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Mar 30, 2018 07:02:54   #
weslake
 
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget

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Mar 30, 2018 07:12:19   #
wormtownspawn
 
good luck. its like asking what the best flavor of ice cream is .
for what its worth. I have
1. canon T 3 which i love for pics
2. a Nikon P 900 which is awesome long distance shots
3. a drift action cam for adventure
4. a sony HDR -AS15 for slow motion capture
5 a ghost action cam with fixed focus

i guess i prefer mid range cams with several abilities over one high end camera with limited use potential

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Mar 30, 2018 07:12:20   #
wormtownspawn
 
good luck. its like asking what the best flavor of ice cream is .
for what its worth. I have
1. canon T 3 which i love for pics
2. a Nikon P 900 which is awesome long distance shots
3. a drift action cam for adventure
4. a sony HDR -AS15 for slow motion capture
5 a ghost action cam with fixed focus

i guess i prefer mid range cams with several abilities over one high end camera with limited use potential

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Mar 30, 2018 07:27:12   #
JPL
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget


The D7200 and the 18-140 lens would be a good combo. However before making a top 10 list that is of any use for you you would need to answer some questions.

1. Budget, you have that stated as $1000-1200
2. What are you going to shoot with your camera?
3. Is weight and size of the camera gear an issue for you?
4. Are you going to shoot a lot outside in different weather conditions - to know if weather sealing is important.
5. Are you going to travel a lot with your gear?
6. Are you going to shoot a lot in low light, and then what?
7. Are you going to make large prints from your pics or planing to view them mostly on your TV and PC, show them on social media etc.

This is my top 7 list for you to answer before people can make a top 10 list of cameras fitting your needs

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Mar 30, 2018 07:34:45   #
foathog
 
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE


weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget

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Mar 30, 2018 08:16:10   #
wormtownspawn
 
Dick
is though

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Mar 30, 2018 08:22:58   #
mizzee (a regular here)
 
Excellent advice! Exactly what I would have listed.

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Mar 30, 2018 08:28:34   #
Chaostrain
 
Top 10? I wouldn't know. I'm a hobbyist at best. I asked a photographer what would be the best camera for me. He recommended the Canon Rebel Xti as a good entry level camera for professional grade photography. He shoots strictly Nikon so I listened. I then watched ebay and bid on cameras until I came across one that the only problems it has was blue ink marks on the lens housing and no manual. Because of the ink marks nobody wanted it so I got it for way less then I was willing to pay. I was able to take the money I saved and get a few things like a decent camera case. I'm very happy with the camera. Others will recommend other cameras I'm sure. The final decision is totally up to you of course but that's how I got where I am today. Happy shooting!

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Mar 30, 2018 08:33:40   #
davidrb
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget





1.) Whether or not that camera and lens will do what the person wants it to do for them.
2.) Whether or not the person needs that camera or is suffering GAS.
3-10.) Marketer's B/S selling camera gear.

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Mar 30, 2018 08:40:46   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget


I couldn't list a top 10 for you. I do own a D7200 and it is a good choice. I don't own the lens you mentioned, but it is a good range for day to day shooting. From there you will be able to determine if you next lens purchase will be wider or longer.

Enjoy.

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Mar 30, 2018 08:50:22   #
weslake
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget


Maybe I was not clear enough. I have enough money to buy one decent Camera and Lense. So this camera lense combo has to do it all. Of course this is impossible but I'm not a Pro just want a camera to record the beauty of my life. What I need is advice on what the top 10 features to look for are. Things like:

Mega Pixels
FPS
Auto Focus options
# number of auto focus points
Metal/plastic body
ISO range
Wifi capability
LCD Flipping or rotating
Image stabilization
Others?

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Mar 30, 2018 08:52:57   #
weslake
 
davidrb wrote:
1.) Whether or not that camera and lens will do what the person wants it to do for them.
2.) Whether or not the person needs that camera or is suffering GAS.
3-10.) Marketer's B/S selling camera gear.


If I knew the answers to these questions I wouldn't be asking

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Mar 30, 2018 09:02:49   #
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Mar 30, 2018 09:12:26   #
jcboy3 (a regular here)
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget


Rather than consider camera features, you should consider what you want to shoot. I consider the following categories:

Landscape - generally a wide lens, but also telephoto. The 18-140 is good, but will not give you shallow depth of field when you want it to isolate foreground elements.

Architecture - ultra-wide lens. Usually wider than the 18mm of your 18-140; preferably at least 12-14mm.

Portrait - generally a short telephoto, range of 60-100mm. The 18-140 is good, but will not give you shallow depth of field.

Sports - generally a mid-telephoto, range of 50-150mm. The 18-140 is good, but not fast enough to get high shutter speeds in low light.

Wildlife - generally a long telephoto, range of 70-300mm. The 18-140 is not long enough, and not fast enough to get high shutter speeds in low light.

The conclusion is that the D7200 with 18-140 is a good combination, but it is a compromise for many of the things you might want to shoot.

I always recommend a fast prime lens for low light conditions; the 35mm f/1.8 DX is a good choice as a normal lens. The 50mm f/1.8 FX is a good choice for portraits (not quite long enough, but very affordable and the D7200 has enough mp to crop. Beyond that, the lenses get expensive.

There are a number of affordable options for ultra wide and long telephoto that are also affordable. But you can hold off on those until you decide you need them.

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