Can't believe I just made a $300 impulse buy. However in my defense I have been using an older version and really like it. and just the other day I was starting to think of getting a new one. so I'm happy
@ericb That "digital outlets" buy is a GRAY MARKET model. U.S. service centers will usually not touch these. The offer of "buy a battery and get another free" hints that this may be a "body-only" deal where you have to pay for some of the items that are supposed to be in the box...
@TheOneAlex You'll be fine. Photography is easier now than it's ever been, and there's plenty of great tutorial material on Youtube for when you want to move beyond the absolute basics. One thing I'd definitely recommend though would be to read the manual--photographers often discover settings and features after using their camera for years that would've made their lives easier. Oh, and don't be tempted to buy extra lenses and unnecessary accessories right away. The lens it comes with will be fine for everyday stuff.
@TheOneAlex@Starblind The only thing I'd disagree with is the extra lenses. I'd get one that has some telephoto capabilities UNLESS most of what you take is people up fairly close (eg snapshot style). OR the resolution is still good zooming in and cropping what you have taken. A polarizing lens filter adds depth to the color when you take landscape shots but is not a "necessary" item.
@TheOneAlex I, too, agree w/ @Starblind. ~28 is 'normal' for this sensor size, so you have quite a bit of lens in either direction. Long enough for decent portraiture, wide enough for some nice landscapes. Play with this lens, you'll learn what you like to shoot and how you like to shoot it. Maybe you'll learn that you really do want a super long zoom; maybe you'll learn that you want something really wide. But I suspect you'll find a comfy place within this lens's range, and in the future a logical upgrade path would likely be a fast prime that matches your comfy place.
@TheOneAlex Hopefully it works out well for you. I learned how to shoot on a Nikon and picked it up pretty fast. As far as lenses go, I'd stick with the standard for a bit, 18-55 is a pretty solid range for standard shooting.
I've got a 55-200 at home but hardly ever use it. It might have to do with my camera bag though—can only fit one lens in there.
@TheOneAlex@Kidsandliz is right -- you'll want a longer lens than 55mm eventually. Sure, it isn't an emergency, but if you spot a deal on a 70-200 or 70-300, it's worth getting. The included 18-55 is a good landscape and snapshot lens, but if you've got friends or family who play sports, if you like to shoot street scenes or nature, if you find yourself shooting from more than 10-15 feet away, a longer lens is the solution.
Also it doesn't hurt to find a decent monopod. A lot of places (even public) won't let you use a tripod for a variety of contrived reasons, but generally monopods are considered OK and will give you stability if it's darker or a less steady situation.
@editorkid@TheOneAlex I was reading the reviews and the camera is a bit slow in "snapping" (auto focus maybe? can't remember if it is manual or autofocus - so autofocus might be slower) when it comes to action shots so I'd guess this would not be the camera if your primary purpose was taking photos of sports, animals on the run...
@Kidsandliz I see your point, but someone who has this camera for family pictures will still want to take those photos and need a lens to do it with. According to the brochure that's linked from the description, the camera has quick settings for sports and for freezing motion, and those probably nudge up the ISO and close down the aperture to make autofocusing faster and easier.
@hollboll A great way to ease into that is by developing your own film, then scanning the negatives and doing the steps you'd ordinarily do while printing digitally. Don't need a darkroom to process film.
@hollboll If you want to buy an olympus OM 1, 3 lenses, flash, some filters, leather case, etc. I am selling mine - just haven't decided if I was going to part it out on ebay as people are buying these fairly regularly or sell the entire thing as a unit. I'd sell it to you and not mess with ebay if you are interested. Obviously you know how to get hold of me privately. LOL
@hollboll Yup! If you don't have a darkroom, or at the very least a dark room, you need a changing bag. Generally speaking I load 35mm and medium format roll film into tanks in the changing bag. It's a little awkward but you get used to it.
@editorkid Couple reasons: My Nikon is sick : ( I sent it to Nikon to get it serviced and it came back worse. I actually sent it for a lens problem, and they did something funky to the camera and the motor grinds now.
I can't develop b/c I don't get along w/ the chemicals. And it's so hard to find good development otherwise. We used to have the best local camera shop that did developing. Long gone. Any where you take it, it comes back on flimsy crappy paper. The color saturation is not the same. And B&W ? A lot of places just won't touch it. And if they do it's still crap paper.
I guess I need to get online and see if I can find a custom developer. Do they even exist anymore ?
@Kidsandliz May want to consider getting quotes from used dealers like KEH, Adorama, B&H before eBay… Less hassle, and though I haven't sold in quite a while, quotes always seemed fair to me (I mainly sold to KEH).
@ceagee I've used mpix for digital and, assuming mpix pro is related and does as well with film as I've gotten with pixels, I'll echo @brhfl's recommendation. Also, if you can get your film to Lomography, I've been thrilled with my prints from them -- I'm giving them pretty challenging stuff (Tri-X and Velvia exposed in a wooden panoramic pinhole camera) and they kick ass with the prints I get back.
Never, never ever ever ever, buy a camera from one of those never heard of camera sites. I know the following sites are good: bhphoto, adorama, amazon, rakuten, newegg, microcenter, walmart, sears, kmart, meh, even woot, are good sites. I know I have left a few out. The x-outlets one mentioned above is most likely a scammy site.
Yes you can trust sears and kmart sites, if those companies sell it directly, not a third party listing there. A few years ago I wanted a discontinued photo item which nobody had anymore, but I found it for sale on kmart dot com of all places. I ordered it, and kmart sent it to me, obviously pulled off the shelf in one of their stores and crudely but well hand packaged and sent to me directly from that store, fast. It was brand new and fine, a little bit shelfworn package with a store price sticker on it! Yay kmart dot com for service like that.
Little time ago you could buy 18-55 & 55-200 d3200 refurbished bundle for almost this price (and most of the items received were new open-box). Probably within a year you will be able to purchase d3300 with 18-55 & 55-200 refurbished for this price.
@jml326 Nah, brah. I got the same package you did. The 3300 has an upgraded sensor and processor and vastly improved and sexy monocoque body. Plus we got the 55-200 lens (both with the improved VRII technology), wifi adapter, SD card and bag.
I got this same camera two years ago on Black Friday when they had a bundle deal with a 55-200mm zoom lens. I love it! It is a great starter DSLR for those that are thinking about getting back into real photography and not cell phone pics. For reference, here are some pictures I took with it when I went to San Francisco for a conference.
If you want more examples of what the camera can do when you mess around with RAW files, you can check out my 500px page.
Damn It Meh!!! I wish I hadn't gad so many family events in July... Just saw Sam Smith in Austin!!! Great Show!! This would have been so much better than my crappy Stupid Phone.. Whoever named them Smart Phones, hasn't met mine... Well, at least getting the phone inside wasn't a problem...I would buy this if I weren't so broke!!! Crap, time to check the bank balance.. and eat Ramen for 12 days...
Hell with it!!! Ambitious-Cylindrical-Termite!!! Since I left my crappy Canon in sisters glove box.. I will probably get this one first.. She is notoriously slow in shipping... Kind of like Meh and Woot..Gotta Love It though!! Hope this doesn't get ganked like my Radar Detector...The downside to no signature required on delivery!
@brhfl I know I love it I've been using it for many years through many trips, drops, pools, beaches. the only problem is every now and then the something gets a little out of place and the lends won't open. the fix is the fun part. just smack it in your hand a few times, and it's back
@Foxborn Nice, thanks for sharing! I'm heading to the beach some time in Sept. and thought such a thing would be fun. Looking at the Fuji XP80, if for no other reason than I can control it with the Fuji app I already have… Plus the lens appears to have a hydrophobic coating?
I dont need this MEH i have a 1500.00 Cannon but congrats its an epic win for you ...keep on being Meh i love this site !!!PS that laptop bag i just got today is beyond awesome for 10 bucks ..TY so much
I was totally stunned when FedEx dropped mine off this morning. I hadn't even gotten the shipping notice yet! What is going on Meh? You stepping up the shipping speed on me? Not mediocre, but I won't complain. Will be playing with this while blueberry picking tomorrow if weather cooperates.