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    Default Wanting to get into photography.

    Budget: $500-$700 A little flexible.

    Size: Does not matter.

    Megapixels: Would enjoy higher megapixel for editing purposes.

    Zoom: Standard preferred.

    Image Quality: 10

    Manual modes: I would enjoy having manual modes to aid in my learning process.

    Camera usage: Short range pictures of insects, plants, and reptiles.

    Big prints of photos: No.

    Indoor or low light photos: I would think yes, majority of photos will be taken in wooded areas.

    Sports or action photos: Possibly, depends on the subject. Some may have wiggly bits.

    Preferred brands: Open to any high quality manufacturer.

    Models in mind: None.

    Special features: Image stabilization preferred as well as a Hotshoe (I think.). Weatherproofing is a must as I live in a humid area.


    I would like to get into photography as a hobby. The subjects I have in mind are insects, flowers, and reptiles, a lot of close up work. I do intend to use a tripod if I can for most shots, but that will of course not be possible for some situations. I would also like another lens for more general photos so a recommendation on that would be appreciated. Thank you for any advice and your time.

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    Default Re: Wanting to get into photography.

    The least expensive DSLR with weatherproofing is the Pentax K-50, which is a very good intro-DSLR. To get good closeup macro pictures you'll have to either crop your image or purchase a macro lens. Fortunately there are many good quality, reasonably priced macro lenses available.

    One thing to consider when purchasing a Pentax camera - Pentax default image quality tends to be more saturated compared to other brands, though it can be toned down in the camera.

    Here are some sample images from the K-50
    Flickr Search: pentax k-50
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    Default Re: Wanting to get into photography.

    Awesome Camera, go for it (Y)
    @Andy, I have K-30, i think the difference between K-50 and K-30 is wi-fi right ? :S

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    Default Re: Wanting to get into photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelLee View Post
    Awesome Camera, go for it (Y)
    @Andy, I have K-30, i think the difference between K-50 and K-30 is wi-fi right ? :S
    The two cameras are practically identical. The K-50 does not have built-in WiFi but can accommodate an Eye-Fi card to enable WiFi transmission, which was not the case with the K-30. Also the K-50 comes in many, many colors, if that's important to you.
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