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User currently offlineCosmic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

Hi All,

I am just after some help and some ideas concerning choosing a new DSLR Camera.

My Current Camera is shared and discussion has arisen concerning upgrading to a DSLR. I have had my Panasonic FZ5 since May 2005, and I am pleased with what I have achieved with it so far. I also feel that I am serious enough about Aviation Photography to buy a new Camera.

I am not going to launch stright into buying one, as I like to do some reaseach on the subject. I would like to keep the Panasonic for quite a few months yet.

Firstly, the budget. I'm looking at £350-370 for a Camera and a decent lens. I would sell the Panasonic on eBay, hoping to get £170 for it.

  • A question about mega-pixels. I have looked at the Canon D30 (very suitable price range for the body, and would be able to get a lens). It has 3.2 mega-pixels. 2 less than my current camera. Is this much of a big deal? Looking at the Photos on A.net, it doesn't seem so, and I remember someone saying don't get to concerned about mega-pixels.

  • What kind of kit do you recommend? I have no lenses of any type, so I can go with any brand really. I've looked at Canon D30, 60 and 300D. Though I don't think the budget will stretch to a 300D.

  • Would something like this be a good buy?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CANON-EOS-D30-...sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Canon-D30-Digi...sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

  • EDIT: Another Question! The Camera is said to have 3x Optical Zoom. Is that 3x Optical Zoom ontop of the Zoom from the lens?

    These are just a few questions to get started and some thoughts going.

    Thank You for your help.
    Cosmic


  • [Edited 2006-03-07 20:58:47]

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    User currently offlineGrbld From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 353 posts, RR: 3
    Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

    Hiya Cosmic!

    First of all, go to the ultimate DSLR and digicam resource on the web: www.dpreview.com! There's very in-depth reviews and also very active forums that will give you loads and loads of info and if you don't find it there, will surely guide you to sites that do have the info.

    Second, if I were you, I'd save up a little while longer and get a newer camera. Both Canon and Nikon have very good entry-level DSLRs. Best thing is to just go to a local camera store and fondle them (the cameras) yourself. See which feels good in your hands and which one is easiest to use. Canon's entry level is the 350D (8 megapixel) and Nikon's is the D50 (6 megapixel).

    Don't go for megapixels too much: 6+ is good. If you were to get an older 3 or 4 megapixel camera, you'll ultimately find yourself wanting to upgrade within a year.

    Do take into consideration that you'll want to add more lenses. Getting a kit-lens is fine, but completely inadequate for spotting. So you'll need a zoom lens. If you don't know about aperture settings, study those a bit: Cheaper lenses have "bad" max apertures, meaning that they don't let in much light. This means that you'll end up with low shutter speeds at the long end of your zoom lens and blurry pictures. So investing in a good zoom lens is very beneficial to your spotting, but can set you back at least as much as your camera!

    It's easy to be spoilt by a good high-end (non-DSLR) digicam. They have great all-in-one super zoomlenses nowadays and are really easy to work with. Expect a steep learning curve for a DSLR if you've never "really" used an SLR before.

    Good luck and looking forward to your shots here!


    Grbld


    User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
    Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

    Hey,

    I started with a Finepix S5500, though you can't change the lense it had 4 mega pixels and 330mm (10x Optical Zoom) of zoom which was nice. I managed plenty of shots on A.net with it, but it wasn't easy and if you've already had a point and shoot it might be worth avoiding it. However, I have found it to be the most like an SLR and is very good price wise. It really got me in good stead for the 350D, the next stage up, which I am very happy with at the moment Smile

    Good luck searching and you can always chat more to me via msn,

    Sam Smile



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    User currently offlineCosmic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

    Hi Grbld,

    Thankyou for your help, I've had a look at that site dpreview. A very good site with useful summary's of each camera. I have considered the entry level models like the Nikon D50, but not the Canon 350D though. I quite like the D50 from what I have seen so far, looks to be a very nice Camera. I think looking into an entry-level DSLR would be a good idea.

    Quoting Grbld (Reply 1):
    Do take into consideration that you'll want to add more lenses. Getting a kit-lens is fine, but completely inadequate for spotting. So you'll need a zoom lens. If you don't know about aperture settings, study those a bit: Cheaper lenses have "bad" max apertures, meaning that they don't let in much light. This means that you'll end up with low shutter speeds at the long end of your zoom lens and blurry pictures. So investing in a good zoom lens is very beneficial to your spotting, but can set you back at least as much as your camera!

    Thankyou for this advice!

    Thankyou for the advice Sam   Nice to hear your getting on well with your new DSLR!

    Thanks!
    Cosmic  

    [Edited 2006-03-08 22:51:54]

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