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|5D Mark III||Full||22.3 MP||5760 x 3840||100 - 25600||1080p ||$3,400||N||New|
|5D Mark II||Full||21.1 MP||5616 x 3744||100 - 25600||1080p||$2,199||N||Current||Amazon|
|7D||Cropped||18 MP||5184 x 3456||100 - 12800||1080p||$1,599||Y||Current||Amazon|
|60D||Cropped||18 MP||5184 x 3456||100 - 6400||1080p||$899||Y||Current||Amazon|
|Rebel T3i 18-55mm IS II Ki||Cropped||18 MP||5184 x 3456||100 - 6400||1080p||$799||Y||Current||Amazon|
|Rebel T3 18-55mm IS II Kit||Cropped||12.2 MP||4272 x 2848||100 - 6400||720p||$499||Y||Current||Amazon|
|40D||Cropped||10.1 MP||3888 x 2592||100 - 1600||No||$1.100||Y||Retired||Amazon|
|D800||Full||36.3 MP||7360 x 4912||100 - 25600||1080p 30/25/24p||$2,999||N||New|
|D300s||Cropped||12.3 MP||4288 x 2848||200 - 6400||720p 24 fps||$1,699||Y||Current||Amazon|
|D90||Cropped||12.3 MP||4288 x 2848||200 - 3200||720p 24fps||$949||Y||Current||Amazon|
|D5100||Cropped||16.2 MP||4928 x 3264||100 - 6400||1080p||$649||Y||Current||Amazon|
|D3000||Cropped||10.2 MP||3872 x 2592||100 - 1600||No||$599||Y||Current||Amazon|
To help a few friends understand the differences between FULL FRAME and CROPPED digital SLR's. Also, since I am a computer geek, I was experimenting
with creating a web service that pulls product prices from Amazon.com (their specs aren't too detailed so I manually entered these).
This is a new section and the listings are still growing, but I don't intend to list every camera or lens.
Most of the people who come to my web site are professional "amateur"
photographers such as myself. We have a budget and we don't need to carry every lens in Canon's or Nikon's arsenal ... all we need is the right equipment to
use every day. This is a selective list. If you think I should include something, please let me know!
Full-frame vs cropped-frame cameras
You will find cropped-frame sensors in low-end cameras like the Canon 60D because they are cheaper to make. There is a
draw back to these cheaper sensors : they have poorer image quality and the images themselves are narrower than true 35mm cameras, thus
the images are "cropped".
Full-frame sensors (like on the Canon 5D) offer superior image quality, however they tend to be more expensive.
It's hard to tell which is which, since both Nikon and Camera use different designations to classify them. Hope the
info below helps:
Full Frame Designations :
Cropped Frame Designations :
- Canon (36 mm x 24mm ... 35mm Full-frame)
- Nikon (FX)
Understanding Full Frame / Cropped Frame
- Canon (APS-C size)
- Nikon (DX)
Put your money into the lens!
(Tips For Buying A New Lens)
Plan ahead when buying a lens!
For example, some Canon lenses are built specifically for the cropped APS-C bodies and will not
work on a full frame camera like the 5D!
If you plan on moving up the ladder to a full-frame camera like the Canon 5D, be sure you
check the format capabilities of each lens.
Also, don't choose a lens just because it has a huge zoom range and is cheap to buy. Most of these lenses
will disappoint you!
I try to stay away from lenses with an f-length of 3.5 - 5.6 written on it.
What this means is that it is terrible in low light, and gets worse the more you zoom!
They're wonderful on bright sunny days but they're not very useful in shadey areas or indoors for a party.
What I look for : any lens with an f/2.8
in the entire zoom range such as the Canon 24-70mm.
It may not have the zoom range of a 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 lens, but you'll be taking higher quality photos under different light
conditions (bright sun, shade, action, darkness).
Help for the newbies
So, you're interested in buying your first DSLR, but where to start?
First step : how much can you spend ?
Jumping into the DSLR world is not cheap, especially the lenses. The lens is the most crucial part of
your gear. The lens will dictate the lighting conditions
you will be able to work in: sunny days, night shots, heavy shade and action. You can buy the most expensive camera on the
planet, but if your lens is crap, so will your photos.
Listed below are a few options to help you decide:
The $1,000 budget option
This is really tough ... people ask what they can get for under $1000, and my response is always "not much".
Yes, you can buy an entry level camera which comes with a low-end starter lens,
but in the end, you will need to buy a good quality lens.
Low-end starter DSLR's (Cropped Sensor Format):
- Canon Rebel T3i
- Nikon D3100
Be sure to check these combinations in person ... a friend of mine bought a cheapo camera and the higher-end lenses wouldn't work on it.
The $1,500 budget option
Aaah, what a difference $500 makes. In this price range you'll be able to move up the ladder and buy an excellent
DSLR (still a cropped sensor) plus a pretty decent lens. Here are some good choices:
Cameras (Cropped Sensor Format):
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM ( $550 )
A solid lens but it does have a few drawbacks:
The limited zoom range. If you want to capture something far off in the distance, forget about it, it will remain small.
Otherwise, this is an excellent lens.
- Build/picture quality is not as solid as a Nikon or Canon
I had the previous generation of this Sigma lens and it took excellent pictures. A very capable lens.
Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 ($499)
If you're willing to sacrifice some image sharpness for some extra zoom, try thsi Tamron lens. Once again,
the build/image quality is not as good as a Canon/Nikon, but it should get you started on the right path.
The $2,000 budget option
Now we're talking! The camera selection is pretty much the same as the $1500 option, the only difference is the quality of lenses ... which as I mentioned
previously, is the most important thing to taking stellar photos!
Cameras (Cropped Sensor Format):
Lenses for Canon Users:
Lenses for Nikon users:
- The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 lens ($899)
Nikon or Canon
It doesn't matter ... seriously. Both companies create quality products, and you can't go wrong with either one. In some years Canon is ahead of the game
and in others its Nikon.
Anyone who says there is something "special" about their Nikon or Canon is talking fluff, and is probably spending the day getting intimiate with Siri on their iPhone.
I was once a Nikon user, but switched to Canon when I went digital. Why did I switch brands even though I had invested so much in Nikkor lens? Well,
at the time I felt Nikon was sitting on their asses and not updating their products quickly enough. When the Canon 10D was introduced I leaped back into the
Ironically, now I feel Canon is the one sitting on their butts while Nikon is updating their line.
Sigma creates lenses for both Nikon and Canon. They are not the high quality products that Canon or Nikon
put out, but they're definitely a worthy low-priced alternative.
Sigma Lens Finder Tool
As I mentioned above, all this data is entered in manually by yours truly. Some typos may appear, so if you spot one, please send me and email and let me know! As always,
double check the specs with the manufacturer's page before buying anything! Gear up!!