I have the opportunity to buy either a Canon 700D for about 470€ or the Canon 70D for 830€ (both are just the cameras, no lenses included). This would be my first DSLR. There's a gap of 360€ which I could spent on lenses. 800€ is actually my limit but since 30€ is not THAT much of a difference I'd do an exception. But not more than that.
Since I'm a an absolute beginner, I have done a lot of research and watched hundreds of videos but I still can't decide on what camera I should buy. What I mainly want to do is shoot at night (low light), sky pictures and a lot of landscape pictures. What do you guys think, which one should I buy or are both of them not good for my purposes?
700D. I have the 700D and I can tell you it's not the body that does the most job rather the accessories. A single lens is not enough, don't even try to get away with 18-300mm lenses.
Since you are an absolute beginner, you'll want to have a grip on the essentials, a.k.a. exposure, lighting, composition, shutter speed and those. I've seen many people grabbing a DSLR and only using them in AUTO mode which really freaks me out.
If a photo is not good, it's not the camera, it's you the photographer. Even if you have the best camera in the world you will not guarantee a good photo.
What you do need though is 1 or 2 good lenses, a good tripod, and maybe a external flash with diffuser. The internal flash coming with the camera is practically unusable without modification as the hard light will just make a good photo feels meh.
Trust me, get a normal body, some good lenses, a tripod and a few flashes and shoot on. It'll take a few months or even years until the camera bottlenecks you.
- For landscape photography, I've seen people needing 18-50mm and 70mm-200mm.
- And in low light condition, the exposure is set to be generally very long.
- If you really need more advanced feature, MagicLantern can make up for it generally, but use it at your own risk.
- If you really think your photos are mediocre, learn how to use image editing software. It's not to be over reliant on editing but rather to 'optimise' the image for our eyes.