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Advise On A Good SLR Camera  
User currently offlineB787 From Australia, joined May 2005, 152 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

Dear Fellow A'netters

I am toying with the idea of buying a digital SLR Camera. I want something that produces good quality general (landscape, buildings, people) photo's and of course aircraft - in flight and stationary.

Any recommendations or advise????? It is all welcome and appreciated.

 airplane   camera 

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User currently offlineBearcuban12 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

An Canon EOS 300D should be a good starting digital SLR camera for you to have.

6.1 megapixels and it has all of the features that you should need. The price is coming down all of the time, and you should be able to pick one up for about 1500 - 1700 AUD.

I suggest you do some research on-line at different consumer websites to see how the others rate.

The EOS 300D comes with an 18 - 55mm lens, but for another 500 AUD you can pick up a 90 - 300mm lens which is good for zoom photography.

You will prob want a tripod and a polariser filter as a starter accessories.

good luck - cheers,


User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

Welcome to the forum!

Well, there is a lot to say about cameras, so my advise: the photo-forum. Your thread will be moved there sooner or later, so check that forum out, use the search, read along, this will give you some info.

And be prepared for 2 different suggestions, the 300D and the D70, and also be prepared for 50 people on each side fighting about another customer... Wink

Enjoy the forums!



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

This may help you a bit ...
http://www.dpreview.com/

BTW, I just bought a 300D, and can't complain, great camera.



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26376 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

Here is an idea. Get an old Canon A-1 and take real pictures Big grin


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User currently offlineChrisH From Sweden, joined Jul 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

You didn't mention a budget. I wouldn't buy the outdated 300D, but go for the 8mpix 350D, the extra resolution will benefit your landscape shots. Especially if you like to make prints etc. The D70s is nice and fast, but only 6mpix.

If you're on a budget, get a 300D or D70 and spend some more money on a good lens, that's where image quality really is hidden.



what seems to be the officer, problem?
User currently offlineFlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3033 times:

I wouldn't exactly call the EOS 300D outdated, just because the 350D came out it is still a great camera that can keep up with the others, especially for the price that it has now after the 350D's realease. The 350D might have 8MP but that will only do you any good if you're going for large prints. The 300D's 6.3MP's will totally do the job. I'd rather spend more on the lens later on like ChrisH said, since that really is where the good pics come from. So I would say, go with the 300D since the D70 will still be too expensive right now until the D50 comes out, and then go with an 70-300mm lens or something similar.

Cheers,
Sebastian



Canon 40D + 24-70 f/2.8 L + 70-200 f/4 L + Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3026 times:

Quoting FlyingZacko (Reply 6):
the D70 will still be too expensive

Sebastian,
How do you know it will be too expensive for him? Not everyone wants an entry level camera without all normal SLR functionality.


User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3024 times:

I have a D30 for sale if anyone's interested... full origional kit (minus software, but is avaliable on the canon website) 3.2MP search TFSPhoto and look at some of my earlier pics for quality e.t.c.

E.mail me if interested


User currently offlineUnited905 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3014 times:

Just brought a 300d and never been so disaponted as with this cam or maybe i just cant use the damm thing


thank you for flying united
User currently offlineFlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3017 times:

JeffM,

I'm not saying it will be too expensive for him, read closely. I meant that if you buy it right now you're paying too much. Instead either go for the 300D or the 350D or wait until the D50 comes out and then buy the D70.
And BTW, what normal SLR functionality does the 300D not have.

Cheers,
Sebastian



Canon 40D + 24-70 f/2.8 L + 70-200 f/4 L + Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineChrisH From Sweden, joined Jul 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3006 times:

The price of 300D and D70 is essentially the same now though, since D70s came out. The 300D seems to be quite crippled compared to newer DSLRs in the same price range. I would definately call the 300D outdated.


what seems to be the officer, problem?
User currently offlineFlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

Quoting ChrisH (Reply 11):
The price of 300D and D70 is essentially the same now though, since D70s came out.

The price is so not the same for the two cameras. Especially now that the 350D is out. Just check ebay for new cams or some other site. And then I would like an example for the outdatedness of the 300D. What "great" features does it not have?

Cheers,
Sebastian



Canon 40D + 24-70 f/2.8 L + 70-200 f/4 L + Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

Quoting FlyingZacko (Reply 10):
And BTW, what normal SLR functionality does the 300D not have

If you are asking me this in all seriousness, then what you are missing probably won't matter to you. Enjoy your camera and don't worry about it.

Quoting FlyingZacko (Reply 10):
I meant that if you buy it right now you're paying too much.

Again, you can say that about just about everything including bread. It will be cheaper when it is a day or two old, but do you really want it then? Buying a camera is not a life altering event. Pick one with the features you want or need, find it for a reasonable market price, and then BUY it. Learn to use it and don't look back.


User currently offlineFlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 13):
If you are asking me this in all seriousness, then what you are missing probably won't matter to you. Enjoy your camera and don't worry about it.

I am happy with it and I am enjoying it too. But if you actually knew what you were talking about you would tell the world about the missing SLR functionality of the 300D too. So unless you really have something to say and not just quote me the whole time, leave this subject alone.

Cheers,
Sebastian



Canon 40D + 24-70 f/2.8 L + 70-200 f/4 L + Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

Quoting FlyingZacko (Reply 14):
But if you actually knew what you were talking about you would tell the world about the missing SLR functionality of the 300D too.

Sebastian,
No need to get wound up. The functions missing on the 300d are well documented and well known. If you don't need them, don't sweat it. Not worth wasting my time over. If you take a quick look at any of the better photography forums out there, including Canon's you can get a quick rundown of what the differences between different cameras exist.

Quoting FlyingZacko (Reply 14):
leave this subject alone.

Uh, sorry, but I'll contribute as I feel the need. But thanks anyway.

-Jeff


User currently offlineFlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 15):
The functions missing on the 300d are well documented and well known.

Jeff,
why don't you just give me that quick rundown. If you don't want to waste your time why do you keep posting on this subject?

-Sebastian



Canon 40D + 24-70 f/2.8 L + 70-200 f/4 L + Speedlite 430EX
User currently offline10boomer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 57 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
Here is an idea. Get an old Canon A-1 and take real pictures

Yea! What he said. Even though I prefer the Nikon F-5
Wet's definitely better than dry.



Fly Gucci
User currently offlineErwin972 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 500 posts, RR: 44
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

Quoting B787 (Thread starter):
Any recommendations or advise????? It is all welcome and appreciated.

You might want to have a look at the Nikon D2X, it's a nice camera, not as fancy as a Canon but still reasonable good.

Kind regards,
Erwin



My gear: Nikon, Sony, Red, Sachtler etc.
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Quoting United905 (Reply 9):
Just brought a 300d and never been so disaponted as with this cam or maybe i just cant use the damm thing

It's you not the camera. Very easy camera to figure out. Hell I use it so that should say something in itself. "Back in the day" when I started uploading here I had a hell of a time figuring out the crop tool in Photoshop. Ahhhhhhh those were the days.....lol. Give it time and you'll soon love that camera as if it were your own kid.

Thanks,

Matt



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlineJohnP From United States of America, joined May 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

I would highly recommend that you get some hands-on time with each model you are considering. I was strongly considering a 300D based on internet reviews, but when I tried one out I didn't like the feel of it and thought it was too difficult to adjust settings quickly. I ended up buying a 20D instead in large part because of the thumbwheel on the back of the camera that made adjusting settings easier.

This probably sounds silly, but these are the things that the reviews don't always point out and you really need to judge for yourself.


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

Take a look at this one.

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/inde...?photo/digicameras/Canon.html#350d


Thanks

Lee



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