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Best DSLR I can buy for $700 or less (with lense)???
I'm a newby here. I have been looking at Digital SLRs for taking product photos for my website..

I'd love to buy a Canon D5 but used at $1800 is a little out of my budget. But at the same time I don't want something that's going to have bad color accuracy or low photo quality. So here's what I'm looking at:.

Canon 20D (8.3MP) seems like a very nice SLR for the money. And I've seen them with a pair of lenses for $650..

Is there something better for less or around the same amount of cash?..

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Personally I shoot with olympus. I prefer their colors over Nikon and Canon..

That being said I am not a great photographer. Try out different cameras to see which feels good in your hands. If you buy a camera sight unseen, then you may not like how it handles and you will be disappointed.Anthony.

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Nicksorenson wrote:.

I'm a newby here. I have been looking at Digital SLRs for takingproduct photos for my website..

I'd love to buy a Canon D5 but used at $1800 is a little out of mybudget. But at the same time I don't want something that's going tohave bad color accuracy or low photo quality. So here's what I'mlooking at:.

Canon 20D (8.3MP) seems like a very nice SLR for the money. And I'veseen them with a pair of lenses for $650..

Is there something better for less or around the same amount of cash?.

Is there a particular reason you're leaning so close to using Canon cameras besides the stuff that "they" say about them? If you're going to start out with a canon the 20D isn't a bad choice. It doesn't handle some things as well as some more modern choices but it is a very good camera for the money. Canon puts out a lot of *tweek* updated cameras. The advances from the 20D, 30D & 40D are minimal at best... increase in LCD screen, (eventually) increase in frame rate, increase in max resolution, improved high ISO performance, increase in weight, etc..

Another option, since Olympus was thrown out there, is the E-510. Compared to the 20D you'll lose focus points (not that you really need 9 AF points), and a little speed (3 fps compared to 5fps)... but you also won't have to worry about sensor dust and you'll have built in IS. You'll also gain a modest increase in LCD size and resolution and image resolution..

Another thing, you balked at the price of the 5D... have you considered getting a 30D instead of the 20D? You can get a very capable kit (body, a lens or two and CF card) for under $1,000..

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I suggest that you get the Canon 20D body alone (without the lenses). The lenses that usually are included in these kits are not very good and will disappoint you. Instead of the two-lens kit, buy the new 18-55IS lens (not the older 18-55 lens). Although it is inexpensive (about $150), it produces very nice images (read the review of it here on dpreview)..

Good luck in your new adventure..

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Comment #3

I had a 20D and I can tell you it is a great camera. I sold mine a few months ago but not because it did anything wrong. It performed flawlessly for the years I had it..

I read another post asking why you are looking at Canons. To be honest, it doesn't matter to me what you are looking at but I do feel that some of the "knowledge" being spread around here is misplaced. I purchased my 20D when they first came out (2004 if memory serves me), I never needed to clean the sensor and yes, I did change lenses, even outdoors. The 5D is "said" to be a dust collector, again, I have not had a problem but then again I have only had my 5D for about a year. Even on my 40D, I have turned the "dust buster" off. I just don't have a need for it.

Sometimes there is a LCD increase, sometime a megapixel increase, sometimes a performance enhancement to the autofocus but there are users out there with 10D's and the original 1D (4 megapixels!) and they are still snapping away quite happily. The point is "newer" and "more modern" doesn't mean it is better. That brings up another point, don't get hung up on how many megapixels you can have. The 8 MP 20D produced many great 8x11 prints for me. How big do you want to print? Since we are on things to not get too worked up about, lets talk image stabilization.

Since then, every manufacturer has come out with some form of stabilization built into either the camera body or lense. Is one better than the other, there are plenty of other threads on that. The important thing with stabilization is understanding that, despite what some advertising will lead you to believe, it is not designed to "stop motion". It's purpose is to reduce and potentially eliminate camera shake...the subtle movements the photographer can make at slow shutter speeds while trying to take the picture. For sure this is a benefit, especially at longer focal lengths where shake is more noticable but if you have subjects moving in your frame and your shutter speed is too slow, you will still have a blurry picture...it doesn't matter what kind of stabilization system you have..

Now, given the choice between a 20D or 30D, I would probably go for the 30D just because there are a few features that were nice but the sensor is the same as the 20D, the image processor is the same, the body form is the same but things like the larger LCD and slightly better metreing is nice..

If you don't want to get the 20D or 30D, that is okay too. Truth is, most DSLR cameras today will take great pictures. The Canons have a reputation for being a little better in low light situations when you need to bump up the ISO but it doesn't mean that other cameras will not take pictures that will meet your expectations in low light. You really should try to take the time and look around, play with the different cameras if you can. If I were you I would also consider the "support network" available to you. By that I mean, if you want to purchase a Sigma DSLR, but there isn't a store for hours around you that sell sigma accessories, that may not be the "best choice".

I could easily find Canon and Nikon equipment everywhere. I could try out lenses before purchasing, they had staff that could help me with my stupid questions (granted they weren't always the correct answers but I did learn some stuff) and if I had a problem with anything I purchased, I could easily go back to them and work out the problem..

There will be people on this site as well as other sites that will tell you to purchase stuff like they own. You need to make your own decision with the best information available. I was the first in my circle of friends with a DSLR, but since then I have had friends ask what to buy and I told them what I like about my camera but also about what positive things I new about other cameras. Since then I have had friends purchase Nikon D40's and D80's, Oly e-510's and even the odd Canon. And you know what, none of them are dissatified with their decision. They all are amazed at the potential they have realized with their new tools...and like me, none of them would ever tell you they know everything there is to know about any of their cameras..

Pick a camera, take some pictures, come back here, ask some questions, share your experience, try not to "bash" other users or brands but most of all keep learning and have lots and lots of fun!.

The best thing you can do.

Nicksorenson wrote:.

I'm a newby here. I have been looking at Digital SLRs for takingproduct photos for my website..

I'd love to buy a Canon D5 but used at $1800 is a little out of mybudget. But at the same time I don't want something that's going tohave bad color accuracy or low photo quality. So here's what I'mlooking at:.

Canon 20D (8.3MP) seems like a very nice SLR for the money. And I'veseen them with a pair of lenses for $650..

Is there something better for less or around the same amount of cash?..

Comment #4

Great, thanks everyone for the excellent advice! I've learned a lot. I think I've learned that the camera is not as important as how I use it. I will probably buy a Nikon D40x after reading. The resolution is 10.2MP and it seems to be a very nice camera..

For what I'm doing it will be a great step up from the Olympus C-725 I've used the past 3 years..

Now about lighting!!! I have been using ECT light bulbs and softeners to help with shadows. I think the color of light I'm getting is fairly yellow. It turns white guitars into off whites..

I guess that's a new topic so I'd better start a new thread..

Thanks everyone!Nick..

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