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Buying a digital SLR
Hi,.

I am thinking of buying a digital SLR. Currently own a maximum 5 film with a tamron 28-300 lens. Loved the setup. When a decided to go digital, went with a canon is s3 to see if I would like it and didn't want to spend too much money on my first digital. Now am thinking about getting an SLR. Have looked at canons since I like my is s3 but want one lens that will do everything and have the is.

Have also thought about the pentax, either the new 200 or the 100super, with the 18-250 lens, either Pentax or Tamron..

Does anyone have any suggestions? Also do you know if either of the 18-250 lenses are waterproof..

Thanks in advance for any info...

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One of the primary reasons people move up to a dslr is lenses. One lense will not do everything well. Rather, you use the right lens for the job. If you want an "all-purpose" lens, you probably should stay with a P&S camera..

I used a camera similar to yours before I graduated to digital (see my comments at my photo hosting site, below). I moved up because I wanted to take my hobby to a new level. I began with a cheap lens and learned photographic principles. I then moved up to good glass. I never even considered buying one lens that would do everything because they won'tat least not well..

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Comment #1

While the extended zoom lenses aren't the best. A DSLR with such a lens will still outperform most P&Ss with extended zoom ranges.Plus you now have the capability to move on up to good glass later on.So I think that it's OK to start with this kind of kit..

To the OP......I'm not aware of any extended zoom lenses that are water resistant.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #2

Not only does the all purpose ultra zoom on the slr does better than most point and shoot, but even with the flaws of such lens, they are sometime a life saver when you need to travel light..

I believe the OP's Tamron 28-300 is a Canon mount? But whatever it is, if it is me I'd most probably buy a dslr of the same mount, and then get a super wide zoom to go with it..

I'm personally waiting for the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 and see how they perform..

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Comment #3

Thanks for all the info, was hoping to get some suggestions on which brands you recommend...

Comment #4

Of the brands have extended range zooms available for them..

All the bodies are capable of taking excellent photos. Get your hands on as many different models as you can..

Pick a body that appeals to you. It should come nicely to hand. Controls nicely placed. Adjustments that you typically use should be available without menu diving. How's the viewfinder? Info there that you think you'll need?.

Specialized lenses that you might someday buy, like macro...long telephoto...or wide angle, should be available.Buy it and don't look back..

Personally I like the Nikon D40x with 18-200 VR or the Oly E510 with 18-180.......but that's just me..

A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #5

Photohiker46 wrote:.

Have thought about SONY's, but wouldn't use my lens since I wouldlose the wide angle ability, don't like needing to get SONY batteries.

What's wrong with Sony batteries versus Canon batteries or Nikon batteries ? .

And cards either,.

No need to get Sony cards..

But I do have flash and remote..

Remote is a plus. Flash probably won't work (only the 3600 & 5600 Minolta flashes work in TTL mode)..

The Sony 18-250 on any of the new cameras (all have vastly improved AF over the KM 7D & Sony A100) is a nice, stabilized single lens outfit..

- DennisGallery at http://kingofthebeasts.smugmug.com..

Comment #6

Photohiker46 wrote:.

Thanks for all the info, was hoping to get some suggestions on whichbrands you recommend..

As a minolta film and digital user..I would suggest this...

Ist off, depends very much on what you do, ala photo wise..

Nikon is top pick for flash..Canon for long tele and sports.

Sony will take your lenses, and any other stuff you have. They do use CF cards, so you are not stuck with the daft MS ones. You should at least look at it, see if they offer you anything you like..

Pentax/Samsung, less going on lens wise..but still some decent deals going on, nice pancake lenses though..

Oly have nice optics, always have..depends if it grabs you.

Myself, I am still kicking about on A mount, but thats mostly down to being into film more than most. If I had my time over again..and had nothing. I would probably have looked into Nikon. That is my own subjective and biased view!.

The film 5 is a nice film camera though..have to say..

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- you are not "stuck" with "sony memory cards" (I assume you thought of the Sony memory stick). As Dennis also pointed out you can use any brand compact flash (CF) memory card in the current Sony Alphas.

- you are not "loosing" wide angle (like you would with any other old SLR glass from any other mount, as all lenses used to be consideed wide enough for film at about 17 mm foacl lentgh), you GAIN the chance of continuing to use your Maxxum A-Mount lenses in the digital age, and the sony Alphas all turn these lenses into stabilized lenses (in body SSS sensor based, not eleoctronics pixle shft but sensor shift). With any SLR lens kit, you would have to buy an additional digital wide (with focal lengths starting at 10 - 11 mm to get wide on APS-C crop sensors, this is anybodys challenge in transitioning from film to APS-C DSLR, be it Canon, Nikon,.

Actually if you were an old time Nikon, the D40 and D40x would nt even AF your nikkors as they do not drive the screw AF lenses.....now who is screwed here?.

- you are buying into the fastest growing DSLR system there is right now..

- you do not listen to Barry F. he used to be a sound critic but lately seeminlgy tends to turn a borderline Sony basher....hint hint Barry.

- you do not listen to me, I am a long term A-Mounter and soon A 700 owner..

Go into a store and lay hands on the A200, A700 and the fastest life view AF DSLR on the market, the A 300 and A 350... and touch all the other offerings and see for yourself what you enjoy most..

Good luck and good nite from Bavaria,.

Ralf- too lazy for hosting an online gallery..

Comment #8

Ralf Bliesener wrote:.

- you are not "loosing" wide angle (like you would with any otherold SLR glass from any other mount, as all lenses used to beconsideed wide enough for film at about 17 mm foacl lentgh).

You do indeed lose field-of-view when you move a lens from a 35mm film SLR (or full-frame DSLR) to a crop-sensor DSLR. Nothing about that changes just because the name tag on a particular crop-sensor DSLR says "Sony"..

You GAIN the chance of continuing to use your Maxxum A-Mount lenses in thedigital age.

But with a field-of-view shift, which is beneficial for "telephoto" users, and not so beneficial for "wide angle" ones...

Comment #9

Tom_N wrote:.

You do indeed lose field-of-view when you move a lens from a 35mm.

Film SLR (or full-frame DSLR) to a crop-sensor DSLR. Nothing aboutthat changes just because the name tag on a particular crop-sensorDSLR says "Sony"..

YES, agreed indeed, as I tried to address the following quote from the OP:Quote:.

"Have thought about SONY's, but wouldn't use my lens since I would lose the wide angle ability"end quote.

That sounded like he would not suffer that "loss" with any other brand.

You GAIN the chance of continuing to use your Maxxum A-Mount lenses in thedigital age.

But with a field-of-view shift, which is beneficial for "telephoto" users, and not so beneficial for "wide angle" ones..

Agreed again, but: So shall he throw away his minolta teles then? What if there were no more A-Mount DSLR in production? Well, there are, and they are the Sony Alphas..

I tried to say that any shift to DSLR and shooting as wide as in the film era forces anyone to buy a wider lens - or at least I thought I said that. I tried to be as brand-unspecific in that lens part as can be..

Besides that, I like the Sony DSLRs..

Ralf- too lazy for hosting an online gallery..

Comment #10

Ralf Bliesener wrote:.

- you are not "loosing" wide angle (like you would with any otherold SLR glass from any other mount....

This seemed to be saying that crop-sensor Sonys were "special" that they, somehow, magically, were different from all other crop-sensor DSLRs in how they affected usable field of view...

Comment #11

I actually like the AA capacity some have since when hiking you can use the lithiums for more than one item..

I thought you had to use SONY cards, have SD's but good to know that CF's are used in the SONY's also..

Looks like I need to go shopping and try some out..

Thanks for all your help...

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