Please help me pick a Canon or Nikon DSLR for close-up photography of small objects. I'd like to spend around $500 - $700 total. I need a body plus 1-2 lenses.
I know there are lots of Ask questions about DSLRs, and lots of information on different websites - I've spent several hours looking at Ask questions and searching via google. I'm having trouble wading through the volume of information out there, and I would like specific recommendations of a camera and 1-2 lenses.
I would like to get a Canon or Nikon, because I plan to have this camera for a long time and it sounds like they have the most extensive lens selections, which I may want in the future. I have a leaning towards a Canon, because I love my current Canon point & shoot.
I need one lens that is good for close-up photography, and I am also considering a more all-purpose lens (perhaps the nifty fifty?).
Here are three examples of the type of shots I take most frequently (these are for my blog). One
. All of these photographs were taken with my Canon SX230 HS.
My priorities are that the camera is very color accurate and produces excellent close up photography (not really true macro photography, though, as I understand it). It would be great if it did well in lower light, but I usually have good natural light. I want it to be fully manually adjustable, and would prefer dials vs. going into a menu.
I do not need video capability. I rarely take videos, and I'm fine with the quality of videos from my point & shoot.
I can answer any other questions as they come up. Cheaper is better, but I want a camera that will last a long time and that I can eventually upgrade by getting better lenses.
I am willing to buy new, used, in person, online, etc.
Again, I'm looking for a recommendation of a specific camera model, there are SO many options out there that I'm very overwhelmed.