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User currently offlinedaver3188 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5769 times:

Hello,

I want to purchase a DSLR to up my aviation photography stash, because right now all I have is a point and shoot and it just isn't cutting it.

I want to shoot pretty good quality pictures, along with decent video.

My price range is under $700, and I have most of the essentials already like the tripod, big memory card.

Any suggestions would be helpful, I am trying to make a spotting trip to Toronto at some point by the end of summer.

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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2929 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5754 times:

Quoting daver3188 (Thread starter):
I want to purchase a DSLR

Any of the entry level DSLR's are very capable these days. It's the lens that makes the real difference and where most of your money should be spent. You might be better looking on the second hand market given your budget if you want one of the later models with video.

Darren



Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9654 posts, RR: 68
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5716 times:
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Amazon has the Nikon D5100 + 18-55VR for something like $650, which is a terrific value.

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10257 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5690 times:
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Seems to me that you can't really go wrong with any of the big names (Canon, Nikon, etc.). Even the entry-level DSLRs will produce great images, especially if you get some good-quality lenses to go along with it.

I used a Canon Rebel XS (1000D) for about two years. It served me quite well, especially for the last 6 months or so, when I finally got L-glass. That cheap little entry-level DSLR was phenomenal with those lenses.

The XS + 18-55 IS cost me somewhere around $500 in 2010. I think I bought it on Amazon.



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User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1207 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5685 times:
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I was lucky(?) enough to get one of the last D90s that came to Norway with the 18-105 VR kit lens.
http://www.bythom.com/Nikkor18-105lensreview.htm
-still figuring out how to use it...

What I really would like to say is that the intention of buying this camera was that some of my good and old Nikon lenses would not become expensive paperweights.

As for the spotting in Toronto at late summer, the CIAS is a must. As the Sun is against you when standing at the lakeshore, it is better to be on a boat out on Lake Ontario. For the local airports, the best locations are south of the action.

Here's a good post from earlier: Help Needed! New Camera Purchased. (by Carlsberg10 Feb 28 2012 in Aviation Photography)


Have fun!

Scooter01

[Edited 2012-07-07 16:30:29]


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User currently offlineplanespot From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5644 times:

There's no better entry-level value out there right now, than the Nikon D3200:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ative=9325&creativeASIN=B007VGGFZU

Regardless of what you buy, you WILL need a sizable zoom (at least 200mm) for most plane spotting. The Amazon page I linked to has some zoom lens bundle discounts, and with your budget, the only option would be the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ($249 - $100 bundle discount for a total of $848 for the D3200 + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 + 55-200mm f/4-5.6G).



Cary Liao - AeroPX
User currently offlineplanespot From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5572 times:

If you absolutely need to stay under $700, Canon has the T3 + 18-55mm + 75-300mm for $589:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ative=9325&creativeASIN=B005Z3DWIY



Cary Liao - AeroPX
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