Rationalizing a $1300 Camera

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Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:37 pm

After finishing the Tinder Guide I've decided I want to buy a camera. The budget option lacks things I would want, mine as well go big or go home. The camera, lens, tripod, SD card, and remote trigger for the recommended option come out to around $1300 USD. Yikes.

For big purchases, I need to justify the spending. Especially considering I've never been into photography or the artsy type. Below are some reasons that I think it would be a good investment.

Any others to add?

Reasons to spend $1300 on a Camera
- Better Tinder pics to have an elite profile
- Better Instagram pics to have an elite profile
- A new interesting hobby to explore & delve into
- By spending this amount of money, it creates extra motivation to take pics on a regular basis and constantly improve. (sunk cost fallacy?)


EDIT: posted this in the Tinder section because of the guide, but can re-post in any other section if needed.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:04 pm

@chado you don't need a $1300 camera.

I have this one and it comes highly recommended.

Nikon D3500

You can also buy the lenses used.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:15 pm

How does it compare to the Canon EOS RP that Andy recommends? Having the ability to auto focus, rapid fire shots, and tripod setup w/remote is something I want.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:17 pm

It has all of that
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:20 pm

Hmm, so what's the difference then? I'm new to the world of cameras so any help would be appreciated
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:23 pm

I would look up youtube comparisons or search the Internet. For what you're looking for you don't need the most expensive piece of equipment on the market.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:48 pm

Will do
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Ended up getting the CANON EOS M50. Found a bundle on Amazon that comes with everything for $600. I will play around with it a bunch and maybe look into getting better lenses like the one Andy recommends down the road. I settled on the EOS m50 because it does everything feature wise that the EOS RP does. The EOS RP has better picture, but I didn't think the extra $400 or so it would have cost me was worth it. I think the M50 will produce stellar pics for me and elevate my dating profiles and instagram.
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Glad you did your own research. I don't claim to know everything, including about cameras/photography. I just recommended the cameras that worked for me.
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Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:39 am

chado wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:37 am
Ended up getting the CANON EOS M50. Found a bundle on Amazon that comes with everything for $600. I will play around with it a bunch and maybe look into getting better lenses like the one Andy recommends down the road. I settled on the EOS m50 because it does everything feature wise that the EOS RP does. The EOS RP has better picture, but I didn't think the extra $400 or so it would have cost me was worth it. I think the M50 will produce stellar pics for me and elevate my dating profiles and instagram.

Hey, wanted to follow up on this after a few days how are you liking the camera so far?
I was in the same boat as you. Not sure if I should drop 1300 dollars on a camera when a less expensive version could give me 80-90 percent of the results I need.

my only concern is that I would need to replace the cheaper camera sooner resulting in spending more money etc...

also, is this the amazon bundle you used? h ttps://www.amazon.com/Canon-Mirrorless-Camera- ... 94W8S?th=1
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Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:18 pm

@DNPTHC

It actually comes in tomorrow! So can't say yet.

And I got this bundle: h ttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0887JHLYB/re ... UTF8&psc=1

I also bought the lens that @KillYourInnerLoser recommends just to try it out. I've read that the lens is more important than the body.
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Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:36 pm

Just checked out the camera, seems decent. Bare in mind the camera you bought isn't a full-frame camera like the one I recommended, so the images won't have as much of that "blurry background" (low depth-of-field effect) as the camera I recommended.

It'll still take great pics though, don't get me wrong.
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Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:47 pm

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Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:51 pm

urggghh, I'm an idiot. Accidentally edited your comment instead of posting a reply.
You asked "I heard it's the lens that creates the blurry background".

Answer is: It's a combination of both. Bare in mind I'm MASSIVELY simplifying everything since you're not a photographer.

Bottom line: I'll make it really clear the camera you bought will work perfectly for your intentions. So will the lens. You absolutely should NOT have "buyer's remorse" - you can use that camera + lens for the next 10 years. If anyone else is unsure, either buy the camera I recommend, or buy the one chado bought - both will work. Both are 50 times better than the camera and lens I used for the last 8 years, and here's the photos I took with a shitty inferior camera:
https://handyandypandy.com

All this talk of cameras is nerdy as fuck, go out and take some Tinder pics and stick your dicky in lotsa women.
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