Edward Norton wrote:I was reluctant to dip into this conversation...
the a6400 has dropped significantly in price. You can pick up one up with a 16-50mm lens for around your budget.
However, your budget needs to include memory cards and a spare battery. People often complain about the short battery life. I never found it a problem and two batteries would see me through a whole day of street photography
John Wolfram wrote:It depends on what you have already. Do you have any lenses? What about a good tripod?
r ranson wrote:When I read the reviews, it suggested I would be lucky to get 300 shots (no flash, but all the features turned on the lens and camera) from my M5. So I bought extra batteries. Glad I did for during long power outages, but I didn't need them for daily stuff. I can get 600-900 shots on the Neewer make battery. I can get between 900 and 1200 on the Canon battery that came with the camera. This is about the same as my Dad's DSLR that I also use.
r ranson wrote:Something to think about with your pros and cons.
Price and availability of lenses.
For the Canon, there are fewer mirrorless lenses and they are generally more expensive. But they are SO MUCH LIGHTER weight than the DSLR glass.
Leigh Tate wrote:Here's what I decided on - A Canon EOS M50. It received consistently positive reviews from consumers, camera websites, and serious photographers. The negatives were either inconsequential to me or not confirmed by other reviewers. In fact, it was interesting to me how many professional and serious photographers own and regularly use an M50 for personal use. Video comparison reviews for this class of camera usually used the M50 for their standard of comparison.
Because it's such a popular digital camera, pricing for it is very competitive. Another plus! I was able to get the camera plus a used Canon EF-M 55–200mm f/4.5−6.3 IS STM lens and two extra batteries and stay within my budget. I'll be looking into a macro lens in the future.
It's a kit, so it comes with a battery, charger, and Canon EF-M 15–45mm f/3.5−6.3 IS STM lens. I don't really know what all that lens stuff means, but I'm ready to learn!
So, now I need recommendations for a good free online beginners photography course. Any suggestions?
Edward Norton wrote:You are your best teacher. Go out with a full battery and empty card. Shoot everything. Play with everything. See how close you can get to something zoomed in and zoomed out. Pick a subject and see what happens when you change the aperture. Review your work on a computer that shows you the exif data - this is all the meta data associated with an image, like time, size, dimensions and more importantly aperture (f number), focal length and speed - how long the shutter was open. You can learn all this from a generic allrounder photography book, but nothing beats real world experience. (Shouldn’t come as a surprise . . . Same goes for most things in life).
I was fortunate, I stumbled into a super friendly photography forum in 2003 where I could post a picture and get constructive feedback. I don’t know of anywhere where that still exists, although I haven’t been looking recently. If you post in the Arts section here, I’m happy to offer constructive feedback and answer any questions.
r ranson wrote:A Year With My Camera was a great free class that taught me all about how to use my new camera.