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  1. Hello all! So in preparation for my trip to South Dakota this summer, I am looking into getting my first proper DSLR camera. Currently I just use an iPhone and have used some point and shoots in the past, so I want to know if would be worth it to spring for something better. I am mostly attracted to it because of its abilities shooting wildlife and astrophotography. However budget is a bit of an issue. Can you get good shots with a 60D without a telephoto lens, or even if you can does the telephoto lens make it that much better? What are your experiences with its durability (I’ll be shooting around crocodilians) and weight? Would there be anything better and cheaper? How is it compared to the rebel T6? If you answer any of these questions thanks in advance! Replied 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
  2. hi Jasp,

    Just wanted to let you know that this forum only has 6 subscribers, so the odds of getting an answer from a Canon shooter may be low (but not impossible).

    I was wondering if you can perhaps indicate which types of wildlife photography you really want to focus on and what your general budget is. I think both are needed to come to camera/lens advise.

    cheers,

    Ferdy
    Replied 6 months ago
  3. Hi Jasper,

    I don't have much of any technical photography advice, but I have used the 60D. I liked it, but it was loud. It also gave me a busy message frequently if I tried to use the in-camera flash too many times in a row. I've since upgraded to an 80D, which has produced noticable improvements to my photos. I use the Canon zoom EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM as my long lens. I like the lens, but don't love it just because I usually can't zoom as far as I would need to in order to get good shots of birds, etc. Plus, it's heavy - well, for me at least. I rarely use this lens anyway though as I mostly focus on macro photography or else use a wide angle lens.
    Regards,
    Christine
    Replied 6 months ago
  4. I shoot almost exclusively with a Sony a6300 using the 70-300mm G lens, and that combination is great for almost everything I want to shoot the way I like to shoot. However, that combination will run you $2000 USD, and won't work for everyone. It's a bit lacking in low-light performance compared to some other options, and you'll want a different lens for landscapes, macros, and any other situation you want a wider field of view.

    For low-budget shooters (under $1000 USD), I would recommend sticking with your smartphone and point-and-shoots.
    From my experience, the quality of high-end point-and-shoots is often superior to the quality of low-end SLRs with low-end lenses. Once you start going above the $1000 range, the argument for SLRs starts getting stronger, especially if you expect your future budget to grow over time (you can get a good lens one year, then save up for a new body the next year, and that will just make your good lens even better).

    Any photo gear choices for non-professional shooting is 95% personal preference though. It's much better to have something you want to bring with you and feel comfortable using than it is to have the best gear. If you have friends with DSLR and/or mirrorless cameras, I'd recommend trying to convince them to let you give them a try. You might find that the added bulk of a DSLR makes taking photos easier for you. Or you might be like me and find the lighter weight of a mirrorless camera easier to handle. Or you might find both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras too complex for you and decide to stick with point-and-shoots.

    If you go with a DSLR, I'd definitely recommend going with Canon. I expect that they will remain the strongest in the DSLR market in the foreseeable future. Nikon would also be a fine choice, but I'd probably avoid Sony. I don't think Sony A mount is going away any time soon, but Sony is definitely focusing much more on their E mount mirrorless systems. Having new bodies and lenses made for the mount system you already own makes upgrading much easier and cheaper.

    If you go with a mirrorless, I'd recommend going Sony, as they are currently the strongest in that mirrorless market. Canon and Nikon have also put out some promising sounding mirrorless cameras recently, so going with either of their mirrorless cameras would also be a fine choice.

    Which specific camera and lens you want to go with first will depend a lot on what you want to shoot, and your personal preferences in style and ergonomics. As long as you stick with Canon, Nikon, or Sony, you shouldn't have trouble finding new lenses or bodies that fit your needs and price range if/when you're ready to upgrade yet again.
    Replied 6 months ago

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