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Hi there, I'm Tommy from Scotland

Discussion in 'Introductions...' started by ohelectro, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. ohelectro

    ohelectro Member

    Hi All,

    I have very recently been spending alot of time outdoors and have a great interest in photography. I am looking to get myself a camera and was wondering if you could provide some help? I also tried some night photograph at the weekend with a 12 year old camera not the best to be honest but was better than nothing(fujifilm finepix s5700, old i know) but got OK photos. I stay near a dark sky accreditation forest and i am really keen to make this a hobby of mines. So i am looking to spend about 300 to 400 pounds on a camera and was wondering if you have any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Hello, Tommy, and welcome to the AP forums!

    Help with choosing a camera - hmm, you'll probably get as many different recommendations as you get replies! However, I'll try to give some general advice to help you narrow things down.

    Firstly, is astrophotography your main interest, or just part of a broad range of potential subjects? Astro can get very specialised, but as regards camera choice, you want to be able to gather as much light as possible, which means as large a sensor as possible. For your budget, that means either a so called "APS-C" sensor format (roughly 16 x 24mm) DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) or equivalent sensor size in a CSC (Compact System Camera). Alternatively, if you'd consider buying second hand, you might just be able to get a so called full frame DSLR, which has a sensor of just over twice the area (24 x 36mm).

    However, if other forms of photography are also an interest, other factors also are important - portability (size / weight), lens choice and versatility, e.g. long telephotos for wildlife, wide angles for landscapes, autofocus performance for sports and action, etc.

    The other thing that's important is how well the camera suits you. You really need to get to a camera shop where you can try out various models and see how comfortable they are in your hands, how easily your finngers reach all the dials and buttons, how intuitive you find the menus, etc.

    You also need to remember to leave room in you budget for the other equipment you need - for night shots, you'll certainly need a decent tripod, which probably starts at around £70-80, then there's memory cards, a spare battery, filters, maybe a flashgun, and a bag to carry it all in.

    Oh, if you really want an actual recommendation of a specific model from me - Pentax K50 with 18-55mm WR lens. Reason - it's weather resistant, which is always nice to know when you're working outdoors. And the sensor is very good in low light. Also, I like Pentax! :)
  3. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    Welcome Tommy.
  4. Bawbee

    Bawbee Well-Known Member

    Hello Tommy and Welcome :cool:

  5. deltablue

    deltablue Well-Known Member

    Hi Tommy
  6. ohelectro

    ohelectro Member

    Hi there :)
    No its Galloway Forest
  7. ohelectro

    ohelectro Member

    Hi there :)

    Thanks for the reply that is very useful! I went had a look yesterday at the Pentax k50 and i really like it! My main interest is astrophotography but not limited to that as i do spend alot of time outside so something to suit both situation to some degree that being daylight and night.

    With the Pentax K50 I am wondered if with the 18-55mm lens this would be enough for some good night photography? Or could you recommend which lens i would be looking to get? and If anyone has any photos they have took with this camera could they please share as i would be interested to see what you people on this forum have managed to capture.

    Thanks alot,

  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

  9. ohelectro

    ohelectro Member

  10. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    The 18-55 is probably a reasonably good all round lens, and good value - less than 50 quid when bought as a kit with the camera body. It's by no means the best lens for everything, but it could be a good starting point while you explore and experiment to find what you really need, and start saving up.

    Just for completeness, since nobody else has said it yet, I suggest you also have a look at the comparable models from Canon and Nikon - D3200 & 1200D respectively, just to make sure that the K50 suits you best.
  11. ohelectro

    ohelectro Member

    Thanks for the reply, I will have a look into those cameras aswell! I just went for a look there and seems like Jessops do interest free for 6 or 12 month. I am considering looking into this and paying more if the camera is right. The guy in the shop suggested a Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm IS STM Lens and this also comes with a bag, tripod valued at £75 and a 32gb memory card for about 130 a month after my deposit. I will look into that camera and see if this is good value too.


  12. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    The Canon 70D is a fine camera, but over twice the budget you originally mentioned, and at least a couple of models up the range. If you want to consider that big a jump, perhaps you should also look at the Pentax K3 and Nikon D7100, as being roughly comparable models at similar prices.

    I have a K3, and I can vouch for the fact that its autofocus performs impressively well in very low light levels, locking on accurately in conditions where there's hardly enough light for me to see the subject clearly with my eyes! However, it's probably not as quick at locking on and tracking fast moving action subjects in good light as some of the other makes.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2014

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