burger

    Hi Kittencat,

    I am not a master of photography, only a dedicated amature.

    “Getting into Photography” is as easy as point and shoot. Understanding photography is not always that easy but it is very satisfying. Understanding all the technical jargon is not going to make you a good Photographer.

    Do not feel any despair at your inabality to understand all the numerics. All you basically have to understand is the basics of photography. Do not attemp to understand the technical jargon about lenses and crop ratios. Leave that to the guys doing the manufacturing.

    DPS is a good place to get to know more about photography. Register, join the forum section, take pictures post it in the forums and you will get advice from someone.
    There are many books on Photography. Go to DPS tips & tutorials and find the section for beginners. Read anything you can for beginners.

    You do not have to be a mathematician to be a Photographer. All you need is a good artistic sense and feel.
    “Paint with light”, that is the basics of photography.

    I am going to stick my head out by what I am going to tell you now.
    Sony makes cameras for people who leave the technical jargon to the manufacturer and simply want to take good pictures. In a Sony’s viewfinder and LCD screen you can actually see what happends when you make changes to the shutter speed, aperture and ISO setting.

    Hope you do not do what frustrated gholfers do, throw the bag in the water.

    Forget about “understanding” photography. Accept your “disability” and enjoy taking pictures.

    Regards.
    PS: Cannot understand why any one else has not yet answered you.

  • http://www.baju-kaos-couple.com/ kaos couple

    good info.. i like canon camera …

  • Katie

    Would the Lumix gf2 ever be considered for a professional photographer?
    Does this camera hold up to the larger body canons and nikons?

  • Arun

    I’m going to buy a compact digital camera. which onle will be better in this 2 Canon powershot A810 or Nikon Coolpix L26

  • ianwaters39

    I have just invested a fairly small amount of cash on CANON EOS 350D with a 18-55 mm lens as a starter and also i chose this model as i noticed that people who have upgraded to the newer models in this series still have and use there 350D and most enthusiasts said they didnt NEED to up grade they just wanted the extra features that come with newer models in a series.In fact they liked the 350D over the 450 as it doesnt have the lcd display strip showing the cameras settings and are now shown on the main screen until you get to the top of the range cameras where the small screen is on the top of the much larger camera body.Well thats my observations so far if you could advise me on the best and cheapest if possible as i understand there are some other company’s making lenses for this series as well as the cannon lenses i mostly take landscape shots and was wondering if there is a single lens that would give me some zoom but also a wider angle than the 18-55mm that comes with the camera package.I am a novice but am pretty keen and enjoy reading any advice from my peers and i was also wondering about a remote release for the long exposure type of images i like to try and shoot needless i need a tripod but right now funds are extremely tight so i am also using a mirroless Samsung NX1000 i won in a competition which has loads of features and i was very surprised at the size and quality of the sensor it has a CMOS sensor thats larger than my 350D’s i think and has 21mp with a 20-50mm lens kit its a nice camera well built and packed with high end features in fact its harder to set it up than my canon and has more features like the ability to save a file in RAW and JPG at the same time and edit them using the large screen on the camera and then you can edit the RAW file later using there software or any type of photo shop type editing s.ware.You can also change the white balance using lumens if you want to or use a preset or auto white balance.and it has 3 presets also for the white balance so there is an example of the lengths Samsung have gone to break into the camera market and the lenses are good you can buy 200mm lens kits and external mic for video and an upgraded flash units using the hotshoe for the MIC and EVF .Well thats my camera bag aside from my first cam a fuji bridge cam a S2950 .As i mentioned any helpful advice would be really great to help me along the way to becoming a better photographer .Many thanks ..

  • http://www.outletphotography.com/ Ray

    @arun For compact camera’s I’d stick with Canon (although I’m a Nikon man myself). Canon compact powershot camera’s produce richer vibrant color images than do Nikon compacts. I’ve owned several from each make. I now always have a Canon G 10 or G12 near me. Looking at the latest G series when prices fall later this year. Good luck.

  • Brielle

    What great information on camera’s! I just recently got the Rebel T3i and I absolutely LOVE IT! I used it for my photography class my senior year, while everyone else was using school camera’s. I was so excited because I had just got this camera and I had no idea how to use it. Thankfully I took this class, because by the end of the class I knew how to use the camera properly, how to clean it, how to take care of it and so much more. Thanks again for posting this. I find your whole blog so interesting!

  • http://www.ubonevent.com Event Ubon

    I’ve just bought an CANNON EOS but I didn’t understand how to set the function for using it more efficeint than I do rightnow ,Thank you for all datas that you explanation for us that is good instructions to us .Thank you so much a gain.

  • http://contemporarydiningsets.us/ kumanthong

    I’m looking to purchase a DSLR and was considering a Pentax K5.

  • Drew Santana

    I totally agree with this post! If you’re interested in seeing sample pictures taken by an amateur photographer on the Canon T3i, check this out: http://sweetreviews.net/2013/04/15/canon-t3i-review-with-sample-photos/.

  • Mark Holland

    When it comes to tripods I just bought a Coman ™-256A with a Coman CM-0 swivel head on ebay for $132.00 and it has surpassed my wildest expectations for the price. It is all aluminum construction with 4 section legs that extend to1550 mm and can support 10kg or 22 pounds. It has the additional feature of using one of the legs and the removable head to form a monopod and comes with a nylon carrying case and comfortable shoulder strap. In addition it has two bubble levels built in to the head. This is an outstanding tripod for the price made and sold by a Chinese manufacturer. I know, I was skeptical about anything made in China but I was wrong – this tripod is strong, sturdy and extremely well made.

  • Sharad

    I have a Sony NEX-5 camera and am quite happy with the Image Quality. Now I want to add a 70-300 Zoom ( Nikkor or Cannon make ) and wish to get advice about the Specs of Lens and an adapter.

    Has anybody used such a Combo ? Are you happy with the results ?

    Thanks in advance !

  • Melodie

    I am a beginner, currently just own a nikon point and shoot. I was considering buying a dslr camera and maybe taking some photography courses. Would be nice to become professional but i guess too soon to make plans for that. Anyways what cameras and lenses do you recommend? I was looking at bestbuy’s flyer and they have a Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm/55-200mm VR Lens & Accessory Kit on sale or you can get it for around same price with the 55-300mm lens kit instead of accessories. Is this a good camera? if so which lens is better 55-200 or 55-300. Or should i look into getting a different camera? i dont want to spend alot of money. I would like to take a variety of pictures so something versatile would be good, i do enjoy taking scenic pictures mostly though.

  • Stephen Meatheringham

    Much of the information here hasn’t been updated since the last 1/3 of 2012. Is there really nothing much new out on the market?

  • Hamza Ali

    We are confused with Canon Rebel series numbers. We here in Arabian Gulf get our cameras under Canon Europe and they use different set of numbers. We do not know how to relate the Rebel series with european model numbers of Canon. Can you please give a table showing the comparitive models numbers.

  • anton

    Hi guys I have decided to buy nikon s3500. Pls tell me whether it is worth or not… or suggest me a point and shoot camera that costs not more than $115 (approx 7000rs). Send to antonmichlo@gmail.com

  • Preethi Thomas

    I have decided to buy a Nikon D800 and an appropriate lens to go with, I have an 85mm portrait lens which I love. I also have an 18-135 mm f3.5 which I use on the go mostly. I am getting referred to a lot these days and wish to upgrade to a better lens as well step by step. I could use the 18-135 with the D800? Do I need another lens? I will have to budget it for another 6-7 months maybe :) I seem to not get very crisp images at times with my D80. Any suggestions will help.

  • Carol

    please update your site. Love your tips but they are from 4 years ago. Please keep your site up to date. Thank you. Carol

  • nestor m montanez

    i have a question, i am upgrading to a fx nikon, i am thinking in nikon d610 or nikon d800. i shot landscape, portrait, event & thinking of some wedding. so can some one help me make my decision? thank you..

  • Marti

    I would choose the D800..I have used this camera a lot,and is really
    fits for the types of photography you have in mind for it…

  • Subramanian B

    I have a canon 600D. i have a problem in getting clear bird picture in a sanctuary. Mostly white colored birds on a green color trees exposed to bright sun. I always prefer to use manual mode. If i higher aperture (f >11) to get the birds clear then the background becomes darker. If i use aperture 8 or below it bleaches and the birds merge in bright light. In cases my shutter speed is 1/100 and ISO is 100. I use zoom lens 55-250 appropriately focused. I feel i have not fully understood DSLR techniques. Previously i was 50m SLR film cameras getting fantastic pictures, Any suggestions ?

  • Peter San?o Tutifruty Hideg

    Olympus E 410 is good camera ???

  • Traingineer

    It’s an annoying issue but you could go around the internet checking which camera is which. c:

  • Jack

    D5200 and D7000 ranked 11 and 12 between Nikon? 3100, 3200, 7100 going up? Well, thats a bit weird. readers here need to know better about censors, processors and potential of each model prior purchasing their camera. D5200 is top 3 entry level camera and D7000 is top 3 midrange camera. D7100 can even beat quality of D7000 and D5200. Doesnt mean, its new, it will be better. Company maximizing functions to meet customer needs. D7000 rocks in imaging, but not in video. Our topic here is photography and not a video. D7000 shall not be in rank 11. Thats funny.

  • Prabhudev Desai

    Hi Subramaniian..
    A simple trik to explore.
    First try to shoot with Auto, understand the Shutter speed and the aperature.
    Further try will all the 3 modes separately ie manual , AV, TV mode

  • AkshatR

    I am new to photography and have been planning to buy a DSLR for quite sme time now. Have zeroed in on Nikon D5100. kindly advise

  • James Donahue

    No Fujifilm X Cameras, Lenses, Acc? I’m surprised.

  • Kevin

    Since you are not aware of that you are in Persian Gulf and it makes you confused. It is obvious that in your imaginary land set of numbers are different from the real one my dud.

  • Jamie

    If you are using f/11 and 1/100 at ISO 100 and your birds are not over exposed, but they are blown out at f/8, then you need to increase your shutter speed when you change your aperture. Decreasing from f/11 to f/8 is a full stop so you need to increase your shutter speed a full stop from 1/100 to 1/200. If your background is still too dark at that shutter speed you can decrease it by a third or half (1/180th or 1/160th). That will lighten the background by allowing in more light as well as “freeze” the birds in flight.

  • Gausul Azam

    I want to buy a Camera. I like to buy Nikon D3200. Isn`t it good for photography. well i am the beginner.

  • joshua

    Camera manufacturers should inform consumers that their lens number system is only accurate with full frame expensive cameras. your 50MM lens is 75mm with nikon cameras and 80 with canon if your camera is not full frame. 35mm prime lens is close to 50mm. around 52 with nikon and 56mm with canon

  • David Martin II

    I refuse to buy a mirrorless camera! I love SLR’s and that will not ever change. I’m sorry but I don’t agree with having convenience over quality. If you don’t like quality, then stay out of the field!

  • Nicotinamida Adenina Dinucleót

    This Article should be updated… I believe

  • Nguy?n Vi?t Hoàng

    thank you very much for your suggestions

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    I want to buy a Waterproof Cameras. I read the review about Nikon 1 AW1 from
    http://thetop16.com/2014/07/best-waterproof-cameras/

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  • puppy

    hai guys…i am really confused …i decide to buy a camera ….but i don’t know which one is better ..700D or 60D..????…

  • Karen

    I have a Canon SX30 IS w/35x optical zoom. I’ve had it for a few years but I feel that it is getting tired and I would be lost without it. I absolutely love this camera. Should I stay with replacing it with the same camera or advance one or two steps beyond and if so, what are your suggestions.

Some older comments

  • Melodie

    July 28, 2013 06:41 pm

    I am a beginner, currently just own a nikon point and shoot. I was considering buying a dslr camera and maybe taking some photography courses. Would be nice to become professional but i guess too soon to make plans for that. Anyways what cameras and lenses do you recommend? I was looking at bestbuy's flyer and they have a Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm/55-200mm VR Lens & Accessory Kit on sale or you can get it for around same price with the 55-300mm lens kit instead of accessories. Is this a good camera? if so which lens is better 55-200 or 55-300. Or should i look into getting a different camera? i dont want to spend alot of money. I would like to take a variety of pictures so something versatile would be good, i do enjoy taking scenic pictures mostly though.

  • Sharad

    July 12, 2013 05:42 pm

    I have a Sony NEX-5 camera and am quite happy with the Image Quality. Now I want to add a 70-300 Zoom ( Nikkor or Cannon make ) and wish to get advice about the Specs of Lens and an adapter.

    Has anybody used such a Combo ? Are you happy with the results ?

    Thanks in advance !

  • Mark Holland

    May 24, 2013 01:09 am

    When it comes to tripods I just bought a Coman ™-256A with a Coman CM-0 swivel head on ebay for $132.00 and it has surpassed my wildest expectations for the price. It is all aluminum construction with 4 section legs that extend to1550 mm and can support 10kg or 22 pounds. It has the additional feature of using one of the legs and the removable head to form a monopod and comes with a nylon carrying case and comfortable shoulder strap. In addition it has two bubble levels built in to the head. This is an outstanding tripod for the price made and sold by a Chinese manufacturer. I know, I was skeptical about anything made in China but I was wrong - this tripod is strong, sturdy and extremely well made.

  • Drew Santana

    April 18, 2013 02:14 am

    I totally agree with this post! If you're interested in seeing sample pictures taken by an amateur photographer on the Canon T3i, check this out: http://sweetreviews.net/2013/04/15/canon-t3i-review-with-sample-photos/.

  • kumanthong

    March 25, 2013 04:56 am

    I’m looking to purchase a DSLR and was considering a Pentax K5.

  • Event Ubon

    February 12, 2013 09:35 pm

    I've just bought an CANNON EOS but I didn't understand how to set the function for using it more efficeint than I do rightnow ,Thank you for all datas that you explanation for us that is good instructions to us .Thank you so much a gain.

  • Brielle

    January 31, 2013 06:54 am

    What great information on camera's! I just recently got the Rebel T3i and I absolutely LOVE IT! I used it for my photography class my senior year, while everyone else was using school camera's. I was so excited because I had just got this camera and I had no idea how to use it. Thankfully I took this class, because by the end of the class I knew how to use the camera properly, how to clean it, how to take care of it and so much more. Thanks again for posting this. I find your whole blog so interesting!

  • Ray

    January 13, 2013 05:47 am

    @arun For compact camera's I'd stick with Canon (although I'm a Nikon man myself). Canon compact powershot camera's produce richer vibrant color images than do Nikon compacts. I've owned several from each make. I now always have a Canon G 10 or G12 near me. Looking at the latest G series when prices fall later this year. Good luck.

  • ianwaters39

    January 3, 2013 10:28 am

    I have just invested a fairly small amount of cash on CANON EOS 350D with a 18-55 mm lens as a starter and also i chose this model as i noticed that people who have upgraded to the newer models in this series still have and use there 350D and most enthusiasts said they didnt NEED to up grade they just wanted the extra features that come with newer models in a series.In fact they liked the 350D over the 450 as it doesnt have the lcd display strip showing the cameras settings and are now shown on the main screen until you get to the top of the range cameras where the small screen is on the top of the much larger camera body.Well thats my observations so far if you could advise me on the best and cheapest if possible as i understand there are some other company's making lenses for this series as well as the cannon lenses i mostly take landscape shots and was wondering if there is a single lens that would give me some zoom but also a wider angle than the 18-55mm that comes with the camera package.I am a novice but am pretty keen and enjoy reading any advice from my peers and i was also wondering about a remote release for the long exposure type of images i like to try and shoot needless i need a tripod but right now funds are extremely tight so i am also using a mirroless Samsung NX1000 i won in a competition which has loads of features and i was very surprised at the size and quality of the sensor it has a CMOS sensor thats larger than my 350D's i think and has 21mp with a 20-50mm lens kit its a nice camera well built and packed with high end features in fact its harder to set it up than my canon and has more features like the ability to save a file in RAW and JPG at the same time and edit them using the large screen on the camera and then you can edit the RAW file later using there software or any type of photo shop type editing s.ware.You can also change the white balance using lumens if you want to or use a preset or auto white balance.and it has 3 presets also for the white balance so there is an example of the lengths Samsung have gone to break into the camera market and the lenses are good you can buy 200mm lens kits and external mic for video and an upgraded flash units using the hotshoe for the MIC and EVF .Well thats my camera bag aside from my first cam a fuji bridge cam a S2950 .As i mentioned any helpful advice would be really great to help me along the way to becoming a better photographer .Many thanks ..

  • Arun

    October 25, 2012 01:30 pm

    I'm going to buy a compact digital camera. which onle will be better in this 2 Canon powershot A810 or Nikon Coolpix L26

  • Katie

    September 24, 2012 11:23 am

    Would the Lumix gf2 ever be considered for a professional photographer?
    Does this camera hold up to the larger body canons and nikons?

  • kaos couple

    September 23, 2012 02:14 am

    good info.. i like canon camera ...

  • ACL Burger

    May 11, 2012 08:44 pm

    Hi Kittencat,

    I am not a master of photography, only a dedicated amature.

    "Getting into Photography" is as easy as point and shoot. Understanding photography is not always that easy but it is very satisfying. Understanding all the technical jargon is not going to make you a good Photographer.

    Do not feel any despair at your inabality to understand all the numerics. All you basically have to understand is the basics of photography. Do not attemp to understand the technical jargon about lenses and crop ratios. Leave that to the guys doing the manufacturing.

    DPS is a good place to get to know more about photography. Register, join the forum section, take pictures post it in the forums and you will get advice from someone.
    There are many books on Photography. Go to DPS tips & tutorials and find the section for beginners. Read anything you can for beginners.

    You do not have to be a mathematician to be a Photographer. All you need is a good artistic sense and feel.
    "Paint with light", that is the basics of photography.

    I am going to stick my head out by what I am going to tell you now.
    Sony makes cameras for people who leave the technical jargon to the manufacturer and simply want to take good pictures. In a Sony's viewfinder and LCD screen you can actually see what happends when you make changes to the shutter speed, aperture and ISO setting.

    Hope you do not do what frustrated gholfers do, throw the bag in the water.

    Forget about "understanding" photography. Accept your "disability" and enjoy taking pictures.

    Regards.
    PS: Cannot understand why any one else has not yet answered you.

  • Asl? gungor

    May 9, 2012 05:41 pm

    Hi Tallulah
    I too have a K7 and I have found it to be a great camera. But before you buy try it with your lenses to make sure they do work. facebook has a K7 site where Pentax K7 owners put on their photos this may help you in seeing what it can do.
    regards Jeff

  • KittenCat

    May 5, 2012 09:39 pm

    Odd question this: BUT. I've tried a few times to "get into"-photography whilst at Uni/travelling etc ...but I always ened up frustrated.. I can point&shoot with the best of them but how do I learn to *understand* photography:composition/taking a simple/decent pix...as I have numerical dyslexia and all the lenses and crop ratio info makes my head want to EXPLODE :( - are there courses / books specially for people like me...? - any thoughts people...?

    Thanks for reading.../ ...any ideas muchly appreciated xx :)

  • Kailen

    May 4, 2012 07:43 am

    My mom has the Canon Rebel which I use. In the middle of me taking pictures though, it repeatedly says 'Busy" and makes me wait like 15 secs.... does anyone know why? or how I could change that??

  • sabreena

    April 22, 2012 05:52 pm

    i am just getting started in photography and would like to know which would be a better buy.the sony a55 or the nikon 3100.i am more interested in taking good stills and nights pictures. im getting a offer to get both 18-55 and 18-200 lens with both the nikon and sony. please advice.

  • gabi

    April 20, 2012 10:40 pm

    I just got my Canon T3i and the first thing I did was look at the bottom to see where is was made, and to my surprise is said Made in Taiwan. :( I guess Canon moved their factory to Taiwan after the 2011 sunami? This is the only thing a hate about my T3i.

  • Rosemarie

    April 1, 2012 08:03 am

    I own a T3i and it BLOWS!!! Everything about this camera is AMAZING except for the viewer. You need to use the LCD screen in order to take a picture, because the viewer is terrible. BIG pain in the butt when I do anything other than portraits. If anyone knows what I am talking about, or how to help me with this proble, I would greatly appreciate it. I really hate having to use thescreen, and it throws my work off. I got the T3i in January for school because it was highly recommended, but had I known about this problem before-hand, I would not have gotten it.

  • Shawn

    February 23, 2012 02:41 pm

    I seem to have trouble with colors with my t3i. The colors seem to bleed in pictures. Not sure what the deal is. The lenses are the 85mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4.

  • Chris Ignadiou

    February 22, 2012 11:34 pm

    Just upgraded from Canon T2i to a 7D only used it for a few times but even just holding this camera gives you the feeling of a proffesional. If you want to pick a camera that will be your first and last this is the one.I use my 100mm Macro lens with it and believe me you get quality photos best camera for under $2000.00 in my eyes. Go ahead check it out i guaranteed you will buy one. good luck.

  • bubby

    February 22, 2012 06:32 am

    Looking to upgrade from panosonic DMC-FZ18. great camera. I take a lot of video, sports and music concerts. looking for a DSLR that allows user to zoom in/out while in movie/video mode. Not all cameras have this feature. Which one do?

  • Hadley

    February 1, 2012 04:18 am

    I need some help with my new Canon Rebel T3i - when I open the LCD monitor to take a picture, I cannot push the shutter button down. Anyone have any suggestions? I have read the manual, first Canon have had Nikons in the past. Thanks

  • Subhendu Sen

    January 30, 2012 06:07 am

    @Pravesh: You may buy any camera within your budget to start with. If you select the option DSLR, make sure you have budget for buying extra lenses and good quality flashes. The most important part of photography is understanding light and composition. If you can manage to understand these two and appropriate usage of post-processing, you can make stunning photos with any camera. If and when you get stuck with your current camera, you wont need to ask which camera to buy in any forum...you'll know that by that time. Enjoy photography.

  • pravesh

    January 30, 2012 05:55 am

    Hi,
    I m new in photography and what to buy a dslr. Which is cost around Rs 25000 ($500). I hav choice some of them but confuse in sony nux 5, nux3 , nikon 3000 and canon 1100D
    Can any one tell me the Best among these models..
    Thanks

  • Madonna

    January 29, 2012 10:08 pm

    Hi I am new to photography my husband and I are going to Canada and Alaska in June hence the need for a new camera. Being totally NEW to DSLR cameras and photography in general we were tossing up between a Nixon D90 or D7000 now our friends say we should buy a Canon EOS so now totally confused we want to buy the camera soon so we can use the next four months on courses to learn how to use the camera and photography in general. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Madonna

  • pravesh

    January 14, 2012 03:10 am

    hi guys,
    i am new in photography and what to buy a camera in between ($350 - 400). Which have following features like exposure control (P, S, A, M ....) , and have more than 12x zoom... or greater.

    thanks.....

  • Don

    December 8, 2011 09:48 am

    Jean-Pierre
    Forget the 2i and the 3i check out the canon 60D its a very nice camera Pentax is a nice camera but i think canon is by all means better canon has more lens to pick from and canon lenses are some of the best lenses you can get. If you look at most of the pros they use canon or nikon theres a reson for that there a better camera.I am a freelance photographer and have been for years i have used pentex i always went back to canon.And i dont know why anyone would pay 100 dollars more for the canon 7D the 60D is just as good at taken photos. as the 7D and yes the 7D has some things the 60D dosent BUT not enough to worent spending 100 dollars or more with the money you would save buying the 60D spend it on good lenses .Ihave the 60D i Love that camera besides without good lenses you wont get realy good photos in my opinon for that reson i think the 60D is a better deal i have compared photos from the 60D and 7D and with the same lens the 60D was just as clear and just as sharp it all comes down to lenes and how well you know how to use the settings so like i have said many many times before READ THE CAMERA MANUAL..And go out shot and shot some more and lear as much as you can have fun.Peace Don

  • Tallulah

    December 8, 2011 09:12 am

    Thanks Jeff and Jean-Pierre.

    Jean-Pierre, you said T3i can use manual focus lenses? Something to consider.

    Thx very much for the input!

  • Jean-Pierre

    December 8, 2011 05:13 am

    T3i vs t2i: t3i adds video snapshot, manual audio adjustment, 3-10 times crop mode. Swivel screen aids with video, manual focus for macro photography and using vintage (manual focus) lenses.

    4/3 camera: my wife has the gf1 and It's awesome! Great image quality and fun to use.

    Pentax k5: larger sensor than 7d Canon camera. Great lowlight. Photo rendering is beautiful.

  • Jeff

    December 6, 2011 05:42 pm

    Hi Tallulah
    I too have a K7 and I have found it to be a great camera. But before you buy try it with your lenses to make sure they do work. facebook has a K7 site where Pentax K7 owners put on their photos this may help you in seeing what it can do.

    regards Jeff

  • Tallulah

    December 6, 2011 10:45 am

    Thanks for the response, Pixor. One reason why I've been considering a Pentax K5 is because my current SLR is a Pentax ME and the guy at the local camera shop said that the lens from the Pentax SLR would also work on the DSLR, so I could save myself a bit of money on buying a wide angle and zoom lens for a while, until I could afford a macro lens and better zoom lens. I'll have to check out the Canon DSLR I guess, especially as it's cheaper than the Pentax.

  • Pixor

    December 5, 2011 04:09 pm

    Pentax does not have that many accessories available as the Canon. Sooner or later you will outgrow the camera. In my opinion, you should go for the Canon. It is just better and more sustainable technology.

  • Tallulah

    December 5, 2011 10:55 am

    I'm looking to purchase a DSLR and was considering a Pentax K5. What makes the Canon EOS Rebel T3i better than the Pentax K5? I see the price of the T3i is cheaper than the K5, so am wondering if that's the only reason people would choose it over the K5. Would love some feedback before I go shopping. Thanks.

  • peter bang

    December 4, 2011 03:13 pm

    Canon EF 35mm f/2 is a nice lens I'd highly recommend as well.

  • Ramjee

    December 2, 2011 09:53 pm

    Can you suggest some of the best extension tubes for macro photgraphy. There are a wide range available from 6 $ to 600 $ and more... :(

  • Ajnabii

    November 27, 2011 09:47 pm

    He’s the one that slammed you comment. I totally agree that it all comes down to the person behind the camera. I was just leaving additional information from a prior post of mine.

    Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/popular-digital-cameras-and-gear#ixzz1etxOvceu

  • Plasicheskaya Hirurgiya

    November 24, 2011 10:03 pm

    some would say it does an equally as good of a job. I use protective (UV) filters on all my lenses and filter off when I do night photography

  • unstranger

    October 24, 2011 08:12 pm

    Interesting site. I wish I'd come across you guys a few years back.
    I intend to get me the D7 because a local shop is selling one with a set of three lenses, and I want it. I am currently using the G11 which I've had for about a year and a half. I know little to nothing about cameras but I do like Canon.
    I expect moving from compact to a big clunk of a thing will be an annoyance, but I've developed a grá for that elusive shot so upgrading to midrange is becoming an inevitable consequence.
    I will go on a week long course too, probably in France, when I make up my mind about when I can get away. Not before next February.

  • Sammy

    October 6, 2011 05:06 pm

    Hi my name is Sammy and I'm hoping to upgrade to an SLR soon. I have decided on the Nikon D3100 but im confused about the lenses. Would I be better off getting the twin lens kit (55-200mm or 55-300mm) or going with the single lens, waiting and then buy the lens seperately? I would mainly be taking photos of motorcross, pets and family.
    Any suggestions of where to get it from ?
    Please help.
    Thank you.

  • Fuzzypiggy

    September 28, 2011 10:44 pm

    "i am lookimg at getting a slr what do you think of the canon 5d"

    The MkII is a superb camera. Full frame sensor at a budget price ( well compared to 1Ds MkIV it is! ), clarity when combined with some of those L-series lenses just blows you away. I moved up from a Canon 550D to 5D MkII and the clarity is just stunning it makes me want to get out even more than I did before to shoot landscapes. If you've got the cash and will get serious use of out it, get one! I am never going back to APS sensors, nothing beats the gorgeous depth captured on full-frame. Don't waste the opportunity by using rubbish glass, if you pay that kind of money for a body get yourself some quality L-series glass on the front, else you won't get the most out of it. I plumped for a 24-70mm f/2.8 to compliment my 70-200 f/2.8 USM IS L, worth every penny.

    The only thing I would like to know is how the hell those bloody awful lens cleaning pens got rated so highly?! They're utterly useless, you only have to get a small amount of grease on the lens and they take great joy in smearing it all over the shop, use micro-fibre cloths as they "soak" out the grease and moisture far more effeciently and quickly. I'll grant you they are trickier in wet conditions but your so much more worried about keeping it off the front lens at that point, keeping a small cloth clean and dry is a doddle!

  • Girish Joshi

    September 28, 2011 02:33 pm

    Hello sir, I am Girish and want to buy a DSLR camera, I am from India. My budget is INR.25000. Would you please suggest some from the popular brand CANON and NIKON ?
    I hope you will help me.
    Send your comments and suggestions on my email id.
    Thanks.

  • dean

    September 21, 2011 08:41 am

    i am lookimg at getting a slr what do you think of the canon 5d

  • jean

    September 4, 2011 04:45 am

    hi - read your article about lcd vs viewfinder cameras = could you please tell who who makes or where to find a camera with a viewfinder? i cant seem to find one (lower priced - im not a pro!) i spend a lot of time in the florida sun and gosh, ya just cant see any thing on the screen - i do a lot of guessing and get lots of feet shots!
    thanks

  • Don

    August 15, 2011 06:48 am

    Jim m
    While i have used that camera 9- 7000 i am a canon man not that Nikon doesent make nice cameras they do .I just like canon better and i understand everyone is intideled to there own opion thats cool.For 1 canon has a greater choises i think a better product anyone that thinks otherwise thats cool.
    Peace Don.

  • Jim M

    August 15, 2011 03:03 am

    What ever happened to the Nikon P-7000? I don't see updated reviews.

  • Don

    August 12, 2011 01:16 am

    Yes i would siill buy the 50mm 1.8 lens its a good lens to learn on and a good low light lens as well .You say you have an 18-55mm 3.5 5.6 thats a slow basic lens the 50 1.8 is a faster lens wide angle faster lens are better besides the 50 1.8 next i would get 85mm 1.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 50 1.8 is a good learning lens when you get used to it upgrade to 50 1.4 faster better made .Prim lens are by all means better lens .You can also get ef-l lens whitch i think are a little better than the just ef lens. Another thing if you are just starting out learn to shoot by hand without a trypod thats another basic thing to learn because there are times when you cant or dont have time to set up a trypod but haveing a trypod is a very good tool to have and dont waste your time getting a cheap one they dont last and most cheap ones are heavy get a composit trypod and yes they are and can be hi dollar but are not as heavy carring a heavy trypod all day in NO fun.Also when you can aford it get an external flash speedlite 430 or 580 and a defuser. With all the above you will be pretty much set for equipment And as i have said many many times READ the camera manual and go out and shoot shoot and shoot somemore read all you can lisen to tips and use them in the field and use sites like this as well.Peace Don

  • Prasant

    August 11, 2011 01:09 am

    I am looking to lay my hands on a new Digital Camera. I currently own SP-510UZ from Olympus and enjoy shooting with it. Was checking the SP-810UZ and SZ-30MR from Olympus and found both interesting and a value for money.
    Could I please be guided if my choice of cameras zeroed is perfect and which should I finally lay my hands on.

  • Matt Oner

    August 8, 2011 12:19 am

    Hi
    I got Canon EF-S 18-55mm 3,5-5,6 IS which comes with the camera....should I still buy the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens???

    thank you

  • Lou

    August 6, 2011 01:35 pm

    All the questions about why certain items didn't make the list or where they placed.
    One comment even noted he'd like to know the source.

    Wasn't it made clear in the very first paragraph that it was based on sales via Amazon

  • geoge

    July 29, 2011 02:58 am

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  • modern envy

    July 16, 2011 03:25 am

    I am using a panasonic point and shoot, some would say it does an equally as good of a job.

  • Steve Thompson

    July 13, 2011 06:28 am

    Hi everybody.

    I've had the lens cleaning pencil for a number of years and it's still as good today, i think it was made by hamma. Check out my site you will see a few shots using a canon ef70-300mm is usm and a canon 500D, i think this is called the rebel in the states.

  • Luther Strike

    June 28, 2011 10:52 pm

    Hi, visit http://www.lutherstrike.com for different CANON Model available..

  • ALI

    June 22, 2011 09:58 pm

    Hi, every one
    I want to buy a CANON powershot but after many studies i selected 2 model : one of them is g12 and the other one is sx130 is, but i don't know which one is better than the other because each ones has special specifications that makes it perfect for example; the digital zoom of sx130 is Is 35x but g12 is only 4 ,instead of that g12 has Iso 3200 which is suitable for photography in dark environments but Iso of sx130 is , Is 1600 which is weak and it reduces the quality of photos, Please guide me which one is better and i should buy which one?
    regards,
    Ali

  • Subhendu Sen

    June 1, 2011 03:59 am

    Wonderful article. Very information. TFS!

  • Don Bird

    May 23, 2011 11:18 pm

    Mr.Wright
    I would take a good look at the canon D60 very good camera it would have all the settings you would need for a very long time i am a freelance photogrpher and have been for over 20 years .With that camera would do just about anything you need a camera to do thats if you are reaily interested in and would like to a lot of work in photopraghy it replaced the canon 50D with more settings you can take vidios with it .Unless you plan on becomeing a pro that would be all the camera you would need i have one and love it just DO yourself a favor READ the manual learn all the settings experment with them take lots of photos the more you take the better you will get suer you will make some bobos along the way but in the end you will BE better for it.Canon 60D check it out.Peace Don Bird

  • Don Bird

    May 23, 2011 11:18 pm

    Mr.Wright
    I would take a good look at the canon D60 very good camera it would have all the settings you would need for a very long time i am a freelance photogrpher and have been for over 20 years .With that camera would do just about anything you need a camera to do thats if you are reaily interested in and would like to a lot of work in photopraghy it replaced the canon 50D with more settings you can take vidios with it .Unless you plan on becomeing a pro that would be all the camera you would need i have one and love it just DO yourself a favor READ the manual learn all the settings experment with them take lots of photos the more you take the better you will get suer you will make some bobos along the way but in the end you will BE better for it.Canon 60D check it out.Peace Don Bird

  • Jenny J Smith

    May 21, 2011 01:30 am

    Hello there;

    I'm in the process of bying my first DSLR and I know it will be a Canon. However I'm learning but this website how to get familiar with the camera I want. I have a budget of $ 1,500.00 and I want to buy the right equipment that suits my needs. We are surfers and we travel the world to cath the best wave to ride in these exotics tropical Island and all we want is to Capture that ride on that wave that day. Please I need a feedback as what to buy for what I need. I need help!

    Thank you

  • Serge

    May 19, 2011 03:28 am

    For me, the ulitmate trilogy is 24mm, 50mm and 85mm on my canon APS C captor. I never use my 2 zooms anymore. I guess i will sell them with my eos40d...

    If i had to take only 2 lenses, that would be the 50mm and the 85mm. Light, efficient, crisp.

  • Mongrel

    May 7, 2011 06:58 am

    Hi everyone I am now learning to use the pentax k7 find it difficult to get knowledge on settings any help available

  • Dan L

    May 7, 2011 03:07 am

    Hey guys, I'm new to this site but was wondering if someone could give me a recommendation or two. I'll be backpacking in New Zealand and SE Asia this fall and wanted to pick up a good, small camera bag and small, easy-to-store tripod. The camera bag I have right now is huge and came with my Canon Rebel Xsi - I just wanted something that was durable and could hold my camera plus a lens or two and the essentials. If anyone has any recommendations on gear that has worked for them, it would be greatly appreciated :D Cheers!

  • Dave

    April 22, 2011 07:52 am

    I'm currently using a Nikon D200, which replaced a D80, which replaced a D40 (both excellent cameras). I also used a D1x for a spell, but ditched it due to its boat anchor size & weight, & goofy battery. I was lucky enough to find it priced about one-third of list price, had have been shooting through an equally archaic 1st gen 18-200mmG VR. My back-up lens is a cheapo 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 ED. Both of which sport UV filters, beacuse when I go to the woods, a hood will *not* keep branches off the glass. Period. And I'd rather use my t-shirt to wipe off the lens, since all I carry is the camera (occasionally my tripod). No bag, no fancy little cleaning cloths, maybe an energy bar, but nothing else. Climbing around & bouncing off rocks & such, I don't need extra baggage. And no, quality UVs *don't* soften your imagee.

  • Jim

    April 9, 2011 11:02 am

    Haven't seen the word Sony anywhere here.

    I am not anti Canon or Nikon but I sure like my A900 better than anything they have within $2k.

  • carlos

    March 23, 2011 01:41 pm

    where is Sony?? i was trying for the last months an alpha a580, and the mother of all Sony Alphas, and they are superb... looks like there is "non existence pact of Sony" here

  • Arko Goswami

    March 13, 2011 06:49 pm

    Hi, my name is Arko Goswami, & I'm form India. I' am a professional photographer, it may be outdoors, or may be it a indoor. I use NIKON D3100 DSLR camera. I know this is a brand new camera, but i also have D80 & two film SLR's from Nikon. They are Nikon FM2, Nikon FE3AF. The DSLR's as far i had used (D700, D300, D2H, D100, D2x, D3s & D3X) the image quality are good and very good but not the best. For any kind of blowup prints 35mm film slr's are best. But i am not at all kidding the DSLR's. They r also good. I am basically a commercial photographer, so maximum time i use the dslr's. After reading this you people will feel strange that why i shifted for D80 to D3100? The reason is very simple & also very complicated, Color Rendering Engine is the main reason. Besides that it has CMOS image Sensor with 14.2 effectiive mega-pixel & the lens has got VR= Vibration Reduction.
    I read Jason Collins review, i am totally agreed with him. Due to UV Filter I had seen loss in color generation. So i would also recommend not to use a UV Filter.

  • christine

    March 9, 2011 10:32 pm

    hi! im a newbie in this kind of field and im planning to buy a dslr..what camera model can you recommend for a beginner like me? thank you! :)

  • twitch

    March 9, 2011 08:33 pm

    Who cares about bodies, but you can pry my Pentax limited lenses from my cold dead hands

  • Ingrid Nelleke

    March 8, 2011 04:46 am

    Hi,
    I've been using a Panasonic Lumix FZ35 for 1 1/2 years. Photography has become my passion I shoot nature and surf shots pretty much daily. I live in Costa Rica and there is plenty to see. I've been posting my pictures on FB. and have gotten a lot of nice responses. Some surfers have bought some of their pictures that I have put on a CD.
    I don't think that my camera is the best for surf pictures.
    I want a new camera.I've been dreaming about a new camera.
    I've been doing a lot of comparison reading on-line.
    What I think I want is a Canon 7D with a 100-400 L series lens and a 1.4 converter. I also want to try to get some work doing wedding photography so that the camera will pay for itself. I feel lost. I don't know what kind of lens to get for that. A Canon 7D is expensive but it should last many years. Can you recommend 2 lenses you would use if you were to shoot weddings, kids, nature and surfers?
    I much appreciate your response. Is it safe to buy camera equipment in a pawn shop?
    Thanks so much!
    Ingrid Nelleke

  • Corey O'Brien

    February 26, 2011 02:11 am

    yeah i think you're right about the canon t3i with respect to the Canon t2i

  • Sue

    February 25, 2011 08:06 am

    I love my Pentaxes. I'd only jump ship for two other cameras (5DmkII or a D700), neither of which I can a) afford or b) manage with my dodgy wrists. Pentax may not win popularity contests (although K5 took out the Gold Star at last year's Photokina, ahead of Canon and Nikon) but it produces the goods.

  • Jessica Philips

    February 21, 2011 02:40 pm

    The Canon T3i is out, but from what i can tell its pretty much a Canon T2i with a swivel screen and a couple of small tweaks?

  • Armin Rodriguez

    February 19, 2011 12:14 am

    I am looking to take up photography as a hobby. I don't know much about it. I was looking at getting a Nikon D5000 with the 18-55 mm VR lens and the 55-200 mm VR lens. I just wanted to know if this is a decent option for a beginner or should I look at other cameras or lenses. I have been reading about the canons on here the T1i and the T2i. Any information and opinions would be greatly appreciated

  • John Richardson

    February 18, 2011 04:56 am

    I have had excellent results with the out of production Tokina 50-135 f2.8 on DX it is about 70-200, not as long as the Nikon 70-200 2.8 and about $600, if and when you can find them. I found Nikon mounts in Ukraine where I live.

  • john krizan

    February 13, 2011 07:20 am

    I have the Nikon D700 and its Fantastic =) also Just got the 70mm to 200mm F2.8 Nikkor lens and omg it fantastic its so fast and and the photos are so sharp , great color Love it. Have a nice day to all =)

  • Don Bird

    February 1, 2011 05:16 am

    Nikki
    The canon T2i is a realy good camera good pick if you do buy the T2i you well not need to buy a camera for a long time it has a lot of nice features.The one thing i tell everyone when READ the manual it tells you all about the camera read it.As far as lens one of the first lens i would say to get is a 50mm 1.8 canon if you can aford it stay with prime lens they are better lens if you cant aford it buy what you can a ford.Buy books
    on photography read and learn all you can and books are a great way to learn and go out and take photos
    if you do that you well experience a new worid i have been a freelance a bout 20 years i love photography.
    Take photos and have fun.

  • gary

    January 30, 2011 05:28 pm

    question? can you recomend a quality underwater package suitable for marine photography and surf photography? the more i look into this the more difficult it seems to get. i would like to get a bit of change from aus$5000. any advice would be greatly appreciated. camera, housing, lens, ports, strobes etc

  • Nikki S.

    January 30, 2011 09:10 am

    Hi everyone! I guess that I'll just jump in the conversation here! I've been looking at all the cameras and trying to choose the best for my money. I'm looking for a DSLR under $1k (or $12-1500 if it comes with lenses). I've only had point & shoots up till now, so I'm kind of nervous about spending this much on a camera! :) I've almost got my mind set on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i...It's just calling to me. What does everyone else think about this camera?

    Also, I'm having a hard time choosing the right kinds of lenses. I have no idea what the different distances are (sorry if that's not the right terminology! haha) and what the best kind would be. I mostly take pictures of my kids at home (thinking about the Canon 50mm f/1.8, MK1, not 2), and I know I'll need a long-range lens for when the kids are playing outside or I'm at football games, things like that (can't afford much more than the Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS..i think it's on the list, actually).

    I'm new to the whole DSLR world, so if I said anything wrong, feel free to correct me! I'm still learning!

  • Don Bird

    January 30, 2011 02:12 am

    Salam. I have been a freelance for over 20 years now IF your just starting out this is my opinion only i would
    go with the canon 50D. Why because it has a lot of bells and whisles FEATURE to learn with and well take
    great photos trust me you well not need to buy a camera for quite awhile i am sure it well do what ever you want its a great camera i still use mine to this day i have had it about 7 years now it still works great.DO read
    the manual so many people do not and wonder why they dont get the same photos as others do with there cameras i cant STRESS that enough again READ THE MANUAL. TAKE photos have fun read books as well
    belive me if you do these things you wont be sorry GO for it have fun and use good lens prims are the better
    lens you well spend a little more on prims they take better photos.

  • Kimi

    January 29, 2011 04:59 am

    I had a sort of dilemma in which dslrs to choose.

    Recently i've been aiming and comparing between Canon EOS 550D (T2i) and Panasonic GF2.
    Obviously T2i has more features than GF2, but would these features in T2i make obvious differences in the quality of videos/pictures produced when compared to GF2?

    I heard that T2i videos are fantastic.. are the videos filmed by T2i hugely better than GF2's?

    GF2 for me seems to be cuter and smaller, suitable to be carried everywhere. But do you think that i'd be regret for not going with T2i?

    In your wise opinion, which one would be better?

  • Alan D.

    January 28, 2011 08:17 am

    I've been recording your Email's for a 2 or 3 months now am learning a lot ( i'am a newbee to photography ). One of best thing's about your website is the "how I took it" section. It encourage's me to pick up my camera and try some of the shots. Nice to have all the information included with the pictures. Thank you for the grate site.
    Alan D.

  • Gerard Rullon

    January 27, 2011 07:56 pm

    My question: Does any body know what's are the differences, if any, between the Leica V LUX 2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ 100?.

  • salam

    January 26, 2011 02:56 am

    hi i wanna buy camera but i would like to know what is the best (canon or sony ) => canon sx20 or sony dsc hx1 am new in photography
    thx plz replay :))

  • Naik

    January 18, 2011 08:04 pm

    Am lucky to have one of the best on the top but, plenty to learn on photography ! Just having camera doesn't make it all but the knowledge as well. Some may take picturs with simple cameras which some may not be able to take it with the best cameras.

    Lets keep learning

  • Joe Taylor

    January 14, 2011 04:05 pm

    I have a question. Which of the Cameras in your Most popular article above have alloy or other metal bodies? It seems that most of the less expensive cameras are plastic. Do the plastic body cameras hold up under use as well as those with metal bodies?

    THanks for any assistance on this one!

  • Rick

    January 10, 2011 12:23 pm

    I would like to know how the rankings in the "Popular DSLR" section have been decided upon.And how can the Nikon D700 and the Canon EOS 5d Mark-II be compared to the other cameras in that list?They are not in the same segment and they are obviously more popular in their respective segment(semi-professional DSLRs)

  • Vanessa

    January 3, 2011 03:59 pm

    So as I mentioned Im getting ready to buy studio equipment. I have always taken outside photos and used natural light. No one responded to this question, havent bought yet, so wanna make sure.
    -4 light stands
    -2 soft boxes
    -reflectors(never used, where do they go?)
    -backgrounds,tripod ect.-What are the best light bulbs??
    PLz help!! Thanks!!!

  • Vanessa

    January 3, 2011 03:52 pm

    Thank You Jim!

  • Elana

    December 28, 2010 08:48 am

    Just a note to let you all know that I got my Pentax K-X a few weeks ago. I thought it would take a long time until I started using the Manual settings, but I figured it out with in a day and I am loving it!. I still have a way to go before I get the lighting and exposure always right, and there are a ton of features on the camera as to which I am clueless , but I have a lifetime to master those, and in the meantime I'm having a blast.
    Thanks to all of you who recommended jumping right into the Manual settings. I have to agree!

  • Kent

    December 24, 2010 06:37 pm

    Hi Sagaya-

    "Crop factor" refers to the field of view using a given focal length lens on a digital sensor compared to a 35mm film frame. For example, your 50mm lens, when used on your 4/3 camera, basically "crops" the frame so it has the same field of view as a 100mm lens on a 35mm film camera. This translates to a 2X (50 x 2 = 100) crop factor. The same crop factor applies to any lens you use.

    I'm fairly new to this site, so I don't know whether or not this is the proper forum for the second part of your question. However, if it is; regarding your 1-in -10 success rate, what, exactly, makes the other 9 out of 10 failures? Are you talking sharpness or composition? If it's sharpness, that could be anything from letting the camera choose the focal point to using too slow a shutter speed, to any number of other factors. If it's composition, then keep doing what you're doing - shoot as much as you can and see what works.

  • nick

    December 21, 2010 08:14 am

    could you maybe do a 'open link in a new window' here? I am trying to compare cameras and I keep having to hit back and open a new page manually. Thanks.

  • canon lenses

    December 19, 2010 11:48 pm

    Yep! Just changed to a 50mm lense! Cheers!!

  • Don Bird

    December 18, 2010 05:47 am

    Anyone new to photography read books go to on line sits like this one ask and learn.

  • Don Bird

    December 18, 2010 05:45 am

    A camera is only as good as the person behind it and good lens prim lens are the best.

  • Don Bird

    December 18, 2010 05:43 am

    You can have the most high priced camera there is if you dont know how to use it read the manual.

  • Don Bird

    December 18, 2010 05:39 am

    Anyone new to photography when you get a camera read the manual.Get books on photography go to on line sites like this i think this is the best site you can find alot of info and tips.Besides the above adives go out and take photos and have fun .

  • Mei Teng

    December 18, 2010 12:56 am

    Recently upgraded to a 5d Mark II. Love it.

  • bongtschik

    December 17, 2010 07:47 am

    Topic missing:
    Popular Photo websites

    1. Digital-Photography-School
    2. ....

  • Jim S

    December 17, 2010 05:41 am

    Vanessa

    I love taking portraits, and although having various lens etc, mainly use the following - Nikon D300, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 and Bowens 400W Flash Units, plus all the usual backgrounds, stand etc.

    D300 - Great...just love the switches and alloy body
    24-70mm F2.8 - Great lens, bought secondhand of Ebay.no problems
    Flash Units - 2 off with Umbrellas, nice and portable, can use the standard kit umbrellas to shoot through. good light quallity
    Backgrounds and stands - all off ebay, great cost savings and all good quality, (maybe I have just been lucky)

    I ahave also used the Canon 40D - another great camera, build quality is similar to he D300 it is really hard to bet an alloy body...heavy and robust and not afraid to take a knock.

    Hope this is of use

    Jim

  • Angus

    December 17, 2010 04:51 am

    For the micro four-thirds, what about Sony and Samsung (while not technically a 4/3rds camera, they compete directly against each other. The Samsung NX10 and NX100, and the Sony NEX3 and NEX5. These should be included if you want to show the range (these cameras have received a lot of press in the past 3-6 months). Also these cameras compete fairly closely with the Canon G10 and G11, which I see does not have a category. If you want to help people with their camera purchases, there has to be a full list of the actual camera options available.

  • Sagaya

    December 16, 2010 12:02 pm

    Hi Kent,

    I've been using Olympus and you seem to know your camera. Was wondering, what is this 2x factor, 35mm camera and 4 third system? I have a 50mm f/2, 14-42mm f/3.5-4, 70-300mm, 25mm f/2.8 lens. I have been taking some photos just to get the hang of it and now I noticed that for every 100 shots I take, I'll get about 10 good ones. Further to this some friends have also asked to help shoot some of their events so I thought I'll get to know everything I can. Appreciate it...

    Sagaya.

  • Vanessa

    December 16, 2010 12:26 am

    Hello, I have always been into photograghy, but now Im starting my own photography business and have some questions. Im getting ready to buy my studio equipment. What would you suggest, without getting too expensive? Is ebay an ok place to buy this from they have some good packages. And Im looking also to upgrade camera's Im stuck between Nikon, Canon or Sigma? Plz help! Thank You!!

  • Kent

    December 12, 2010 04:07 pm

    Paula-

    Thanks for the comment. I Loved my E-510 and would still be using it were it not for a mishap that occurred over Labor Day weekend. I was shooting soap bubbles in my living room "studio" and didn't realize I had spilled bubble solution on the black fabric I had draped across the table. I laid my camera LCD-side down, got interrupted, and didn't pick it back up for several hours. Needless to say, the liquid got inside of the camera and it stopped working. My wife told me to order a replacement and, although I'd been wanting the E-30, the E-620 was the more affordable option.

    2-days later, just for the heck of it, I put the battery in the E-510, and it worked perfectly. There's still a soapy residue behind the LCD, but it doesn't really affect anything (although it does give the onscreen images a strange, almost 3D effect) and you can still view the photos and all the info on it. Now, I'm letting my 17-year-old daughter use it and am taking her out with me and sharing what I know with her. So, in the end, everything worked out for the best.

  • The Best Digital SLR

    December 10, 2010 05:34 pm

    Thanks for the camera review. I wish that I could have found it earlier.
    I purchased the EOS Rebel T2i and absolutely love it .

  • Paula

    December 10, 2010 12:17 am

    Great post on Olympus and the 4/3s system, Kent! I use an E-510 now, but I will be upgrading next year (possibly to the E-30 -- can't justify getting the E-5 yet). I have the 14-54mm, 50-200mm and 50mm f2 Macro (and extension tube). Except for a super wide lens at 7-14mm, I think my range is pretty well covered with these lenses I already have. Why would I need more?

    Besides, when people look at my photographs on my website, they don't know if I used an Olympus camera or not (unless they see my bio photo holding my camera), and they really don't care. Happy shooting everyone! :-)

  • SKS

    December 4, 2010 06:32 am

    Sir i just want to know why there is not a single Nikon camera in your list of Popular Point and Shoot Camera in-spite of their good range of point and shoot camera in Nikon Coolpix category.

  • Photographer Detroit

    November 28, 2010 04:29 am

    Great post. Looks like many others think so as well. Food for thought, would be helpful to list famous photographers that use this gear and if possible include some of their shots.

    But overall, keep up the great work. This is most helpful!!

    Photographer Detroit

  • Kent

    November 26, 2010 05:50 pm

    One other advantage for telephoto/wildlife shooters: there is a 2x crop factor with the Four Thirds sensor. So, my 70-300mm is equivalent to 140-600mm on a 35mm camera.

  • Kent

    November 26, 2010 04:01 pm

    @St Louis Photographer

    When Olympus got into DSLR cameras, instead of adapting their OM series of film cameras to digital format, they designed an entirely new format, Four Thirds. The term "Four Thirds" refers to the 4 wide by 3 high sensor ratio. With a completely new system, they also had to come out with an entirely new set of lenses. The downside to this is there are not the huge number of lenses available for the 4/3 system that Nikon, Canon, Pentax and even Sony have. However, the lenses that Olympus does make are some of the best available (don't take my word for it, look it up). Panasonic began making cameras using the 4/3s standard, so they offer a few lenses, and Sigma has a few available also. Panasonic then came out with the first Micro Four Thirds camera, soon followed by Olympus and their series of Digital Pen Micro Four Thirds cameras. Although these cameras look like point & shoot cameras, they still use the exact same sensor as the full-sized 4/3 DSLRS, but they also have a smaller lens mount which, again means fewer lenses to choose from. However, both Panasonic and Olympus seem very committed to the format and I think they will continue to churn out lenses at a fairly steady pace. There are also rumblings of other lens manufacturers more readily accepting the format and including them in the future.

    I started with the Olympus E-300, traded it in for the E-510 and currently have the E-620.

  • arturo arevalo

    November 23, 2010 11:02 am

    hi, when it comes to the four third cameras how do you compare the panasonic dmc-gf1 to the sony nex3?
    thanks!

  • St Louis Photographer

    November 22, 2010 05:54 am

    What's the deal with the four thirds cameras? I guess I'm out of the loop, but I really don't even know what that category of cameras is. Any help from you guys?

  • CES

    November 20, 2010 02:47 pm

    Totally love your sites. I am still learning about your blog setup, but a quick feedback comment...

    When I see an image of a DSLR/camera and words around it that (to me) suggest some review, comment, rating; I don't expect to end up at Amazon when I click the image. I want info, not immediately check-out. I know that the whole affiliate thing makes it possible for you to share so much of what you share, but maybe some things could be more clearly marked?

    Again, love what you are doing; just providing a perspective.

  • Liju Augustine

    November 16, 2010 02:34 pm

    Oscar,

    Welcome to the world of photography. I would recommend you start with a book on your camera model before digging deep into the details. I am saying this because, knowing your camera is the most important thing in photography. This is strictly my personal opinion, though.

    Good Luck

    Liju Augustine
    Learning by sharing - http://lfotos.wordpress.com

  • paul

    November 16, 2010 04:10 am

    I'm very happy with Pentax, what is this it's got to be Nikon or Canon, there are lots of excellent cameras around but you would think there was only 2 brands out there

  • Oscar Diaz

    November 12, 2010 04:23 am

    Hello! Sorry for the way i am going to express. I am a beginner photographer. I am planning to take an online photography course: an economy on line course. What are your recomendations. Is this a good option? Do you have anyone in mind? Are there other options. Please let me know. Thank you very much.

  • Elana

    November 10, 2010 07:51 am

    Thanks Lori,
    I will look at you tube,
    I'm eagerly awaiting my parents arrival in 3 weeks to get my camera,
    Elana

  • Baniiprinmuncaladomiciliu

    November 10, 2010 01:27 am

    Me too!I'm using my canon camera from 2004 and I don't want to change it with anything else. I'm proud of it!

  • Don Bird

    November 10, 2010 12:22 am

    Gregj
    I have used canon for over 20 years and would not trade canon for any other make.And yes Pentex and nikon
    have nice cameras and lenes ,but like i have said many times befor canon has the msot lenes and if your a pro the more lenes to pick from the better.And i did not say not to check out nikon or Pentex and many others
    by all means do so befor buying and weather you like it or not everbody has his or her own idea what is best
    for them .And to say after 4-5-6 years one would put down thats your way of thinking and you have your right
    to your own thinking and so does everybody els being a pro or not.

  • Don Bird

    November 10, 2010 12:02 am

    Mark
    Don Bird here.
    I have the same lenes as you do just add a 300mm and all lens are canon 85mm and 18.55mm are good
    lens for close up shots BUT like you said FOR most of my shots longer mm lens is what i use the most so
    I think wildlife starts at 300mm and i go out with my hunting freinds as well if you can get in close by all means 85mm 18.55 70mm wide angle lenes i agree with you on that point i have been doing this for over 20 years i think unless you are wanting to get in close as most people do wildlife and landscape start at 300mm.

  • Adrian Monis

    November 9, 2010 04:30 pm

    Hi All,

    Thanks for all the inputs and thoughts you shared to us. I am one of those newbies in photography. I do have 550D and two kit lenses (18-55 and 18-200 both canon). This is due to the fact that I don't read first before I purchase the second kit lens which is 18-200. But I dont regret with this mistake at all. The 18-55 serves as my back up lens in case I will need it in the future, though I'm not praying that my 18-200 will suffer severe damage nor breaking the glass. :-) Aiming to have my 50mm soon.

    I'm still in the middle of knowing my SLR. I already loved it and looking forward to pair it with nice and fast lenses, expensive glass but great quality output per images captured. Like others have said before, it's not the camera nor the lens that's makes the picture perfect, it's the one who TAKES the picture.

    Keep sharing nice ideas and knowledge to us folks. Appreciate all those tips and tricks shared on this community.

    Adrian.

  • Lori Kean

    November 7, 2010 01:46 am

    Elana, a good source of learning information on your camera...try youtube. I learn a lot on that site. Search your camera and good tips are usually there. Enjoy your camera!!

  • getmoney

    November 5, 2010 12:29 am

    I think Canon cameras are the best.

  • Liju Augustine

    November 2, 2010 01:39 pm

    Elena,

    Congrats on getting a new D-SLR. Enjoy your camera.

    Liju Augustine
    http://lfotos.wordpress.com – Learning by sharing.

  • Liju Augustine

    November 2, 2010 01:37 pm

    Jeff,

    I understand your frustration. Without having a dedicated Pentax tutorial, you may be missing some camera specific tips. But that shouldn't prevent you from learning the general concepts and ideas of SLR photography. I am a Nikon user but I played with my friend's Canon SLR a few days back. They are completely different in terms of the placement of controls and even the meter display direction etc. But I was able to use the camera just fine. The point I am trying to make here is that, you should be able to use your camera, once you learn the basic details about SLR photography. Take it as a challenge. There are many sites that explain the concepts and tips and tricks of using SLR's.

    Good luck

    Liju Augustine
    http://lfotos.wordpress.com - Learning by sharing.

  • Elana

    November 2, 2010 06:30 am

    Hi Jeff,
    My parents just bought me a Pentax K-X.. I know that I was wavering between the D90 and the D5000 but the Pentax cost half the price, has the same sensor as the D90 and D5000, got great reveiws and best of all It uses all my old lenses (from my Ricoh SLR which has the PK mount). Since I already own 3 good lenses for it (fifty 1.2, 70-210 and 70-150 plus a 2x teleconvereter) and the kit lens comes with camera, I figure I am not necessarily buying into the system, rather continuing my old system (which I had already thought was lost) for the time being.
    So I'd be glad of any tips you can give me with a Pentax DSLR. I'm hoping I'll be happy with it.
    I'll get the camera in 4 weeks when they come to Israel to visit.
    Elana

  • Jeff

    November 1, 2010 04:41 pm

    Hi all I have the same problem as Jeremy not much is written about Pentax DSLR cameras or advise on how to use them better or I have not seen any courses by Pentax on how to use your DSLR better very annoying.
    Love all the articles submitted

  • Don Bird

    October 31, 2010 10:52 pm

    Kerry
    Try a canon you wnt be sorry great cameras try the canon 50D.i have one would not trade it for a nikon no
    way canon ruls.

  • KERRY FREEMAN

    October 29, 2010 10:36 am

    Concerning NIKONS, I HAVE A D5000, BUT JUST CAN'T WEAN MYSELF OFF THE d80. EVEN THOUGH ITS AN OLDER MODEL NOW.

  • KERRY FREEMAN

    October 29, 2010 10:28 am

    took my ricoh cx3 and ricoh gdr3 to india recently, and i am now a fan of ricoh for travel and easy to take anywhere cameras.great design, great build and great pics...
    ALSO, THIS IS SUCH A FANTASTIC SITE.
    THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK YOU PUT IN FOR US.
    KERRY

  • xenon

    October 29, 2010 08:28 am

    Take a look at ricoh cameras. Use it. The UI and ease of use is amazing. The photo shots mimics the real world much closer than a Canon or NIKON.
    It don't produce high contrast and vivid colors in its normal shots, but then looking at the real object , one realizes, it looks what it is.

  • Greg J

    October 29, 2010 08:18 am

    I find it interesting reading about what is best etc. The list only says what is the most popular, not what is best. Regarding what is best I think everyone needs to understand: if you are going to be serious about photography then no matter what you buy, it will not be satisfactory in the future because as you learn more and more about photography you will require your camera to do more as well. As well, technology is changing so rapidly in camera features, (but not so much with lenses) The best camera for most people is a point & shoot. Take photos of friends & family, on the beach or at parties, post them on Facebook and have a few laughs. These are great cameras. If you want more you need to go into dslr's. All the manufacturers make great entry level cameras. Clearly the top 2 are Nikon & Canon by way of sales and arguably by quality as well because they have been in the business a long time. Pentax was one of the last film camera manufacturers to get into digital and took a big hit at the start, they now make great cameras. I defy anyone other than professionals to identify the difference between photo's taken with mid level Nikon, Canon or Pentax. The quality now on all of them is supurb.
    The most important thing is, how does it feel in your hands. How are the knobs, buttons, dials positioned for you? Is it too big or too small for your hands, is it too heavy or too light? I can assure you that once you choose your first dslr, you will in all likelihood continue to buy that same manufacturer because you will have the lenses, flash and other accessories that you will not want to buy over for a new make. I chose Nikon because it felt better. I have owned various Nikon cameras for well over 25 years and will continue to buy Nikon. I know Canon makes just as good a camera but I did not like the buttons, dials and feel when I first purchased a slr camera. To say Canon makes more lenses, well I don't know if they do or not but so what, I am not going to buy them all and Nikon and Pentax makes a lot of lenses as well and they are very good quality and will fit my needs nicely thank you.
    If you are into photography, the most important thing is the lens. It will last you many years (20 or more) while you will likely want to change the camera body after 4 to 6 years, if you can hold out that long.
    Don't listen to anyone about what specific model to buy, go to a camera store and hold a bunch of them, take time to fiddle around with it, go home and read reviews about them. I am sure Canon & Pentax have some great sites but www.kenrockwell.com does a great job of reviewing Nikon. Remember, the glass is the most important part of the camera so you are better off buying a less expensive camera and a more expensive lens.
    Just my humble opinion.

  • Amanda

    October 29, 2010 03:56 am

    I just purchased the Canon 60d even after all the mixed reviews. I have to say, like all the Canons I've had previously, this camera works wonderfully! I was apprehensive buying it (as it's a $1500 investment), but after using it for the past 2 weeks, I can't believe I waited this long! Some people don't think the added tilt screen is a selling feature but I've used it a few times and see how handy it can be in creative shots (I wouldn't use it at an event as the focus is a bit slower in live view). But over all, this camera is great quality, lots of bang for your buck, lots of manual control and lots of automatic modes too. I think it's a good camera for people doing a lot of shooting in Auto and taking on learning manual settings without having to know everything about the camera to get a good shot. It's one reason why I opted for the 60d rather than the 7d. I use manual settings (more and more often) but other times I don't. The 7d made it a little more complicated then I really wanted on those days where my brain doesn't want to compute light, white balance etc and just want to shot like crazy. If your looking for a good starter I would defiantly recommend the Canon Rebel series (under $1000) or the 40,50 or 60d series ($1000- 1500). Good mix of auto/manual modes and pretty easy to learn. I will say the 60d has more features then my previous Rebel xt so I haven’t had the time to explore all the options available, it could be over whelming for a new DSLR user.
    Just my opinion! Good day everyone!

  • Don Bird

    October 28, 2010 09:35 pm

    Jason the canon 50D is a great camera i have it and not trade it for anything Love this camera.

  • Alma

    October 28, 2010 03:40 am

    The Canon T2i is a rockin camera for the price.
    I just wrote a post as an answer to "what camera should I buy?" over at:

    http://www.birdonawirephoto.com/birdonawirephoto/Home/Entries/2010/10/25_Which_Camera_Do_You_Recommend.html#

  • Hexenmeister

    October 28, 2010 02:34 am

    I'm glad to see the 50mm f/1.8 at the top of the lens list. I received my bachelors degree in photography and all of my professors always told us if you only have one lens, the 50mm should be it.

    Oh, and a note to everyone...it's called a 50mm f/1.8, okay? NOT "the nifty fifty" and NOT "the plastic fantastic." Every time someone walks into the camera store where I work and asks for the "nifty fifty" I want to slug them in the face. If you want an easier name than "fifty millimeter, F one point eight," help preserve your dignity and avoid "nifty fifty;" just go with "fifty one eight."

  • Luis Garcia

    October 28, 2010 01:38 am

    It's cool to see that the 2 most popular lenses are also among the least expensive lenses you can find. Evidence that photography doesn't have to be expensive.

  • 2012

    October 26, 2010 11:14 am

    Im getting my wife onto these tutorials. Its a lot cheaper than me shelling out thousands for collage

  • Johan

    October 13, 2010 11:51 pm

    I am using the Canon 450D, kit lens and sigma 70-300, I must say that I have found that even with an ISO of only 1600 I can bump it up to 3200 by setting the ISO to 1600 and EV value one stop lower, immediate increase in shutter speed, enough to prevent blurred images, alas depending on the event, but dancing in low light has come out nicely with but of movement but acceptable. Canon's ability to handle noise is a plus and I must say that you can get good photo's in poor light. I think taking the cameras weight and ease of use in consideration, good camera with excellent back up and guarantee. My back up camera is a Sony A230, no comparison between the 2, good camera, not the best when handling noise as I do not like to use flashes at wedding functions, my Canon P&S SX100 is handling noise better than the Sony. Just my perception , Thank you

  • Liju Augustine

    October 8, 2010 09:13 am

    That's a decision you have to make. But if I were you, I would go for it. D90 is out there since the early part of 2009 and we haven't heard any complaints right? But, as I said, it's purely up to you to make that call.

    Liju Augustine
    Learning by sharing - http://lfotos.wordpress.com

  • Elana

    October 8, 2010 07:14 am

    Hi Liju,
    Would you take the D90 even without the option of the warranty?

    Elana

  • Liju Augustine

    October 8, 2010 06:45 am

    I would go with a D90. D5000 is no match to what a D90 can do. I went thro the same confusion that you have now. In the end, I went with D90 and I'm glad that I did.

    Liju
    http://lfotos.wordpress.com

  • Elana

    October 8, 2010 04:49 am

    OK, My Canon A 95 has died again and I think its time to go for my dslr.
    Question. How important is it to buy from a place close by. The cost of the D90 in the US is what it would cost me to buy the D5000 in Israel (where I live). My parents are coming to Israel in a month so they could bring it to me but then I would really not be able to send it back if something went wrong. Any input would be welcome. (if anyone has what to say between the D90 and D5000 I'm also open to hearing.)
    Thanks in advance
    Elana

  • Don Bird

    October 2, 2010 11:46 pm

    Gemma
    If you want a realy good camera to grow into check out the cannon 50D.I have one its a great camera theres
    so much you can do with it if you are a hobbiest you well never need another camera you can slso it as a
    pro camera depinding on what you do .I am a freelance photograhper i do alot of landscape and wildlife
    photos and i do concert photos and love this camera like i said check it out the cannon 50D.

  • Gemma

    October 2, 2010 08:04 am

    Hi, I'm new to photography and I'm looking to buy my first dSLR. I learn fast so I need a camera that I'll grow into because I don't have the funds to keep upgrading. I was looking at the Sony Alpha A55 as I like the features and I think it will last me for a while technically speaking. The Sony Alpha A55 is about £750 with kit lens. At some point I plan to buy other types of lens after I've learned the basics of shooting quality photos. I'm interested in macro, landscape (I live in Cornwall which is a very beautiful part of the UK) and in taking photos of people (I observe people so that's where the appeal comes from). Do you think I'd be wise in spending my money on the A55 when it's released?

  • world ending 2012

    September 27, 2010 05:48 pm

    Hi Vivik, I would recommend going with the Cannon if I were you mate.

  • RobbinD

    September 20, 2010 11:54 am

    Nikon d90 and I love it.

  • Mark

    September 20, 2010 02:15 am

    Good point Liju. I have not found a camera yet that you could not turn off the flash. READ YOUR MANUALS. I keep my camera's manual in the backpack that I use just in case I have a question while in the field!!! I am not sure that Den will see this, but it is a good point to remember for all of us. In Den's case, if he had the manual with him and looked it up, he would not have missed all of the shots during an expensive trip!

  • Liju Augustine

    September 19, 2010 03:36 pm

    Den, You could always turn your flash off on your P&S camera. If you want more flexibility, go for a D-SLR.

  • Mark

    September 15, 2010 09:34 pm

    No it is not. It is one of their PowerShot line of point and shoot cameras. It has a fixed lens that is listed as 10X zoom.

  • SK

    September 15, 2010 07:41 pm

    Hi
    Could you tell me, is the Canon SX 120 a DSLR or not? Can I change the lens on it??
    thanks

  • Mark

    September 7, 2010 01:47 am

    Vivek, a lot depends on what style of photography you are looking for. I am totally into wildlife and somewhat into landscape/seascape. Since my primary is wildlife, I was advised to go Canon for the greater selection of telephoto lenses. And this has been a good choice for me. I will be a while saving up for the super telephotos, but I have a working kit for now and am in about $5,000 US at this point. I wasted some money early on for cheap lenses, but am now buying nothing but the Canon "L" series professional lenses.

    Remember, the camera is relatively inexpensive compared to quality lens lines. But once you start down the brand path, it gets harder to change since your lenses are not able to cross brands easily. Others might tell you their thoughts if you specify the type of photography you are seeking to practice. For portrait or weddings, it seems equally split between the two brands, but I don't know about other types like street photography.

  • Vivek

    September 6, 2010 06:24 pm

    guys.. i am planning to buy a DSLR.. and my budget is 25000.. shall i go to nikon D3000 or Canon 1000D.. pls guide me in this..

  • Lisa

    August 27, 2010 05:58 pm

    I'm looking for a point and shoot camera, but you have 2 different Top 10 or Top 5 lists. This post has Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP as #1 while Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 IS was listed as the best in the article "should I buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot (which was a great article by the way!
    So what's a girl to buy. Too many top 5 lists that all give different opinions!
    August 2010- What's the latest-best point and shoot?

  • Lisa

    August 27, 2010 05:58 pm

    I'm looking for a point and shoot camera, but you have 2 different Top 10 or Top 5 lists. This post has Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP as #1 while Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 IS was listed as the best in the article "should I buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot (which was a great article by the way!
    So what's a girl to buy. Too many top 5 lists that all give different opinions!
    August 2010- What's the latest-best point and shoot?

  • den

    August 13, 2010 10:49 am

    Hi, can someone please advise of a good camera [ for amateur ]. Recently had trip to europe and found many historic buildings and art galleries would not allow the use of a flash, To say I was dissapointed would be an understatement, While all around me others were clicking away I wasnt able to as my camera needs a flash to take any inside photography, Many of the cameras used by others seemed to be the usual pocket sized digital and inexpensive ?
    Cheers Den.

  • Elana

    August 7, 2010 01:04 am

    Thanks Mark,
    I wondered how Flickr knew I photographed with the Canon A95. I will look into it.
    Elana

  • Mark Pashia

    August 6, 2010 11:55 pm

    I am not sure if the camera will show the info, but once the image file is on a computer you can right click>properties and then look on the detail tab and scroll down to the EXIF data from the camera which should show all of the settings. I also hear that if you upload to a Flicker account you can also access the EXIF data there as well. Good luck and happy shooting, Mark.

  • Elana

    August 6, 2010 11:45 pm

    Just as I decided to buy a Nikon D5000 my Canon A95 with fully manual settings started to work again (out of the blue). I toyed a bit with the manual settings before but I'm starting to get more serious now but I don't know how to store the information about the aperture opening ans speed. I don't think the camera gives you the info when you play it back (unless I missed something). Anyone have any good ideas on how to do it?
    I still haven't found a favorite setting and
    I'm exploring the whole spectrum. It is very different from my old fully manual film DSLR where I just turned dials. I'm hoping this learning curve will make it easier for when I move onto my dSLR.
    Any comments would be appreciated,
    Thanks
    Elana

  • pattaya

    August 6, 2010 09:12 am

    And yes, I love my little Coolpix L16, but was really disappointed with the Coolpix L100 even though the 15x zoom was great, the colors were not good. Grass was the wrong color of green, etc. That kind of turned me off on Nikon. Plus I heard that Canon had a better selection of super telephotos even if they are expensive. Maybe some day I can save up enough for that EF 800mm prime!!!! At least it is something to dream of.

    Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/popular-digital-cameras-and-gear#ixzz0vmBSPiy8

  • Grace

    July 26, 2010 11:50 pm

    I have only just started learning about photography and own a point and shoot at this stage (Canon Powershot SX200). I would like to buy a DSLR, but perhaps a second-hand one to begin with. Are you able to recommend amy camera(s) that perhaps are no longer sold in shops but may be available as 2nd hand ones through sites lie e-bay etc. I guess I am asking: what was your favourite dslr one or two years ago? Also, would I be able to buy a new lens to an older model dslr? I am thinking a 50mm fized lens to begin with.
    Thanks in advance
    Grace

  • Mark

    July 19, 2010 10:50 am

    @paul

    You really are nit picking since this is the WWW. While I applaud your use of "special characters" not every system will render the special characters correctly. Especially in foreign language sets!!! DPS is world wide and not all are using English on Microsoft platform!!!! We all know that it is micro four thirds and just avoid the "special characters".

  • Paul

    July 18, 2010 05:35 am

    Not to be judgemental, but a Digital Photography School and you don't know the difference between Four-Thirds and µFourth-Thirds? All the cameras you have listed under Popular Four-Thirds Cameras are actually µFour-Thirds cameras. Big difference.

  • Mark Pashia

    July 7, 2010 12:40 am

    Another trick that I heard about but have not tried yet is to go to Flicker and search by the camera make to see what kind of pics they have there. I hear that you can also search by the specific lens model even. You might want to try that with the 450D and the EF-S 18-55mm to get an idea of there performance. I think they even show the EXIF data with the shots.

  • Mark Pashia

    July 7, 2010 12:35 am

    And yes, I love my little Coolpix L16, but was really disappointed with the Coolpix L100 even though the 15x zoom was great, the colors were not good. Grass was the wrong color of green, etc. That kind of turned me off on Nikon. Plus I heard that Canon had a better selection of super telephotos even if they are expensive. Maybe some day I can save up enough for that EF 800mm prime!!!! At least it is something to dream of.

  • Mark Pashia

    July 7, 2010 12:29 am

    Opps, missed the question on the flash. I find it is OK with short barrel lenses. My main lens is the EF 100-400mm and the flash is so close to the body that the lens barrel blocks some of the flash. With the kit lens on, the flash is about the same as most point and shoots and maybe a little better at sending out metering tests to set the amount of the light in the main flash. However, all of the advice that I am seeing is that you need to get the flash away from the camera some and are advising a hot shoe flash and maybe a cable for that to go "off camera" an arms reach away. So I have a Speedlite on my wish list also, but I cannot justify it just yet since I don't use one for wildlife and I don't shoot in low light conditions. Even in a club, I won't use a flash because I don't want to draw attention away from the music. That is why I am looking at "fast glass". As much as I like my Canon set up, I would say that the 450D and the kit lens ARE NOT good at low light but are OK for on camera flash if that works for you.

  • Mark Pashia

    July 7, 2010 12:17 am

    I really cannot tell how the 450D does in low light because the only "fast" lens that I have is the 50mm f/1.8 and I have not tried it out under those conditions. I do know that the kit lens(EF-S 18-55mm IS) cannot do it because of the f/ range (f/3.5-??? it is not marked on the lens). When I tried it in a club, the long shutter times blurred everything. My wish list includes a couple of "L" series lenses at f/2.8 and I expect those will work much better than the f/5.6 on most of the lenses that I have right now. My next buy is the EF 28-70mm with a constant f/2.8 through the whole range. I do know that I had a friend with a 7D right beside me when I was trying the kit lens in a club and his camera WAS AMAZING at low light levels!!!! That is in my future as well once I have a good kit of lenses.

  • Elana

    July 6, 2010 10:38 pm

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks,
    I actually have used the view finder on my 2 canon Point and shoots, and have been having a hard time getting used to not using a view finder on my coolpix L20,Although my first canon had a swivel screen and I did enjoy using it when I couldn't use the view finder.. (both my canons got lens errors which were not worth fixing cost wise) which is why I was a little disheartened with canon.
    About the Nikon lenses what I heard is that the d5000 can't use the older lenses which don't have the AF but the bodies with AF in them can use all the lenses. (just turn off the af in the lens) but I could be wrong.
    Since you have the 450 D let me ask you,
    Does it take good low light pics without a flash? I hate using flash and I do take a lot of low light pics. (another problem of the cool pix L20).
    Is the kit lens good enough? Turns out I'd only be able to get the kit lens with the d5000 also since the sigma is over my budget when added to the camera.. I don't need (never had such high zoom. As I told you my last zoom was 70x210, and I had a 2x tele converter to add on, but I could only use that in the daylight. It didn't let enough light in for low light pics. but my 52 mm lens and the 70x210 with the teleconverter was my system for nearly 20 years. It was good enough for my needs for the time. and if not for the digital world I'd still be using them.
    I've heard varying things about the d5000 kit lens, some good and some bad, but great things about its ability to take fantastic pictures in low light with out flash (even with the kit lens).
    And is the flash on the d450 any good?
    Unless I hit it rich (which you never know) this will probably be my camera and lens for at least the next few years. So at this point I'm not necessarily buying into a system rather I'm buying a camera and a lens. maybe in the future it will turn into the system.I do have the canon f100 camcorder which is relatively small to tote around so I guess the video part is not quite as important.

  • Mark Pashia

    July 6, 2010 02:03 pm

    @elana

    If you are like most of us, once you get the DSLR you will be using the viewfinder mostly. As a matter of fact, I have not used the "live view" at all. So my screen is just for the menus!!! The fancy swivel screen is rarely needed since you are focusing through the lens, you need the focus points in the view finder to be sure you are getting what you want. And the framing on the "screen" are not the same as the view finder in most cases. Just a small difference, but can often matter on an important shot. I know how easy it can get use to using the screen on point and shoots, but it is more natural to hold a DSLR steady with the standard grip and a viewfinder. By the way check on articles here about how to properly hold a DSLR since you likely have some "bad habits" from the point and shoot world. Good luck, Mark.

  • Mark Pashia

    July 6, 2010 01:50 pm

    @elana

    I started out last November with the Canon 450D with the kit lens 18-55mm. And I bought the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro lens for the long end and for the macro side(about US$210 on Amazon back then). It was a great start, but in Feb. I made a trip to Florida to shoot the wading birds that winter over on Merritt Island near Cape Canaveral. Right away I discovered that 300mm is not enough reach for that type of photography! So I picked up a Tamron 200-400mm while I was down there! Now I have upgraded by getting the Canon EF 100-400mm L series lens and I will be selling some of the old ones on Ebay soon. But that is just me. The original kit would have been fine for most folks. That Sigma lens is great, but be sure to get the one that has "APO" in the name. I hear that the non-APO lens is junk and is poorly constructed.

    As to Canon or Nikon, see my post to masha above. I am pretty sure that the Nikon you are looking at is one of the entry level that has auto focus in the lens, so later when you upgrade to a better camera that has auto focus in the body, your lenses won't be usable with your new camera!!!! Well actually they may work but manual focus only!!! Check it out for sure if no one corrects me here, but that is my understanding.

  • Mark Pashia

    July 6, 2010 01:38 pm

    @masha

    I cannot tell you much about Nikon, but I have heard that their entry level DSLR cameras have the auto focus in the lens, while their medium and high end cameras have the auto focus in the camera body. My problem with that is later when you want to upgrade, your lenses won't be able to go with you!!!

    I am sticking with Canon. I have the Rebel XSi (450D) and I am buying all EF "L series" lenses so that later when I upgrade, all of my lenses are good even on full frame!!!! It is pricey, but a little at a time. I am doing primarily wildlife photography, so the expensive long range lenses are mostly what I need and I sure don't want to buy them twice if I was on the Nikon side!!!!

    Good luck with what ever you decide to do!!! Mark.

  • Masha

    July 5, 2010 12:37 am

    Just wondering why Nikon d300 didn't make the Top 10 list? Is it because it's a newer camera?
    I've been interested in photography for a while and have tried only a couple of cameras (Canon EOS 20D, Rebel XT and recently Nikon d300). I am now well into my research and considering to switch from Canon to Nikon.

    3 questions:
    Is there a key difference between Nikon and Canon that people find?
    What do you think about Nikon d300?
    What should I look for when buying a good camera? (budget $1,500-1,800)

    Thanks in advance for your feedback:)

  • Elana

    July 4, 2010 07:09 pm

    OK
    If someone could advise I would appreciate.
    I've narrowed my choice to one of 2. Either the nikon d5000 and then I would get a sigma 18-200 lens instead of the kit lens,, it comes with one yr warranty. Or the canon d450 (which I think is the same as the rebel XSI) with the kit lens of 18-55 (its a bit more expensive so I can't afford the bigger lens yet) with a 3 yr warranty.
    I'm a bit confused between the 2 . I know the nikon has video which I understand is nice but won't take the place .of my camcorder or probably not even my Nikon L20 point and shoot compact, but having used a swivel screen in an old point and shoot canon I like it. I also like that the ISO goes until 3200 and not only 1600 like in the canon,but from what I read the canon is a better camera, and even their kit lens is relatively good.
    Any input?
    Thanks
    Elana

  • solar power brisbane

    June 25, 2010 03:46 pm

    Yep! Just changed to a 50mm lense! Cheers!!

  • solar power brisbane

    June 18, 2010 05:46 pm

    yep, my cannon has a crop sensor on it as well so I us the 35mm lense

  • Don Bird

    June 9, 2010 06:01 am

    Mark
    I ment starting at 300mms as a genrail rule as this is not writen in stone.

  • machbio

    June 9, 2010 12:27 am

    nice list of cameras.. will buy one

  • Elana

    May 26, 2010 06:16 am

    Thanks mark,
    That makes things a lot clearer.
    Now I feel I can start looking for what I want.
    Much appreciated.

  • Mark Pashia

    May 26, 2010 06:07 am

    Still not sure I have gotten the idea across. Lets try with both of us using our 50mm lenses. In that case, you would need to move closer to the object to get the same framing that I have. say we are filling the frame with a single rose bud (the exact same rose bud), you would need to get closer to the rose to fill the frame while I have to stand back some.

    Bottom line is that if your camera you are looking at is a crop sensor, your lens focal lengths will be smaller numbers for the same shot. If you reached for a 50mm during your film days, you would now reach for a 35mm in digital or use the 50 but move further away from the object.

    All numbers are approximate for a 1.6 crop sensor which seems to be the most common, but certainly not the only crop factor. Check the brands and models you are shopping.

  • Mark Pashia

    May 26, 2010 05:59 am

    To help a little, If you had your old Ricoh 35mm film camera with a 50mm lens and I had my Canon Rebel XSi with a 35mm lens and we stood side by side and shot a subject together, we would have about the same image size and framing in camera. However if I had a 50mm lens on, you would need an 80mm on yours to frame the same object in a similar way. This makes it a little hard, but you get use to it pretty quickly. You just need to think about that when you are looking at lenses to begin with.

  • Mark Pashia

    May 26, 2010 05:49 am

    If that worked well for you before, it should be easy to check on the prices for both brands. Try searching on Amazon.com for those items. I think that both brands you mentioned should have what you need, so compare.

    However, I wanted to shoot long range wildlife in nature which is turning out to be very expensive. My latest lens was a 100-400mm lens at $1600 US and that is just a start for what I need. Longer lenses are priced in the thousands not the hundreds. An 800mm prime lens is $12k on Amazon!!!! I rarely shoot at less than 400mm and even then I am cropping 25% of the image and scaling the image back to original, so that is like having a 1600mm lens in full frame. On my crop sensor, it is like having a 2460mm lens!!!!

    That brings up another issue. You are probably looking at cameras that have a crop sensor. I am not sure of the details of your two camera choices. However my Canon has a 1.6 crop factor on the sensor, so a 35mm lens is about the same as a 50mm on the old film SLR. And a 48-150mm zoom lens should be about the same as your old 70-210mm on film SLR. This is very confusing issue, but bottom line is that the APS-C sensor is smaller than the exposed "frame" of film in the 35mm SLR. They make full frame digital SLR's but they are usually the high end professional models. Full frame cameras have a 24x36mm sensor which is the same size as the film frame in the film SLR. Crop sensors are the same proportions but smaller, so you have conversion factors for lenses. The plus of this is that your 70-210mm lens ACTS like a longer reach lens of about 110-330mm to compare with the full frame.

  • Elana

    May 26, 2010 04:47 am

    thanks Mark,
    That is part of my problem,
    I love photographing wild life (birds) and flowers and nature, and doing portraits, and my friends ask me to photograph their events, so I would really like a multi use camera.
    My old Ricoh SLR (film) with the standard lens and a 70 to 210 telephoto macro lens managed to do all that for me and I'd want an equivalent in a DSLR.
    I'm finding it very confusing.

  • Mark Pashia

    May 26, 2010 02:36 am

    @Elana

    As you can see above the E-420 is on the top ten list but is in tenth place for a reason. It really depends on the type of photography you are wanting to do. The Olympus would not work for me at all since there is limited lenses available and the long lenses are very expensive even when available. I am shooting mostly wildlife shots, so I went with Canon for the broad selections of lenses available. I hear that Nikon has similar wide choices since Nikon and Canon are nearly tied in market share and those two control the vast majority of the market. All of the other brands put together don't equal either one of those. That said, the folks I know that use Olympus and Sony are very faithful to their chosen brand. When I was buying my first DSLR, folks pointed out that the type of photography will tell you your best choice, so research your choices by Googling the type of photography you hope to do. Is it portrait, street, landscape, macro, wildlife, birds (specific types of wildlife), etc. Each has their own needs and most camera manufacturers focus on one or more types, since doing it all is a major commitment in R&D. I wish I could help you with first hand knowledge about your choices, but I am sure you will get some comments from some very strong beliefs on one or the other. Just remember, brand loyalty is often very strong.

  • Elana

    May 25, 2010 08:21 pm

    Any feedback on the Olympus E-420?
    I'm looking to buy a DSLr, am limited with money, and have a choice of getting that Olympus with 2 lenses, reg and small zoom for 700 dollars or the Nikon D5000 with just the smaller lens for 200 dollars more. Any advice. Unless photography makes me which I don't see myself upgrading in the near future although if I got the Nikon I would save up for a telephoto lens.
    Any input would be appreciated.

  • Mark

    May 7, 2010 05:37 am

    @ don bird

    I would severely disagree with your post and would ask for serious citations of where that came from. If it is a personal definition, then so be it, but I am currently reading a book on Landscape Photography that was reviewed on this site recently and the longest lens he has used in this book is about 85mm on a medium format camera. In my experience, most landscapes are done with wide or ultra-wide angle lenses. I also have wildlife shots taken with a wide angle zoom(18-55mm on 1.6 crop sensor) because they were drawn into close range of my "hunting" blind (I was hunting with a camera where my friends hunt with guns). That said, I typically use 400mm for most wildlife shots and I have used 70mm and 100mm lenses for landscape shots when it was appropriate.

  • Don Bird

    May 7, 2010 05:03 am

    Just a little info for who ever doesent know Landscape and Wildlife startes at 300mm

  • Mark

    May 7, 2010 02:33 am

    Hey all, good comments!

    To the powers that be: I feel it would be helpful to have separate categories for the DSLR Lenses. For example; wide angle, macro, wide angle zoom, telephoto zoom, telephoto primes, etc. That way we could see what lenses are popular FOR THE TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY that we actually engage in. The list above does not have any of the long lenses in it. By long, I mean the 200-400mm range and beyond.

    If nothing else, it would give this site more chances at a click through to Amazon especially on the costly lenses that should help you make more for the site with referrals.

  • Eeps

    May 4, 2010 04:22 am

    @Larry - the only must have feature is that it takes pictures. After that, you're gonna have to figure out what you want for yourself before you commit to a system. Some people would like to experiment with video and gladly pay for that feature, but others would rather just buy a still cam and take video with a camcorder. Some value sharpness while others prefer saturation in their pictures. Canon and Nikon are the best selling bodies partly because they have the widest selection of lenses but based on research, it would seem the features of the smaller players are catching up to the big 2. A lot of the smaller players have started to put image stabilisation in their bodies, while Canikon continue to develop lens based stabilisation. If cost is important to you, then you might consider this because stabilised lenses are more expensive than their non-stabilised counterparts.

    This is just a small sampling of features available in cameras nowadays. Until you figure out what is important to you, it will be difficult for others to. But just out of curiosity, what do you consider mid-level or mid-priced? $1k? $1,500? $2k? More? Don't be surprised at the latter numbers since different people have different standards. Try being more specific in your needs and the responses you get will be more attuned to your needs. I hope this helps.

    FWIW I use a 500D but just recently got a 1ds. I don't know whether the 500D is classified as an entry level or mid-level camera but it suits my needs and I'm very happy with it. The reason I bought the 1ds is I would like to give full frames a try. The 1ds is a pro level camera but quite affordable nowadays due to its age. I have a variety of lenses from several different manufacturers including Canon, Sigma, Tokina and Tamron so you can see that I'm not afraid to experiment with equipment. However, I do recommend that you do your homework well before committing to a system cos it can get very expensive should you decide to change later on.

  • Larry Wright

    May 1, 2010 05:56 am

    Hi! I am presently shopping for my first DSLR and am overwhelmed by the number of choices offered by the camera manufacturers.. After checking various camera reviews, I am somewhat frustrated that there does not appear to be a concensus of opinion as to which camera offers all the must have features with excellent performance at the right price. Can you suggest a mid-level (or mid-priced) camera that most critics agree offers the most must-have features for the money? Thank you for your input.

    Larry

  • Omer

    April 25, 2010 04:55 pm

    I have always loved to have one of these cameras but due to low budget could not afford it :(

  • Quazi Ahmed Hussain

    April 23, 2010 02:02 am

    Still camera manufacturing is in the blood of Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax. Samsung, Sony and Panasonic jumped into the funfest assuming it as a gold mine and everyone can plunder at will. However, reality is; there's no shortcut to knowledge and experience. So the latter 3 has wait for their turns provided they can survive that long.

  • Leonard Thomas

    April 22, 2010 09:32 pm

    The collections were good. I would like to be a regular member of this school so that my photography can be henhance. Please send me a reply. I am about to take on a fashion photography project and I do not have much experience. please could you advise me. Thank you.

  • Charles

    April 19, 2010 02:30 pm

    I see that you don't mention any digital cameras manufactured by Sony. Sony has produced various types of digital still photo-camera using Carl Zeis lens. They come under the name Cyber-shot. What do you think about these products. Are they only for amateur photographers or you have other reasons for not writing about them?

  • v

    April 17, 2010 05:27 am

    @judith, i own a canon g10 and I LOVE IT. i shoot with an oly e620, but the canon is my back up. it has produced some great results. check my website

  • Quazi Ahmed Hussain

    April 16, 2010 01:27 pm

    Nicely prepared list that reflects people's choices. However, little bit surprised so see absence of top quality items like Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Powershot S90, Nikon D300s and any of the Canon EF 70-200 L lenses.

    In any case, customers' choices must be honored. Probably the hierarchy might change little bit next quarter.

  • Utpal

    April 16, 2010 11:56 am

    What would be the ideal aperture value to photograph a long distance landscape ? In ideal lighting condition it brings almost same result of a landscape photo either in minimum or in maximum aperture. What's the reason ? [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/utpalsaha/4506746217/' title='Endangered species' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2382/4506746217_0cf78ab1f4.jpg']

  • Mark R Friedman

    April 16, 2010 07:37 am

    What is your criteria for becoming popular and ending up on your list? What sources do you reference?
    It's just a very odd list that omits so many pertinent tools and includes a lot of chaff.

    But maybe I'm misreading it.

  • Judith Natt

    April 16, 2010 02:55 am

    What about Canon G10? Does anyone own one? If so, do you like it?

  • Joseph

    April 14, 2010 03:32 pm

    Any reason why the Nikkor 35 1.8 is on the lens list twice ? # 3 and # 11 (Am I misreading?)

    (Ps ,on the filters - this really is a divided camp, you`ll find the same arguments all over the net - whichever gives you piece of mind is the best, - I`d rather use insurance to protect my lenses ;) - Personally - , My stepfather had his camera fall off a counter - and land on the front lens, shattering the filter - the filter pieces scratched the front element of the lens - The lens element is alot harder ( and likely wouldve been ok and unscratched without a fliter - but this is conjecture) I`ve found increased amounts of flare and slightly lowered microcontrast when using UV filters - Regardless they certainly are helpful photographing in strong sea spray or sand storms (white sands in the wind anyone>?)

  • Mei Teng

    April 14, 2010 02:22 pm

    I use protective (UV) filters on all my lenses. I only take the filter off when I do night photography.

  • sj

    April 14, 2010 05:54 am

    Jason,

    Perhaps my first post was a little abrupt; it was late and I was tired. I apologize.

    We are readers and photographers of all types and income levels. Some have more film background than digital, and are learning from reading here. Others are more exclusively digital-based and don't have an extensive knowledge of film characteristics and techniques. We are rank beginners who barely can get the camera to focus, and pros who cart trunkloads of gear around. Each person's perspective is different and we have to remind ourselves that our observations come only from the environment we are in. Hence the difference in philosophy regarding gear and its uses.

    To address your points,

    Q: "Why in the world put a ~$25 dollar filter of low quality glass over the front of a ~$500 ... piece of glass??

    A: (Stefan, hope you agree) Because we want to enjoy the equipment that we have and protect it, perhaps hand it down to a budding young photographer who will treasure it as we did. We don't have thousands of dollars to throw around buying new lenses and gear all the time. We want to make the best of the resources we have. And many of us don't have expensive computer software to enhance or even create the shots that we can get when we use all of the "before-the-shutter-click" tools available.

    Q: Lens hood.

    A: I use a lens hood when practical or needed. If I decide it's not necessary, I don't need the bulk and weight in the bag. Many times I am in mountainous terrain and need to travel light.

    Q: "SJ, I am almost exclusively an outdoor shooter..."

    A: I based the reference to your work upon your own presentation of your business in three different ways:
    1. the Google search page -- "Home - Jason Collin Photography || Specializing in Candid Style ... Jason Collin Photography provides wedding, portrait, event, pet, sports and fine art photography services for the greater Tampa Bay area. Jason Collin is a ... jasoncollinphotography.com/"
    2. your own description of your work on the front page of your site -- "Professional Photographer Specializing in Candid Style -- based in Saint Petersburg, Florida --
    Mother's Day Photography Specials, reserve one for Mom today!"; and
    3. the photos shown in your slide show, which seems to show more people and urban shots than wild untamed wilderness.

    Q: Harsh environment...

    A: I agree, beaches and salt air are not friends of your equipment. I know you are very careful with your lenses, I am too.

    Q: "SJ, post a link to your website so I may see the outdoor conditions you are shooting in."

    A: I don't have a website at this time. But I have shot in snow and freezing temps, desert sand, mountain rocks, pouring rain, beaches, and beastly heat (sometimes simultaneously!) I have also done news reporting and portraiture, and my fine art landscapes are enjoyed by my customers in several states.

    Q: "I am basing the decision not to use protective/UV filters on my own experience and the word of every pro photographer’s blog I have read.... I tell people, there are only two filters I would use, a circular polarizing filter, and a neutral density filter, as the last one there is no software filter substitute for."

    A: That's your prerogative, your choice, for your conditions and circumstance.

    Q: "I said protective/UV filters are a waste of money and stand by that claim for the above reasons. If you are a person who is not careful with your lenses, or find yourself bumping into things a lot, then by all means protect your lenses. If you are careful and use your lens hood and never put your lens into your bag without a lens cap on, then you do not need a protective/UV filter."

    A: Careful as can be, lens cap ALWAYS on, but Murphy loves to strike when least expected, and that filter certainly came in handy. Thank you for your great tips and insight. We have all learned a lot.

    Happy Shooting,

    SJ

  • Chio

    April 14, 2010 05:29 am

    @ Jason

    Canon under 1000$ with two dials and top LCD? Canon EOS 50D ;) Plus, why wouldn't you recommend a Canon because of that..That's a bit weird, isn't it? It's like not recommending a brand brand because most of their cameras don't have a Live View button. For some, Nikon is better, for some it's Canon. I'm just waiting till someone starts with 'well yea, Canon is a bit sharper, but Nikon has a bit better quality'.

    When you first said UV filters are a waste of money, you forgot to mention the thing you said in your second comment, about cheap filters and expensvie lenses. Yes, those that want to do it cheaply will buy 5$ filters and will keep on wondering why their quality is worse. But Hoya and B+W have some great filters (like Hoya HD), that cost 50$+. I shoot for newspapers mostly, I haven't seen a photographer without a filter (except for studios). Sure, insurance and all that covers the stuff but it's better to replace a filter for 50$ than a lens for 500$.

    I hope this doesn't sound like a rude comment, if it does, it is not why I wanted to make it look like.

  • Jason Collin Photography

    April 14, 2010 02:58 am

    @ sj

    @stefan

    I would be happy to list the cons of using a protective/UV filter. I did not before because I thought it was obvious why.

    Stefan, you just proved my point. Why in the world put a ~$25 dollar filter of low quality glass over the front of a ~$500 (which is the low end for f/2.8 lenses, many are well over $1,000) piece of glass?? Any lens you spend over $500 on is going to come with a lens hood. That to me protects the front of the lens from getting scratched. If I were hiking through a dense forest where branches are scraping against my body and possibly my lens, then maybe I'd sacrifice image quality to protect the front of the lens, but other than that, I would never make that sacrifice.

    SJ, I am almost exclusively an outdoor shooter. I consider shooting on Florida beaches with wind to be a harsh environment as sand and salt water spray is in the air. I still do not use a protective filter. I carefully blow any stuff that may get on the front of my lens, which does not really happen often since I am very careful with my lenses. SJ, post a link to your website so I may see the outdoor conditions you are shooting in.

    I am basing the decision not to use protective/UV filters on my own experience and the word of every pro photographer's blog I have read. For example, Scott Bourne does not use them, therefore I do not.

    I tell people, there are only two filters I would use, a circular polarizing filter, and a neutral density filter, as the last one there is no software filter substitute for.

    I said protective/UV filters are a waste of money and stand by that claim for the above reasons. If you are a person who is not careful with your lenses, or find yourself bumping into things a lot, then by all means protect your lenses. If you are careful and use your lens hood and never put your lens into your bag without a lens cap on, then you do not need a protective/UV filter.

  • Stefan

    April 13, 2010 09:37 pm

    @Mr. Collin.
    I don't post a lot on any website but calling a UV Filter a waste of money, I had to reply to that.
    it goes a bit to far in my opinion.
    I use them on all my lenses for protection. a €25 UV filter is a lot cheaper than a €500 lens you know.

  • sj

    April 13, 2010 02:52 pm

    Jason,

    Waste of money? Well, I guess I'll contact you if my lens gets scratched. I'm sure with all your money you can buy me a new lens for several hundred dollars, rather than a new filter for around 25.

    With your style of photography, you seem to be in a less harsh environment. THIS outdoor photog would rather protect the lenses while battling the elements. Name the pros and cons before you tell someone they are wasting their money, and let THEM decide.

    Best regards.

  • Nate

    April 13, 2010 02:46 pm

    Aren't the Olympus E-410/420/450/510/520/600 all Four Thirds cameras and the PEN series are all Micro Four Thirds?

  • Jason Collin Photography

    April 13, 2010 05:07 am

    It just makes sense to me that the Nikon D90 has risen to the #2 position. It has a top of the body LCD and two dials on the body. It's the only sub-$1,000 body made by Nikon or Canon that has these features. I teach private photography lessons and do not recommend a Canon because of the lack of those two things.

    Another thing I tell my students, who almost always have UV filters over their lenses, is throw them away or at least take them off. Just a waste of money to me.

  • Terry Joseph

    April 13, 2010 03:53 am

    What makes the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens so special that it gets 2 spots? (#3 and #11 on the list of lenses). :P

  • Carolyn

    April 13, 2010 03:24 am

    Interesting article. Just one thing to mention; Nikon's 35mm appears twice on the lens list

  • Don Bird from Michigan

    October 31, 2009 08:16 am

    To Mr waddell
    I am very sory wrong person.

  • Greg Waddell

    October 31, 2009 07:42 am

    Mr. Bird, you should be directing your comments to good old Winston "the crouch". He's the one that slammed you comment. I totally agree that it all comes down to the person behind the camera. I was just leaving additional information from a prior post of mine.

  • Don Bird from Michigan

    October 31, 2009 07:33 am

    To Mr waddell
    You may think its sillieBUT if you would think about it befor running you lips you would understand why i
    said what i said let me spell it out for you refurbished or not its noy about haveing a new or reurbished
    camera and no one shuld worry about that just haveing a good working camera is what its all about.
    and like i SAID go out take photos and have FUN.

  • Greg Waddell

    October 31, 2009 06:10 am

    I promised to leave an update on refurbished gear, after I had used it for several weeks. I returned my Canon 20D to Canon for a repair estimate. I decided to accept their offer of a refurbished 50D for about half the price of a new one. Not only did Canon send the 50D, but they also returned the battery from my 20D, even though that was part of the original 20D package. So now I have an extra battery Except for a small "refurbished" sticker on the 50D, I can not tell it from new. It came with a 6 month warranty, all of the instruction manuals, software, etc. So far it has worked flawlessly and I am very happy that I decided to "trade up".

  • Don Bird from Michigan

    October 31, 2009 12:48 am

    It does not mater what camera you have or buy its the person behind it just go and take photos and learn and have fun. AndREAD THE MANUL FOR WHAT EVER CAMERA YOU OWN. eXPERIENCE IS THE BEST
    TEACHER.

  • Jeremy

    October 30, 2009 09:21 am

    I'm A bit surprised at how little coverage Pentax gets. I haven't been immersed in photography for long now, having been a bit of a snapper on a lower end point and shoot. Now I have a K20d (several days), I'm looking to technically expand my abilities. I only found this site yesterday. Initially I'm really liking this camera, does anyone else have one? My main interests are wildlife close-ups, especially feeding (I think you get fantastic expressions and body language), and landscape (I hike alot and also live right near the beach).
    Oh, also, I found with a point and shoot that resting the camera on something was good enough for a steady photo. Now that I'm upgrading to telephoto etc, will I definitely need a tripod for great clear pics?
    Thanks for any info.

  • Francis

    October 17, 2009 08:07 am

    I am very happy with my Sony DSLR A200 which I bought last year. I bought it because it was well within my budget. Sony maintains an aggressive pricing policy. Sony cameras are a few hundred dollars cheaper than CaNikons with equivalent specifications.

  • Molly Long

    October 13, 2009 02:36 am

    Any advice on brands and models that you all particularly like? I have walmart monopod and tabletop size tripods that are fine, buy my old inexpensive Slik tripod just will not cut it for my current camera. Any opinions would be welcome.

  • Winston on Truth

    October 12, 2009 07:06 am

    In addition to a very stable lightweight tripod, look for one with a "ball & socket" head for good rotation of the camera on the tripod.

  • Molly Long

    October 11, 2009 02:23 am

    I am new to this site, so please forgive me if this is not the right place to ask about tripods. Looking for best option for good stability AND light weight for D700 with 70-200mm lens. What do you all like? I am not in an urban area where I have access to camera stores to try them out. Need to buy online.
    Thanks!
    MLong

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