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35g700 10-29-2015 09:40 PM

Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
I've decided to pick up photography as a hobby because I enjoy taking photos and I think that I've taken some pretty good ones over the past few years. I'm currently using my phone's camera which is better then nothing, but I'd like to get something that will take better photos and I can learn how to take photos manually instead of always using the auto settings.

I was recommended this (used) camera and lens to learn on:

https://www.keh.com/350851/sony-nex-...-body-14-2-m-p

https://www.keh.com/359901/sony-16-5...ocus-lens-40-5


Do you guys think that would be a good camera to learn on? If not is there something better for around the same price?

Speed 01 02-16-2016 01:19 PM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 35g700 (Post 2164699)
I've decided to pick up photography as a hobby because I enjoy taking photos and I think that I've taken some pretty good ones over the past few years. I'm currently using my phone's camera which is better then nothing, but I'd like to get something that will take better photos and I can learn how to take photos manually instead of always using the auto settings.

I was recommended this (used) camera and lens to learn on:

https://www.keh.com/350851/sony-nex-...-body-14-2-m-p

https://www.keh.com/359901/sony-16-5...ocus-lens-40-5


Do you guys think that would be a good camera to learn on? If not is there something better for around the same price?

If you are looking for a compact digital camera then I would strongly recommend a camera from brands such as Canon and Nikon They make good compact cameras but you would have to be willing to pay a bit more than the price of the Sony.

Amazon usually does some good deals with tech.

Try these:
Canon Powershot SX410 IS
Nikon Coolpix L340

S0ULphIRE 02-18-2016 02:46 AM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Speed 01 (Post 2173519)
Try these:
Canon Powershot SX410 IS
Nikon Coolpix L340

Funnily enough, I'd bet the Sony he linked would be better than either of those. They both have 1/2.3" sensors, vs the APS-C sensor in the Sony. A larger sensor is pretty vital to capturing a good quality image.

See this pic for the difference
https://lensvid.com/wp-content/uploa...size-01-01.jpg

AA_James 07-22-2016 04:20 AM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
Hey OP,
Depending on your budget (Which could be helpful) but basing on the links that you sent.
I would look for a used NEX-5 with a kit lens locally via Craigslist or Offerup. At least in my area they can be had for under $400 with a lens SONY ALPHA NEX-5N 16.1MP CAMERA WITH E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS ZOOM LENS KIT
2. Buy the Cannon and Nikon adapter (EOS NEX Adapter Ring for Canon EOS Lens to Sony NEX 7 6 5R 5N F5 E Mount Camera | eBay) then hit garage sales for old prime glass that is manual only. You can build a pretty decent setup for a fraction of what a lot of us have put into this addiction .... i mean hobby.

booker 07-24-2016 11:53 AM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
I personally find that the Canon Rebel is a cheap and affordable camera which teaches you how to properly use white balances, field depth, ISO sensitivities, etc.. Earlier it was stated that the sensor is what makes the picture, however, this is only partially right as it is the lenses that contribute overall. Canon makes the best lenses in the world with their 'L' series and this can be seen with professional photographers at any pro event. I would recommend starting out with a Rebel, build up your lenses, and then upgrade your camera body.

Luke 07-25-2016 09:10 PM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by booker (Post 2183205)
I personally find that the Canon Rebel is a cheap and affordable camera which teaches you how to properly use white balances, field depth, ISO sensitivities, etc.. Earlier it was stated that the sensor is what makes the picture, however, this is only partially right as it is the lenses that contribute overall. Canon makes the best lenses in the world with their 'L' series and this can be seen with professional photographers at any pro event. I would recommend starting out with a Rebel, build up your lenses, and then upgrade your camera body.

I second this. I do a lot of real estate and marketing photography/videography and I would recommend trying to find a cheap used Canon DSLR. Maybe a t3i if you could snag one for cheap. Start with a basic kit lens. Learning photography absolutely not necessary to have a full frame sensor, thats just ridiculous. An aps-c sensor is just fine. Just have to remember that the focal on your lens is not going to be what you actually get on a non full frame sensor. For example a 50mm is more like an 80mm. Keep that in mind.

Start with a body and kit lens. Then depending on what you like to shoot look into a 50mm, wide angle, 70-200mm etc. These lenses can then be carried over to a new camera body when you upgrade. Then look into filters, flashes, etc depending on what you shoot again.

Remember, not everything is about equipment. Know your fundamentals, Be at the right place, at the right time of day, with the right light and subject and you will take good photos. I cant stress enough how much being somewhere at the right time of day can do for a photo. Shoot in the golden hour (hour after sunrise, hour before sunset)

JordanMihailov 12-28-2016 05:05 AM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
im a newbie too and got the Canon Powershot SX410 IS

tdknight 01-09-2017 04:06 AM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
MFT is a good choice for learning , but make sure that you have a good mentor that is familiar with them to get you going.

AJ504 02-01-2017 12:59 PM

Re: Looking for a camera to learn on.
 
While these are all good suggestions, you need to also look at what you want to do with your photos. If you are looking to possibly sell them as stock photos or take photos professionally in some capacity, I wouldn't go for cheap. Canon are great at taking professional type photos, but you have to have the budget for them. If you want to take photos for personal use, then anything you want would be good to learn on, but cheaper doesn't always mean better. Good luck!


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