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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about a DSLR

After shooting (or rather, trying to shoot) a volleyball game on Tuesday, I found out that pretty much my two choices with my Sony DSC-H2 were either bright and blurry or dark and grainy. For reference, anything above ISO 100 is pretty much unusable since the photos resemble crappy cell phone photos. Outdoor photos are pretty good though.

So that got me thinking about a DSLR. I've been thinking about one for a while, but I'm not a professional photographer and I'm on a college student budget so I never really looked into it. If I get one, it'd just be a toy since I don't plan on selling any photos or anything. That and I'd have to get over the slight guilt because if I buy one, I won't be able to afford the birthday present I wanted for my sister (don't tell her I said that though).

But it is really frustrating when you're trying to take photos and they all suck. I took 243 photos at that game, and maybe 10 are usable.

Now that I'm looking into it more, I have an interest in the Nikon D3000 and D3100, and the Canon XS and T1i. I (currently) don't have brand preference. Since I'm not that well educated on DSLRs, the only things I'd prefer is if I can see how good a photo came out on the LCD screen (my DSC-H2 sucks for that; I usually zoom in all the way and scroll around the picture to see how good it is) and if it can shoot indoors without a flash half-decently.

I read that Canon has a better market for glass, but again, I'm open to hear other options. I'm not sure if shooting 720 or 1080P video is necessary (I took about 3 videos in the 4 years I had my DSC-H2), but I suppose it'd be nice so I don't have to bring a camcorder everywhere as well.

Again, I'm not looking for anything super fancy; just something that I can actually take decent indoor action photos with. Everything else would be a plus.
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Re: Thinking about a DSLR

youre set with any of those you mentioned...i just recently bought a canon 20d and i love it, i loved the fast that i can interchange lenses between that and my film camera which i already had about 3 for. Im a college student as well thats why i picked up a 20d for a good privce, the only downfall is a small lcd but im used to not having one at all after doing bw fine art print for so long.

Anyway I think you should buy one, but look into the used market as well, if video is a selling point for you get the t1i, I wouldnt get the xs though, look for an xsi.


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I didn't even know about the XSi...thanks for pointing that out. It's just kind of intimidating when you read a lot of posts where the people have $1000+ bodies and more glass than a house of mirrors, so when you're trying to find stuff about "entry-level" dSLRs, it gets kind of relentless.

I've been that way for a while now, though. Always get entry-level advanced stuff. More or less cuz I want the features of advanced stuff but can't afford the really fancy ones. Core i7 computer, Futaba 7CAP radio, full-body camera (when a dSLR was out of reach), etc etc.

I have a stupid question though...what the heck is live view? Isn't that where the thing you're going to take a picture of is moving in real-time on the LCD? If so, don't all cameras have that?
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yea thats what it is, i think mostly all cameras now do but some older ones dont

take a look at a used 40d maybe , my roommate has an xs and i hate it, it feels so cheap and plasticy.

Im a canon guy but your best bet is to go to a knowledgable camera shop and hold all the cameras and play around with them to see which you like.
You can always buy a used model after that but its good to know which camera feels right in your hand.


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You should try it before you buy it. I have a Nikon, couple years old and I have the same problem. Zooming in makes the pictures harder to get acceptable results. Will you only use the Auto mode or will you shoot using the Manual modes?
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wiat..what problem?


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I think he misread something that I wrote. I mentioned that it's hard to tell if a picture came out blurry or something on my DSC-H2 since it doesn't have a lot of pixels on the screen, so while viewing the picture, I zoom in and scroll around the picture to see how it came out.

I think he was referring to physically zooming in when taking the photo, which isn't really a problem for me. I take most of my photos with little to no zooming in anyway.

I'll probably be shooting in manual or semi-manual. I shoot with my DSC-H2 in full manual (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, WB, metering, EV, etc etc) and am pretty good at it, but I'm guessing that the learning curve is steeper for a dSLR.

Here's a sample pic I took last weekend with the DSC-H2

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Thats great you know all about proper exposure and metering, go and find the right dslr for you, since you already know how to use settings on a manual camera youll be amazed at what you can do with a d-slr. You can always sell your current camera then as well to get some money back


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After shooting (or rather, trying to shoot) a volleyball game on Tuesday, I found out that pretty much my two choices with my Sony DSC-H2 were either bright and blurry or dark and grainy. [img alt=]https://www.fmvperformance.com/forum_items/Smileys/default/icon_lol.gif[/img] For reference, anything above ISO 100 is pretty much unusable since the photos resemble crappy cell phone photos. Outdoor photos are pretty good though.

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If you're shooting indoor sports and you don't have access to arena strobes or have an extremely well-lit arena, do not skimp on the lenses. You will without exception need at least f/2.8 glass, preferably faster. If you end up with a Canon body, look at the 85 f/1.8 as one of your first lenses. Great low-light lens, pretty fast AF, under $400, and will work for volleyball. The 135 f/2.0 is also nice for volleyball, but well over twice the price.

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