Gordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 1995 posts, RR: 23 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4322 times:
I've been looking into getting a Digital SLR for a while now, as my film based kit (A Dynax 500Si) is getting very long in the tooth, and although it was a good step up from my old Praktica BMS and has served me well since I got it, it's just doesn't cut it when it comes to quality anymore. Also my lenses are getting a bit shabby, and the autofocus motors on some of them sound as though they are on their way out, and I see no point in investing any more money in this kit considering it's age.
I quite like the look of the Nikon D100 and the Canon EOS-10D, both are in the price range I'm willing to pay and seem to have a good feature range. Also, the 300D/Rebel seems to offer some good features at a great price.
Could anyone offer any practical advice on these cameras, as well as good lenses covering 28-500mm (doesn't have to be single lens obviously) for the above cameras??
Are there any other cameras I should be looking at in the price range of the D100/10D (maybe a little more)?
My photography is fairly wide ranging, but very amateur. Although I don't upload any of my shots to websites I do the usual airliner stuff from the perimeter fence, and since I started I started working on my PPL I've started taking some shots while waiting at the holding point, as well as some inflight shots both inside the aircraft and of the scenery below. I also do a lot of motorsports stuff as well as the usual pics at family events.
Any help much appreciated.
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Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4295 times:
Any of the cameras you mention will serve you well. The 300D probably is best value for money, but, if you want to take photography more seriously, the 10D or D100 will give you more scope for experimention.
You might also want to look at the Sigma S10 and the Olympus E1 - the compact size of the latter may be a consideration if you want to take your camera flying.
My one piece of advice would be to hold off for another month if possible. The major camera event (PMA) takes place at the end of February, and we can expect new models from Canon & Nikon to be announced. This could a) give you new options and b) affect the price of current models.
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4245 times:
I am super satisfied with the 300D. I took everyones advice and spent more money on the lenses. Great advice. I will eventually upgrade, but, this camera is superb, and I have no desire to get a new camera in the short term.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4220 times:
There is nothing definite on a replacement for the 10D ... or even if it will be replaced. But the various pundits are speculating the Canon will announce a higher spec camera at PMA - something along the lines of the EOS 3 in DSLR form - to fill the gap between the 10D and the 1Ds.
Keep an eye on for news when it is available, but take all non-Canon announcements with a pinch of salt!
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4200 times:
D100 is an excellent choice for Minolta users.
The controls on Nikon cameras are far more like Minolta than those on Canon cameras so you'll feel right at home.
For quality there is no difference between Canon and Nikon (or none to speak of, Nikon has better light meters, Canon slightly faster AF unless you get into expensive AF-S or USM lenses).
Replacement for the 10D and 300D both are likely to be announced next month, replacement for the D100 in autumn 2004.
But does that really matter? Unless you always want the very latest model you'll be using an outdated model anyway in a year at most.
Next month Nikon will also announce their competitor to the 300D (or whatever replaces it), the D70. Based on the F75 body, it looks to be a somewhat smaller model with many of the manual options removed (like the 300D) and replaced with program modes.