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    Choosing a dslr

    So I finally have the money for a camera. After some research I thought I wanted a nikon d5200. But I stumbled across the Pentax k-500.

    the majority of my photos will consist of my animals. i would to take pictures like this: http://www.brentsmith-photography.co...gentimaculatus MOST of my photos will consist of this.

    Of coarse I want to get some filming done too!

    ultimately though, photos are the main reason i am purchasing the camera. if some of the filming quality is lost but the photo quality is increased ill choose the camera better for photos.

    I would like to stay in the 600-700 dollar price range.

    my main source of information has been snapsort.com. i think i have narrowed it down between a pentax k-500 and nikon d5200.

    Here is the comparison that site has. http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D5200-vs-Pentax-K-500 I'm a little confused one the 51,000 iso vs the 6000 iso. Do I need it that high to get good pictures of fish or any moving animal? If I understand iso correctly. I would think the focus points are more important. I'm very new to this so the internet has been my teacher.

    Any insight I would really appreciate.
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    Originally posted by blah View Post
    the majority of my photos will consist of my animals. i would to take pictures like this: http://www.brentsmith-photography.co...gentimaculatus MOST of my photos will consist of this.

    Of coarse I want to get some filming done too!

    ultimately though, photos are the main reason i am purchasing the camera. if some of the filming quality is lost but the photo quality is increased ill choose the camera better for photos.

    I would like to stay in the 600-700 dollar price range.

    my main source of information has been snapsort.com. i think i have narrowed it down between a pentax k-500 and nikon d5200.

    Here is the comparison that site has. http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D5200-vs-Pentax-K-500 I'm a little confused one the 51,000 iso vs the 6000 iso. Do I need it that high to get good pictures of fish or any moving animal? If I understand iso correctly. I would think the focus points are more important. I'm very new to this so the internet has been my teacher.

    Any insight I would really appreciate.
    Originally posted by blah View Post
    the majority of my photos will consist of my animals. i would to take pictures like this: http://www.brentsmith-photography.co...gentimaculatus MOST of my photos will consist of this.
    that dude's lighting is really controlled, and really good. For those kinds of shots, the camera you use isn't nearly as important as having a sharp lens (I know nothing of Pentx equipment) and learning how to control light, whether its flash (optical slave!), constant LED or a couple or compact florescent bulbs in a lamp.

    About ISO, most DSLRs in the last 4-5 years do well enough at 800 ISO or lower (My Nikon D700 from 2008 shoots at ISO 6400 and it is beautiful.

    If you were shooting natural or ambient light (without flash or constant LED lighting), and the animals were moving around a good bit, then ISO is more critical. But with a cheap flash or two, some cheap remote triggers if your flashes don't have optical slave's built in and a sharp lens, it's more than enough to shoot at ISO 500 or less.

    Just practice a lot, and don't blind your fish

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      #3
      Honestly, I think a used 5Dmk2 and a 50mm 1.8 and some decent lighting will cover almost all photographic bases.

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        #4
        After some more reading I'm probably going to go with the nikon. There is way more lenses available for the nikon than the Pentax. And if ill never use 51k iso then why bother with it. Guess I'll look into purchases some good flashes then. Thanks!

        I looked into buying used "pro" dslr but they're still super expensive. Like I said the 600-700 dollar price range is what im going for.
        http://www.youtube.com/user/defbored

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          #5
          you can always get a cheap sony mirrorless camera and use just about any lens on it

          www.flickr.com/photos/drewhumphrey

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            #6
            Originally posted by humphrey View Post
            you can always get a cheap sony mirrorless camera and use just about any lens on it
            I have a Lumix GF1 with adapters for old manual lenses that have optical quality that at least matches the quality of L series lenses. I just have no autofocus.

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              #7
              Originally posted by DanielBond View Post
              I have a Lumix GF1 with adapters for old manual lenses that have optical quality that at least matches the quality of L series lenses. I just have no autofocus.
              all that technology, to have a handicap. if you have the time to take it slow and use manual focus, then more power to you. but i use my equipment to make money, and the less time i spend dicking around, well...

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                #8
                For shooting video with a DSLR, where you'll be focusing manually 99.9% of the time anyways, manual-focus lenses are actually better. They have a much longer and smoother focus throw, with stops at each end. AF lenses tend to have short, stiff throws, and the ring is clutched, so it will keep spinning after the lens has reached either end of its focus range.

                For photo, yea, a lack of AF is a pain for most stuff. But for shooting something like skating, where you're pre-focusing anyways, it's not a big deal.

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                  #9
                  For shooting smooth and good quality video dslr is not enough. Their are many other video making gears which contribute a lot in shooting good videos Like Lenses, tripod, shoulder mount, cranes etc. This all depend upon the your type of shooting.

                  The dslr which i using is Canon, best brand in dslr's.

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