Originally Posted by thewho13
actual cameras (I'll hopefully find something good used in downtown Chicago), that would certainly help.
In any case, it's just nice to go through this thread and get a feel for what's possible with a decent-to-great camera and some skill.
hello, i think you've hit the nail right on the head here, so to speak, whether you knew it or not. no matter how many reviews you read and how many recs you get, there's no real substitute for handling a setup and getting a feel for the workings of the system, how it physically feels, shooting, changing lenses if necessary/possible, etc etc.
and the second line is something oft-ignored, even the best camera in the world is still a computer (speaking about digital here), a series of chips processing digitized information, the camera, despite many advances, doesn't see what you're looking at, and so it tries to make due as best it can but you cannot program intuition (yet?) into it. so your technical development as a photographer will really carry you much farther than latest and greatest offering--something that is replaced in 6 months time anyway. don't fret too much about specs, how many more mega giga peta pixels one has over another, and if you play around with a few, check out B&H, J&R, Adorama, ePray, and you can get a very decent setup for cheap. I wouldn't venture too far back in time, say cut off a 12MP if you're looking at canon DSLRs, but certainly a 60D or the smaller rebel T3i/T4i systems. Same with Nikon.
Just don't fall in the trap of megapixel-obsession and lens hoarding unless that's what you want because how often will you really go out with 3+ lenses and how many megapixels do you think can be squeezed on a sensor of the same size (in fact, this results in poor noise-to-ISO ration when you crank it up...)
hope this was useful in some capacity, i may have repeated myself here so i apologize to others. i will get back to posting selon l'aperçu zapatiste ...
PS i didn't know you're in chi town , but now i know :-)Edited by zapatiste - 7/10/13 at 10:53am