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Anyway, back to the business.
After the fund raising round, we have just under 500 euros (~600 USD) to put towards the new camera.

For that price it seems I could get either a Nikon D5300 + AF-P 18-55 VR or the same but D3300?
D3400 is also potentially in reach.
I’m more or less ignoring Canon, just because as far as I understand there is really very little difference between Canon & Nikon and the Nikon naming is less confusing (I think Canon are using different naming schemes in the EU vs USA or something)

I don’t particularly understand whether the AF-P 18-55 VR lens is good are what I need. Will that be adequate or will another or different lens be needed (remembering this is for making acoustic music vids of just a couple of people in the shot)?


That softbox lighting was great! Any idea how bright the actual light was in that box?


That lens is ok. It won’t do low light as well as a prime lens or look as crisp an expensive lens, but it’s not a bad. It does get nice and wide, which is really handy. If I don’t need a wide angle, I use a prime lens because it looks better basically 100% of the time, but when I need a wide angle, that lens works fine.


Prime lens recommendation?


This is a really great lens. You can probably find it cheaper used.

I think the 50mm version looks better, BUT (and it’s a huge but) it’s hard to use indoor for anything more than face shots because it’s just too zoomed.

I’d go with the 35mm.

You can go with a knockoff like this:

It cost a lot less, but I’ve never used it, so I don’t know if it looks any better than the stock lens you already have. It will work better in low light, but I can’t comment on the quality.


Also within price range, actually cheaper than the Nikons are:

Reflex Canon EOS 1300D + Objectif 18-55 mm EF-S IS II

Or the same with what appears to be a different lens:

Reflex Canon EOS 1300D + Objectif Canon EF-S 18-55 DC III

As far as I understand the EOS 1300D is called the Rebel T6i in the US

And finally:

Reflex Canon EOS 4000D Noir + Objectif EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 III

The 4000D suggests to me that it must be superior to the 1300D but the price tag is about the same.
Is the naming and pricing of cameras purposefully obtuse?!


OK, so the D3300 seems to come out top in every comparison of that lot. The 4000D, strangely, is an inferior model to the 1300D.

A bit of shopping around though and I can pick up the D3400 with a standard lens well within budget…hmmm

There is so little to pick between the specs of cameras in this range I guess I should just pick any and take the plunge…


I think pretty much any modern DSLR should do fine for video. I got a D90 a few years ago for video, and the video part of it sucked. That was a huge waste of money. The D3300 has been great though. The higher end cameras will basically have more buttons so that you don’t have to dig through menus to adjust stuff.

Oh, one other thing that may be worth pointing out. The d3300 does not have a pop out LCD screen. That is something that could come in handy if you are filming yourself. It makes it way easier to frame a shot when you can see what the camera is doing. I have to put a monitor on the floor so I can see what the camera is seeing.


Hm… I’ve recently got a D7500 for work and I’ve just realized I haven’t tested the video yet…


A pop out screen puts me in D5200 range.

So it comes down to a choice between D5200 and D3400.

D5200 offers the pop out screen, more autofocus points, AE Bracketing and a mic port (not so important).

D3400 however can be controlled remotely via smart phone and I think the app lets you see what the camera sees, so kind of negates the pop out screen.

So the big question is, does more autofocus points and AE bracketing make a significant difference to recording video?


I’d say no. autofocus points are good for quickly focusing pictures. Most of the time in video, I use manual focus.

AE Bracketing is also purely a photography thing and has nothing to do with video.


Yay! After much shopping around, the best deal I could get was on the d5300.
So soon we can get back to the original purpose of the thread - making a vid!

Gotta figure out how to use the thing now.