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a700/40d/d300/e-3?
Well that's about it. I will buy myself a new camera...but....every brand seems to have it's advantages..

I'll use my camera for traveling / portraiture (streetfotography also) / landscape..

In the past I've used: Canon AE (now that's long ago) / Nikon FM 2 / Leica R4 / Nikon F 4 / Nikon F 100 / Sony 828 .What camera would YOU choose...and why?Any comments/ tips / advice....very welcome!..

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If your needs are relatively simple, I don't think it matters which brand you choose. That includes Sony and Olympus, with their higher lens prices. You can get Sigma and Tamron lenses for Sony and Olympus as well, and the Sony's and Olympuses all have rather decent image stabilization on the 2-4 lenses you get. In fact, you can do everything on your list with only the Zeiss 16-80 mm for Sony, which I've heard wonderful things about...

Comment #1

If my needs were simple it surely would be like that......But:.

- I DO need the the best IQ (apart from full frame...; I would probably buy myself A D3 if I had the money to do so).

- I DO need fast focussing (travelling / portraiture/ streetfotography...somewhere in Africa?)- I DO need sturdy equipment..

Comment #2

I suspect the E3 is probably the most rugged. Have you seen the video on YouTube where a guy pours water over his camera?.

And if the image quality of my E500 is any indication, IQ, noise, or any other anti 4/3s argument will prove to be just plain silly when used against the E3. I think the E500 images are simply great and the images from early E3 adopters indicate that the E3 is even better. Feel free to look at my Photo.net portfolio if you like (listed below).STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

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Comment #3

Particularly the 10KD, it is also weather sealed and has a great reputation for image quality. I don't follow Pentax all that closely to be honest, so I don't know if it has been ruggedized to the same extent as the E3. It costs about half of an E3, so I suspect not. But the significantly lower cost may still make it competitive for you.STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

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Comment #4

Add the Pentax K10D to your considerations. Pentax does also produce now weathersealed lenses. What you will not find on the Sony system. ANd the K10D should be the less expensive camera of them all...

Comment #5

Mujana wrote:.

If my needs were simple it surely would be like that......But:.

- I DO need the the best IQ (apart from full frame...; I wouldprobably buy myself A D3 if I had the money to do so).

The best IQ? Now that is dangerous area. I don't want to start any flamewars, so I just say that all have good enough IQ..

- I DO need fast focussing (travelling / portraiture/streetfotography...somewhere in Africa?).

E-3 has (arguably) fastest focusing and when paired with new SWD-lenses it is extremely fast. Try yourself and you see. I thought it was just marketing hype untill I had a chance to try E-3 with 12-60 SWD..

- I DO need sturdy equipment.

I think E-3 has a edge over others here..

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Comment #6

Thank you for your comments...I'm looking forward to trying one of these E-3 machines in my camerashop!..

Comment #7

Well, ruggedness, IQ, AF, other bells and whistles, Lens options, Flash system, ergonomics etc etc.

There's just one possibility; D300!.

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Mujana wrote:.

(apart from full frame...; I wouldprobably buy myself A D3 if I had the money to do so).

I have been waiting for a full frame Nikon for a long time, but I can't justify a D3..

So I just bought a used Kodak 14n (An SLR/n would be preferable, but I haven't seen any at my local shops yet)..

I got a Sigma 12-24 to justify this choice. My limited tests so far look promising. I've seen some moire on a tiled roof at 100%, so I hope it won't be noticeable on prints, and anyway SILKYPIX can remove it just setting the geometric noise correction slider to the minimum nonzero value. I still haven't tested it on clothes.I still haven't seen "italian flag" on real pictures..

Besides the Sigma 12-24, the other reason I wanted full frame is to properly use one of Nikon's DC lenses, which I plan to also get sometime..

So, landscape and portraits make one of these an interesting option. Love it or hate it, one needs to try it..

There are some nice pics in the Kodak SLR forum. There're some ex-5D users there...

Comment #9

Mujana wrote:.

If my needs were simple it surely would be like that......But:.

- I DO need the the best IQ (apart from full frame...; I wouldprobably buy myself A D3 if I had the money to do so)- I DO need fast focussing (travelling / portraiture/streetfotography...somewhere in Africa?)- I DO need sturdy equipment.

No offense, but your needs are still considered simple.....except your need for "sturdy" equipment. Focusing on travelling, portraiture, and street"f"otography somewhere in Africa can be done with ANY dSLR, and done equally well on the cameras you listed. There's just the issue of "ruggedness" to address......

I believe the E3 is actually the best choice if you want rugged. The E-3 is going to give you the largest availability of water-protected lenses, and the camera itself is probably the most rugged..

Anada wrote:.

Well, ruggedness, IQ, AF, other bells and whistles, Lens options,Flash system, ergonomics etc etc.

There's just one possibility; D300!.

I'm a Nikon guy, and I'm getting the D300 next week, but even I can tell you that the D300 isn't the most rugged camera. It would be a contender if the lenses were also weather-sealed, but even then, I wouldn't trust the weather sealing of the camera and lenses as much as I do the sealing on the E-3 and Olympus lenses...

Comment #10

The Alpha 700 is the most compact out of the four options listed, and thus easiest to include in your luggage. whilst travelling. It is also weather proof against dust and moisture, so unless you are intending going scuba diving with it then this should be fine..

(The E-3, whilst being more rugged, is also amongst the largest, despite being a Four Thirds dSLR.).

The Sony 16-80 ZA that has been previously mentioned has very fine image quality, and with Sony that is of course image stabilised..

Another Sony lens you might be interested in is the 18-250mm. This is most likely a re-badge of the same Tamron lens, except that the Sony version is much faster focusing and is just as accurate. The Tamron version has had rave reviews since it was released, and so far all user reviews of the Sony version say it is an improvement, worth the extra cost over the Tamron version..

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Comment #11

Try the A700 out, you will love the ergonomics!..

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