It makes this sort of thing easier if you mention a specific budget... "kind of tight" means different things to different people.
The mid-range Canon (70D, 77D, 80D) are perfectly good cameras for just about any use. The same for the Nikon, D5500, D5600, D7x00, are also very capable. If those are still...
Best answer: It makes this sort of thing easier if you mention a specific budget... "kind of tight" means different things to different people.
The mid-range Canon (70D, 77D, 80D) are perfectly good cameras for just about any use. The same for the Nikon, D5500, D5600, D7x00, are also very capable. If those are still a little too high, look at the used market. Websites like B&H and KEH sell perfectly good cameras at reasonable prices. You don't need the latest model to take good photos, regardless of what most people think. A Canon 60D, a Nikon D5000 or D7000, even a D300, are still perfectly capable of taking "professional" photos. The camera does not make you a pro, what you do with the camera does.
I left out Pentax and Sony, but both make good stuff. The Sony A68 is a great piece of gear, the Pentax mid-range stuff is very very good as well. Both are usually slightly less expensive than the Canon/Nikon comparable cameras, just because they aren't as popular. I would avoid most of the older Sony DSLR models though, only because Sony had issues with high-ISO noise that was missing in bodies that use the same Sony sensors from Nikon and Pentax. The Sony SLT models are much better, although still not quite as good as the Nikon and Pentax implementations.
You also have to take into account all the accessories you may need for the type of "pro" work you intend to do, meaning lighting/supports/editing software/cases or backpacks and any other item needed to support your work. Lenses are an important choice as well, although you can do pretty good stuff with just a kit lens if you are capable. You can easily spend more on lenses than anything else.
You should also get your hands on as many models as you can. How the camera feels makes a huge difference. As an example, the Canon Rebel models are actually very capable cameras, but I can't stand the way the feel in my hand. They haven't changed much since the Rebel XT, and they still have horrible ergonomics to me. You, on the other hand, may like how they feel in use. To each his own. I much prefer the full size bodies of the Canon 1 and 2-number models. My current Canon is a 7D MkII, and it is nearly perfect in my hands. I also have a Sony A65, which is smaller but still feels solid and works quite well. In the office I have a Fuji S5Pro (no longer made) which is built off a Nikon D200. Very nice in the hand. There is also a Nikon D70s. Yes it's old, but it is for a specific use. It has been converted for UV/IR work, and that is all it is used for.
Find what you like within your budget and don't look back. Investing in a camera system is just that, an investment. Getting buyer's remorse 3 months later will cost you a fortune to start over. Don't judge your camera by the photos someone else took with different gear, that is the worst possible way to buy a camera. A skilled photographer can use damn near any gear to get good results, because as I already said, it is the photographer that makes the photo, not the camera.
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