April 15, 2021 at 5:42 pm #62042
So I got a Canon Rebel T 100 a couple years ago but I didn’t do research because Dad and Mom weren’t too supportive about the idea of me getting a DSLR so I just went for cheap. So the camera works fine, but I want one that will do a better job at capturing the photos I want now because I’m more serious about photography.
*must be Canon
*I don’t want to spend over $1,000
*and I want more than 9 focus points
*flip out screen would be nice but not necessaryApril 17, 2021 at 8:58 pm #62081Eliana FranzenburgParticipant
I would recommend the Canon 80D. I was able to buy mine for around $850 and I absolutely love it. I upgraded from the canon rebel T5.
The 80D has a 45-point AF system and a flip out screen which really comes in handy. I also use it for filming a lot for my YouTube music videos and it has amazing video quality as well.
I’m sure @jamesstaddon would have more information on different cameras but this has been my experience with the 80D.April 19, 2021 at 9:39 am #62085April 22, 2021 at 5:39 pm #62163Lydia BennettKeymaster
Dad and Mom weren’t too supportive about the idea of me getting a DSLR so I just went for cheap.
It’s always a good idea to honor your parents. 🙂 God has just a few things to say about that in Ephesians 6, the book of Proverbs and plenty of other places throughout the Bible! And if that wasn’t enough, parents are older and wiser than we are so it’s just a good idea to listen to their advice. 😉 So, continue to look for ways to honor them and seek them for wisdom, especially when you’re looking at making a major investment like this! God will bless it.
I want one that will do a better job at capturing the photos I want now because I’m more serious about photography.
What are some of the specific types of shots you’re finding yourself unable to get with your current camera?April 22, 2021 at 5:54 pm #62170
It’s not always necessarily that I CAN’T get the shot…I just don’t like how it turns out. For instance this photo
It’s supposed to be MUCH darker but no matter how I fiddled with everything I couldn’t get it right. And it’s just really slow sometimes and doesn’t respond how I want it to.April 22, 2021 at 7:31 pm #62177Frazer FamilyParticipant
@tashavk, have you considered a firmware upgrade?
You’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if there is one for your particular model, or if your camera already has the latest firmware, and more research to find out how to do it, but the jist of it is like a “software update” for your camera. That could help your ‘slow-and-unresponsive’ camera problem.
Consult someone who’s actually done it, ideally on a Canon (maybe start a new thread on the topic) before doing it.
On a decently new Canon model, you should be able to find up-to-date firmware files on the official Canon site.
Just a thought,
@lenspirationlydia, good point!
It’s always a good idea to honor your parents. ￼
April 23, 2021 at 9:15 am #62180April 30, 2021 at 2:44 pm #62324Lydia BennettKeymaster
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by Frazer Family.
@tashavk, good to know!
So, first, if your camera is unresponsive or lagging, then yes, that sounds like it could potentially be an issue worth solving through an upgrade. However, if it’s just “slow” because of the type of setting you’re in (i.e. taking a picture in a dark room and having a hard time focusing), then that’s different.
I remember being in a situation several years ago where I was taking pictures at a banquet and missing a lot of shots because the camera wouldn’t seem to respond. It was incredibly frustrating. However, the next year when I learned how to shoot in manual, and gained a better understanding of how the camera works, I realized the camera hadn’t been responding because I was asking it to do things it couldn’t do very well, in the low-light situation I was in. The next time I was in a similar situation, I didn’t have as many problems because I knew how to maximize the settings on the camera, and how to make the most of the lighting situation I faced.
I don’t know your situation well enough to give an opinion on whether or not to upgrade your camera, but I just wanted to put out some thoughts here.
I know how it feels to have an entry-level DSLR and feel like, “surely if I had a better camera, I would take better pictures.” I’ve been shooting on a Nikon D3100 for several years now, and a lot of photographers have much nicer cameras than that (my camera came out in 2010, has 9 focus points, crop-sensor, I only used kit lenses until a few months ago, etc). However, I’ve gotten some good photos taken with it: nature photography, stock photography, portraiture, etc. I’ve been happily using that camera for a few years now, and because I learned how to use it to its full potential (i.e. learning how to shoot in manual through training here on Lenspiration), I honestly have found it held a lot more potential than I would’ve thought.
So, I’m not sure if you know how to shoot in manual, or how to maximize the settings on your camera, but if you don’t, that’s where I would start! 🙂
Anyways, just thought I’d put that thought out there. 🙂 Keep praying and asking for advice as you think through your options!May 4, 2021 at 8:51 am #62378
Thanks! Ya I do shoot on manual…but I’ve read reviews that say the camera I have can be unresponsive. It also has trouble picking up certain shades of pink and purple and my aunt recommended upgrading my camera so that I can get better glass…May 4, 2021 at 6:54 pm #62384Frazer FamilyParticipant
…so that I can get better glass…
Yes, often upgrading lenses will do A LOT more good than changing bodies. That’s a good point, I didn’t think of it earlier.
That is especially true if you are still working with kit lenses.May 5, 2021 at 11:44 am #62392James StaddonKeymaster
@tashavk, do you have the money set aside now for an upgrade? Your parents good with the idea of an upgrade too? Have you found something or are you still thinking it through?May 5, 2021 at 12:05 pm #62395
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