Should I buy a new camera?

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  1. Ceci4

    Ceci4 TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone :)

    I have a Canon EOS 5D MARK II camera with a EF 24-70 mm / f2.8L USM lens. I inherited it from my father, I didn't buy it myself, but I use it since I love taking pictures.

    I take a lot of pictures inside and I think the pictures are very dark, the quality is good but they are very dark. I've tried to change the settings and take pictures different places, but I still think they turn out too dark cause I like bright photos. Of course I can edit them, but me and photoshop are not good friends :(.

    I would like to know if some of you have any experience with this camera or maybe have an idea to what camera I should get instead? :)


     
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    That camera does well in low light, just bumpt the ISO higher, like 3200.. and keep the aperture big (2.8, 3.2..).
    It's an older camera but a very good one and that lens is amazing.

    You need to learn the basics of proper exposure and there's plenty of free sources for that (I like FroKnowsPhoto's "Getting out of auto")
    and you'll need to learn how to edit the images too since getting the most out of them requires you to shoot in RAW, not JPEG and that
    HAS to be edited before you can make a JPEG visible to all.

    Check out my pics. Both your camera and lens are A LOT better then what I'm using.
    You wouldn't benefit form a newer camera at all unless you're shooting manual (or understand the exposure triangle) and know how to edit your files.
     
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    Ceci4 TPF Noob!

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    Thank you so much for your help! I changed the ISO to 3200, and the photos are much brighter now.
     
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    DB_Cro No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Um, yeah, no problem, you can do the same with slower shutter speeds and bigger apertures (smaller F number) too, but you really need
    to know how to do it and when to do it depending on the situation. ISO 3200 will result in a lot more noise in images then 1600 and lower,
    so, yeah, do some basic training and you'll be set - that's great gear you have.
     
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    And if you're not getting along with Photoshop, you can use LightRoom instead. Much easier for simple exposure/color temp/white balance changes. You can import, move a few sliders, and presto. Pics can be made sharper and much more pleasing to the eye.. just don't over do it, unless that's the effect you want. lol
     
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    Punisher911: Thanks for the tip! I think photoshop i too advanced, so I will definitely check it out.

    DB_Cro: Okay, thanks. What do you mean with 3200 resulting in more noise? :)
     
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    Higher ISO means more light sensitivity with the sensors of the camera. You can shoot in lower light with higher ISO settings. The trade off is digital "noise" with high ISO. The amount varies per camera. Digital noise is kind of like a blurry pixelation in the picture. You lose the cripsness and coloration in the noise. You can google image search for digital noise examples. Here is one example.
    http://www.photoreview.com.au/var/p...-noise2350/23849-1-eng-GB/image-noise2350.jpg
     
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    Learn you're camera, combined with the lens you have there it's a super machine. Buying something else at this stage would be a complete waste of money
     
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    Punisher911: Oh okay now I understand, thanks!:).
     
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    There is nothing wrong with the camera, the operator is at fault you will have the same problem with any camera until you learn how to use it
     
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    Welcome to the forum Ceci4. No need to buy a new camera. As you like to take pictures then expect to take some time to learn the basics of photography, learn the camera setting to control the basics of exposure, might give a read of the 260 page instruction manual (but really only need chapters 1 and 2 to start). Have fun.
     
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    No one else has mentioned it so I may be way off but, why not add a speedlite if the rooms you shoot in are dark?
     
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