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User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Hello all, i am a major a.net fan, and i love going to airports and spotting, i want to get more into the photography aspect so i need some advice.

i have used the point and shoots, and i have been using a Sony DSC H-1 which can take some nice pictures, but i think its time to get an SLR to take better shots.

a week or so ago i used my brothers D-100 to snap some shots at CLE and i enjoyed using it, but it is only 6.1 megapixels, and i dont think i would spend that much money on a 6.1 megapixel camera.

so if anyone has any advice on a good SLR to start out with, i would appreciate it. then i just need to start hanging around my brother, who is the one with the degree in photography.

thanks a lot.

dave


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User currently offlineRCoulter From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

Canon Rebel XTI or 30D or even a used 20D.

User currently offlineRCoulter From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

I forgot to add, to also get a lens like a Canon 70-200/100-400L or Sigma 50-500

User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

If you liked the D100 then check out Nikon's D40, D80 or D200, depending on your budget. Nikon just came out a few months ago with a nice little entry level zoom, the 70-300 AF-S (silent wave motor) and VR (vibration reduction, a stabilized group of lenses inside the lens that reduces the effects of camera shake).

Don't worry about the number of megapixels. Unless you're planning to print larger than 11x14 then 6 megapixels is enough. More megapixels just means more memory required, and it doesn't always translate into a better picture. It's not just how big it is, it's how you use it...  Smile

B


User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
so if anyone has any advice on a good SLR to start out with,

So, I'm also a DSLR newbie, having bought my first one a couple of weeks ago (I ended up getting a Rebel XTi). If you're not aware of it yet, a great resource for camera reviews is this one:

http://www.dpreview.com/

And you should also check out this one too:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/

Something that RCoulter eluded to is to make sure to get a decent lens. There's really no point in getting a good SLR and putting the cheapest possible lens on it; it will be like buying a Porsche and then fuelling it with tap water. When I was deciding which lens to get for my Canon, I found the following web site very useful (and stay away from the kit lens of the XTi, if possible):

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 3):
Don't worry about the number of megapixels. Unless you're planning to print larger than 11x14 then 6 megapixels is enough.

One advantage that a higher megapixel count does have is that it allows you to crop a bit more while maintaining decent quality. My previous camera was 8MP and it saved my bacon a couple times when I had to do some extra tight crops for a.net.

Regards and good luck in your DSLR search,

Tony



Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

Quoting SNATH (Reply 4):
http://www.dpreview.com/

Good place to start. Look at ALL options before diving into it. Different brands and models work for different people and more importantly, different budgets.


User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

This thread offers some GREAT advice on cameras:

Help Me Pick Out New Equipment On A Budget (by N243NW Mar 26 2007 in Aviation Photography)

Good luck!



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