I've been looking at buying a film camera lately and was asking for advice on a different thread. This website contains links to loads of camera stores online and I have found to be invaluable in finding out what is available and pricing. Links to online photo storesThanks! I'll have a look for at Jessops and others for deals and offers.
Based in LondonI would look at mirrorless cameras rather than a standard DSLR
Lighter, smaller and easier to use especially for the first time buyer.
Wish they had been around when I started out, plenty to choose from so find a shop and have a look
Just out of interest where are you based Ben?
Good call... I find myself using the 18-55 an awful lot, it's a lovely, versatile bit of kit. In terms of reach on a budget, the XC50-230 can be had new from E-Infinity for £145, which is stupid money. It's not too large either, making it great for travel. I reckon an X-T1, XF18-55 and XC50-230 would come in under budget.Right then.
If you're going travelling I would look for a good used mirrorless camera (rather than a DSLR) as it's smaller, with a "kit" style zoom lens. I'm not up on other makes these days but something like a Fuji X-T1 (or X-T2 if you can stretch the budget) with the std 18-55mm lens. You can always add a longer lens for wildlife when you have the budget (you'll struggle to get a long enough lens on its own for that budget).
Well it's where the market is going. Just drop your head into the Fuji thread (for instance) to see what people are achieving. The other option (just to complicate things) is a Micro Four Thirds set up, which is even smaller.Thanks for all the advice. I hadnt even thought of a mirrorless camera previously so will seriously look into them
For a beginner who's only photographic experience comes from the smartphone looking for a system camera at a £700 budget the tech is hardly relevantA beginner who has identified that a dSLR is what they want as opposed to a mirrorless or high end compact should look to purchase a twin lens package (sometimes there are deals) - something with an 18-55 and a 55-250 / 70-300 or similar as is gives them a fighting chance of having a go at most subjects and coming away with something they can be pleased with. From there they can have a go at everything, and once they figure out where their interests lie, can adjust their kit accordingly.
Mirrorless and bridge cameras are less good at sports than dSLRs, although are more compact which may be preferred if travelling.
I phrased it like that in case the OP hadn't considered the other options, and assumed that a dSLR package was the only option. There are some good high end compacts which would make great travel cameras, although compromised in other areas. I know a couple of people who went mirrorless but have gone back to a dSLR for sports.For a beginner who's only photographic experience comes from the smartphone looking for a system camera at a £700 budget the tech is hardly relevant
Mirrorless cameras today are as good as the equivalent priced dslr's in fact Id say the A6000 is better than the D5200.
Just to point out, as far as I know I believe that may be what some people describe as a 'grey importer' (someone please correct me if I'm wrong)? Do a quick search on this forum for further info. I believe people have been pleased with the service they've had from this and some other such importers, but I think it's best to understand the concept if you didn't know beforehand.Just buy this kit from here.
Great lenses and money left for a bag and tripod.
be stupid not to.
I'm trying to see the connection with sports when the OP mentioned travel & wildlife? And a popular & long time member here runs his whole F1 photography business (multiple photographers) on mirrorless, so I think you may be a bit behind the times.....I know a couple of people who went mirrorless but have gone back to a dSLR for sports.
I'd just like to point out a couple of things...Thanks! Will look now.