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Diana Angstadt

15 Days Ago

I Must Get A New Camera, But What?

I have two Nikon D300's that I have had for YEARS almost 9 years... I love them.. BUT, I need a new one. Also, I have purchased TWO Nikor 70-300 mm lenses for my camera that have died.. cause they will not focus... and I am thinking there must be a disconnect between the camera body and the lens itself.. SO... while I am NOT a PRO, NOR a beginner, I am asking you all for recommendations... I want to purchase a "BUNDLE" package... If I can.. all I want is a a good solid camera body with a "wide angle" lens for landscapes.. AND a "good LONG lens" for close ups... simliar to my 17-55mm lens AND my 70-300 mm lens that I already have.. but I want a TOTAL NEW CAMERA bundle... I don't want to spend alot... BECAUSE.. I do a lot of out of camera editing.. so I don't NEED the BEST of the BEST.. Any suggestions?

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David Smith

15 Days Ago

B&H has a package deal with an instant rebate going on right now.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1308913-REG/nikon_d5600_dslr_camera_with.html

 

Doug Swanson

15 Days Ago

David recommends that package deal for a 5600. It's the successor to the 5500, which has been a workhorse for me, in spite of the not-too-surprising negative comments by equipment freaks. The lens deal is the same one I got some years back from BH...a good price.

 

David Smith

15 Days Ago

Doug

Well, not so much recommends as just pointing it out.

I personally go for better build quality and lenses, but Diana seems to have been happy with the kit lenses she's had already.

 

Mike Savad

15 Days Ago

if i were to start over i'd go for the Pentax i think it was k4, whatever the latest slr is they have. from what i remember you get a $3000 camera for like $1500. i wasn't impressed by the lens choices, but the camera was stabilized making all lenses stable also.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Toby McGuire

15 Days Ago

Funny I was going to recommend the 5600 too.

BTW the focus went in one of my Nikon DSLRs before. Odd thing is it would focus in live view but not normally. It was under warranty so I sent it back to Nikon and they had to replace a board in the camera.

 

Mike Savad

15 Days Ago

you may want to define - not a lot. because some think not a lot is $5000, because their usual gear is $20,000.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

David Smith

15 Days Ago

Mike

That's why I didn't recommend the Hasselblad X1D II 50C ;-)

 

Rich Franco

15 Days Ago

Diana,

Set a budget and that will help with suggestions,

Rich

 

Murray Bloom

15 Days Ago

Hi Diana. I agree with Rich, you need to specify a budget.

If you're considering a full-frame body, take a look at the D750 (24mp). I, too, shot with a pair of D300s, which I loved. Workhorses. But the D750 image quality is noticeably superior, especially in lower light. With the popularity of the D810 and D850, there are some deals to be had which include the D750 body and the 24-120mm. I bought a 16-35mm for the wide end, which provides a nice degree of overlap. Both are VR lenses and are extremely sharp, albeit with some barrel and pincushion distortion, which the camera will automatically correct, or you can do it yourself in post. With f4 max apertures, I wouldn't call them fast lenses, and selective focus is less distinct than with f2.8 or faster primo glass, but they are surprisingly sharp lenses with decent bokeh.

Are you sure that your 70-200s are dead? I've got one that I've used forever. Might be worth mounting them on a full-frame body just to see what happens. If you want to go longer, the 200-500mm is a good buy. It's very large, but not prohibitively heavy. Surprisingly, when collapsed, it's only about two inches longer than my first gen 70-200mm. It does take huge 95mm filters, though.

I subsequently added a D810 (36mp) to the camera case. For comparison, the D850 is 45.7mp at about $2,700 for just the body.

Kit prices for the D750 body and lens seem to be around $2,000, often with a free battery grip. Not sure if that fits your budget, though.

 

Bonfire Photography

14 Days Ago

Used full frame from reputable stores can save a lot. Got a D800 with only 12k clicks on the shutter for around 900 last fall. Loving it like it was new.

 

Mike Savad

14 Days Ago

when it comes to cameras you need to decide:

1. how much is your limit
2. what do you need?
i needed something that had a good iso range. others might need a good shutter speed. others may want more pixels like a medium format

3. how big and how heavy?
pocket size is ideal for a lot of things. and if you take general pictures or textures and utter detail isn't that important then a small camera will work fine. or a small camera with a 3/4 size cmos in it. or a mirrorless. or a cropped camera (which are great because they are smaller and there is a larger lens choice). or full on SLR, you get the most detail, but lens choices aren't as good. or you can get one of those baseball sized super zooms.

4. you should be picking a body. then the lens. forget about kit lenses. you can get a very nice lens by tamron or sigma, for the same price as that kit lens. some of those lenses that a camera comes with is made entirely of plastic.

so if your doing editing, i would go with a pocket sized camera. an all in one, or a super zoom. something small and not that expensive. can't recommend anything because i would want that camera if i did the research. my mini camera is a canon 40x superzoom. the detail isn't perfect but its cheaper and i can keep it with me always.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Philip Preston

14 Days Ago

Sounds like you will be staying with Nikon, but if you wanted to consider alternative brands, Fujifilm X mirrorless system gets my vote. Been using them about 5 years after switching from Canon, which I used for about 25 years.

More details here: https://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/

 

Kathleen Bishop

14 Days Ago

I've purchased bodies with kit lenses in the old days and without exception they have all been crap, including a Canon L. IMO, it's wiser to buy a body only, then invest in good glass over time rather than spending money for crummy kit lenses. Kit lenses end up costing more in the long run in terms of money spent upgrading to decent glass and in time wasted trying to make silk purses out of sow's ears. As always, "Individual results may vary."

 

Diana Angstadt

14 Days Ago

I am thinking $1,500. I have seen bundles that come with both the types of lenses that I want for this price. Not sure which model to go with, or Nikon's or Canons

 

Mike Savad

14 Days Ago

if you have nikon lenses already, and you like the ones that work, go with nikon. i like canon to a point, but they have that little demosaic screen that other cameras don't have and it does hurt the image.

you could go used from an authorized dealer.

i really think you should ignore the kits. get a APS-C type camera, with a tamron lens (it has like a 6 or 7 year warranty). and that should be fine.

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/list/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras

maybe a rebel kit.

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras/dslr/eos-rebel-t6s-ef-s-18-135mm-is-stm-lens-kit this one might be nice in that price range. don't know anything about it though.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Rich Franco

14 Days Ago

Diana,

If you live any near a camera store, take the lenses and see if they work on another body, might be the connections/contacts are dirty/broken. Then you can decide if you need just a body or a kit,

Rich

 

Bradford Martin

14 Days Ago

I still use my D300 occasionally. My camera now is a D7200 which I bought refurbished. I would recommend a D7500 or a D500 if you want to stay with crop frame. I would avoid the D3000 and 5000 series as they don't support older lenses and they are not water and dust resistant like the 7000 series. My next crop frame camera will be the D7500. I see no compelling reason to go with the more expensive (and older) D500.

 

Diana Angstadt

14 Days Ago

I still plan to keep my D300's.... but I have had two Nikor 70-300mm lenses that have broken (stopped focussing)... so they do not work any longer, and like I say, I am not sure if it is the lens or the line up of the lense to the camera that is causing this to occur. Yes, I do have a local camera place. I think I will go there and talk to them. I want to get a brand new camera and two new lenses.

 

Mike Savad

14 Days Ago

check to see if its still under warranty. clean the contacts carefully on both sides, it could be that. i've been finding my camera is having a hard time focusing on the smallest spot focus, under low contrast, hard to know if its related to yours. also make sure you don't have the manual switch set to on (some lenses have that little switch that lets you shoot with manual only. i've bumped into that a number of times.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Rich Franco

14 Days Ago

Diana,

Yes, take your gear and let them look at it. They will put a NEW lens on your body and see if it works and will also put your old lenses on a new body and see if they work. If the lenses are oldish, one secret that a camera fixit guy told me, was to take a pencil and use the eraser end to "burnish" the contacts on both the lens and the camera body. Be careful to not get junk into the camera body. Once the gold contacts are bright GOLD again, try the lenses and see if they work now. They used to charge $75 bucks for this "cleaning"....try this before you go and might save you a trip.

Rich

 

Jessica Jenney

14 Days Ago

Do you want to stick with Nikon, since your lenses are not working anyway?

 

Robert Potts

14 Days Ago

I use the D500 and 300mm PF. I highly recommend both. The AF on the D500 is superb. I bought mine refurbished from Nikon. It fits your budget. The construction quality is superb. It does not have a low-pass filter so the images are far better than the less expensive aps-c cameras. It fits your budget. I have 70-300 which is junk compared to the PF. The PF is a very seviceable macro lens for things like butterflies and dragonflies. Not in your budget, but may be some day and worth lusting after. Stunning results hand-held! Light and compact...

 

David Gordon

14 Days Ago

I have been using my a6000 cameras and lenses more and more and my Nikon d610 and d5100 less and less. I originally bought the a6000 stuff for travel. As I approach "geezerhood", lighter weight has become more and more important. I still use the Nikons, just not as much. Mirrorless seems to be the way to go.

Dave Gordon
http://dgportfolio.net

 

Diana Angstadt

14 Days Ago

Thank you everyone... read each and everyone's post here... I may get a Canon now... I still have my Nikons for back ups. Not sure.. But we have a great place in Stamford Connecticut called Camera Wholesalers.. they are amazing.. they are very smart there.. They even give classes on photography and equipment... I am going to see them this weekend. Just wish I could get more sales... I am in a HUGE drought right now... very upsetting and surprising since I was selling 7-8 a month... Now dropping to only sale in September.. and NONE yet for October.

 

Mike Savad

14 Days Ago

go to google right now type in your name. then go to the bottom - send feedback - tell them to put the shopping button back for your name. told them i was losing sales, and within a day or two, i started getting sales again. hard to know if that's what the problem was, and i have no idea when it stopped either.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

David Smith

14 Days Ago

Mike

Can you explain what you're referring to?

Google your AW url or just your name, and I've never seen a shop button in google for my FAA, Pixels or AW.

 

Rich Franco

14 Days Ago

Mike,

What David said!

Rich

 

Rich Franco

14 Days Ago

Mike,

What David said!

Rich

 

Mike Savad

14 Days Ago

Just your name.

 

Jessica Jenney

14 Days Ago

I think maybe Mike is referring to the shopping on top where it says images/shopping/videos, etc. Sometimes the word shopping is hidden and you then click on 'more'

 

Mike Savad

14 Days Ago

Yeah that. For a while it was totally gone

 

Jessica Jenney

14 Days Ago

Not gone, Mike, it's hidden under more

 

Mike Savad

14 Days Ago

Before I complained it was completely gone

 

Susan Wiedmann

14 Days Ago

Diana, whatever lenses you get, make sure Nikon's "VR" (vibration reduction) or Canon's "IS" (image stabilization) is shown on the lens. Cheap lenses often don't have that important feature. And make sure you don't get a "gray market" lens - cheaper price, but without a genuine manufacturer's warranty.

 

Mike Savad

13 Days Ago

when i was doing a search for a bag, there was no shopping button at all. i had to force the search to go there. and when i typed my name, there was no cart at all either. until i complained, now it on the main bar like it should be.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

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