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1st DSLR camera- Help!
I'm looking for my first DSLR. I realize everyone has individual tastes, but I'm looking for an entry-level DSLR for learning and good versatility. My wife and I are both wanting to transition from my nomme de plume to an SLR set-up. Camera-wise, I've been looking at a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, with a pair of Tamron lenses (28-80mm and 75-300mm) and a wide-angle lense as well. However, if I'm looking at archaic equipment with serious software issues (or Tamron lenses aren't worth buying), it'd be nice to know before I bankrupt myself. Any advice on what to look at- or what to avoid like the plague- would be welcome, as I'm not a photojournalist (or experienced SLR-user) by any means...

Comments (10)

The XTI is a very nice starter camera. I would recommend you get it with the new 18-55 IS kit lens. Learn the camera and then look at what lenses would suite your needs..

DSLR can be an expensive hobby so you have to know what you want and what you want to photograph.Sparky_caGo take photos ..

Comment #1

Kit lenses are usually the most cost effective, regardless of brand. They are not bad and won't prevent you shooting well and capturing good shots..

Pick a DSLR you are comfortable with holding. If you have to share it with your wife then you'll need to compromise on that..

All the entry level DSLRs are good. You cannot go wrong..

All lens makers make good and bad lenses. Tamron and Sigma make lenses for other companies, including the camera makers ( not all of their lenses, but some of them )..

You do not need anything apart from kit lenses and won't for a while. If you did need something you would not need to ask, you would know what it was..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

Point N Shoot wrote:.

Nomme de plume to an SLR set-up. Camera-wise, I've been looking at aCanon Digital Rebel XTi, with a pair of Tamron lenses (28-80mm and75-300mm) and a wide-angle lense as well. However, if I'm looking atarchaic equipment with serious software issues (or Tamron lensesaren't worth buying), it'd be nice to know before I bankrupt myself..

You are not saying what kind of shooting you usually do. For "general" shooting, you want a wide angle zoom - that is starting at 18. It will be either a 18-55 or a 17-85 IS..

Check the reviews on your planned lenses - fred miranda forums and reviews are a very good resurce for lens..

/d/n..

Comment #3

All dslrs are really good. better than users I think (Iam one of them).maybe Olympus is worse .

I've bought used kit nonIS lens for about 50US, and it's still better than me, and will be next half year.Why does he do it?..

Comment #4

Crashpc wrote:.

All dslrs are really good. better than users I think (Iam one of them)..

Agree!.

Maybe Olympus is worse .

Disagree!.

I've bought used kit nonIS lens for about 50US, and it's still betterthan me, and will be next half year..

The kit ain't bad, especially if you don't shoot wide open and tolerate some barrel distortion..

On the other hand, I've seen pretty horrible lens on the market, especially 3rd party, especially telezooms..

Why does he do it?..

Comment #5

The Canon is a fine camera; no problem there. But a 28-80 is not a good lens to start with. This focal length range is from 35mm days where a 28mm focal length was wide-angle; 50mm standard, and 80 mm a modest telephoto. So a 28-80 was a useful standard zoom..

The sensors in most DSLRs are not the same size as 35mm film and result (to cut a long story short) in extra magnification of the image. So the equivalent focval length range now is about 18-55 mm: 18mm is wide angle and about equivalent to what 28mm used to be on a 35mm-format camera. 30mm is middling (same field of view as your eye), and 55mm is the modest telephoto, giving about the same coverage as an 80mm lens did on a 35mm camera..

A 28-80 lens will probably work fine on your camera, but it's value will be limited as it lacks the wide angle end which you need for landscapes, buildings, group shots... the 18-55 kit lenses are cheap and good to get going with..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #6

Devnull: I dont want to start flame, but in entry level, they're not so good. The noise is coming closer to P&S cameras, other problems and disavantages...Why does he do it?..

Comment #7

Crashpc wrote:.

Devnull: I dont want to start flame,.

I don't either, so let's not start one .

But in entry level, they're notso good. The noise is coming closer to P&S cameras, other problemsand disavantages....

I guess they'd skin you alive in the Oly forum for that. However, I don't think it's true. Last time I checked Oly reviews, they were quite similar noise-wise with the other entry-levels..

They also have advantages, as well... but that's a different discussion and not answering OP's question..

My opinion is that simply there is no bad deal in the entry level area these days./d/n..

Comment #8

First I've heard of noise problems on Canon DSLRs. They are universally praised for low noise..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #9

Devnull:.

Look at this:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse510/page17.asp.

More noise, and more detail out!maybe it is better camera in other things than canon and nikon together but you cannot keep secret this disadvantage..

My opinion is that Oly (espetially entry level) cams are not competitors. Only different cameras with different style, equipment etc... They should not be compared to Canon,Nikon,Pentax and other DSLRs too much. it is almost like comparing dishwasher against screwdriver I think...Why does he do it?..

Comment #10

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