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  • #23075
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    Caitlin Compton
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    Hi!

    My sister-in-law is wanting to buy a new camera and she came to me for advice! I would love to help her, but since I’ve only ever owned one camera I don’t have much experience in that area. She’s not wanting to be a professional photographer, but she just wants to be able to take higher quality pictures than her phone is giving her and her current camera. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations/experience with a good entry level DSLR? Has anyone tried the Canon EOS Rebel line? She’s wanting to go Canon.

    I would really appreciate anyone’s advice! When I went looking I was a bit overwhelmed with how many options there are! 🙂 I imagine you’ll probably need to know more about what she wants in order to give advice, so just ask and I’ll find out! 🙂

    Thanks!

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    #23141
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    buddingphotographer
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    What is your budget? If we know how much you have available to spend, that makes it easier to customize our recommendations. 🙂

    #23165
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    Caitlin Compton
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    Righto! 🙂 Well, my sister-in-law said that she doesn’t really want to spend more than $1,000, but that was her budget for the camera and lens. She wants a lens that can zoom in quite a lot and is reasonable quality, so I’m not really sure that the budget is going to be realistic. . .

    #23166
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    buddingphotographer
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    Well, you can buy a Canon Rebel T6i with an 18-135mm lens for $849. Or, you could buy the same camera with a kit lens, and a zoom lens for $50 less.

    Buy it from Canon directly (refurbished) for only $729! Seriously, if I was looking for a camera right now, and I saw this deal, I would probably take it. It has a 1 year warranty, same as brand-new, for a significant discount.

    #23233
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    James Staddon
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    That’s a good recommendation, @buddingphotographer. It’s the camera my brother Jonathan chose to purchase recently as well. Have your sister-in-law made her final decision yet, @creative-click-photography? If not, I’ll plan to discuss it more in Saturday’s webinar.

    #23239
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    Caitlin Compton
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    Thanks @buddingphotographer! 🙂 Ok, that’s the camera that a lot of people on the internet seemed to say was good. I just wanted to check here before I recommended anything to Jessica! The one that you gave me the link to looks like a good deal, but unfortunately because I live in Australia it won’t ship it to me! 🙁 I had a quick look on Canon in Australia, but it didn’t seem to sell that camera. Adorama does ship to Australia, but by the time you do the conversions it’s about $300 out of her price range. So I’ll have to check into some other places. Thanks for you help!! 🙂

    Ok @jamesstaddon! So your brother is happy with his camera? Did he get the 18-135mm lens with his? You know how it says f/3.5-5.6 is that the aperture range? I was just thinking that it would make it hard to take nice pictures of landscapes etc. if that is the case!

    #23265
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    You’re welcome! Yeah, the T6s looks pretty good from the reviews I’ve seen! In Australia, the T6s is called the Rebel 760D, so that might make it easier to find. Here’s what I found on ebay in Australia: http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=canon+760d&rt=nc&LH_PrefLoc=1

    #23294
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    James Staddon
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    Yes, Jonathan loves his camera, but uses the 18-55mm.

    And yes, f/3.5-5.6 is talking about the aperture. When zoomed to 18mm, the smallest aperture possible is f/3.5. When zoomed to 135mm, the smallest aperture possible is f/5.6. It changes the more you zoom in.

    However, this shouldn’t effect landscape photos all that much. Most of the time, when I’m shooting landscapes, I’m using a much narrower aperture. I generally use an aperture of somewhere between f/11 and f/22. If there’s not much light, that’s ok, I can use a very long shutterspeed because I generally have the camera on a tripod.

    Where it will hurt is when you’re shooting indoors or in low light situations hand-held. Indoors, you need as wide an aperture as possible to let in the most amount of light possible. At 18mm with f/3.5, that’s not too bad. But when you zoom in, to 135mm, f/5.6 just doesn’t let much light in. This is normal, though, for a budget lens. It’s one of the tradeoffs you have to deal with when buying a budget lens.

    #23306
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    Caitlin Compton
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    Aha! That explains why that camera seemed not-existent over here! 🙂 Now I can find it no problems! 🙂 Thanks for that @buddingphotographer.

    Thankyou @jamesstaddon! Oh right – I thought that that number mean’t that it only went to f/5.3. I didn’t realise it was the narrowest aperture when you are zoomed in the whole way. That makes sense now! 🙂 I’ll let Jessica know about the camera, and wait and see what decision she makes!

    Thankyou both for helping me out. Much appreciated!

    #23307
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    buddingphotographer
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    No problem! Glad I could help you out. 🙂

    #23379
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    James Staddon
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    I thought that that number meant that it only went to f/5.3. I didn’t realise it was the narrowest aperture when you are zoomed in the whole way.

    I assume you meant to say, f/5.6? Also, f/5.6 is the widest aperture possible when you are zoomed in all the way, not the narrowest.

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    Oh yeah 🙂 I mean’t f/5.6.

    Oops…of-course! I just get a bit muddled up about which is narrow and which is wide. . . the number confuses me! 🙂 I did mean that!

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