Apr 26, 2012

Help! :: I need a new camera :: but which one???

Ok, I need some advice.
I'm hunting for a new camera,
and am wondering what you have, and if you love it.
This is the camera I am toying with buying:
it's the new OM-D from Olympus.
Apart from the fact that it seems like a fabulous camera 
for an amateur like me,
(shooting projects most of the time,
so it needs to be a little rough & tumble to go on building sites)
I love the fact that it just looks, well, simple. 
Back to basics. Elegant styling.
Love that.

But the point is,
I am a little lost here,
so I would love to know what your thoughts are.
Would you recommend the model you have,
or are you lusting after something else?

image :: photographing the photographer : the sartorialist

29 comments:

  1. I have a Nikon D 80. It's a few years old now. I found it heavy to star with but am used to it now. I don't know much about any other cameras but know they are coming up with more and more amazing things.
    Your most important criteria might be the lens size to allow your to take wide angles ??
    Sorry not much help!

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    1. That's interesting Penny - I have heard lots of good things about that model. So that actually is helpful! And yes, wide lens definitely needed. Which opens up another whole Pandora's box!

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  2. I'm interested to hear other's thoughts, I would like to get a new camera also. We have a Sony Cyber Shot which takes great outdoor photos, but the indoor photos are crap. We have fiddled with the settings and it doesn't seem to do much difference!

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    1. Exactly my problem! Outside shots are easy, but indoor ones are SO much more complicated!.

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  3. Perhaps go into a store and try out the feel of a camera, as this is another important factor when it comes to choosing one, how it feels in the hands.

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  4. When shooting indoors it's always handy to have a sturdy tripod, as with low light levels you are going to have a slower shutter speed which will introduce camera shake if hand holding.

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    1. Both are valuable points Thomas. I felt completely overwhelmed when I went into a camera store, so I retreated to the less-threatening world of online research, then I will bravely venture back in to a shop.

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  5. Virginia, I think you know that I LOVEEEE my camera! The Canon Powershot G12. It is between a point and shoot and a bridge but lets me also work manually. It is a great camera to learn on and so I am plunging into the world of ISO and (soon hopefully) shutter speed for the first time. Now, you might already be beyond that and it has a fixed zoom lens that might not be a wide enough angle.

    I think that Vicki Archer of French Essence has that Olypmus and I know she loves her camera like I do mine. If not you can always go big time with Remi's Canon AOS 5--like all the fashion bloggers have! ;)

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    1. Hi Heather - there is no way I am in that league!!! - I am just a fledgeling, but I need more than a point and shoot for good interior shots. And a bridge camera sounds perfect. Baby steps. But I do need the wide angle lens, which is why the Olympus OMD is appealing.

      Your photographs are beautiful, but you have a VERY unfair advantage in having Remi as your teacher. Jealous, me? Mais oui!

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    2. Heehee. Thanks for the compliment but you are really right! Not only have I spent ten years looking over his shoulder but now that he sees that I am more interested in getting better he really does go out of his way to teach me things.

      I came back to see what others have said and I want to second what Anya said about the Canon 550D. Remi was always with Nikon for many years, then Leica (and still loves Leica) but switched to Canon when he finally decided to go digital and loves his camera.
      *Stop the Presses*
      Remi just walked into the room so I asked him what he thought. The problem with shooting perfect interior shots is the bending of perspective, right? So if you want a truly clean, professional shot you could buy the Nikon D700 with the 35mm tilt-shift lens to correct the perspective. But that is a lot to learn and might be too much for you. If not, he still recommends his Canon AOS 5 Mark II but wonders if the new Mark III would be interesting for you as it has the HDR feature, which is great for recovering light in interiors. For the Canon he suggests a 28-70 mm zoom.

      I still wish that you would go to a store and check out my camera, which also has an HDR feature (I haven't tried that yet) and many options to help you learn. I feel like there isn't an enormous amount of perspective distortion on my wide angle zoom and I am happy shooting inside when I adjust the ISO (super, super easy). It is both stable for my shaky hands (Remi wants you to get a tripod by the way) and yet light and compact enough to take with me wherever I go.

      Keep us posted!

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    3. I just looked up the price of both of these lovelies. I'll have to take Alistair out of school and send him down the coal mine to pay for them. They are just a tad out of my price range, sadly. But yes, I think a tripod is a marvelous idea. I can't wait to go into a store and check out all the recommendations - and yes, that will definitely include your model.

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    4. Hi I am back again and sending you an email with some quickie interior photos I took with mine to give you an idea. My camera is under 500 Euros!

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  6. Heather,
    There are so many wonderful cameras - I love my lieca M9 because it is small and takes great photos.
    "Pioneer Woman" takes great photos....so does "Urban Grace" and I adore the photos from the new "River Arts Blog" -
    did you look at Consumer Reports? My husband loves that as a guide. I just go with my gut....and love things for the way they look....

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    1. Well I don't know any of those blogs so I shall check them out to see which camera each has, thank you. And yes, I have been reading reviews, which so far have been raving about this new Olympus model (only released this month) but of course they can be bias.

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  7. Thanks for the timely post. I need a new camera too, and am hanging on all of this good advice. -N.G.

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    1. Haha! I don't think I have ever been more eager to wait for comments to come in than I have on this post. So both of us will be hanging on the good advice!

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  8. Hi Virginia. I have Panasonic DMC-FZ35. You might have seen the images on my blog. Great for outside but somewhat limited for inside shots.
    This source I found veery helpful. as I'm lusting about Nikon D7000. http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm
    Good luck for your camera hunting.

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    1. Hello Natalie. Lusting after the Nikon D7000...it seems that a lot of people rave about that camera. I'll check out the article too, thank you. Your photos are beautiful - so it's really interesting to know what you took them on. The Gaudi cathedral interior shots are really good.

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  9. I was a lucky girl at Christmas when my hubby bought me a Panasonic Lumix DMC G3. It's a hybrid between a slr and digital with interchangeable lenses. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's so intuitive adjusting to any situation and works splendidly in both outdoor and indoor situations. You don't need a degree to operate it, one day and I was hooked. All the photoNdebele my Etsy shop and my blog have been taken with it, check them out.
    Good hunting
    Di

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    1. Hello Di and where have you and your wonderful blog been hiding??? Just popped over to check out the photographs- and my goodness I can't wait to join as your follower because you muse about topics very close to my heart! Ok, will go check out this Panasonic DMC model too. Thank you for your comment.

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  10. Hi Virginia. I wanted the Nikon that your first comment mentions but the husband 'the expert', said that Nikon is always just more expensive than any other brand grouch grouch. Any photos I've seen with it look pretty good to me! A few friends who are good photographers recommended the Panasonic Lumix and they all love theirs. I bought one but I can't tell you which model as it's in being fixed (replaced I hoping) as the lens broke which is a common fault I'm told. I paid approx. NZD 800 and mine takes great close up photos but is no good at distance. I wish I had bought a step up with a good lens as I find I take 'standard' photos on the phone and when you're going to actually pull out the camera, you want it to be really good. I think the Olympus looks fantastic and the lens looks just what I would recommend....from my mistake! Annie x.

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    1. They do seem expensive - but the point is, is it worth the extra money? People seem to rave about them. Now that's yet another vote for the Panasonic Lumix. I must say I always admire your interior shots - so that's what you take them on.

      Yes, I agree. I find that as I always seem to be without my existing (not fabulous) camera when I want it, more often than not I just use my iphone. Shock, horror! But the phone is always with me, so it's just how the cookie crumbles... But yes, now I am going to splurge a little more, it is going to have to take damn fine photos or I suspect it will get left behind too!

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  11. Hi Virginia _ I have always been a Canon girl (even though I also like Sony) :)
    Mine is a Canon digital SLR 550 D - it is affordable and have loads of the features of the larger (and my next pro purchase) Canon 5 d mark II/I. Canon lenses are also ok - the more expensive the better but that a general rule I guess!
    I am playing with the settings and shooting with different ISO and I love the results - for me it rocks:)
    So let us know what you end up with :) Happy weekend sweets,
    Axxx

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    1. Hello Anya on holiday! These Canon's are pretty popular...getting lots of votes. So far, nobody has even mentioned the camera that I was thinking of buying, so it is definitely back to the drawing board and checking all of these out.

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  12. I have been deliberating about buying a new more advanced camera for a while as I have a Canon Powershot G11, but I haven't even been able to work out how to get off automatic mode, so perhaps I'm not the one to ask. I do know that a lot of people with blogs who take interior shots talk a lot about the Canon EOS range with needing a wide angle lens. Good luck, I'm keen to hear what you get.

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    1. Yet another Canon devotee! Yes well that's a good point - it has to be easy to operate in manual mode or else I imagine it will permanently stay in auto.

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  13. Hi Virginia, my new camera is the Canon Digital SLR EOS 600D, I am just finding my way round it but I love it, I bought it to learn on as the logic on it is superb and very easy to understand. I bought it with the kit lens it came with but soon upgraded to the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens, a brilliant lens for the price! Canon Lenses can be expensive but there are plenty of good second hand options, like Anya above I will eventually upgrade to the Canon 5d mark II.

    I did look at the Olympus camera you have featured, it's very cool I think Tania over at Backwards in high heels has just purchased one. After reading all the reviews I could lay my hands on I went with the Canon 600D as it perfectly suited my requirements.

    Hope this helps and I hope you find the perfect camere for you soon!
    XXX

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  14. Mel@Georgica Pond4/7/12 11:24 AM

    Virginia - what camera did you end up getting? Are you happy with it? which lenses do you suggest? Mel

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    1. Hi Mel. I narrowed it down to a Nikon or a Canon DSLR - then further narrowed it down to the Canon because so many people recommended them. I bought the 550D and love it. With the lens, that was another whole ball game of research, but I needed a wide angle for my interior shots so I purchased the Sigma 10-20 mm 1.4-5.6 which is the most extraordinary invention ever. Then I also got the Canon 18-55 mm lens and the Canon telephoto 55-250mm. So I'm pretty happy!! The only other lens which I want is the Canon EF 50 mm f1.8 11 - for close up detail shots, because lots of people (including Dash in the comment above) raved about it, especially for a lens just over the $100 mark.

      I looked at the Olympus OMD (in the image above) but in the end thought it was too expensive for me.

      Hope that helps!

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