Nikon Semi-Pro

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  1. KeeganP

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    Hello,

    Anybody know which is a good Nikon semi pro to go for..
    or even a cannon.

    Thanks
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    Semi Pro is vague as some guys with point and shoot sees any DSLR as semi pro. And guys with it only see the middle range as Semi Pro.

    Decent semi pro nikons I would say is the D7000, then there is the older D300s. In the canon range I would say the 7D is the only semi pro. Depends on what you are going to use it for though as the 60D is very similar but the build quality and stuff like frames per second is different.

    So the real question is what is it that you want to use it for most?
     
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    Probably the most important question is - what is your budget?
     
  5. KeeganP

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    Hi Mariusmeyer

    Well I have the EOS 450D and wana "upgrade" well I'll use it for my tank shots :thumbup:
    And my dad well, will use it for anything else, family photo's general here and there photo's.

    The D7000 is a bit hectic hey :lol:
     
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    yeah thats a good one, Im thinking around R10 000
     
  7. Furbz

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    will be following this thread with interest.. also looking for a cam. and have a price range that is similiar. i like the deals on the canon 500D, but when spending this cash i want to make sure i do it right!
     
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    Well, I would say you should then look at either the 600D or 60D (Canon).

    The 600D with 18-55 and 55-250 is about R9.5k
    The 60D with kit lens is about R10.5k

    I have the 60D and it's really awesome.

    But I have to also say that a nice macro lens will give much much better results than only a new body;).

    The benefit of the 600D or 60D will mostly be better noise handling (less noise in images)
     
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  9. Furbz

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    sorry to highjack this thread...

    but is the 600D or 60D not overkill for a beginners purposes?
    loads more features that i will likely not really use...

    or is image quality just that much better?
     
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    Hi , nikon D3100 is what ive been using for the last 3 months for our fish and coral posts , its our home camara and i think its great , but the makro shots are not as close as i want it - now we have to buy a different lens for that.

    I think they go for About R8000.00 ours was a insurence clame - oh and it takes vidio as well ...
     
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    The 60D probably is overkill, yes. I don't think the 600D is overkill since it is in the same "category" as the 550D and even the 450D (Rebel series). The 600D is just the latest model:)

    One could also look at the 550D.
    Not 100% sure but I think the main differences are:
    600D has higher res, flip-out screen, flash can act as wireless flash trigger.
     
  12. KeeganP

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    Thanks for all the suggestions and comments guys :thumbup: making things easier, Im also a "newbie" to photography my dad knows more. so this really helps.
    would love to get a macro lens as well, but yoh those guys are hectic with price, that'll have to come later on...

    P.S no problem Furbz I saw your thread as well.
     
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    Have to add a second vote for the D3100. I got one for a trip to Egypt in April and am loving it. Very easy to use and takes great snaps :)
     
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    Hi Keegan, I can see you just starting out.... Do you mean Canon.....or perhaps Nikon:lol:

    I would look at something like the 600D, depending on budget.
     
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    Yes, I've had my eye on the 100mm macro lens for quite some time now as well but it'll also have to wait a bit:(

    Oh, and before you buy...take the time to go to a photography store and ask them to put a battery and mem card into the camera you are interested in. Shoot a couple of shots and have a look at the menus, etc. Oh and try both Canon and Nikon...
    It will help you decide which one it nicest for you to work with;)
     
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    i've been told that you get more "value for money" from the Canons? ie better bang for your buck.

    is this true?
     
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    Sorry, missed this post. If you have a DSLR (450d, which is a bit older, but still very good) I would rather spend the money on some lenses, unless you have a specific requirement which the 450D can't offer. I assume you only have the std kit 18-55mm lens? I would perhaps look at getting the 70-200 f/4 L +-R6000, and a 50mm f/1.8 prime, R1100 which is a fantastic portriat lens.

    Just establish what you are going to do with it 1st, you will bw wasting money IMO to buy another camera just to get a newer body, 450D is a good Camera.
     
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    pls see my thread. dont want to hijack this one as we have differing needs...
     
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    will defnitely look at doing that thanks man.

    Hi lIghty yeah it is a god camera hey, we have two len's at home, not sure on the size tho, But its time to get a new toy :biggrin: so yeah looking for something better.


    Furbz you can highjack it dude, no problem, You might ask something that I missed out :1:

    Im just looking for suggestions then I'll pass it by my dad then we can both decide on something.

    Thanks guys info is really helpful. keep them coming hehe. :thumbup:
     
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    thanks,

    in that case,

    i will be using the camera predominatly on wildlife photography... whats a decent cam?
     
  21. erratiC

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    I've just picked up a Canon EOS 550D from Ormsdirect for R7000.

    Your budget is a bit higher than that so have a look at this one...

    Pretty good if you want a decent camera.
     
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