Looking for Advice

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, Oct 3, 2012.


  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Do we have any pro or semi pro photographers in our midst. I'm a pretty good amateur but I need to move my equipment up a notch at work. Looking at a few Digital SRLs cameras. I'm partial to Nikon and am trying to decide between the Nikon D5100 and Canon EOS T3i but I'm open to other suggestions.

    Any input would be appreciated
     
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Consumer Reports (Nov issue) rates the Canon EOS 60D 2 spots above the Nikon D7000 for very slightly fewer bux. Also, the Canon EOST3I came in above the Nikon D5100 (by 3 places) again for less bux. There's a trend, it seems.

    Years ago, I standardized on Olympus photo gear, simply because "delicate" has no meaning to Oly, all built to use as a hammer if necessary. Price is the limitation on Oly (Oly E5 is WAY higher end than the Nikon D7000 and rated lower than the Canon.) Now that I'm no longer earning my keep, I'd be very likely to replace with something a bit newer and less pricy. My E500 is nearly 15 years old and keeps on tickin', so replacement is unlikely near term.
     
  3. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I've been reading all the reports and most of the Canon advantages seem to be with with AF feature which I don't use too often. the difference between 18 and 16.3 mp isn't an issue either since I'm not planning on creating billboards LOL. However, I'm very interested in the ergonomics and ease of use of features. BTW, I agree with you on the Olympus. I had great luck with that years ago. One of my favorite camera was my first, a Zeiss Ikon my dad gave me when I was a teenager. I cut my teeth on that one and still have it. I also have a collectible 1st gen Poleroid Land Camera that I got when I was in high school. It's still in perfect condition.
     
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I have the T3i - my 4th canon SLR and love it. Looking at upgrading to the T4i by the end of the year.


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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    RH, I own the Canon EOS series juSt before the "T" Series and have used it for a number of years. The
    AF feature is nice, but I think you will find the IS Lenses feature much more useful. I sure do, as I do a lot of aerial shots from small planes, and it takes all the "shake" out of the Picts. Also the T3i does better Video than most High End HD Video Cameras on the market today... .... YMMV....
     
  6. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    I am about to bump up to a Nikon D90, I started years ago with a Penatx Spotmatic with a lot of their lens. Of course it was a screw in system then but bullet proof.

    I understand that the D90 has their own lens system, meaning you could use older series lens but you would not have the full function of the camera.

    Currently I'm using a Nikon 5400.
     
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    hehehe. Reread your OP. If you can nick Mike, get the Oly. It'll do everything but boil your soup.
     
  8. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I had to laugh when I reread my post on the Poleroid - you know you're getting old when the cutting edge thing you got is now a collectible - have a few of those little reminders around! I know you understand me ghrit
     
  9. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Like an Instamatic?
    Kodak_Instamatic_100.

    It was my Camera of Choice on a Coast to Coast motorcycle trip on a Triumph Bonneville.
    Kodak_Instamatic_100. Kodak_Instamatic_100.
     
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  10. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Digital? Wha?
    I develop my own black and white film.
    Color, bah ..
     
  11. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I still do a lot of B&W but most marketing photos do better in color. Personally though, my favorite images are always B & W. Taught all the kids to make pinhole cameras and develop so I have great images of the cats and the dogs from their first efforts
     
  12. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    I have Canon....

    VisuTrac, I have a Canon SLR 35mm that I will trade you for something cool.
     
  13. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Yep. How about a Baby Brownie Special, in the box? (My first. Took 127 film, b&w only in Kodak's patented cloudy bright daylight.)
     
  14. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    My first too. I got it for my birthday when I was in 2nd grade - the start of my creative shutter bugging
     
  15. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I have a Canon F1 with a couple of Lenes if anyone would like a nice 35 mm Film Pro Camera... It got shelved when I went Digital...
     
  16. Harbin

    Harbin Monkey+

    Canon here, had a rebel xti that died and now have a t2i that we love. As mentioned, the T3i has a great video feature. All of our lenses are canon as well, their "L" series are incredible.



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  17. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Other than one high end Canon 35mm SRL, I've stuck with Nikon but the votes seem to be going toward the Canon. Huh...Planning on making the decision tomorrow and getting it in for a photo shoot next week. I'll definitely have a another look at the Canon. thanks for the input
     
  18. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I set my t3i to shoot in RAW which gives me uncompressed 'RAW' files that are around 25-30MB each. This allows the most options in a program like Photoshop or my favorite, Adobe Light Room. You can actually set it to shoot RAW and jpg at the same time so you have some plug and play jpgs (6 MBish) but you always have that RAW image in case you really captured something great.

    I've got a few 4' x 4' poster sized shots from the t3i that look like they came from a real life photog.
     
  19. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    That's good to know. I was hoping to get some feedback like that to tilt the scale for me. Thanks
     
  20. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I'd buy the canon but they all shoot in RAW as an option



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