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Camera for noob

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So I've been intrigued with photography for a while now and though I might give it a go as a hobby.
Apart from taking pics with my phone I have no knowledge or experience of photography, so looking for some advice on a camera for complete beginner.

Budget would be open, no idea how much to budget for. That said it might be a hit or miss hobby for me, so not looking to drop a ton.
I suppose I will only be taking stills, say architecture, nature etc and a bit of zoomed in stuff.

DSLR I think would be overkill for me now, so I was looking at the Canon mirrorless range (which you can swop lenses which is cool) or the Powershot range which is fixed range, but seems to be a bit better than the normal mik en druk.
Any advice or direction would be appreciated.
 

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Hey bud.

Photography is awesome, to say the least. Once you start, you see photography opportunities in almost everything and everyone. Great to be able to show off your talents. Then there is different fields as well. Nude, weddings etc etc. Open budget is dangerous in this game. If you gonna spend dosh on a mirrorless then you might as well spend it on a dslr. If you want good, and i cannot comment on Nikon, then go for like a Canon 100D. Pretty decent camara this is. Try and get a body only and a 18-200mm lens. That 18-200mm lens offers good optics, image stabilization and a vwry good focal range. Covering everything you just asked for. Gosh this is almost what i have for sale in the classified secrion. Nudge nudge wink 😉. The 100D is a small light weight dslr offering good features for a beginner. Let me forwarn you. Try various camera bodies first. When i say various i mean different models. You might find something slightly bigger is better for your hands. Julle brakpan ouens het mos groot hande:) So try a slightly bigger model like a 60D, again! Also what i have for sale in the classified section. Joh!

Lemme know what you would like to do.

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So Mirrorless would actually be more expensive then the DSLR.

If you decide you wanna do photography, you can start off small, something in the 100D range or so. Then can get some nice lenses to go with it. The nice thing with a DSLR is you can expand. If you go to mirrorless you are stuck with the mirrorless mounts.

Generally, a nice 50mm F1.8 is a good lense @ R1800, can often get them used. and a 17-70 F2.8/F4 is another good one.

Don't use the massive zoon lenses, 17-200 or something like that.

So ideally, a 100D with kit lense (18-55mm, not sure the the F-stop range) and additional 50mm would be a great starting point.

If you wanna go mirrorless, the EOS-R is amazing and prob my next upgrade as you can but an adapter to fit the EF/EF-S mounts.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
 

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