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Old 12-21-2012, 05:45 PM   #21
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FWIW the nikon d3100 is meant to compete with the T3 and they were at the same price just a few weeks ago during the black friday sale. We have the d3100 now and it's great. Either way, get a good dslr and you'll be making a huge leap forward over basic p&s digital cameras.
Yes I agree! I also agree with the post above that lens selection is important. The difference in quality I get for close up shots from the stock 18-55mm and the Tamron 60mm doesn't compare. If you are wanting extremely close up detail with minimal noise and good color balance, you will most likely end up investing (or maybe the proper phrase would be "blowing your money on") a macro lens. A "value" macro lens will still end up costing you quite a bit more than just the camera body of a d3100 or T3.
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I think I will be camera shopping very soon...
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #23
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The nice thing about these dslrs is as fort said, changing your lenses. I'm hoping to get a nice macro lens in the near future as well, stuck with the 18-55 kit lens. Still takes great photos though.
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Fort's pics with the T3 kinda made my mind up. I think that $400 is reasonable for that kind of result. It was also mentioned to be user friendly which is appealing. I have never had a photography course, but I would like to join this club of photo geeking.

A lot of the terms go over my head, so I end up googling everything. I will go shopping this weekend. I really look forward to posting some decent pics of my tank and fish. It's embarassing to work so hard and have no proof of how gorgeous the fish look. The blur and blue'ing have to piss people off, and for that I apologize for making you suffer. Help is on the way.

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Just remember those macro shots are with a different lens that will run you quite a bit more money.

The blue problem is fixed with proper white balance.
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I've been following along. Dang... Looks like I'm buying a camera this weekend lol.
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Also post some results here when you pick out the new cam! Never want to miss good pics
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:35 PM   #28
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Canon T3 vs Nikon D3100 - Our Analysis


There's a good comparison between the two, they were the same price a few weeks back at walmart but I don't know if the nikons are still on sale. If the canons are $100+ cheaper then I'd go that route for sure if cost is the biggest factor.

I haven't shot video with ours yet but will be soon. I don't have an epic reef tank like Forts but here's a couple of photos of plants and a bird. I've yet to start fiddling with the settings.

This is with the 18-55mm stock kit lens.

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And BMO attacking my shirt.
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