Happy Snapping

1 Feb

I’ve been blogging for a long time now and my blog has evolved during this time. I have shared good times and bad, embarrassing (and funny for everyone else) situations, and loads and loads of inspirational quotes. Which I love. Even if you don’t.

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But I have never branched out and bought myself a good camera, and I am feeling like now is the time. Gone are the days when I can get by with my camera phone, complete with dodgy flash and go faster blurs if I geta little over enthusiastic. Nope, its time to make the change.

But I have a real issue with purchasing anything of value. If I see a pair of shoes over £60 I will always rationalise that I don’t need them and I can cope with what I have, and anything over the £200 mark makes me feel a little uncomfortable.

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So ive been doing my research. I’ve spent what feels like days on Amazon reading reviews, ive scoured the blog world for recommendations for all kinds of bloggers, and I have made a shortlist. But it still makes me, you know, a bit itchy.

I wanted to reach out to you guys and ask what you would recommend? I did a photography A level at school, but that finished 10 years ago and I haven’t picked up an SLR since. I want something that is easy to use (like childlike) and that is reliable, so does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks peoples!

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10 Responses to “Happy Snapping”

  1. Gary Lum February 1, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    My main DSLR is a Nikon D90 and I use 35 mm and 50 mm prime lenses a lot of the time. I recently acquired a Nikon D5300 for the wi-fi and GPS capability as well as the enhanced sensor. It also came with an 18–140 mm kit lens which is pretty good. I also have a 24–85 mm lens which is great for outdoors. I’ve done a course and now shoot in manual and in raw. I then post process in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I’m fortunate enough to be able to afford this hobby but I’ve collected equipment over many years.
    The D5300 body is under $AUD1000 (not sure about euro and pounds). It’s easy to use and the LCD is fantastic. It’s small and light too.

  2. mandibelle16 February 1, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    I had a Canon t3 Rebel and it was simple and easy to use and took the clearest pictures. It was 18 mp but it was a bit heavy ( was stolen also). If you go with Canon they have a version of an SLR camera out that is smaller and easier to carry around. I purchased off of Amazon as I found they had the best price and their cameras actually went on sale. Now that I have no camera I borrow my dad’s sometimes and it is a Nikon. According to his photography friend, they are the best camera’s out there for SLR but I really did like Canon personally. Goodluck!

    • tinkerbelle86 February 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      The canon was in the running and the reviews om Amazon say exactly the same thing :)

  3. prenin February 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I recently bought a Nikon Coolpix L27 camera which does it for me – it even comes with software I haven’t yet installed on my new PC as I didn’t have a use for it!

  4. prenin February 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Continued! :)

    It works pretty well and has a smart system so it can identify faces and loads of extra functions which are automated, so helping you take better pictures! :)

    All I need now is a family event to use it… :)

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

  5. Edwin February 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi! Its been a while since I last commented here, I’m sure you forgot about me, hahaha. Anyways, I’ve been looking around for a camera too, except that I’ve been searching for about about a year and haven’t purchased anything because, well, I have to pay money for it.

    In that time, I thought about what I wanted a camera for (and at the same time trying to convince myself that I didn’t need one, and that I can get by with a camera phone), only to realize that I wanted it to snap pictures of outings with friends, some street photography, maybe catch some sunrises from my morning runs, and pretty much a camera that I could take anywhere. Definitely not a point-and-shoot though. I wanted to be able to manually focus, and have some power over my images. That crossed out big cameras. And so the process of elimination started. I don’t like carrying lots of things. I absolutely HATE spending on things that are non-essential.

    No big SLRs. No extra lenses. No carrying cases. Not expensive. Durable. Retro-looking. Great images that I can edit (if I want to).

    I spoke with a few photographer friends, and they named combinations of letters and numbers, lenses and a bunch of camera words, it got so intense I almost went non-digital and into the film world. Then, someone suggested an “RX1″ … what the heck is that? It turned out to be a VERY expensive Sony Compact camera for almost $3,000 (USD), but the image quality was amazing. But hell no. I’d rather buy a car. But that was my answer: compact cameras.

    I learned about Pentax Q10, Fujifilm X20, Sony RX100, Canon G15.. and many other cameras with fixed lenses, great images, plus some other cool features that I won’t really use but are nice to have.

    So far, I have a winner.. but I still won’t make the purchase. I think I’m just waiting for a better price.

    Do you know what you’ll use the camera for?

    • tinkerbelle86 February 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

      Hi Edwin, I haven’t really been blogging much lately. I want to use it to take better photos and be able to get a little more creative, so be able to play about with focus etc. I decided and plumped for a Nikon camera, so we shall wait and see if I get the hang of it or not!!

  6. Donna Holland February 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I am on my second Canon Rebel, I love it!!!

  7. Matthew February 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Most of my shots are from my Canon Rebel XTI. Others are from a Canon PowerShot consumer grade which does a decent job for much less the price of an SLR (if cost is a factor).

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