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Need To Know A Good Slr Camera For Under £400

Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:51 pm

i do a lot of spotting at manchester and liverpool airport but need a slr camera i need some advice on a good one and/or if i need a zoom lense and what price?
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RE: Need To Know A Good Slr Camera For Under £400

Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:53 pm

Now the first suggestion is: never buy a camera just for uploading to a.net. buy it for yourself, for your hobby, perhaps for a job. but never exclusively for uploading here. Second, if you can, go to a store and see which camera feels the best in your hands. You'll hear all sorts of suggestions for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, even Olympus and Sony perhaps. They'll all produce quality images, but always go with what feels best to you.

Now, after that, I personally suggest the Pentax k-x, probably because it's the only dSLR I have experience with. Checking online for the States, there's a package that comes with camera, 18-55 kit, and a 50-200 as well for right around 600 USD (~375 GBP). Now whether that price dictates the equal value across the pond, I dunno.

Good luck and happy searching. Getting the first dSLR is very fun!
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RE: Need To Know A Good Slr Camera For Under £400

Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:43 am

I just bought my first DSLR a little over a month ago. I was spotting and picture taking with a Canon P&S for a while and since I already knew the menu's/settings etc. of a Canon I decided to continue with that manufacturer for my DSLR. I got a refurbished Rebel XS (1000D) kit with the 18-55mm lens off of Ebay for US $388, and got a new 55-250mm for US $199.00. Total with tax was around US $600. The lens is one of the cheapest telephoto's you can find, however I'm just starting out and it can produce images with the quality required for here.

I agree with dumbell, find one you like and feels good and don't just buy it for anet. Yes, I got mine because after a while I was getting frustrated with not being able to get clearer photos when spotting (especially moving subjects), but I also like to take photo's of landscapes and my son is starting to get active and I wanted a good camera for pictures of him and his activities. So it has turned out well for me and once I gain a little more experience and gain a little more money, I will be adding some better lenses.

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