richm
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Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:23 am

Hi there,

I'm looking for an SLR camera. I have a budget of £250. Obviously I'm not expecting something top of the range, but what would be the best option for that kind of money?

Cheers  Smile

- RichM
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:40 am

I would reccomend the Nikon D40. You can get it at ritz camera. It also comes with two additional lens  Smile  Smile  Sad  Smile  Cool
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:53 am

I would try to explore the used market, there are a lot out there i am sure, anything Canon or Nikon should be fine... save your money for some glass... that makes the picture,

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richm
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:10 am

Thanks for the suggestions.  Smile

One thing I'd like to mention is that my father has a Canon EOS 400D. I sometimes borrow it and I'm somewhat used to it. It seems to be out of my price range though, so I can't consider that as an option. Is it likely that I will be disappointed with the results from a Nikon D40 after having used a Canon EOS 400D? (Keep in mind that I am very much a novice at photography)

Ty again!

- RichM
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:20 am

Look for the 350D then.....
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:48 am



Quoting RichM (Reply 3):
Is it likely that I will be disappointed with the results from a Nikon D40 after having used a Canon EOS 400D?

Man the camera companies really have got a lot of people brainwashed...

Rich, there is very little chance you would notice the difference between most entry level SLRs of similar age in terms of image quality. Get the one that feels most comfortable in your hands, and fits your budget the best.

I think the two best pieces of advice for you have already been given:

Quoting Gmonney (Reply 2):
I would try to explore the used market, there are a lot out there i am sure, ... save your money for some glass... that makes the picture,

Excellent and sage advice. Get a cheap used camera to learn on, as you are likely to want to replace it after you have learned the ropes, so no use spending all of your money on something you'll want to replace in a year or two. Second, and even more important, put whatever you save in getting a cheaper, used body towards the best lens you can afford, because that's what you'll be keeping long-term. Gmonney was absolutely right, it's high quality glass that makes all the difference.

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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:40 am

Dixons online are currently offering the Sony A200 for around £240 with a kit lens. In my opinion for the money this is better than both the D40 and 400D (and bear in mind I'm a Canon man!).

Not being fluent in Nikon I don't know the ins and outs but the D40 isn't entirely compatible with all Nikon lenses (some kind of focusing issue).

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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:56 am



Quoting RichM (Reply 3):
One thing I'd like to mention is that my father has a Canon EOS 400D.

In that case you may want to get a Canon as well, so you can exchange lenses and build up a "joint lens pool" (=nick your dad's lenses on a regular basis  Wink)
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:20 pm



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6):
Not being fluent in Nikon I don't know the ins and outs but the D40 isn't entirely compatible with all Nikon lenses (some kind of focusing issue).

But that goes for all of the Nikon range. There are some "old model" lenses that won't work. Safe to say your 1200-1700mm mega-zoom probably won't work on a D40. However, some of the reasonably newer older lenses won't autofocus on the D40/D60 (meaning you need AF-S).

I'm a Nikon owner, but I'd recommend Canon for the same reason as above - simply you can share lenses, and possibly you and your father can share costs (but you didn't hear me say that) in acquiring some of the more exotic/desirable lenses later on when you grow into your camera, and expand your photography.  Wink

The only reason you might choose a Nikon over Canon is perhaps the feel/use of the camera (D40/D60 excepted for being too small).
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:52 pm

Also, you may want to look at refurbished cameras. They are usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than a brand new camera and they usually come with a 90 day warranty. Ebay is a good source.
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:24 pm

Canon would be a good way to go due to the reasons given above but to be honest Canon's budget DSLRs (i.e. 1000D and 450D) are a little pricey when compared to the competition. Still, the sharing of lens costs may make the option attractive - otherwise I stand by my Sony recommendation.

Karl
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:44 am

I second Karl's recomendation, I bought the A200 with the 17-70 kit lens,terrific equipment! I have since added a 28-210 zoom lens and I am still under 600dls.
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:59 am

I got a Sony A200 with an 18-70 and a 70-300 lense delivered for 549.99 from BH. I would highly reccomend it.
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:50 pm

Hey guys,

Thanks for your suggestions. I went with the Nikon D60 in the end with the VR lens. (It was the only D60 model that they had in stock) I don't have the most steady hands in the world, so will this help in that respect?

I did have a look at a few Sony's. I didn't like the feel of them compared to the Nikon's and Canon's though. I also thought that the materials used on the Nikon's and Canon's looked of better quality compared to some of the Sony's, but who am I to judge?

Cheers again  Smile

- Rich
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:00 am

I am happy you are happy, good luck and good shooting!
 
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RE: Which Camera Should I Get?

Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:02 am



Quoting RichM (Reply 13):
Thanks for your suggestions. I went with the Nikon D60 in the end with the VR lens. (It was the only D60 model that they had in stock) I don't have the most steady hands in the world, so will this help in that respect?

A lot of practice. Or maybe try this:

http://asia.cnet.com/reviews/digital.../0,39001469,61992397-5,00.htm#hold

A monopod will make a huge difference - they help to keep a camera stable, but are less cumbersome than a tripod.

I share your view on the lower end Sony cameras - but the higher end models are very good (α700 and α900).

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