01-31-2016 04:59 PM
01-31-2016 08:13 PM
01-31-2016 09:02 PM
Personally in my opinion in almost all situations a DSLR is going to be the bettter choice. However, the learning curve is much higher. Granted you can put it in auto mode and treat it as a point and shoot.
Personally you cannot go wrong with any of the Canon Rebel or Nikon DSLR Cameras
Your most important part to many photographers is going to be your lenses. However often the cameras are bundled with lenses. They are good lenses but as you learn photography you will want better quality and various sizes.
For point and shoot we have had VERY good results with the Canon Elph series.
There really don't seem to be any major significant differences between the two Rebels othan than the SL1 come with the new Canon Technology Lens (STM) which I am not familiar with.
The SL1 does come with a touch screen and can shoot 4 frames per second over teh T5 can shoot 3. I don't know how good the touch screen would be to have from out smudged it could get.
01-31-2016 09:46 PM
To clarify.... what camera do you have?
Yep macro's are great for close up photography. You can also add a filter for closeup if you are willing to sacrifice image quality for an affordable solution. Holding a magnifying glass is another option.
Yep there are different zooms if you want to avoid switching prime lenses all the time.
01-31-2016 09:51 PM
The main differences are....
02-01-2016 07:52 AM
That is a great choice for a DSLR.
Lenses break down into 2 classes.
Prime and Zoom. A Prime lense is typicaly on that only has a set zoom. Example 20mm or 65mm. Despite the limitatioin of one setting they generally tend to be better for taking crisp clear pictures.
There are lots of confusing letters that are associated with lenses. AF-S, AF-I, G, D. E etc...
For the most part you want to buy lenses that are either AF-S or AF-I. The S or I designation indicates what type of motor is in the lens for Auto Focus (AF stands for Auto Focus). The Af-S is generally a little faster.
However, there are a variety of other Nikon lenses that you can use. Here is a link, (if the moderators will allow it) to Nikons Lens list for that camera.
The other significant factor is the f-Stop. You will see it in a lens listing marked something like f/2.8
f stop is how wide the aperature opening will open on a given lens. The more it is open the more light that can come through allowing exposure in lower light. The lower the number of f stop the wider the aperature can get. Allowing a faster shutter speed for a more crisp picture.
The lenses that will come with your camer are often referred to as Kit Lenses, because they often come bundled. Often you will hear some people say disgruntled things about the KIT lenses. Don't listent to them. They are still Nikon lenses and are of good quality and will server you well for years.
One of the Kits I see for the D3300 is offering the 18-55mm VR or one with a 55-200mm VR
Personally I would recommend the kit that comes with both of these lenses. With this kit you really should not need to buy any extra lenses for some time until you feel more advanced. My first Nikon camerea was a 35mm film camera that I picked up in 2003. It came came with a 70-200mm lens in the kit. I still use that lens today. It is great for taking to sporting events and getting action photos of my kids. However, the f/stop only goes down to f/5.4 so it does not work great in low light conditions with a fast shutter speed.
I think Canon Rebles are also great cameras. However, I am a Nikon owner. I will never switch to Canon. That is only becuase I have invested a bit of money in extra lenses and would never justify spending the money all over again to get replacement Canon Lenses. Both are great camera systems.
Final note. Some of my favorite lenses in my bag are my 20mm f/2.8 and my 50mm f/1.4 The 50mm lens allows in so much light that I was on a ride at Disney World and was able to take a picture of Jack Sparrow on a ride in a very dark place and it came out without a flash.