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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Big Girl Camera... Suggestions?

So, since my trusty point and shoot camera has decided to quit on me, I've decided now may be the time to invest in a big girl camera. I've been thinking about it for a while but researching makes my brain hurt and I'm no further ahead.
I'm no pro and I don't need to take pictures of hummingbirds from down the street. Just a good camera that will allow me to get crisp, bright, clear shots. I am willing to do the work to learn how to use one and may even take a course. I love reading photography tips on Pioneer Woman - she is talented and funny!
But realistically, I may be using the Auto setting for the first while until I get it figured out. But I do want to the flexibility to get more creative. Summer is the best time to practice!
I've done some research and talked to some friends and have somewhat narrowed it down to the following.

Then, I heard that the T1i's are being cleared out and that they are really great.. few differences from the T2i. They don't seem to be easy to get your hands on though.


Does anyone have one of these? Do you like it? Would you recommend it? 
Maybe you have something different and think I should have it too?
I would love any input at all that you could offer!
Thanks Lovies:)

btw.. anyone else have their signature disappear when the new blogger came into effect??

22 comments:

  1. I have a Nikon D70 (its an older version) and I love it. Also, they have great customer service. I dropped my camera and they replaced the flash, cleaned the body and updated the software for a really good price. I'm a nikon girl from now on!

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  2. I have a Canon T2i. I was pulled into photography by my boyfriend who is a Canon love and we could share lenses. I really like all the functions of the T2i in its compact size (it is so much more comfortable to hold than a SLR).

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  3. I have a Nikon D60 (older version) and my hubby & I both love it. Our body doesn't have a video option like some of the newer versions (like the 3100) have. Both my brothers have Canon versions and they love theirs. Canon bodies (and lenses and accessories) are both cheaper than Nikon's, so if your hobby grows, it's a little more affordable. I do love the feel of the Nikon over the Canon though.

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  4. I just bought a Canon T2i and I LOVE it. I also took a class and highly recommend a class if you can find one. The camera can do so much stuff! I recently did a post on my experience. You can see it here: http://savorhome.blogspot.com/2011/06/photography-101.html.

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  5. I have a Nikon D5000, but I think the 3100 is the newest model. I LOVE my camera. I used the Auto for quite a while. Do yourself a favor and take a class! It's well worth the money and much easier than trying to figure it out by reading the manual.

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  6. PS. I don't think you can really go wrong with a Canon or Nikon, they both have great reputations.

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  7. Oh, yay, I can comment now. It wasn't working earlier. But, I switched to Firefox! Anyway, awesome post! This may save me a ton of time! I am also looking for the same type of camera, but haven't had a chance to do proper research. Thanks!!

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  8. I have both of these Cannon Rebels and love them! I also have a cannon 7D and I love it but it's alot of camera so I still use my Rebel daily, so easy to grab and go!

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  9. I have the Rebel T1i and totally love it. It's really easy to use! I've hear the others are great too, though! (:

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  10. I have the Nikon D3000 (older version of 3100). I just took a photography class last week and it seems a little easier to get around the buttons then the Canon. Others in the class had the Canon, and the ones with the Nikon seemed able to move around quicker. I am no expert, but I'm loving my camera right now.

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  11. I am a Nikon girl, and have a D90 that I *love*. I know there are positives and negatives for both Canon and Nikon, and I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever you choose. But I'm very pleased with my Nikon and better yet - the lenses!! The lenses are what make the difference!

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  12. I have a Nikon and I say it is super user friendly especially for a novice like me.

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  13. We have a Nikon 5000 and we really like it!! I currently only use the "auto" feature and my photos turn out just fine..my husband does the fancy stuff with it (he taught himself). He recommends the book "From Snapshots to Great Shots" by Jeff Revell. Hope that helps!

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  14. I had a Canon Rebel and I ran that baby in the ground. lol. However, I also had it for 3+ years and bought it at a pawn shop. I LOVED it. I just upgraded myself to a Canon D10. I'm soooo excited!

    Much love,

    Trissta
    www.livingonthechic.com

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  15. I have the D90, and there aren't enough words on how much I love it, HUGE Nikon fan!

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  16. I have both a Canon 40 D and Power Point {point and shoot}. I am still learning how to use the 40D, don't use it much for the blog. Just today I learned how to change the exposure! Yay!. I think any camera will be good! We went with the camera that had better lenses options!

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  17. i have the canon t2i. Love it...even though i still have to figure out how to fully use it. great camera.

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  18. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these. I have a Canon and really enjoy it, but I don't think a Nikon would be wrong either. I purchsed mine through Costco.com They seem to have the best deals on useful body and lense combos, and it arrived in lightning speed.

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  19. I just got the Canon Rebel XS and LOVE it. The T2i has video with it as well though and I hear many good things about it! My sister has one and says it is a great camera to grow with. I don't think you could go wrong with either of these!

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  20. I'm really just here to read other people's comments, because I think we're going to get a new camera soon too! So thanks for posting this topic! :)

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  21. I have been debating for a few years...just didn't want to spend the money. After talking to a lot of photogs, I bought the Canon Rebel T3 this weekend. I love it so far. The auto is just like any point and shoot camera only the photos are better. This camera is a ton lighter weight than the Nikon D60 I use for work. It is a lot more compact too. I've been reading online because I want to figure out the manual settings. I've figured a little out about aperture. Easier to master on flowers outside than inside I've found. Would love to compare notes and learn together if you end up getting one.

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  22. I have a Nikon D5000 and it's great; other Nikon lenses fit as well which is good if it becomes more than a hobby. The only real difference between Canon and Nikon is that Canon is cheaper bc the body is made out of plastic while a Nikon is metal. This makes Canon lighter but if you so happen to drop the camera I would be worried. Also agree with one of the above commenters in that Nikon's customer service is great! I hope this helps!

    Rebecca
    dancingstilettos.blogspot.com

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Love hearing from you! Thanks so much :)