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Sunset on the River Mersey

Discussion in 'General Photography' started by Mattecube, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. John Stevens
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    Depends on how much money you want to spend and what she wants to photograph I would recommend going second hand to start with
    https://www.mpb.com/en-uk/

    Can get stuff cheaper off ebay but it's more of a risk.

    I started out with canon so stick with them due to all the lenses I have a 80d now but my starting camera was a cannon 1300d it was good and easy to use and would be dirt cheap second hand now.
  2. oss
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    These days Malcolm you need to ask whether she wants a DSLR or a MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) the difference is that in a DSLR the light is reflected from a moving mirror so that when you look through the viewfinder you are seeing the real world, in a mirrorless you are seeing what the sensor is seeing in an electronic viewfinder, tiny tv screen in the viewfinder like older camcorders. Both DSLR and MILC have removable lenses so you can buy a set of lenses and switch from really wide angle to say a really long telephoto lens.

    The real question is does she want to make it a serious hobby and does she want something light and easy to carry around, MILC cameras are smaller and lighter but generally the second hand prices have not dropped as much as good second hand DSLRs.

    And the next question is what sort of budget.

    If she is not that serious about it as a hobby and does not need to be able to change the lens then a bridge camera of some kind might be a better idea, these look like SLRs but they are usually not as large.

    If you can feed back on these questions I can give you some actual suggestions although I'm generally going to recommend Canon as that is the system I know best and I feel they have superior ergonomics.
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  3. oss
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    That's an interesting site, I have found them before but not been on there for a very long time.

    I would say that the prices for a Canon 40D are better than eBay and they have my old Canon 1D for 159 when I bought mine second hand 11 years ago it was £400 so at £159 it has held its value well, the 1Ds price at £304 is also excellent mine cost £1200 second hand nearly 10 years ago.

    (These are not recommendations Malcolm the 1D series are monsters huge very heavy cameras, I'm just posting an observation).
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  4. John Stevens
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    I picked up a canon m3 there very cheap and a good little camera :)
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    I bought the original EOS M (new) during the Canon fire sale when they massively discounted it to clear the shelves, it was the full kit with the 18-55 and the 22 the EF adapter the tiny flash and the camera body (in white) great wee camera just a little slow for any kind of action but I still use it, the APS-C Sensor is great in a camera that size.

    I've thought about the EOS M5 body as a possible travel solution as generally I'm travelling with a 7D mkii these days and that's starting to feel heavy too as I get older. I don't mind using the Adapter with my EF and EF-S lenses.
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  6. John Stevens
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    Nice one:) I'm getting the m50 the auto focus has been improved and good for video looked at the EOS-R good but pricey

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