What’s a good first camera

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The camera you are willing to carry. That is your good first camera. I personally would say get a decent quality camera (I have carried nikon since 1986) but that is not an endorsement, just the system I landed with, and have been happy. I have looked at some of the newer systems especially from Fuji. I recommend to start with a basic kit from nikon fuji or cannon and if you are going to expand spend your first monies on decent lenses as you expand until you are ready to replace the body. I think that buying good glass is money better spent at the beginning. But first get a kit and see if you like the system. Oh and a good tripod, tripods make everything better. :)
 
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My wife got me the Canon Eos XS Rebel. It came with a 18-55 lens. Person she got it from is a photographer and he was a Canon representive so he had some unused cameras. Unfortunately we don’t have any photography stores around us. Surprised at that as Umass Amherst isn’t to far away from us. Now trying to figure out what kind of tripod to get.
 

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There is a used shop here that almost always has some decent old bogens and gitzos aluminum work horses with basic heads. A little heavy compared with some carbon fiber modern ones. but the ones I have have seen a lot and lasted the long haul. One is 25+ though it now has a new ball head.
 
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There is a used shop here that almost always has some decent old bogens and gitzos aluminum work horses with basic heads. A little heavy compared with some carbon fiber modern ones. but the ones I have have seen a lot and lasted the long haul. One is 25+ though it now has a new ball head.
I’ve heard bogeys are a excellent tripod. I wish we had a camera store nearby.
 

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Ok I have an update to my original answer. Since this was posted I had the chance to meet up with youtuber mike from last line of defense, and he filmed a walk around video of my truck and was using a canon EOS RP, I have recently aquirred a canon EOS R. I got the EOS R because it is a more solid feeling camera. super easy to use, but still a serious platform.
 
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Ok I have an update to my original answer. Since this was posted I had the chance to meet up with youtuber mike from last line of defense, and he filmed a walk around video of my truck and was using a canon EOS RP, I have recently aquirred a canon EOS R. I got the EOS R because it is a more solid feeling camera. super easy to use, but still a serious platform.
Wow, the EOS RP is around $2000 with a lens. I watched a lot of your videos where you were using the P900 and that unit was pretty impressive. Is the picture quality a lot better with the Canon? It doesnt look like the Canon has the zoom of the P900, but did you ever really use the full zoom of the P900 all that much?
 

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Wow, the EOS RP is around $2000 with a lens. I watched a lot of your videos where you were using the P900 and that unit was pretty impressive. Is the picture quality a lot better with the Canon? It doesnt look like the Canon has the zoom of the P900, but did you ever really use the full zoom of the P900 all that much?
I didnt get the RP I got the R its better but $$$ and yes whole different ballgame, to get it to zoom like a P series would cost about 12000.00 for a lens IMAGINE THAT? so my p1000 is my moon, far away camera the EOS R is finding its place. I have lots of cameras. about 12 differnet types.
 
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I didnt get the RP I got the R its better but $$$ and yes whole different ballgame, to get it to zoom like a P series would cost about 12000.00 for a lens IMAGINE THAT? so my p1000 is my moon, far away camera the EOS R is finding its place. I have lots of cameras. about 12 differnet types.
The title of the post is "What’s a good first camera". Maybe the question should include: How much do I need to spend for a good first camera or for $500.00 what is a good first camera. $1000.00, $1500.00.

I am looking for something for setting up on a tripod and a light for doing interviews. $500.00 *$1000.00 budget. Possible? Suggestions?
 

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The title of the post is "What’s a good first camera". Maybe the question should include: How much do I need to spend for a good first camera or for $500.00 what is a good first camera. $1000.00, $1500.00.

I am looking for something for setting up on a tripod and a light for doing interviews. $500.00 *$1000.00 budget. Possible? Suggestions?
if that what you need simply buy a nikon p900 400 bucks and is super versatile. I used just that one for years, PLUS you can zoon up to the moon with ease.
 

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P900 has a tiny sensor. Go up in sensor size and get a super zoom like the rx10 series. The reason I say that is because you can do all photography types and figure out what you really like then upgrade to that particular style.
 

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If you can find one. Seriously. It's built like a tank. all magnesium body feels like a very substantal camera in your hand. The photographs from it are amazing too.
 

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Oh,

and this lives with my X-S1. Same sensor and processing engine, however in a more compact "steetable" size.

 

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I may get some shade for this but I've been using a Panasonic Lumix G85 (not to be confused with Lumix GX85) for a little over a year. Just using the 12-60mm kit lens but looking at something telephoto next. The reason I said I may get shade is that it's a cropped micro 4/3 sensor, which my "pro" friends frown upon for whatever reason ;). For my use though, it's light and compact. It also has in-body and in-lens stabilization which I love because I never carry a tripod (just one more thing to pack). I also shoot all my video on it and the articulating screen was kind of a necessity for that imo not to mention 4k is always a plus!

I've heard good things about the G7 as well but don't have personal experience with it. Ithink the next gen is out as well but for quite a bit more money.

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I've been happy with the Canon line. Last one I got was a package deal from Costco. Body, lens, and some cleaning stuff. The camera itself takes good pictures, especially just point and shoot for beginners. If late you decide you want to get into photography more, then you can always add better lens, light, mic, etc.
 
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All i’ve Used to take pictures is a small canon camera. Looking for a good starter camera and lens. I see some packages which look good. Looking for recommendations and also looking for the best place to purchase. Not to many camera stores around me.
Two big names, Csnon and Nikon, hard to go wrong with either. Given how fast technology changes, even their bottom line Digital SLR Cameras are excellent choices. For a starter, I'd pick the least expensive from either.

Lenses. I have...
18-55 Zoom
35-150 Zoom ??
70-300 Zoom plus a
Macro Lens
they do everything I want.

If you get zoom coverage from 18-300 you'll have fabulous flexability. That middle lense, 35-150? I never use, I'm not even sure what it is but it came withthe camera 15 years ago. I bought 3, for me, my wife and my son.
Pick any online seller, Amazon, Costco, ??? Camera stores are great once you are beyond basic photography but an wxpensive place to start.

And my system is now 15 years old.
It has no WiFi, no autodownload, but it takes awesome pictures.

I also use mt iphone and have a compact point & shoot, but I prefer the DSLR with a zoom for anything important.
 
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The thing I don't like about both canon and nikon is that the Image stabilization is in the lens of the camera not the body. So, IS does not work with every lens. Most times, lens based IS is an added expense then. Obviously, they know this and fleece their customers accordingly.