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Is there a high-end camera with a good re-sale value? Do camera prices go down fast like computers and televisions?

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Crispino, it's definitely not a pro camera, but I use a canon T2I with kit lens, and I get pretty nice shots IMO.

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Crispino, it's definitely not a pro camera, but I use a canon T2I with kit lens, and I get pretty nice shots IMO.
What are kit lens? What kit lens do you use for the CanonT21? Thanks.

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By kit lens I mean the lens you get when you buy the kit (Camera and lens) It comes with an 18-55mm lens. It's not the best for macros, but it works well for general use. I can post some pictures I've taken with it if you'd like.

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By kit lens I mean the lens you get when you buy the kit (Camera and lens) It comes with an 18-55mm lens. It's not the best for macros, but it works well for general use. I can post some pictures I've taken with it if you'd like.
Please post/share some pictures that you have taken with your camera and lens. Thanks.

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Camera bodies are like computers and other electronics in that the value does go down pretty quickly. The norm these days are that a camera that comes out today will be replaced in 2 years. You can expect that your new camera will be worth about 50% of what you paid or less by the time it's replaced.

Lenses on the other hand are a different story. Some will loose some value but not much. This usually happens if it's replaced by a newer version. Of course being a used item, you generally won't get back out what you paid but you can still get pretty close. If you buy a lens used at the current market value, that lens can usually be sold for the same price even several years later as long as a newer version of that lens wasn't released. Some lenses will actually over time resell for more than you paid.

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For beginners, just get a used (low actuation) body and like Zach said, a kit lens will suffice for general use. If you're looking to get quality aquarium shots of shrimp/fish, you need to toss in a few more Franklins to get a nifty dedicated "macro" lense. I really need to do a writeup for my website lol.
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Please post/share some pictures that you have taken with your camera and lens. Thanks.
Here's a few.









While these certainly aren't top notch photos like some of the photographers on here take. I think they are decent. And it shows with a little practice you can get some nice photos without a top notch camera.

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I really need to do a writeup for my website lol.
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For beginners, just get a used (low actuation) body and like Zach said, a kit lens will suffice for general use. If you're looking to get quality aquarium shots of shrimp/fish, you need to toss in a few more Franklins to get a nifty dedicated "macro" lense. I really need to do a writeup for my website lol.
For a hobbyist, it is rarely worth buying a new camera body. There are always used ones for a MUCH better price out there, usually you can get the next to newest model for about 50-60% of the new price. Only thing that might make it worth buying new is a warranty. Same with lenses. Example, my Nikon D300. I got it shortly after it was replaced for $800. The original receipt was in the box and the guy I got it from paid $2000 for it new.

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wow really you can take shimp's picture w/ 18-55? i have a 24-105 but i cant never take shrimps picture because always out focus. here is the pic i took w/ 50 1.8


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Personally, I <3 my D5100. $600 w/ kit lens if you buy a refurbished body. Which is quite cheap and it takes some great photos. Basically, it comes down to what you are willing to pay.


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wow really you can take shimp's picture w/ 18-55? i have a 24-105 but i cant never take shrimps picture because always out focus. here is the pic i took w/ 50 1.8


I want the 100 marco badly but i dont have the $$$
Looks like you over expose your photos. Try having a shorter exposure and open the aperture as much as your camera allows.


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Seems like you may need a tripod or work on focusing, as nothing in the photo seems to be completely focused. Maybe step it down to F/3.5..
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Why do you feel you need a "high end" camera just for aquarium photography? Do you think that will suddenly transform you into Ansel Adams?

If you want a high end professional camera that will most assuredly hold its value then you can go with either of these:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...LR_Camera.html

I ever get some spare money That's the one I am getting.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=REG&A=details
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