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beginner dslr user - camera for night shots
I finally want to trade up to a dslr after using a point and shoot for a couple of years..

Primarily I take a lot of outdoor shots (mostly landscape, not much close up) as well as a lot of night shots (again, mostly landscape). So far, on my little canon point and shoot, the night shots are terrible. Essentially I even breathe on the thing (even when on a tripod or on a solid surface) and all I end up with is blur, in addition to the fact I can only max the exposure at 2 seconds. However, I keep trying and end up with the odd shot that is ok..

I have looked into the nikon d40, the canon xt/xti, and the pentax k100d/super (does anyone know the difference between the non-super and the super?). As far as I know, if I am looking to do a lot of low light photography, shake reduction is apparently my friend. The pentax seems to be the only one with the shake reduction. I like the pentax, but I am unsure about it still using AA batteries, and I am kinda partial to the nikon. Will the nikon still give decent pictures at night or is the lack of shake reduction going to hurt me in the end? And if I go with the pentax, how fast am I going to run through batteries? Or should there be another camera I should be looking at (still trying to keep it cheap however)?..

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You can compare k100d super vs k100d using the buying guide.i think super is the upgraded version of non-super.

100d super battery.

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Comment #1

ShaneS wrote:As far as I know, if I am looking to do a lot of low.

Light photography, shake reduction is apparently my friend. Thepentax seems to be the only one with the shake reduction..

There is the Olympus E-510 also with image stabilization (IS) if you're interested...

Comment #2

Unfortunately the E-510 suffers from highlight clipping due to it's lower dynamic range. This can mean the difference between a blue sky and a washed out one which might be important to a landscape shooter. My advice is read the reviews on this site, they go into great detail over each camera you're considering, and pick the one that falls in your budget that does as much of what you need to do well..

Spade357 wrote:.

ShaneS wrote:As far as I know, if I am looking to do a lot of low.

Light photography, shake reduction is apparently my friend. Thepentax seems to be the only one with the shake reduction..

There is the Olympus E-510 also with image stabilization (IS) ifyou're interested...

Comment #3

Do you use the timer when you make long exposure night shots? I find just pushing the shutter release is enough movement to screw everything up for those type shots...

Comment #4

I don't think VR will have any impact on night shots..

Most basic DSLRs will do what you want to do. You are on the right track with the list you propose..

Battery life should be OK with the Pentax. In case you are unaware there is a new Ni-Mh technology - pre-charged batteries. They hold their charge much better than existing batteries & will retain about 75% charge for circa a year of non-use..

My usual advice is to chose your brand based on the lens and spend as little as you need on a body and as much as you can afford on lenses...

The Canon 18-55 kit lens is pretty poor. The other two are OK. Build quality is slightly better on the Pentax but IQ on the Nikon:.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html.

But you need to look beyond that one lens to the cost of other lenses including used lenses and other accessories. There I suggest the Nikon wins over the Pentax even though it only works with more modern lenses (AF-S or most Sigmas (HSM) and now a Tamron or two)..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #5

Stabilization is ok for 1/15 of a second or so. For longer exposures you're going to want to have a tripod and some technique. Mirror lockup. Remote triggering of the shutter (or self timer). Is the tripod *solid*. Perhaps attach a 10kg sandbag to it. -Bruce..

Comment #6

Thanks for this clear comparison of different battery types. A lot of questions of how great a difference in numbers of images in different temperatures are answered by this chart.Will..

Comment #7

I agree with Bruce - you need a stable tripod..

Up to the 2 sec shutter speed limit, your P&S should be able to produce reasonable night shots. If they are blurred the problem is almost certainly with the tripod, not the camera.Chris R..

Comment #8

BA baracus wrote:.

Do you use the timer when you make long exposure night shots? I findjust pushing the shutter release is enough movement to screweverything up for those type shots..

I definitely agree with that. Almost any camera placed on a solid support, with the aid of the self-timer should give sharp pictures (of non-moving subjects). Some timers have a choice of long or short delay, perhaps 10 sec or 2 sec. The 2 second delay should be enough to allow any vibrations to subside before the shutter opens, but the longer delay may give more confidence.Regards,Peter..

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