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What Body Should I Buy?  
User currently offlineBA767s From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

Hey,

Im new here and this is my 1st post in the photography forum!. I am new to aviation photography and have only been taking pictures on my Sony DSC.

I want to buy a digital SLR and have three options which are the 300D, 350D and the Nikon D70. Which would you go for? At the moment I am leaning towards the Nikon. Does anyone have any experience with any of these SLRs, especially the D70.

If I was to buy the D70 I would be buying a FF-S DX 18-70+ lens so that I can get to know the cameras basics and then later this month I will buy a Tamron SP AF200-500mm lens.

Once again does anyone have any experience with he above? Help is desperately needed!

Cheers,

John  Smile

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User currently offlineSteveKempf From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 44 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

If I was just going to buy a body, I would wait for the Canon 36DD. I hear the specifications are something else  Wow!
Seriously, Ive got 300D and love it.. I know Canon users that want to trade for a Nikon. I know Nikon users that want to trade for a Canon. It's all personal preference and how much  dollarsign  you want to spend.. Just go down to the camera store and play with them all and ask alot of questions... That probably wasnt very helpful but...

SteveK  scratchchin 


User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

I'll go for Nikon as always  Smile

Rafal


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Welcome to the Photog' forum, John!

Buying a camera is something depending a lot on your personal preferences and of course, needs.
You can always read hundreds of reviews and get tons of different opinions why Canon is better or why Nikon is better, but in the end it comes down to yourself and what you like more.

As said before, going to your local store and trying all the cameras you are interested in should be the best thing to start with. Look which one you find most comfortable in your hands, in terms of usage, buttons etc.... Also borrow one from the store if you can and take her for a few snapshots.

Good luck finding the one for you.

Florian



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User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3122 times:

Agree with you Florian.
i favor Canon because i am used to them although i think it is fare to say that Nikon is trailing Canon rather then the other way around.
The end result though is more a matter of the glass used then the body.
Don't think anybody will see the difference between a 350D or a D70 image both taken with a proper piece of glass.
So John maybe you have to re-think your Tamron 200-500 idea although i don't know that lens nor have i read anything about it which might be the biggest worry.  Silly If it was good it would have been an issue for at least 10 times in this forum.

Good luck,
Willem



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User currently offlineWoody001 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 529 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

I also have to agree with Florian, you've basically get to go and try the bodies out for yourself. If you have hands on the large size then you may find the new Canon 350D is a little on the small size.

Canon has the edge on Nikon with regards to the lens line up, but I believe Nikons to be slightly better at metering the scene.

Can you afford the newer Canon 20D...?

What ever you choose, don't be tight with funds towards glass - pro glass will last a lifetime a DSLR body won't.

Ian.



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User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

Quoting Woody001 (Reply 5):
What ever you choose, don't be tight with funds towards glass - pro glass will last a lifetime a DSLR body won't.

Exactly!

Glass is everything John, one thing I have learnt is that digital really shows up bad/cheap glass.

Good luck

Fergul Big grin



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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

Hi John,

Welcome to the world of DSLR and I have had no problems with the D70 as many others here will feel the same way. Same goes for the 300D it all comes down to personal choice but as already mentioned invest heavily in good glass that is what makes the difference. I have some sample photos of non aviation subjects if you wish to email me direct through the contact on my profile.

Cheers,
Colin



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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

I personally love my Canon EOS 1D Mark II and wouldn't consider owning anything else..........personal opinion.


Jay


User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1667 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2986 times:
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Quoting SteveKempf (Reply 1):
Seriously, Ive got 300D and love it.. I know Canon users that want to trade for a Nikon. I know Nikon users that want to trade for a Canon. It's all personal preference and how much you want to spend.. Just go down to the camera store and play with them all and ask alot of questions... That probably wasnt very helpful but...

Don't berate yourself for this excellent advice.
I have long been a believer in there being little to choose between the top makes of camera and lenses(which include Nikon and Canon) though it has to be said that Canon seems ahead in the digital race. I settled on Canon 30 years ago and have been on them ever since, simply because I loved the feel of them, and still do. Nothing however has ever equalled the feel of my old Spotmatic F to me but Pentax were slow off the mark with lens bayonets !
Go to a good camera shop and try them out, maybe even rent one. The camera should feel intuitive in your hands which is a good reason to stick with one make of lens as well.
If the Nikon feels better to you, ignore all the advice to go with Canon or vice versa- you won't go wrong with either.
Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineErwin972 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 500 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 2977 times:

A word from another happy Nikon shooter. Canon is indeed ahead in the digital race and in the marketing race as well, but Nikon is close. Things that I like about the Nikon are the ergonomic and feel of their cameras, ease of use, the impressive battery life and metering. But as Willem said in the end what counts is making beautiful pictures and you really can't tell sometimes what camera is used.

Nikon makes some really great pieces of glass nowadays with for example the AF-S 70-200 VR, the 200-400 VR and they have a few new prime lenses in their setup like the 300 2.8 VR.

If that won't fit in your budget have a look at the Sigma EX 70-200 or Sigma 50-500.

I've heard that quite soon 2 new low-entry Nikon models are introduced, the D50 and D70s.


Kind regards,
Erwin



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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2945 times:
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Hi all

Well if there were any bodies for sale.............I would want Kylie over a 20D  Wink

Regards

Gary


User currently offlineBA767s From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Hey,

Thanks for the advice guys its been a great help, made me realise that I shouldn't rush into buying anything! Anyone got any good example shots from the cameras listed above? What the photos turn out like before they are cut up and edited in photoshop.

Cheers,

John  Smile


User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2904 times:

Hi John,


Quoting BA767s (Reply 12):
Anyone got any good example shots from the cameras listed above? What the photos turn out like before they are cut up and edited in photoshop.

This is a very wide criterion to look at! The quality from a camera is VERY much dependent on what glass you put on the front! If you want specific cameras, do a quick search for 20D/300D/etc in the remark field, and you should come up with a few results!

Good luck,

Sebastian



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User currently offlineBA767s From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Oh right, When you say glass you mean the lenses that you use? So what would you advise me to buy/use. Im very new to this and wouldn't know what to but for my use at LHR, places like Hatton Cross etc...

Sorry if this seems very lazy of me but I couldn't not ask for much longer!

Also what makes of Lens are usually the best or better quality?


Cheers,

John  Smile


User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

Hi John,
About the focal length for LHR, I will let some English guys here help you with that one as I have never shot there.

Yes, "glass" means the lens. The first choice you have to do is whether you want Nikon or Canon camera/lenses. They both make excellent photos, but Canon arguably is slightly ahead of Nikon in terms of lens variety  bouncy  Big grin.

The best thing would be to go to a photo shop and try holding a Nikon and then a Canon, and see if one feels particularly good in your hands (or particularly bad for that matter). I personally use Canon, so I can only vouch for them. An excellent starter body is the 300D. Many people on this site (including myself) shoot with that camera, and it produces some excellent results.

Lenses are VERY important, almost more important than a high-megapixel body. For Canon, their professional lenses are from the "L" series. Any lens that has a name such as "70-200 L" pretty much means excellent quality. Then you have lenses that have "IS", which is Canon's "Image Stabilization" system. It keeps the image steady under slight shakes, allowing you to shoot in lower light than normal. If you are not ready to spend so much on the lens alone, there are plenty of consumer-grade lenses available for much cheaper, but at a compromise for quality.

If you want examples, you can check out my photos (link is in my profile). All are done with the 300D, and apart from the latest 2 added, were shot with consumer grade lenses.

Hope this helps, and if you have more questions, just ask!

Greetings,

Sebastian



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