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Looking For A Camera: Help Needed  
User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

Well I'm looking for my own camera for all kinds of photos and especially aviation photography. I don't really want to spend over $A1000 as I'm only 15. Here are some questions.
What kind of zoom should I look at on the camera?
What features should I look for?
Is it better to get an extra zoom along with the original?

I've seen some cameras like the Minolta 404si with 35-80mm lens and 70-210mm lens for $A849. Also there is a Canon EOS 300 twin zoom kit with 28-80mm and 75-300mm zoom lens for $A1099. Both have AF an Manual.

Please give me some advice as I'm new to this and I would like a camera that will last a long time  
Your help is appreciated.

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User currently offlineJasonm From Australia, joined May 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

I think the Canon EOS 300 with the twin lens kit would be a perfect entry level kit. I just read a review on that particular camera (Australian Photography August issue) and it looks like it has all the features you would need. Canon make fine lenses too.

Also, 28-300mm is a good all-round range to work with....anything outside this is really for specialists. The 75-300 is great for aviation photography  

Good Luck!

Jason
Adelaide, South Australia


User currently offlineAIRCANON From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

I agree to Jason´s comment. I bought the CANON EOS 300 with the 28-80mm and the 75 to 300mm lenses about a month ago. Since then i have been shooting many pictures with that equipment. Nice pictures i must say. But i did not get my aviation pictures back from development lately. So i have to wait till next week to be able to give my comment on that.

The Canon EOS 300 has a lot of stuff available. Full automatic, basic programms and creative modes. But i believe it does not depend on the camera body. Good lenses are important and the photographers skill.

Of course some luck also....

Have a lot of fun and success with aviation photography.

Edwin


User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Hi

May i reccomend to you the Pentax ZX-7. It has a fast auto focus. Or, a used Nikon N8008s. Do not confuse this with the N8008. I do not like new Canons because they have a plastic chassis, and if you drop it onto a hard surface such as pavement, you're screwed. $800-900 down the tubes. Both the ZX-7 and the N8008s have a metal chassis. Cameras(or anything else for that matter) with a metal chassis will last you a loooooooooooong time. Lots longer than all-plastic cameras will.


Regards
C. Wassell



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineAIRCANON From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Yes it is true! The Canon consists of a synthetic chassis, not a metal one. But the idea using a camera is to handle it like a baby not dropping it or even throwning it around the place. Guess you would not wreak your car on purpose. Would you? By the way, at the time you can purchase the Canon EOS 300 (in the US the camera is named Rebel 2000) with a 28-80mm lens für USD $399,- (plus tax) in most photo shops in the US. So i am taking care of mine. On the other hand i do not care if it does not last a lifetime. There is always a progress on technology. And someday i would like to have a new camera again with the newest technology. Very few years ago you would not have been able to buy such a progressive camera for such a modest price.

So that is my point of view. It is your decision.

Edwin


User currently offlineAIRCANON From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3037 times:

By the way i forgot to mention that camera prices in the US and here in Austria are almost the same. A ittle bit cheaper here. Guess the situation in Australia is quite simular.

Bye again. And lots of luck with your new camera whatever brand it is.

Edwin


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4019 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

As a Canon nut, I must say that I to wish that Canon had kept the metal body, as opposed to switiching over to the 'plastic' casing. But having 2 EOS 1n's in my line up, I have dropped, slammed these numerous times with no damage to the inner workings of the cameras (these things are tanks), but I digress these are expensive pro level bodies. I hope that Canon, will one day bring its 'market' level cameras to the same quality of the of the EOS 1N and EOS 3 lineup.

Thomas



"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Yeah I realise I need around a 75-300mm zoom for aviation photography. I tried taking a few photos on Cairns with my parent's Canon EOS 5000 which has a 35-76mm zoom(I think). I'm really happy with the quality that the Canon takes photos so the EOS 300 would be my first choice. I also like silver apliances these days so It also looks good for me. All I have to do is save more money (I only have $A210) and I should be set. Maybe I could ask for a loan from my parents.

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