Originally Posted by desertslave
After a great deal of dabbling and thought, my son has decided on photography for his major. His first photo classes were B&W film oriented. To my amusement, he's been using the same camera that I bought for MY college classes <mumble> years ago, which his sister also used in her high school classes. This semester he's been exploring all of my extra lenses and filters, and having a blast. I introduced him to color slide film, too, and he's having fun making B&W images with his results.
But to move forward he needs a modern camera. The next courses suggest a DSLR, which seems pretty inevitable if he's going to take this seriously. So I'm looking for recommendations for a good DSLR that he could grow into, expand with quality lenses, and that would be workable for the next few years, until he's sure this is what he wants to do and can move into the professional range.
His one quirk (about this, anyway) is that he would prefer a fixed view screen, not one of the "twirly" ones, and an interface that is NOT touch-screen driven.
Thanks for your advice in advance!
Since you didn't mention lenses, I'm going to stick to camera recommendations. Suffice to say, that lenses are probably the better things you can 'buy' rather than bodies, but that's a personal opinion.
Also, I'm assuming you're wanting a DX camera as your son probably doesn't 'need' a full frame FX
Starting off, you. mentioned mid level.
At this point, this is the most confusing spectrum of cameras.
Here's how the classes are divided at the moment in both Nikon and Canon, starting from the cheapest:-
1. Previous generation basic DSLR.
2. Current generation basic DSLR
3. Previous generation Advanced-Basic DSLR
4. Current generation Advanced-Basic DSLR
5. Previous generation ProSumer DSLR
6. Current generation Prosumer DSL(
7. High End professional DX camera.Nikon doesn't have this at the moment)
Out of all the above the one you'd 'want' to pic is the 6th one.
prosumers are targeted for enthusiasts and hobbyists who dont have a pressing need to have the highest possible configuration and yet, require enough capability to satisfy the personal needs of the hobbyist photographer. All photography enthusiasts who dont work professionally are targeted.
these cameras, have excellent image quality, great autofocus, robust build quality and usuallxy a better viewfinder(pentaprism vs pentamirror)., better dial system, better ergonomics, dual card slot etc.
the recent generation cameras in this range boast high resolution and in capable hands, nearly professional image quality.
Although, not for someone who has just stepped into photography, in my view these are the best cameras for people who are confident of growing into their cameras.
There are two models to recommend.
1. Nikon d7100
2. Canon eos 70d
From the above two, I'd personally recommend the Nikon. no brand bias, but I feel the Nikon does a better job of being. the camera I feel will stay for some time with it's owner. Also, the excellent lens ecosystem of Nikon in the lower budget is also something that points me towards itself.
The Canon is no slouch. With it's Dual Pixel AF it has a better and more progressive AF in live view and movie modes.
The Canon has a clear edge in terms of movie mode performance, but as long as you're taking stills the Nikon wins, with It's delightful sensor with no noise at Ihigh ISOs.
I have detailed facts for and against each, but I won't post them here.
for more, you may always contact me.
for now the Nikon D7100 with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is about all a photographer needs, most of the time.