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Best Semi-pro camera & Lense? (40D or D300?)
I've been asked to recommend a great camera for my dad, and wanted to get some feedback from the fine photography & Camera experts in this forum..

He wants the Best non professional (That is, Semi-Pro) camera out there (That is, very good, but we don't need a D3 or something ridiculous, price is a factor), from which I recommended the Canon EOS40D or the Nikon D300. (I don't know about the Alpha700, and the E520 hasn't been released yet)..

It'll probably be bought in Europe, so, is the D300 worth the extra price and weight (It's not for studio use, but for trips and the like), and what would be a good all-round lenses for either of them? (The Wider the range, the better, I like landscape photos, but don't want to carry 2 lenses around with me for when I see a bird or the like)..

I've heard that the Canon 17-85mm lense has some image colour issues, although it's focal range is fantastic for my purposes (And it's not too pricey, and stabilized). As for Nikon, no idea.Thanks...

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303 Bookworm wrote:.

I've been asked to recommend a great camera for my dad, and wanted toget some feedback from the fine photography & Camera experts in thisforum.He wants the Best non professional (That is, Semi-Pro) camera outthere (That is, very good, but we don't need a D3 or somethingridiculous, price is a factor), from which I recommended the CanonEOS40D or the Nikon D300. (I don't know about the Alpha700, and theE520 hasn't been released yet).It'll probably be bought in Europe, so, is the D300 worth the extraprice and weight (It's not for studio use, but for trips and thelike), and what would be a good all-round lenses for either of them?(The Wider the range, the better, I like landscape photos, but don'twant to carry 2 lenses around with me for when I see a bird or thelike)..

I've heard that the Canon 17-85mm lense has some image colour issues,although it's focal range is fantastic for my purposes (And it's nottoo pricey, and stabilized). As for Nikon, no idea.Thanks..

That could be any....even the Pentax K20d if you do not need fast fps or pro auto focus...Some reviews rate it the best apsc dslr to date for resolutuion. but then it would not be the first choice for sports. It would do very nicely for what you have stated though. it would mate very well with some nice pentax limited primes but that may not suit you..

Neil..

Comment #1

The D300 and maybe the Nikon 16-85 VR..

Popular Photography's Camera of the Year.

Http://www.popphoto.com/...meras/4857/camera-of-the-year-2007-nikon-d300.html.

"There is price, but sometimes the best products demand a premium and the D300 is no exception. Nikon's biggest problem now will be bettering the D300; it raises the bar to a new high, and represents the state of the art despite strong competition from the likes of Canon, Sony and Olympus. There's simply no better semi-professional digital SLR on the market.".

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond300/.

Thom Hogan" "The question on everyone's mind has been singular: is the D300 really that good? Short answer: yes. ".

Http://www.bythom.com/nikond300review.htm..

Comment #2

If you go with the flow (and there are many serious reasons to do so)....choose the D300..

I decided on the Olympus E-3. Take a closer look into this camera. It serves my needs best...

Comment #3

Problem with the D300 is that it doesn't have automatic scene modes (LAndscape, etc'), which I like very much..

I like fiddling with the WB, Focus, +/- as much as anyone, but I like set features to give me a framework..

I want a good all-round camera, with excellent image quality, good for landscapes, nature, people, hiking (Well built), and suitable for use "As is" (Without a tripod and a host of equipment).Something to use on trips (But nothing too extreme) as well as around the town...

Comment #4

If you like the automatic scene modes, I wouldn't think about the D300 ofcourse (or the E-3); too many modes/settings/etc. IQ wise you cannot really go wrong with any of the DSLR'sTry anyone of them in your hands (40D also looks really good, as does Pentax/Sony/etc.)..

I choose the E-3 because I wanted sturdy weatherproof camera for travelling, including a minimum number of very high quality lenses. Now I have just 2 great lenses covering 24-400mm film. Cannot buy this from any other brand..

Your needs are different, so....go to a camerashop and try different cameras by yourself...YOU have to handle them. Do not exclude any brand (differences are not that big and each has it's own pro's and con's ....they have to be YOUR pro's right?)Good luck!..

Comment #5

303 Bookworm wrote:.

I've been asked to recommend a great camera for my dad, and wanted toget some feedback from the fine photography & Camera experts in thisforum.He wants the Best non professional (That is, Semi-Pro) camera outthere (That is, very good, but we don't need a D3 or somethingridiculous, price is a factor), from which I recommended the CanonEOS40D or the Nikon D300. (I don't know about the Alpha700, and theE520 hasn't been released yet)..

Both cameras will perform admirably. You're not likely to see the differences between them in anything other than a side-by-side comparison and even then the differences will be subtle for most subjects..

It'll probably be bought in Europe, so, is the D300 worth the extraprice and weight (It's not for studio use, but for trips and thelike), and what would be a good all-round lenses for either of them?(The Wider the range, the better, I like landscape photos, but don'twant to carry 2 lenses around with me for when I see a bird or thelike)..

Choosing a wide-range superzoom like the Nikon 18-200 will negate the body choice and you may be better-off choosing a lower-end body like the D80..

However, if the camera's really for your dad it should depend on what lenses he's comfortable with .

I've heard that the Canon 17-85mm lense has some image colour issues,although it's focal range is fantastic for my purposes (And it's nottoo pricey, and stabilized). As for Nikon, no idea.Thanks..

Best bet is to go to a camera store and try it out to see if the image quality is appropriate for your needs. Nobody else can say what your IQ threshold is. I often see pictures from other photographers that I'd throw out that they think are wonderful..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #6

303 Bookworm wrote:.

Problem with the D300 is that it doesn't have automatic scene modes(LAndscape, etc'), which I like very much.I like fiddling with the WB, Focus, +/- as much as anyone, but I likeset features to give me a framework..

I want a good all-round camera, with excellent image quality, goodfor landscapes, nature, people, hiking (Well built), and suitable foruse "As is" (Without a tripod and a host of equipment).Something to use on trips (But nothing too extreme) as well as aroundthe town..

I thought you said "semi professional." Prosumer cameras don't have scene modes..

You should probably consider an entry level camera like the D80 or Canon XSi, possibly a Oly 510 might be nice...

Comment #7

I wouldn't discount the Sony A700, I love mine. The camera is crazy fast and the photos are sharp. I find it more intuitive than the D300. And in all the photo magazines, it is ranked right up there with the Canon and the D300, I just think it's easier to operate of course if you go to Friedman Archives .com and get Gary's manual it is even easier than easy. I was not able to find any articles or comparisons that said it was any less of camera than the D300. And it cost considerably less.

I'm taking a photography class and two ladies behind me were perplexed because they couldn't hold their cameras steady enough, one had a Canon of some sort and the other an Olympus of some sort. I've never had a problem with the A700. LOVE IT!!!! Maybe your dad would too..

Debra..

Comment #8

If you're wanting scene modes, you aren't wanting a semi-professional DSLR. You you really think a scene mode gives *anything* else to the image that a Program mode won't? If you aren't willing to understand exposure, you cannot benefit from en E-3/40D/D300..

You also will not be able to tell the difference in image quality between a 400D and a 40D..

Why not save a thousand dollars and get a body that is 95% equivalent, and then spend that money saved on a better lense? Furthermore, why not buy an entry level camera with a kit lense and then use the thousand extra dollars to fly to a country of your choice to use the newly purchased camera?.

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma GandhiE3/E-1/E410/7-14/12-60/50-200/EC-14/C8080http://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #9

I'm certainly not "semi-pro," but it is my impression that most semi-pro photographers prefer to use the best lens for the job rather than an all-in-one lens. How experienced is your dad, and what does he really need?.

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

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