Beginner Thinking about Upgrading...

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  1. keithw1975

    keithw1975 TPF Noob!

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    I come from a long line of printers and have grown up around film, darkrooms, and now digital imaging. Graphic arts and photography have always been interests of mine but growing up I never made the time to really get involved in the photography end of things more than taking lots of pictures with P&S cameras. My newest camera is a Powershot SX10 IS and I absolutely love the camera but feel overwhelmed when it comes to using manual. I am doing lots of reading online and trying to understand how everything should be set. I have a basic knowledge of what the ISO, aperature and shutter speed are but knowing how to use them along with white balance seems like it is something that will take a long time to get right. I have decided to dive in though and try to get proficient at sooner but most likely later. I have always had a fascination with night scenes and I am thinking about buying another camera in the next few months in order to have access to long shutter speeds. The Canon T2i is what I had been thinking of getting and it will be my first SLR. I don't have a ton of money for lenses though so I am going to really miss not having my 20x zoom like the SX10 because I use it quite a bit. I guess though that no single camera is good for everything.

    I realize I have just kinda rambled on but it is very late and I am very tired and I welcome anyone to give me any advice or thoughts on what I might want to purchase or what the best way to learn is because reading is fine and dandy but nothing beats hands on experience so I always end up reading about settings while holding my camera in my lap and playing with the buttons.
     
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    heli-junkie-jp TPF Noob!

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    That camera is a good choice (even though I shoot with a Nikon) If you get the lowest entry camera you will regret it. I bought a D60 (btw it's a great camera) but with some of the things I want to do, it's lacking the features I want.

    To save yourself a lot of money and time in the future. Don't get the base level camera. Get the EOS Rebel T2i.
    If you can get a 18-200mm lens.

    (Canon shooters correct me if I'm wrong. I am assuming the EOS T2i is the equivalent to the Nikon D90)
     
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    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well the T2i takes better video and people don't scowl at you when they see you carrying it around...

    Just kidding. Well, not about the video part.

    To OP:
    If you're gonna drop a grand on a camera PLEASE go to a BestBuy or something and get your hands on one, play with it... look through the viewfinder. The viewfinder is kinda small on the T2i - compared to say, a canon 50D. Little things like that may surprise you and might have a lot to do with your purchase choice. Basically, do your homework (other than asking for opinions here) and get what best suits you.

    Good luck.
     

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