B747forever
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Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:45 am

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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viv
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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:37 am

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?
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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:09 pm



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.
 
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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:18 pm

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!
 
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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:29 pm

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.

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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:04 pm

You say everyday use, are you looking for something compact and not carrying around several lenses then?
 
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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:03 am

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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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:24 am

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
 
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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:07 pm



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.

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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:12 am

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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RE: Advice On Buying Camera, Please.

Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:16 pm

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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