By Ferdinand Garrido
TOP featured a post a few days ago asking readers' advice on an inexpensive but capable used DSLR for a college student named Nate. Here's what TOP readers are recommending as a suitable workaday used DSLR for Nate (and other similarly situated aspiring pros).
Top ten DSLRs for Nate recommended by TOP readers
Here's the breakout by brand:
Age: The top 10 recommended models range in age from 11 months (Pentax K30) to eight years (Canon 5D "classic"). Used examples in stock at KEH are available for as low as $245 for the Pentax K20D in "Bargain" condition up to $665 for the three-year-old and highly recommended Nikon D7000 in Ex+ condition.
All told, 54 DSLR models were recommended by 132 TOP readers who gave advice (only the first recommendation was tallied from commenters who gave multiple choices). Non-DSLRs were not tallied. DSLR models from the "Big Two" (Canons and Nikons) and Pentaxes accounted for 94% of the total. Their respective shares are shown in the following "bubble chart" of DSLRs recommended by at least two readers. The chart situates each model in terms of popularity (frequency of recommendation) on the vertical axis and age on the horizontal one:
All of the above charts were tabulated from data culled from this Google spreadsheet, which is a one-for-one tally of all comments to the post as of April 8th.
Ferdinand Garrido is a TOP reader (and data mining specialist) from Manila in the Phillippines who comments using the handle "Sarge." He did a similar workup for me for the "out the door" camera responses that I'll publish soon. As for the verdict from the real Nate, I haven't heard yet, but he's read all the comments and received all the offers of free and bargain cameras. I'll let you know what he does as soon as I know.
Thanks to Sarge! —Ed.
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Featured Comments from:
Tim F: "Funny to think the Canon 5D is eight! That means I've averaged around 10 shots a day with it since it came out and I got one, and it is still going strong—haven't seen anything that is a compulsory upgrade yet."
Colin Work: "I find it interesting that the 'elderly' Canon 5D is still generating so much support—eight years! That's got to be 56 in film camera years. Groundbreaking camera at the time, and still going strong. But perhaps that was the last time Canon really had a 'must have' camera (for still photographers anyway). It was perhaps a wake-up call for Nikon, as they seem to have gone from strength to strength since then."
rnewman: "Sarge's analysis reinforces my opinion that there are a lot of good cameras out there, and Nate's choice isn't likely to be a drag on his development as a photographer. Different folks prefer different methods of operation, making one camera preferable to another. His first choice is unlikely to be his last, as skill and experience increase. One consideration is how he intends to use his photos. If his primary interest is in news, and his work will be seen primarily in newspapers and/or magazines, his best choice may be different than if he plans to do large gallery displays and wall installations. His cost constraints shouldn't be a factor, as good used cameras are available. Mike, please let us know what he decides."