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Advice On Buying Camera, Please.  
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4931 times:

I really want to buy a new camera for daily use, but mostly for aviation. I have currently Canon Power Shot A530 (yeah, I know, it sucks) but I want a new one, so I need advices from you guys. I am looking for a camera that costs at most $300, but most grateful for a good camera around $200. I know that you cant get the best camera out there for $300-200, but what is the best you can get for that price range? I am looking for something that is good for spotting and that is easy to handle. And is it the best time to buy a new camera now or should I wait for another month or two?


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

Your best solution would be a high-quality lens (or two) on a cheap DSLR body, but your budget will not allow this.

Perhaps a used Canon G9 would meet your needs?



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4858 times:



Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
but your budget will not allow this.

Ok, then lets try and find something that works with his budget?

Could possibly pick up an XTi (400D) for $299 refurbished on adorama (my 20D, A520 and A570s were all refurbished from there), and maybe el cheapo Canon 75-300mm III for $150.

Maybe down the road pick up the 18-55mm IS kit lens for $180 or whatever it's going for now.

http://www.pbase.com/image/42379764
(just a random shot on pbase I found with the 75-300 III)

We all have to start somewhere, and sometimes can't start out with the top of the line glass. Heck I just got the 100-400mm IS and that took me 10 years haha.


User currently offlineHernan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4843 times:

A higher zoom Canon with IS will do it and keep you within budget, check out the S5 IS or G9, you'll have aperture and shutter controls that will prepare you for your first DSLR,(I just got mine) but my carry everywhere cameras are the A720 IS or the S2 IS, good luck!

User currently offlinePar13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7233 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4798 times:

How about a Sony DSLR, say the A-200, less than $500.00, has inbody stabilization which works for every lens, a higher model is the A-700, but I agree with posters in another thread, get a cheap body and an expensive lens. The A-200 has most if not all features you will use as a beginer, and with the money you save on the body you can get high quality glass. Presently I have a 70-300, called the Big Beer Can, the G version of this lens is more costly, but the lens on my camera most of the time is a 18-250, the quality is good and the range covers most any shot I need on a daily basis.

Just putting in a plug for Sony, been a SLR / DSLR customer since 1992, no regrets so far.

Cheers


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4789 times:

You say everyday use, are you looking for something compact and not carrying around several lenses then?

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

Thank you so much for all advices so far. Helps a lot, appreciate it.

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 5):
You say everyday use, are you looking for something compact and not carrying around several lenses then?

You can ignore what I say about everyday use. It is almost only for aviation.



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User currently offlineHernan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4697 times:

I have the Sony A200, with the 28-210mm, I dont' have to change lenses and it gives me a 315mm. equivalent zoom, plenty of reach! Hernan

User currently offlineGavb From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4682 times:



Quoting Hernan (Reply 7):
it gives me a 315mm. equivalent zoom

Not quite. A 28-210mm lens will always be just that, nothing else. The crop factor does not give a 35mm equivalent of 1.5 or 1.6x. If you compared a shot taken with a 35mm SLR at 315mm to an identical shot taken with your Sony at 210mm the field of view etc. would be quite different.

Karl


User currently offlineDeltaBravo90 From Canada, joined Dec 2008, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4616 times:

Have you considered the Nikon D40? I'm not sure what they are going for right now but it's probably the cheapest DSLR out there. Also how do you feel about buying used? You could save quite a bit going that way.


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User currently offlineOSU_av8or From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4587 times:

I have to put in a vote for the Sony A-200. I got a great deal from BH with two lenses. My first DSLR, so I'm still learning, but having a blast.

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