DSLR Recommendations: Nov 2011

I often meet amateur photographers who are looking into digital SLR (DSLR) camera systems for the first time, so I’m always interested in making meaningful recommendations. Here’s a recent email thread I was part of, shared here for the benefit of others who are also looking to get into DSLR photography!

  • Kenneth, what kind of camera would you recommend? Is the T3i is good?

Here are my primary recommendations these days for getting started with a DSLR:

* You already seem to know the Canon Rebel T3i is one of the best entry-level DSLR on the market right now. It has the same processor as the much more expensive Canon 7D, which results in great low-light performance and full HD video. It’s currently $772 with the 18-55mm kit lens.
* If you want a little better quality, you may want to just get the T3i without lens, and then get the Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 as a very good standard zoom lens. The image stabilization (IS) definitely helps. It’s a heavier lens and costs about $400 on Amazon.  I would generally recommend this as the first or second lens to own.
* The Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens is easily the most affordable low-light and portrait lens available at about $100. If you like shooting indoor photos without disturbing people with flash, this is a good lens to have. Some people shoot with this as their only lens, with the main disadvantage being the lack of zoom range. (If I was starting from scratch, I’d probably get this and the 28-135mm as an excellent combo for most normal situations.)

* If you want a basic SD card recommendation, the Sandisk 16GB Extreme SDHC is a good bet. It’s very fast (class 10) and costs $30.

  • Thanks Kenneth for sharing these helpful information with me. i’ll keep looking these sites for good deal hope will get it soon 🙂  
No problem. Take your time and be careful how you spend your money. =]

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