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Old 09-05-2016, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to get back into photography, and I'm looking for recommendations re: brands and lenses. My current camera is a Cannon 35mm. Yeah it's that old! And the only digital camera I have, is built into my iPhone! So what say you?
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Old 09-05-2016, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, Cannon is still very good. So is Nikon. It's really a matter of preference, but for me I like Nikon because I feel the entry level and mid level Nikon bodies and lenses are better than the entry and mid level Cannon bodies and lenses. If you're going straight to top of the line, then pick either one, but most people start out and get some lenses and whatnot and upgrade as they go, and starting out with Nikon IMHO is better and then you can use your lenses if you get a mid or upper end Nikon later
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Thanks B! o you really think a 35mm Cannon lens from 15 years ago will fit a new digital camera?
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Nikon lenses from 30 years ago work fine on modern nikon dslrs. The pre auto focus naturally have to be manually focused. Canon probably similar.
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Thanks B! o you really think a 35mm Cannon lens from 15 years ago will fit a new digital camera?
Not likely. You probably have FD mount lens for your Canon SLR.

The EF mount was designed for Canon DSLR cameras in the early models. The EF-M is standard for their mirrorless cameras.

I think some of the higher end, full frame DSLR bodies (read $1000 body only) may support mounting the old FD lenses but not all features may work.

I don't think any of the APS-C size frame cameras support the mount at all. The problem is the difference in frame size. There may be an adapter available, but probably not worth the trouble or expense. Most of the low-mid range DSLR units are sold as kits with good zoom lenses.
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Most of the low-mid range DSLR units are sold as kits with good zoom lenses.
And everybody knows glass is what makes the pic.
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Nikon glass is backward compatible I know I use it. The Nikon D700 in my opinion is the best bang for the buck out there right full frame meaning it has a sensor the size of a 35mm film. Crop sensor cameras are also excellent but they are a smaller sensor hence crop sensor they only pick up the center of the cast image coming from the lens (assuming full frame lens) so you get a 1.5X Nikon 1.6X Canon. Crop sensor lenses DX lenses in some cases already cast the smaller image to the smaller sensor but it's still a crop.

Don't buy into the huge mega pixels crap unless you are printing billboard size or heavily cropping. I have posters size prints shot with an old 6.1 MP Nikon D40 that are sharp and very lifelike. They didn't pixelate or show dots.

What's your budget? Top shelf glass is thousands but good walk around glass is affordable. Do you have a preference to brand? Portrait or landscape?

I'm not brand loyal they're all good or they wouldn't be in business with the heavy competition presently out there. I choose Nikon because of the old glass fitting a camera you can buy today. You also have a new breed of camera that's the mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras.

I'm a fan of Tamron f/2.8 lenses=affordable with pro quality.

Edit: We do have a photography section with lots of examples of gear.
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a Canon Rebel T5i with 18-55 standard zoom lens. I also added a 55-250 zoom lens. The camera has a solid feel with lots of features and takes great pictures. I added a great Metz flash which actually zooms when you zoom the lens. I would choose Canon or Nikon as they seem to be the two top brands. Either of them would be a good choice. The old Canon FD lenses will fit with an adaptor, they are available on Amazon for a decent price. I have 4 of the FD lenses so will be looking at an adapter soon.
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Fujifilm has some really nice stuff, the X-T2 is just rolling out which might allow you to find a good used X-T1 or X-T10. I have an X-T1 and it's pretty nice. Lenses are pretty expensive though, they only have 2 cheap zooms, all the rest are pro level quality and therefore not exactly cheap. That may be where a Nikon or Canon have the biggest edge, they have plenty of enthusiast level lenses.
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When I bought my Canon EOS 70D ,on 9/11/14, I had it narrowed down to that and a Nikon. The video features of the Canon were what tipped the scales.

I ordered it through Amazon. Seller was Green's. When the bundle ($1424)

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This Green's Camera World Package Includes:

• Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera Kit
• Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
• Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
• Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Lens
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arrived, the crank on the tripod was broken. They gave me 15% back. Do the math and hope something is broken when it gets there.

Oh, and it's a great camera. Check youtube for reviews. Must be better cameras for less money here 2 years later.
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Photography and taking pics with the phone camera are two entirely different worlds. I use a Nikon D750 for serious picture taking and still like having my camera phone handy for quick pics. Without getting into the semantics of image quality one of the biggest DSLR drawbacks is its size. When your out and about and get the opportunity capture a moment, by the time you set up a DSLR to take a shot the moment it time has gone bye-bye. Think about it like this, your hanging upside down on a ride at the amusement park and want to take a quick pic, so you whip out your phone and take the shot. By comparison you take your DSLR out of it's case and realize you will have to change your 50mm to a 28mm wide angle lens. Even if your lucky enough to make the change, by the time you get ready to take your shot that moment in time is gone forever. If you decide you want to take more serious photograph and have the time get set up, you can capture an image worthy of framing. Since either approach can produce spectacular results, if you really want to characterize yourself as a photographer be ready to do both.
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Thanks B! o you really think a 35mm Cannon lens from 15 years ago will fit a new digital camera?
It depends - what film camera do you have? The EOS line (EF mount lenses) was introduced in 1987. Any lenses from then on will work with modern digital cameras.

You can also adapt a ton of other old lenses on Canon with the correct adapters (including, but not limited to M42, Pentax K, Nikon, Exakta, etc).

Older Canon FD lenses will work with an adapter with a corrective glass element in it - but I wouldn't recommend that as it decreases the optical quality, slows the lens down by a stop or two, and changes the focal length slightly.

A mirrorless camera will be able to use practically any lens ever made as long as you get the correct adapter.
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