What camera to buy????

We’ve talked on this blog about professional cameras before but I thought this readers question would be worth sharing with everyone.

Hi Noemi:

Our pathetic little Sony digital camera has bit the dust after 6 years. Can you spend a blog entry asking people for suggestions and / or discuss yourself what someone like me might want to consider in purchasing a new camera in this day and age? I would like something that I could develop artistically with, and yet I don’t have a massive budget. We want to be able to take good snapshots of the kids etc. and I want to photograph my garden and take photos of things I could use in graphic design projects.


Here’s what I’m thinking…

If you want the camera for personal use (ie: vacations, family photos, kids sports, flowers etc.) then get the latest version of the Canon Powershot. It’s been rated very high and I’ve known people who have it and love how easy it is and how great it takes pictures. I love that it’s compact and you would actually take it with you without worrying about the bulk or heaviness. AND I love that you have the ability to make short videos. Especially with young kids…it’s great to be able to send them to family. (I’m totally talking myself into getting one of these cameras!!!)

If you want a starter DSLR then I’d go with the Canon Rebel XTi or the Nikon D40 (I think…I’m not sure cause I only use Canon) Both are new and have incredible features borrowed from higher end cameras. It’s not going to have any delay when you take a shot and give you the practice you need to advance to a more professional camera.

I hope this helps.


Steph - August 20, 2008 - 11:14 am

Love your post, took your notes last time and bought the Rebel Xti and love it…trying to figure it all out is a little tricky but that just gives me more of an excuse to take more pictures of my girls. One question….I know you have said before what lens to buy but I need a better lense because I just the Rebel Kit and it isn’t the best lense. Do you have any suggestions?? And what kind of accessories to add to it?
Thanks for all the great help you have given me.

Kristi - August 20, 2008 - 6:39 pm

I bought the Canon Powershot back in March and I can’t stand it. It’s good for indoor pictures but when I try and take pictures outside the image darkens and it won’t let me take a picture. In the manual it says “the image darkens in strong sunlight or bright light.” Maybe I’m doing something wrong???
The camera I had before this one was a Nikon Coolpix and I absolutely loved it! Wish I had gotten that one instead.
Good luck!

Lifecreations - August 21, 2008 - 10:13 pm

Steph! I’m not sure what Noemi will recommend for a lense for you, but here’s my suggestion. I shoot with a canon eos 1d mrk III, and have over 7 grand in lenses. You are probably looking for a great focal range of about 24-80 mm, for the price the canon 24-70 2.8 is quite expensive but an extremely sharp lense, I have it. A very similar lense for about 300 dollars is the tamron 28-75mm 2.8 For the money, you can’t get a better standard telephoto lense than that one.

I have a colleague that shoots with that lense and the only difference between it and mine, besides about a grand, is a little cheaper design, and weather sealing.

Good luck!

Steph - August 22, 2008 - 9:38 am

Thanks a ton Lifecreations!!! You all are wonderful!

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