Camera for Europe Trip

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by dlauth, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. dlauth

    dlauth Member

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    Going to Europe and am wanting to get a camera that will allow me to capture the experience.

    I have never bought a camera before but have done a decent amount of research and would like a group opinion.

    Budget

    I am a bang for buck kindof guy so Im willing to pay if it means better return on money spent. Looking to stay around $500.

    Size

    Doesnt matter but dont want a huge camera to lug around while traveling.

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?
    No clue

    * What optical zoom will you need?
    No clue

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
    Would like the cleanest, vibrant pics as possible and would like the bang for buck to show up here also.

    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?Complete noob so I dont have a clue

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?
    Sightseeing, horizons, etc...
    Would also like to eventually use for videos involving cars

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
    Dont think so

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
    Some but most pics will be outside

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
    Would be nice if I had this

    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate?
    Was looking into Nikon and Canon

    Are there particular models you already have in mind?
    d3200(dont know since it lacks a articulating screen)
    d5200
    T3i (Found a refurbished one for $325)
    70D ( Think this might be a bit too much camera to start with.)

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)
    No clue
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    All the DSLR's you mentioned are good cameras, but keep in mind that you should budget for both the standard 3x zoom lens plus a long zoom lens.

    When I made my first trip to Europe last year I brought my ultrazoom and my wife's pocket-sized Canon, which is fairly good indoors. Both cameras were very useful for different purposes - the ultrazoom for long distance shots (of which there were many) and the Canon for indoor pics (of which there were many).

    If you buy a DSLR you'll need a long zoom lens in addition to the standard 3x zoom lens (for indoor photos). Without a long zoom lens you're going to miss many great outdoor shots (castles, chateaus, statues) that you'll never get with the standard short zoom lens. A decent long zoom lens will cost you at least $200 (more for better quality).
     
  3. dlauth

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    Found a refurbished Nikon D3200 24.2MP CMOS digital SLR camera with 18mm–55mm VR lens and 55mm–200mm VR lens for $500.

    The lack of an articulating screen may be the deal breaker though.

    If I am now going to be budgeting 2 lenses, I believe the 70d may be out of my range.

    Thoughts of going with the refurbished T3i with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens for $336 and then finding a zoom lens?

    Would you recommend a different setup?
     
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  5. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The Nikon sounds like a good deal assuming the camera and lenses are in good condition. Any decent seller will give you some type of warranty.
     
  6. dlauth

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    Its from Groupon.

    My only worry is the Nikon 3200 doesnt have an articulating screen.

    They also have a refurb Nikon D5200 with Nikkor AF-S DX 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR lens and 55–200mm f/4–5.6 lens for $650.

    I still think I would prefer a canon due to the lens compatibility though.

    If I were to get the T3i, what zoom lens is recommended if It comes with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS?
     
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  7. Andy Stanton

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    Any long zoom Nikon lens with VR (vibration reduction) will do fine.
     
  8. Andy Stanton

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    The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a very good lens for the price (under $300).
     
  9. dlauth

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    Awesome, so T3i for $336 and the 55-250mm for $152. Does this sound like a good beginner setup or would you recommend a different route?

    Anything else I should consider buying?
     
  10. Andy Stanton

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    Yes, but don't forget the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, which is generally sold with the T3i. You'll need this lens for most of your everyday shooting. If you have $125 left over the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a very popular indoor portrait lens. It doesn't zoom and has a very wide aperture so you can take excellent photos indoors, in low light.
     

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