Sunday, March 20, 2011

Camera Choices

Camera Choices:

1. A Sony A390 for $500. The lady at the shop told me it was about the same as a Canon but at a better price because it's a lesser known brand w/ fewer famous sponsors and advertising. Also, that it might be considered better because it had additional stabilizing in the lens itself not just in the body.

2. Buy my bro's Canon Rebel XT. It's about 3 years old and I think I can get it for $400. Great advantage to share lenses and knowledge with two brilliant photographers who already have Canons and could help me.

3. Buy a new Canon. I think prices run from $500 to $1000. Same good reasons as above to buy a Canon.

I think I know what I want to do.....

Picture of the Day:


Portrait of an old friend.


  1. A definite no to the Sony - you're used to Canon, and you have friends with Canon lenses, so switching brands doesn't make much sense.

    I'd go with your brother's Canon (though the highest used price on Amazon is $375) or - better yet, the Canon XS is a bargain (with kit lens) at $499 on Amazon!

    Camera shopping makes me giddy!!

  2. I'm assuming that you already got my pm about this. Canon lenses are stabilized (if you buy them that way) but the body is not. I think the lady got it backwards.

    The ISO sensitivity on the sony goes to 3200, Canon t2i, 6400 (12,800 pushed)
    sony specs:

    canon specs:

    plus you can search on flickr for both cameras and see which one has the pics you like the best.
    Any way you go here, your pics will be amazing because YOU are taking the pictures and if you can take this good of pictures with your point and shoot, then you'll kick butt with a DSLR. It's not the camera that takes the pics, it's the photographer.

  3. AGGGGHHH. hanging on a cliff here! so what do you think you want to do? Can't leave us hanging like that! he he
    I love the portrait. cool reflection and I like that you can see the marks of a well used camera.

  4. Go for the Cannon, new or used...IMHO that seems to have the most benefits & perks. Good luck, can't wait to hear what you choose.

  5. I have a Canon DSLR 1000D (entry level DSLR for Canon) and absolutely love it... secondhand or new - they're great :)) You'll have so much fun... great way to get into it xoxo

  6. I've been wanting to buy a DSLR for quite some time. I'm appreciating the info you and your commenters are sharing and I think I'm going to be so jealous of you that I will have to take the plunge soon, too. Hey, I turn 40 this year, seems like a good birthday present to myself?! (Justification, justification). So excited to see what you get and your photos!

  7. I don't think you'll go wrong either way. I had the Sony (it was stolen) and took some beautiful photos. It is also a pretty light camera so I was able to more comfortably carry it around (U do a lot of photography for my field work). I now have a Canon Mark II which takes gorgeous pictures but is heavier than hell. I haven't ever played with the rebel, but I'd be tempted to get that one if I were you since you've already started up that one's learning curve. This is so exciting! I love getting new photography things!

  8. I'm so excited for you and your new interest! My DH has Canons - he loves them and is quite the enthusiast. But he never buys new - just got the super awesome EOS-1 (pro model) on Craigslist. His dad also has Canons and they discuss and share lenses all the time. I think that would be a nice bonding thing with your brother if you decide on a Canon. Good luck, and I'm glad you made it though church last week.