Pelle
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Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:21 pm

Hello,

I guess this question has been asked countless times before, but I've just browsed few the latest pages of this forum, and I couldn't find anything relevant.

I currently own a Casio EX-ZR10 digital camera which, and I feel it is time to upgrade. I'm not afraid to enter the (d)SLR-world, but I would prefer not spending more than about £300 or €400 on the camera.

I will use the camera for spotting and everything else, and it would be nice with the ability to use different lenses.

Do you have any suggestions?
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eskillawl
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:01 pm

Hello, if you (as me and everyone with a brain   ) would like to get your hands on a Canon, I deffenitly recomend Canon 650D or even Canon 60D. Canon 60D is more expensive, but you get a whole great futures and quality out of it.

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JWM
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:10 pm

550D is at your budget. Then some basic glass will get you started   18-55 IS (latest one) is good enough to begin with, then for telephoto you would like something like 55-250 IS or 70-300 IS.
 
Pelle
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:14 pm

Thanks for the replies. I've been looking at Canon's 1100d, what do you think of that compared to the 550D/650D?
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eskillawl
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:40 am

I wouldn't recomend buying 1100D. It's a bunch of plastic. But ofcourse, the lens is the most important, and if you got a tight budget, I recomend you buying something cheap, maybe 1100D or 550D and get a good lens.

I'm using Canon 70-300 IS USM and it works fine upp to ~200. If you now you'll for the most get near the airplanes, I really recomend the lens. In US its about 500 dollars, but in Scandinavia it can be up to 800 dollars (500DKK). And I use the Canon 400D, which works fine, though I'm in the middle of upgrading to something a little better.

Good luck, Eskil  
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epten
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:53 am

Any, and I mean ANY DSLR will be just fine. Focus on the lens instead of body - that's where the magic lies.

Spare as much money as you can on the body and spend the money you save on lens.
 
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:49 pm

Quoting eskillawl (Reply 4):
I wouldn't recomend buying 1100D. It's a bunch of plastic.

I've only recently upgraded from a 350D - another plastic camera. I got seven good years out of it - and it's still in perfect working order.

Quoting epten (Reply 5):
Any, and I mean ANY DSLR will be just fine.

Very well said.
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:47 am

I have the 1100D/EOS Rebel T3 and I am satisfied with it. It is all about the lenses and I use a Sigma 28-300mm DG marco with the 18-55 mm lens it comes with. I am saving up for two more lenses (Sigma 150-500mm and Tamron SP AF 10-24mm) for close-ups, and airport spotting trips. Later on depending how the 150-500 goes, I may get the Canon EF 100-400mm lens in a year or two. You can try to find a cheap camera for now and go from there like the 1100D.

I went from film SLR's to Digital and I feel I have made a right decision in what I purchased over the years. I know some other photographers here use bigger and more expensive equipment, but it is a motivation tool to become better and save up for better equipment. Even if that means selling your older SLR camera and lenses for better cameras, it will be worth it when you practice and get some great shots after a while.
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megatop412
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RE: Best Entry-level Spotting Camera (SLR)

Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:45 am

I would go with a used Nikon D90. Excellent color rendition and resolution, especially paired with a 70-300mmVR lens. The 18-55mm EDII(VR or non-VR) makes a great companion

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