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  • Good Cheap Camera?

     Tea Anderson updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Tea Anderson

    November 4, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Hello! My boyfriend has offered to buy a camera for me as a combo belated gift and gift for helping his elderly parents…I currently have no video/still camera, and I don’t have much experience, though I edit videos for work and have several clients who are interested in me recording/doing shoots for them. What’s a good quality camera for me, that isn’t too expensive? Can also be a few years old. I’d value quality over newness, and I’m willing/eager to learn and experiment.

    A few weeks back I saw a vid about using a $600 Canon SL2 verus a $30k camera… is an SL3 unwise option? (Just fyi: https://youtu.be/zSxIbZFsn-g )

    Also, any reputable used online retailers? Thanks a bunch!?

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  • Mark Suszko

    November 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Your question is like asking what car to buy, when I don’t know if you need something to make grocery runs, go off-road, pull a house trailer, impress the low-rider club, or run fast on the autobahn.

    Can you tell us what kinds of things you want to shoot? Then people can start giving your targeted advice that’s useful to you. Be as specific as you can, and list the most extreme limits of what you’d like to do.

    How much shooting will be indoor, vs. outdoor? Will you need a lot of interchangeable lenses? Shooting in low or available-only light, or will you be lighting the shots? Are you mostly shooting closeup youtube blogger stuff at a desk, or going out in the world? Are you wanting to shoot things that take a lot of time, requiring long recording times and long battery life, or very short events? Do you need it to be lightweight and agile, hand-held most of the time, or will you be on a tripod most of the time? Are you shooting yourself mostly, or others? Musicians, or sports activity? Or stop-motion animation and time-lapse? What are your audio needs going to be? Does the camera need to match the qualities of some other camera very closely? Does the camera or at least, the lens, require stabilization, and do you prefer mechanical or digital stabilization? Does the camera need to be rugged and weather-resistant, waterproof or water-resistant? Will you be operating in cold and snow environments like skiing and snowboarding or nature photography? Do you need super-telephoto lenses, or wide-angles? Or some kind of middle-ground? Do you plan to do delicate camera moves and zooms? Are you the kind of person that will enjoy tweaking every manual setting, or would you rather the camera be as automated and easy/fast to use as possible?

  • Tea Anderson

    February 8, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! I’m SO sorry I missed your thoughtful, well-written, in-depth post! I’ll review and respond as soon as I can! Just wanted to acknowledge that I’ve just seen this. Thanks again!

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