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Mar 30, 2018 09:20:37   #
Chaostrain
 
Okay, I'll try again. Here's what I looked for. Sorry, I only had 4.

Replaceable lens.
Point and shoot but also capable of full control.
Digital.
Entry level (inexpensive).

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Mar 30, 2018 09:20:55   #
JPL
 
weslake wrote:
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?
Maybe I was not clear enough. I have enough money ... (show quote)


Ok, I think you already have a camera in mind that will be a good choice. Grab the D7200 and the 18-140 lens and you are well set to record the beauty of your life. There are other cameras that can also do it pretty well but this one is a good choice so no need to look any further.

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Mar 30, 2018 09:22:26   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
weslake wrote:
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?
Maybe I was not clear enough. I have enough money ... (show quote)


Unfortunately what is important to one person is less or not important to another. It's hard to grasp that until you get your feet wet. Shooting the kids is different than shooting birds, is different than shooting buildings, is different than shooting landscapes, is different than street shooting, etc., etc., etc.

Any top ten list will be biased. The camera and lens combination you mentioned is a good tool for you to take decent pictures while you learn what it is important to YOU!

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Mar 30, 2018 09:25:42   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
You wouldn't go wrong with a Sony A6000 and the Sony E 18-105 f4.0 G OSS. Should be right on budget. If you got the 16-50 kit lens thrown in within your budget I would take it for pocketable convenience.

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Mar 30, 2018 09:45:35   #
warrior
 
Do a google search!!

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Mar 30, 2018 09:54:14   #
weslake
 
wormtownspawn wrote:
https://digital-photography-school.com/7-questions-decide-which-camera/


Great article but I have owned a DSLR for years and the advice is a little more basic than what I need.

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Mar 30, 2018 09:59:37   #
Joe Blow
 
JPL wrote:
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
The D7200 and the 18-140 lens would be a good comb... (show quote)

I would add on to this list:

8. Ancillary items.
a) Tripod
b) lens hood
c) circular polarizer
d) camera bag
e) SD card

These are as important as the basic camera unit. On a $1,000 - $1,200 budget, I would save $150 - $200 for the ancillary items. Otherwise, it would be like buying a car and not budgeting for the gas and oil or paid parking.

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Mar 30, 2018 10:39:46   #
weslake
 
JPL wrote:
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
The D7200 and the 18-140 lens would be a good comb... (show quote)


1. My budget is based on keeping the camera 10+ years and it meeting my needs
2. Outdoor scenery shots, dogs, grand kids, artsy fartsy
3. Have DSLR now so I know what I am getting into. A mid-sized body is fine.
4. Doubtful if I will be in extreme weather conditions but I do a lot of winter shots so snow could be an issue
5. Some travel but not a ton
6. Not a lot of low light, hope to get an external flash in near future. Hate the built in flash
7. 8X11 would be max print size. Of course pictures will be seen other places but I don't need $1000+ camera to post to FB

One thing I did not mention I do post editing on Photoshop

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Mar 30, 2018 10:43:06   #
weslake
 
Thanks for point out the typo it added so much to the conversation

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Mar 30, 2018 10:45:39   #
JPL
 
weslake wrote:
1. My budget is based on keeping the camera 10+ years and it meeting my needs
2. Outdoor scenery shots, dogs, grand kids, artsy fartsy
3. Have DSLR now so I know what I am getting into. A mid-sized body is fine.
4. Doubtful if I will be in extreme weather conditions but I do a lot of winter shots so snow could be an issue
5. Some travel but not a ton
6. Not a lot of low light, hope to get an external flash in near future. Hate the built in flash
7. 8X11 would be max print size. Of course pictures will be seen other places but I don't need $1000+ camera to post to FB

One thing I did not mention I do post editing on Photoshop
1. My budget is based on keeping the camera 10+ ye... (show quote)


Well, this just confirms my previous opinion. The D7200 and 18-140 lens will fit your needs very well. If there will be more low light shooting in the future you can always get a different lens for that for less than $200 or get external flash for less than $100. Like some others have mentioned you will need memory card and a tripod could come in handy at times, also a camera bag etc. You can also do well without any of this except the memory card

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Mar 30, 2018 11:19:22   #
weslake
 
foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE


Thanks for pointing out the typo. Your comment added so much to the discussion.

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Mar 30, 2018 11:47:10   #
kpmac (a regular here)
 
The D7200 combo should serve you nicely.

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Mar 31, 2018 02:18:22   #
BHC
 
foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE

Look it up in Webster's Third New International Dictionary Unabridged 3rd Revised ed.

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Mar 31, 2018 05:07:06   #
PeterBergh
 
BHC wrote:
Look it up in Webster's Third New International Dictionary Unabridged 3rd Revised ed.


It's not in my unabridged Webster's of 1989.

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Mar 31, 2018 06:10:26   #
Jeffcs
 
If you ask what’s is best for “me” of others that don’t know you generally you’ll never get the right answer you and only you can answer your question

Go to a brick and mortar store see what feel good to you!!!

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