I have always wanted to take on photography as a hobby but have never been able to afford it. My kids are grown and grandbabies are here so I thought now would be a great time to splurge a little and start a hobby I have always dreamed about. I am not a rich man but have given myself around a $1000 (give or take) to find a good starter camera. If I love the hobby like I think I will, I can grow in the future but for now this is a good starting point.
The main reason I am starting this hobby now is in the next 2 years I will be crusing to Alaska and Mexico, going to Hawaii and Disney World. I want to have a nice camera to capture these events as well as grandkids sporting events (13 yo, 10 yo, and 6 yo). I plan to use my camera equally for photographs and for video.
I have been researching via youtube and online courses so I know some of the basics and have a VERY general undertsanding of the terminology. At this time I am planning on either the SL3 or the M50 (leaning towards SL3 for cost reasons... want to keep them low if possible). I want to list the positive and negatives, as this newbie understands, so I know how important the pros and cons are for my situation so I can make a well educated choice.
I apolgize for this being so long but I am hoping to get myself better educated before the Black Friday sales come!
The camera (M50) does have IBIS From an Fstoppers article. (Please note this deals with the Mark II) "If you fancy a good stabilization system, the EOS M50 won't let you down with its five-axis IBIS and digital IS. You can shoot up to 7.4 frames per second with full AF capabilities or 10 frames per second when the AF lock is activated."
According to Canon's own specifications for the M50MkII, it does NOT have IBIS. It was a much speculated feature, which is where I have seen an f-Stoppers article, but that did not eventuate according to the Canon Specs page and a search of the M50II Advanced User Guide.
REF: Canon : Product Manual : EOS M50 Mark II (start.canon)
I think it would be better to go with a better camera and fewer lenses, compared to a lesser camera and more lenses.
You can also compare specs of two cameras on web sites like B&H, which also have a seeminlgy complete list of all of Canon's published specifications for the two cameras. I recommend this bundle as a good starter kit.
But, there are better camera kits and combos out there at the next price tier, about $1250 USD.
If you select a camera bag, pick one that can hold twice the amount gear you currently have. Some bags include rain/dust covers. I like the Lowepro Nova Series of shoulder bags.
I am not a fan of the "M" series either.
I also like the idea of buying more camera upfront.
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I agree with Rick.
"I am not a fan of the "M" series either."
I still see the M series as a dead end and like others say it is its own lens system. However that said I also think the EF/EF-S is dead. That does make for a tough decision for today's camera buyer. I lean towards the EF/EF-S side though given that choice I doubt there will be any new EF type lenses made either so you have what you have currently available. I polished my crystal ball only this morning, too!
I would strongly recommend you handle a SL3 before you buy one, They are way too small for my liking but you may differ. I would steer you towards the 90D or Rebel T8i. The 90D is a fine camera and will always be a fine camera.
"..., I can grow in the future but for now this is a good starting point."
Sometimes a good starting point can be more expensive than buying something that will actually grow with you. That is why I am going to recommend you look at and check out one of the R series camera and lenses. If you do "love the hobby like I think I will" you will almost assuredly buy a better camera later. Buying twice? I have not checked R prices lately and I know some are more, way more, than your $1000 but this is the direction that Canon and digital cameras are going. It just may wind up the cheapest way to go.
"I lean towards the EF/EF-S side though given that choice I doubt there will be any new EF type lenses made either so you have what you have currently available. I polished my crystal ball only this morning, too!"
He's right. The future of EF/EF-S lenses looks grim. Canon USA no longer the EF 70-20mm f/4L USM on its' web site. I noticed that many of the consumer primes are no longer being offered, too. Get them while they're hot.
What are you talking about?
Their filters are flawed. I looked at medium telephoto lenses, and the 70-200mm lenses came up, but not the f/4.
[EDIT] I still don't see 70-200mm f/4 non-IS lens listed.
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