View From Purcell, Oklahoma: Looking for New Camera: Any Advice?

Looking for New Camera: Any Advice?

We have started looking for a replacement camera. It will be used for both Real Estate and family photos, including action photos.

I have been given a little advice and have located two cameras:


Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with Canon 18-55mm IS II Lens and Canon 75-300 Lens (Black) +58mm 2x Teleconverter lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens (4 Lens Kit!!!) W/16GB SDHC Memory +2 Extra Batteries+2 UV Filters+Case+Accessory Kit. This one is just under $700




Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm EF-S Lens

Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Autofocus Lens

These two are $850, without the case, extra batteries and two other lens that are in the other package. Seems like an extra battery and a carrying case would be a high priority. Adding a 5 hour battery and carrying case gets it too $1000.00.

I am not sure how beneficial the first package is versus the extra 4 megapixels for the second camera.

Any advice is greatly appreciated and feel free to point me to a site or blog that would help.


Licensed to SELL - Dedicated - Experienced - Honest - Than Maynard - Purcell, OK

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Comment balloon 19 commentsThan Maynard • November 10 2011 11:57AM


Than, check out the website.  Ken has great camera and lens recommendations and he's a true pro.

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) over 8 years ago

Hi Than - I have a Nikon with similar features to the 12.2 MP Canon, and I love it. I'd guess that both are similar quality. For lenses, I use a 28-200, which I like for its convenience. I use Photoshop a lot and think the ability to bracket automatically is very useful - if you're not familiar with that feature, you should check it out. Have fun with your new toy!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Than,

I am also looking for a new camera. I have the same questions. I go to my daughter's volleyball games at U of R all the time and the press all have Nikon cameras. So I am not sure either. I am going to come back and read this blog after you have more comments and suggestions. Great question!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Than, I don't know much about the Cannon cameras but for real estate you will need a wide angle lens something in the range of 10 to 18mm. Check out Tokina 11mm-16mm for whatever camera system you buy, I have one and it is awesome.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 8 years ago
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 digital camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

14.1 megapixel, Compact, 16.00x Zoom


Released March 2011


Best camera I have ever owned and it takes great pictures. Wide angle. I always get compliments on my pictures.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Than I have a Canon Powershot SX20 and I am very happy with it.  Your links above are not working so I can't see the ones you are considering but I didn't pay that much for mine and I believe it does everything you are looking for.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

I have a Canon EOS and LOVE it.  I have been through many cameras and have found this one to be the best quality photo.  I've got 3 different lenses as well that I use.  You have so many options with this camera I think you would be very happy with this choice!

Posted by Christa Hobart, Arizona Property Sellers (Cactus Valley Realty) over 8 years ago

Thanks everyone. I have a pocket camera that I currently use, but most of our sights have gone to a maximum of 8 Mb per picture. I felt I needed to get a nicer camera and one that can take wide angle shots. I will keep looking and once I get one I will post on it and provide some pictures.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 8 years ago

I use a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.  This would be a less expensive alternative for a very high quality camera. The G11 can be purchased on sale because it has been replaced by the new G12. Check Amazon, etc. for the best prices.

If you are going to take a lot of interior photos, you will want a wide angle lens.  You do not need to pay $700+ for a camera unless you are planning some very serious photography. I've taken over 20,000 pictures with my Canon PowerShot G11 and am still taking several hundred photos in a typical month.

Consider the weight and size of the camera if you plan to have it with you all of the time.  Good luck with your selection.

Conservatory Floral Display at Longwood Gardens

The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, October 29 - November 20, 2011.  Our visit was on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.  Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA.   Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Wish I could help, but I shot with a NikonD5000. Sounds like you already got great advice!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 8 years ago

Let me know what you have decided.  I have looked a couple of these also.  I need to upgrade soon!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 8 years ago

Hmmm, I use my Sony Cybershot 10x for everything, Than. Even my animal and Lego shots :)

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

The Canon has a wide angle lens also.  The zoom could be more but it actually (15X) is quite good for what I need it for.  I just like taking pictures of the moon and what not so sometimes I wish I had a better zoom.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Let us know what your purchase.

The colors of November at Longwood Gardens. The Chrysanthemum Festival.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

I bought a Nikon Coolpix P100, but is not one you can stick in your purse, it is a bit larger.    It takes great photos and it was $450 with all included.   It takes video and great wide angle shots.     It does have an option for action shots too!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

First I think you need to decide what you're going to do with your camera. Just real estate? You probably don't need a DSLR, and this coming from a DSLR fan. If you're wanting to do video, again you probably don't need a DSLR.

If you're hooked on Canon, as it appears you are, drop down to the Rebel XSi or the T2i. They are less expensive. The T2i has HD video whereas the XSi doesn't, so I'd probably go with it.

If you're just doing real estate, you'll need a wide angle lens, but you probably don't need a 10-18mm like William says unless you're doing long, low ranch homes. Even then, though, you can stitch together some regular pictures, which often look better than than extreme wide angle pictures anyway.

After you've done that, invest in some good software, and learn it. I'd lean toward Corel Paintshop Pro X4 because it's inexpensive. Gimp, Picasa, and Picnik are free and can do a lot of stuff, but nothing like Paintshop Pro X4, much less Photoshop CS5. Also look at Adobe Lightroom 3 and Corel Photo-Paint. Photo-Paint seems to be the equivalent of Photoshop but much less expensive; still the steep learning curve. Lightroom 3 might be a great place to start because it's extremely easy, very powerful (Photoshop's little brother), and you can download a 30-day free trial version. Not to mention that if you have questions about it, you can ask me or Russel Ray. Same with the other non-free programs.

Regardless of whether you go DSLR or P&S, get some good software and learn it. You'll be glad you did.

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 8 years ago

Just got my new camera in the mail yesterday. Real estate, action photos (sports), close ups. I have always liked taking pictures, so I plan on doing a little more 'personal stuff' with it, too.

I got the Rebel T3 EOS 1100D with a 18-55 mm lens, a 75-300mm lens, 2x58mm UV protectors, a 58mm 0.45X macro, a 58mm 2.0x lens, 3 batteries, carrying case and few misc things. Spent just under $650.

Started reading on everything last night and ERK!, just like everything else it will take a lot of reading and trial and error.

Wasn't stuck on Canon just received advice from a professional photog that said it was a good entry level camera for what I wanted to do.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 8 years ago

I know I'm a little late to help you with your decision, but I just wanted to confirm that the T3 is a very capable camera, especially for real estate.  I think the only thing you are missing at this point is a lens that goes as wide as 12mm.  I understand you will be doing more than real estate but I think you might find that even 18mm will not be wide enough for some of the smaller spaces.  Regardless, this is a great setup to get you started and it sounds like you got a sweet deal on it as well!

Posted by Iran Watson, Marietta Real Estate Agent - Photographer (Georgia Elite Realty) over 8 years ago

I agree with Iran.  Get a wide angle lens and you are ready to get started learning real estate photography.  The Sigma 10-20mm has a great reputation, but the Canon 10-22mm will be the best lens for the T3.  The Canon is more expensive than the Sigma though.

You'll want some good software if you don't already have it.  I use Photoshop Elements and Lightroom 3.  Lightroom allows you to get through the photos more quickly with global adjustments.  Photoshop will allow you to layer and clone (things you can't do in lightroom).

Then it won't be long until you will realize your need for an external flash.  (One step at a time)

Posted by Lee Jinks (Jinks Realty) over 8 years ago