Calling all DSLR Freaks, Need Help!

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Jason, 15 Nov 2014.

  1. Jason

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    Hi all

    I want to get a DSLR camera to start taking some good pics.

    I have a Samsung Digital Camera thats awesome for outdoor use but doing some intense macro shots in my tank the camera does not do the job.

    I want to take close up pics in my tank and just better quality pics all round.

    I do not want a professional 20k camera but was thinking about something in the line of the Nikon D3100 and DSLR's in that price category.

    I can get a brand new Nikon D3100 for around R3500 with a 18-55mm lens, should i go for it?

    Im not looking at high professional camera but good quality pics not just of my tank but obviously everything ells also.

    Thanks
    Jason
     
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  3. JJF

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    @Jason, remember that the power of the DSLR lies in the fact that you can swop lenses. Personally I have a Canon 600D, so I am not familiar with the Nikon range, but I know they are good cameras. My advice would be to start with the D3100 and rather spend a bit extra money on lenses.

    If you are going to take a lot of close-ups in your tank, I can recommend you buy the sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO dg macro. At about R3.5k it is a fantastic entry-level zoom lens with decent macro capabilities. I also have one of these and use it often. Be sure to get the APO version though, not the non-APO which is half the price, it is worth the extra R1.5k.

    Now I can already hear the boffs scoffing at my suggestion, but hey, some of us need to stick to budgets... :)
     
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    @JFF lol I'm one of the boffs, but I will surely not scoff at anyone. Being a pro photographer I need high end equipment, but for every different kind of shoot there's different kind of lenses, so my gear is worth over 60k. For @Jason I would recommend going with Canon. Nikon has the same quality, but costs are a little more on the Nikon range with the same quality of Canon. Having said that, if you can get a really good deal on a Nikon, then go for it. I shoot Canon only, there's a much larger range of lenses for canon also. You can get awesome sigma lenses for both the Nikon an Canon, but make sure it's a macro lens. The Nikon you're looking at has a decent 14 mp sensor and a nice big display. At Orms you can get it with the normal 17-55mm kit lens, mem card and baggie for R3800. Then pair it up with the Sigma that JJF said also at Orms for R3300. Obviously the more expensive u get, the better the quality...
     
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    Hi @Jason
    What is your budget and are you looking at entry level or slightly higher?
     
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    So this thread inspired me to go take a few snapshots of my tank before we had to rush off to a birthday party. Below are a few, all taken with my Sigma 70-300 APO DG and Canon 600D. I did a bit of post processing in which the colour were enhanced a bit.

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    Enjoy!
     
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    @JJF looking real good there, nice crisp photo's. Looks like you're really enjoying that little sigma
     
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