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I would definitely have her look at the different mirror less systems out there. Olympus, Sony and Fuji have some very nice cameras and lens, every way capable of delivering great results. They seem to be the rave of the future and if I was starting out today, I might have gone that direction.
Chez, mirrorless is definitely something I have my mind on for showing her as it is something I have started to watch more closely and hopefully will embrace in the next 1-3 generations of cameras once optical lineups and AF performance catch up to DSLRs just a bit more. The physical aspects of that system are very appealing. I don't have any beef with m4/3 systems, but I'd definitely like for her to get the biggest sensor possible with some sort of fast 50 equivalent. I'll keep my eye peeled. Thank you.
Ernie Aubert wrote:
If you could consider a mirrorless camera, I have this one on the B&S board:
and a good f2.8 macro lens:
Ernie, thanks for the shout. If it is still there in a few months, we might give you a yell! (although I hope you do have better luck selling than that!)
Think about a Rebel body with video capability. The youngsters show a big interest in short video clips also, at least my girls do. There is a Canon Loyalty Program where you trade in a broken Canon body, any P&S will do for 20% off the refurbished prices. They occasionally run specials where you get 50% off any refurb lens purchased at the same time as the body. Don't know the number but do a search on here and you can find it. You can pickup a broken body off ebay for $10 and use that for trade in. I...Show more →
Thank you very much for this tip. It would be great to get her in the door for less than $500 as any left overs could immediately go towards a bit of lighting gear which she really should master, IMO, to do the type of people work she has in mind.
The T3 right now is on sale with 18-55 IS II, 55-250 IS II and the 70-300 f/4-5.6 @ B&H for 500.00 shipped...
before buying though you have to hit the "Click Here To Save $20 On Adobe Photoshop Elements 11" link, then on the left side of the pop-up pane, change the selection from "Software" to "Lenses" then you can add the entire bundle to your cart.
I'm seriously considering the move, priced right!!!
Heck of a deal there. I didn't realize the T3i's were so cheap. I suppose that is roughly equivalent to a Nikon D5100. This is definitely one to keep in mind for her, thank you!
To me, the only reason to get an entry-level DSLR (in this age of mirrorless) is if you plan to acquire lenses which will be used with higher-end DSLRs later.
Unless your "younger family member" has serious plans to work up to equipment clearly better than mirrorless, I seriously question why one would want to be saddled with a large, heavy camera/lens combination.
Just my opinion, of course....
I think your opinion is completely valid for many reasons. I only still like SLR's due to the low cost of a fast 50 or equivalent lens when paired with a bleeding edge entry level body or highly competent cheap used body. I don't know of her future plans are, but until the price for equivalent mirrorless gear drops into her price range, I think the DSLR makes more sense. Get back to me in 12-24 months and I'm sure that solid mirrorless equipment should also be vastly cheaper. Thanks!
Paul Mo wrote:
How responsive are mirrorless cameras? Are start, and shutter lag times fast?
I've used the following:
Nikon V1: blazing fast with great AF, but way more DOF than I'd want in anything but a travel camera. IQ falls off a bit fast at high ISO due to high sensor. Didn't keep it.
Fuji X100: slower than frozen molasses, with excellent IQ. I'm having to learn to work with it but have kept it. Leaf shutters and high flash sync is sweet. MF is practically useless.
Fuji XE-1: Nice body, great IQ generally, sweet glass, still painfully slow AF at times. Excellent UI. X-Trans sensor has obvious issues in PP that have to be resolved. I think once Fuji has another generation of bodies to improve software support for the sensor, improve AF and some time to fill out their glass lineup, this will be the system I buy into.
Sony NEX: lots of great cameras, great IQ, can adapt any lens under the sun... but their prime lenses are expensive and I'm not a fan of the menu driven UI.
m4/3: I know m4/3 is the most complete system, but I am not big on the smaller sensor. Call me a large sensor snob if you like.