I'm in search of a new camera and I've been reading reviews, researching the last couple of weeks. The choice is daunting to say the least. There are so many models, types etc not to mention all the different lenses.
I would like some advice since I know there are people on here who have way more experience and knowledge about photography than I do.
Some background: I'm relatively new to photography. First DSLR I bought was back in 2011 Nikon D40 with 18-200mm (it was stolen in Asia) Second camera: Powershot SX220HS (I was still in Asia and didn't have the funds at the time to purchase another DSLR)
In Hindsight, I probably should have started with a P&S but anyhow.Once you get used to the responsiveness of the DSLR, it’s not easy going back to a P&S… :)
My budget is pretty low ($400-800) . I don't mind buying used. I will be using the camera when I go to Asia this winter. I enjoy taking photos of landscapes, portraits, nature sometimes macros.
I prefer as light and compact as possible. I used to have a Nikon D40 w/18-200mm and while it was great. It was a tad heavy and bulky (this would discourage me to taking camera out with me sometimes). Ability to shoot nice video is almost somewhat important.
So far I've narrowed it down to the Nikon D3300, D5200, Canon SL1, T4i or 5i.
One more thing I should mention, I remembered I have an old Canon 35mm film camera with two lenses which I bought years ago and haven't really used.
Cam body: Canon EOS 500 QD First lens: 35-80mm 1:4-5.6 III Second lens: 75-300 EF 1:4-5.6 II
I have several questions I was hoping you might be able to answer or at least shine some light on.
1) How much do you think this Canon camera is worth (if anything) at this point? how much are the lenses worth?
2) Can I use these lenses on a newer Canon body? like a SLI or T4i or T5i or any other new entry/mid level Canon camera? If so, I think it would make sense for me to buy a new Canon body and use these lenses (if they’re any good)
3) Given my photography level (entry to low end intermediate), which camera would you suggest I purchase? I prefer to have something that's not too heavy, don't necessarily want to carry lots of lenses.
Thoughts? suggestions? advice?