Looking to get a good camera

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  1. jleblanc26

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    To all our macro shooters, I’m looking to get a nice camera but the overwhelming number of them is a bit confusing. Any recommendations?
     
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    For camera, depends on what brand you like more between Nikon or Canon. I personally shoot with a 60D which has been out for some time but honestly the difference in quality between that and the newer model isn't so much for a beginner.

    As for lens, I've tried both tamron 90mm or Canon 100mm when I had a macro lens. There's an IS model for both, but it's a few hundred more.
     
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    I'm still using my original D40 and while it is still a good camera I would recommend just getting the lowest model that can still do video. As it is a nice feature to have. If you like Canon then do a rebel. If its Nikon you like then D3400 and it's packed with added features like Bluetooth and what not

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    Im leaning towards cannon. I like the rebel series. I would need to buy a good macro lens seperate?
     
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    Kinda, they do make bundles all the time. Probably the best way to buy lenses are bundles and used on eBay or something similar. It's how I buy mine at an affordable cost.

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    I have a Canon Rebel T2 and really like it. One upgrade on my list is a decent quality macro lens. I currently run the stock lens for home use and a zoom lens for kids activities. Good macro shots on the tank are 'just' out of the range on my stock lens.
     
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    What’s the big difference in rebel numbered series? I see they go up to 8. Besides price, lol. I seen a dedicated macro lens go up to 400 bucks. Yikes.
     
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    Rebel is just the name for entry level cameras within Canon USA. That doesn't make them a bad camera though. They are great cameras with loaded features. And in some cases have almost the exact same sensors for the exception of the megapixels which would only be slightly lower but being a DSLR you could have 8 megapixels and still come out better then most phones.

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    Regardless of what body you choose, your glass is what matters the most. Good glass is expensive. Cannon is generally better at video because of their auto focus. You really just need to decide between DX and FX (full frame). Most hobbyist can get by with a DX body and nice glass. If I were starting all over I would try to find an older used FX body and and some good glass.

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    Good info. Im looking at t6s or t6i with a macro lens a little later when my skills get better.
     
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    Personally, wait for these canon refurb deals. Most of the time, you get some very lightly used (talking like <500 shutter counts) for a fraction of the price
     
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    All good points above. Featurewise, I couldn't tell you the difference. I think it's just the generation of the camera. I picked up my T2 on clearance when T3's had just come out. One exampke I am aware of is the T2's do not autofocus on videos, I think that started with the T3's.
     
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    ...and yeah, dedicated macro lenses are pricey, whick is why that is still on my lust and not in my camera bag.
     
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    following.... bc this phone camera just doesn't cut it lol

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    Says the POTM Winner LOL
     
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    if you only knew how many times I took a picture lol!!

    @jleblanc26 look at jet.com . they look to habe some great package deals on there.

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    :D been there and done that. I want to get a picture of my grammas fighting, but you have to be quick...and lucky. I will check the site out, thanks.
     
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    Im gonna give it a look. Thanks.
     
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    Nikon and Cannon are both solid with lots of years under their belts. It is basically the Ford v Chevy, iPhone v Android, etc. debate. They both do the same thing in slightly different ways. I shoot Nikon and have for years. Like anything else once you learn the operating system and invest money in it changing is tough. I shoot a D610 now, but do not have any maco lenses. That is going to be my next camera kit purchase.

    If you have any form of camera knowledge go put your hand on both and see what one is easier for you to use.

    also, spend money on lenses over bodies if you have to make a choice. A good lens will make up for a lower spec body, but no amount of body upgrades will make up for bad glass. All my lenses are sigmas. About 90% of the quality of the Nikon at half the price.
     
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