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I fancy getting a decent camera and lenses, mainly for photographing my dogs and landscapes, but also anything else that pops into the view finder. I have only ever had a simple click and shoot very basic compact or my phone camera.

What should I be looking at to start with? Budget up to £400ish
 

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Nikon or Canon for me, pick a brand and stay loyal as the lenses generally do not cross fit, also Canon full frame camera lenses don't fit the lower end bodies but you're into megabucks by then, it's all about the lenses.
 

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For £400, I'd go second hand, even then you might not get much for that, sorry to say.
 

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For £400, I'd go second hand, even then you might not get much for that, sorry to say.

What sort of budget would I be looking at to get a decent camera and lenses then? Budget isn't necessarily that tight, I was just thinking I don't want to spend loads and then find I don't actually end up using it. If I doubled it, would that be enough?
 

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I’m no photography expert although I’ve been into taking photos since my grandad used to take me out photographing churches landscapes then we used to develop them in his darkroom.
We even made a camera and took a photo of the back of his house I still have the photo somewhere.
Anyhow I’ve learned over the years that buy a camera to suit what you will realistically do with it so I always have a small one I can carry about and use at a moments notice. As daft as it sounds a good phone camera can get some great shots.
I’d only spend big money on a dslr camera if I was into it in a really big way.
Hope this helps
 

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What sort of budget would I be looking at to get a decent camera and lenses then? Budget isn't necessarily that tight, I was just thinking I don't want to spend loads and then find I don't actually end up using it. If I doubled it, would that be enough?
Yes you'd get a good set up if you pushed it up a bit, if you go down the 1.6 sensor, a 24mm - 70mm lens would cover your needs, and there's loads of say Canon bodies about to match. Something like a Canon 60D body and a third party Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX HSM would take pics probably as good as you would ever need for around £600 ish. That's just an example of course, there's a few options. I got my old 20D body out the other week and it produces quality shots, although the viewfinder seemed a bit small to the ones nowadays, try to get as best a lenses as you can, even if it means having to cut down on the body outlay.
 

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Have a look on MBP website, a Nikon D7100 which was the top of the range enthusiast camera a few years ago, you would get a nice body for £350.00 and then choose a half tidy lens, a nice start to you photography hobby.
 

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The problem with the Nikon, which was a very good piece of kit a few years ago, will be finding one which hasn't been hammered. it's a good choice if you can though.
 

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Have a look at the Canon 800D,good place to start, around £550 at places like Jessops and remember Jessops will price match other genuine shops, I got £90 off a £600 macro lens by price matching.
 

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I’ve pretty much settled on buying a Nikon D5600, it has plenty of good reviews ( I said I wasn’t in a rush...) unless anyone has any horror stories of it to relate.
 

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I’d only spend big money on a dslr camera if I was into it in a really big way.

I agree completely with that. I’ve got an £850 Nikon DSLR and a £120 Nikon compact and I use the compact 95% of the time. The DLSR is really good but unless you are going to spend a fortune on lenses for it for specialist situations I would save your money. The picture quality from both my Nikons is very similar to be honest.

Hope this helps
 

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@Maesknoll .....Chris, I know you'll probably be quoting me "...No pockets in shrouds" etc ;).....But seriously, @Markywhizz thread is the way to go. My Mrs is the camera buff in the family and she does a lot of photography and gave similar advice when I asked her about your OP.
 

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I've got a canon, love it and wouldn't swap it for the world but the eldest daughter who is a photographer swears by her Nikon, the lens mountings haven't really changed since the old 35mm days so as a professional she can take a "nondigi" lens and get some amazing photos with it whereas i prefer to just put a lens on, set it to autofocus and do the settings myself for the body.
 

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@Maesknoll .....Chris, I know you'll probably be quoting me "...No pockets in shrouds" etc ;).....But seriously, @Markywhizz thread is the way to go. My Mrs is the camera buff in the family and she does a lot of photography and gave similar advice when I asked her about your OP.
My misses is into photography, she has some 35mm SLR’s but only compact digitals, so she’ll be sharing it with me and I do want to learn a bit more and do a bit more, so I’d probably end up buying a compact and then a DSLR, so may as well just buy it and you’re right, no pockets in shrouds, I don’t want to leave anything for some other bugger to spend....
 

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@Maesknoll .....Bet you buy both anyway! :p:D:giggle:......And lugging them both around in the future and thinking "Why?....":D:ROFLMAO::giggle:
 

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You wont go far wrong with the d5600 mate, its a good solid camera, as said above, invest in a good lens like the Nikon 18-105 which will do most of the things you need it for, or a 24-70, either of which will be a good walk about lens. if you get the 18-55mm as a kit lens that will be a good solid start too.
Look forward to seeing a few pics mate
 

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I looked into this sort of thing a year or so ago, and you seem to have to spend an absolute fortune to beat the top end phones.
 

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If you go for a top of the range, or them that have them. Do you develop your own, or is there a place you would only go to get them developed.
 
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