04-19-2013 09:05 AM
I want to buy a good quality, used Canon to principally take close up pictures of butterflies.
I would then transfer the pics to my computer for identification and storage.
Not being very technical, I want ONE lense , and a simple well-priced camera.
I would appreciate any advice on models and an accompanying lense.
04-19-2013 09:32 AM - edited 04-19-2013 09:33 AM
04-19-2013 09:56 AM
THe butterflies I want to snap would be alive and at a distance of 10 feet or fewer.
I would like to limit my budget to under $300.00, including the camera and lense.
04-19-2013 10:36 AM
I don't know what gear can accomplish that for $300. Even a decent Point and Shoot will run you $300. I think you will have to look deep into used gear and even that will be a real stretch.
Maybe others will have some ideas, I sure don't, sorry.
04-19-2013 11:39 AM
As 7D5D says, that's a tight budget. It depends a lot on what kind of quality you want. Also, Point and Shoots are slow, and you're going to miss a lot of captures compared to an SLR.
For that basic budget range I'd look at the SX50 HS. It has an unbelievable zoom, which can help a lot. Problem is, it's not quick. It's not bad for it's class, but it has noticable shutter lag, and the shot to shot time is slow. There are some point and shoots that are quicker, but the 1200mm equiv. focal length ("zoom"), would be helpful for your cause. The specs say it has a 0 cm close focus... I've never heard of that before, but suffice to say, you can get right up next to them (if you can) for photos.
The problem with these hybrids and P&S is speed. Speed has many meanings in photography, and they all apply here. Shot-to-shot speed will help you get the captures you need. As will minimal shutter lag. But also, zoom speed. Having to wait for an electronic zoom to pan out or in is an eternity when you're trying to get a moving creature. Unfortunately you're looking at SLRs to fix these problems.
A baseline Rebel body with the 100mm Macro lens would be a decent setup.... but you're looking at close to $1000 just to get that started.
04-19-2013 11:56 AM - edited 04-19-2013 11:57 AM
Even with used camera, you cannot get a macro package with that price. The best alternative I can think of is buying a fast response P&S with high megapixel and crop it in post since I don't think the OP need a DSLR quality image anyway.
04-19-2013 12:03 PM
You guys are GREAT.... very helpful. OK I'm ready to anti up to $400.00 for a DSLR with a macro and perhaps a 70/200 lense.
I do know that Canons are reliable and user friendly. ... also, I 'll be in the U.S. next week and hope to look at some equip't.
Thanks again M
04-19-2013 12:10 PM
04-19-2013 12:34 PM - edited 04-19-2013 12:35 PM
EF-S 55-250mm is the lens. The EOS 350D is the body and yes it is a DSLR. You may not find the body in store anymore. But it's close to any current Rebel camera, so you can have a feel for its size and weight (It's close, not the same).