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Buying my 1st DSLR

 
Arpe
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Sep 08, 2010 20:00 |  #16

If you like small but solid pick up a Pentax K-7 and see if you like it.




  
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Vivian ­ Lin
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Sep 10, 2010 12:52 |  #17

Arpe wrote in post #10874743 (external link)
If you like small but solid pick up a Pentax K-7 and see if you like it.

K-7 has a noisy sensor and its replacement K-5 is just weeks away! People are in rush dumping the K-7 and very few takers on Pentax forum.:cry:




  
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Sep 10, 2010 12:56 |  #18

Alahoy wrote in post #10870423 (external link)
Hello everyone, I just want to get some opinions before buying. I have finally saved around $2000 for this (hoping its enough for a decent starting kit for a newbie like me) If it was you how would you spend it? Not sure what I want to shoot, I think I want to do a little bit of everything; landscape, portraits, sports and macro first then as I learn more decide on what field to concentrate on. I already tried going to the shop and did the advise of others of getting a feel of the camera first, but I really didnt know what to look for....I have no idea if the button layouts are comfortable since I have no prior experience. In terms of weight the 550d felt good because of its lightweight while the 7d felt good because despite being heavier than others it felt robust, others are mostly the same or in between in terms of weight.

P.s. I am fully aware that this is a canon forum, but just in case you have other cameras to recommend please do so.:)

Thanks.:)

Have you thought about or anyone mentioned Panasonic? GH-1 is an awesome camera with pro grade 1080p video capability. It's a Micro 3/4 system but normal 3/4 and other mounts (i.e. Canon EOS/EF, Olympus OM, ...) can also be used via an adapter. Another Panasonic worth a deep look is GF-1, it's compact and fully featured. With $2k in hand, you can go pretty far including a few zooms and maybe a prime plus the body. :D




  
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Sep 18, 2010 02:46 |  #19

Thanks for the replies. It really seems that the 550d is a sure thing for starters like me, except if I want shoot sports. If in the future I decide I want to shoot sports does it automatically mean I will have to upgrade to maybe a 7d? or at least a 50d? And about the lenses I have been trying to read around and Im getting different impressions about it. Are kit lenses (18-55, 18-135) good enough to start with? Or am I better of buying body only then get primes, 15-85 or something else? L lenses are too pricey for me at the moment. Thanks




  
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Sep 18, 2010 05:14 |  #20

I am going to have to agree that the rebel series is a great starting point. I'm sure there are quite a few of us on here who started out with a rebel in the Dslr world. The old guys started on film, I'm sure haha.

GLASSGLASSGLASS. Never cheap out on buying glass. It will well outlive your camera body. IE: I was able to pick up a sharp copy of Canons 400mm f/2.8 L....From 1993. It was before IS was added to the lens, but it's still outstanding...And honestly, with the added ISO range of newer and newer cameras, I think IS might start to die off.

Just my 2 cents.


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Sep 18, 2010 06:44 |  #21

Welcome here

3 years ago, I bought my 1st slr and I'm totaly into photog now.

Care this forum.....!


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dontcallmeash
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Sep 18, 2010 06:45 |  #22

nikon d7000. if you must get a pentax, go for the k20d.




  
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Sep 18, 2010 06:52 |  #23

mpix345 wrote in post #10872431 (external link)
I also would recommend the T2i/550D + 18-55IS, 55-250IS and 50/1.8. Leaves room in budget for some decent SD cards, a bag and a tripod.
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check them out but the T2i/550D is a good option




  
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Sep 18, 2010 07:22 |  #24

If I could go back in time and re-buy my first DSLR I would have gotten:

Used 5D Classic and a used 24-105 f4L IS.


Instead I thought I had to buy all new, and ended up with less for more money.


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Sep 18, 2010 07:49 |  #25

dontcallmeash wrote in post #10931366 (external link)
nikon d7000.

+1. If I were to start dslr photography today, this is the camera that I will buy.


6D + enough lenses for now.

  
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Sep 18, 2010 08:14 |  #26

NatDeroxL7 wrote in post #10931446 (external link)
If I could go back in time and re-buy my first DSLR I would have gotten:

Used 5D Classic and a used 24-105 f4L IS.


Instead I thought I had to buy all new, and ended up with less for more money.

but if you got on that time machine the 5D would have cost more back then and you would have the 5D mirror falling out problem !:D




  
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Sep 18, 2010 08:20 |  #27

swidjaja wrote in post #10931499 (external link)
+1. If I were to start dslr photography today, this is the camera that I will buy.

i agree, but sad to say i upgraded to soon. 50d is also a good choice kit will cost you around 1099. bb and adorama. 70-200 L f4 would cost you around 690 brand new or around 500 po. and 50 mm 1.8 mk ii $99 bucks adorama.com. and a canon bag around 35-40 bucks. your total around 1900+ with in your budget. also you may consider the 50d 17-55m f2 kit of adorama.com with this set up your covered with a walk around lens the kit a prime telephoto and a prime standard lens for low light against 1800 of the 7d 0r 1500 of the d7000 for just the kit. but if you want video d7000 or 7d dont really like the plastic body of the 60d for the price. me i dont really do video so i went with the 50d set up.


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Sep 18, 2010 08:29 |  #28

Many here have given great advice. Whatever you do, don't go to a camera store and ask a salesman for their opinion. Most (not all) will try to sell you the brand and equipment that makes them the most commission. I got this info from two friends that work at different photo outlets. Perhaps you could bring a knowledgeable friend along.


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Sep 18, 2010 09:02 |  #29

1. Nikon D7000
2. Canon 60D
3. Canon T2i/550D

^^^ Based on paper specs, without a review yet, the above is what I would recommend for someone starting out. It may be worth your while to wait for the D7000 and 60D to release. The 60D can be had for $1399 w/kit or $1099 w/body only, has IQ similar to the 7D/550D, is faster than the 550D (5.3 FPS), articulating screen, weather sealing, and a bunch other nice features. However, this may be pushing your budget because you will need to get other misc. accessories like memory card, bag, etc... If this is the case, I'd recommend the 550D/T2i, which is a good beginner camera.


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Alahoy
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Sep 18, 2010 09:11 |  #30

James P wrote in post #10931603 (external link)
Many here have given great advice. Whatever you do, don't go to a camera store and ask a salesman for their opinion. Most (not all) will try to sell you the brand and equipment that makes them the most commission. I got this info from two friends that work at different photo outlets. Perhaps you could bring a knowledgeable friend along.


Well that might be the best advice in this thread. Whenever I am in a store checking cameras out or comparing prices I always ask the salesman thinking they know best about the products they are selling, I havent really thought of the commission they're getting .




  
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