What DSLR should I buy my wife to photograph murals? Assume we know very little about cameras.
My wife's job takes her across Texas. She's told me she sees a lot of murals in small towns, and she'd like to photograph them as a hobby. Christmas is coming up, so I can start putting a little bit of money aside from each paycheck to buy her a camera.
I don't really know how to prioritize the features of a camera. I looked at a Pentax K-50 that comes with an 18-55mm lens
, and that seemed to fit the bill. My understanding is that the K-500
is essentially the same camera for $150 less, but it doesn't have as much weather resistance. I'm not sure how important that is.
Is an 18-55mm lens good for this type of project? What about the 55-200mm that some kits come with? Are there any other body/lens kits/combos you would recommend for a project like this? Assume the murals are mostly outdoors. They tend to be on public or semi-public property, where she can pretty much choose whatever spot she wants to use to shoot. She has a rental car for these situations. She sometimes has to fly to the town, so if she's going to take a tripod, it's going to have to get small (or just be used on trips where she's driving and not flying). I'm not sure how important a tripod is for something like this (or a monopod?).
I'm not too keen on buying used, but maybe that's the way to go to get more bang for the buck. I'm afraid of buying something that doesn't work properly. I'm not even entirely sure what questions I should be asking. Let's say I have a soft budget of $600, and would be happier to go under that (also trying to buy the kid (and myself) a whoopass telescope), but could go over if it's going to really be worth it.