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Buying First dSLR - What should I get?
Hey everyone, I am reposting this here instead of the 400D forum because I never knew this forum existed  ..

I am looking for a new dSLR. Upgrading from a Canon S1IS. I would like a fair amount of zoom (at least equivilent of 10x optical). I photograph all kinds of things including sports, landscapes, portraits and sometimes birds. I go on holiday a lot so I would like a kit which is as light and small as possible..

Right now I am thinking that I should wait for the 55 - 250 IS and 18 - 55 IS and purchase them together with an EOS 400D. Is the Nikon D40x or Sony A100 a better alternative?.

My budget is around $1500 Australian Dollars so I can't afford a D80 or 40D. Please give an opinion on what you would do in my situation.Thanks to everyone who leaves a comment ..

Comments (9)

I would buy K10D, or 100D with twin lens kit (18-55 & 55-200). If A100's price is comparable to 100D (i.e. around $300 cheaper to K10D) than A100. That way all lenses will be I.S. and will be cheaper as a system..

HawK_eYe wrote:.

Hey everyone, I am reposting this here instead of the 400D forumbecause I never knew this forum existed  ..

I am looking for a new dSLR. Upgrading from a Canon S1IS. I wouldlike a fair amount of zoom (at least equivilent of 10x optical). Iphotograph all kinds of things including sports, landscapes,portraits and sometimes birds. I go on holiday a lot so I would likea kit which is as light and small as possible..

Right now I am thinking that I should wait for the 55 - 250 IS and 18- 55 IS and purchase them together with an EOS 400D. Is the NikonD40x or Sony A100 a better alternative?.

My budget is around $1500 Australian Dollars so I can't afford a D80or 40D. Please give an opinion on what you would do in my situation.Thanks to everyone who leaves a comment .

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

Is also an option you might want to consider.The kit lenses get good ratings so you won't have to buy others right away.IS is built in to the body. About the right price range.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #2

As others above have pointed out, the Pentax K100D and Olympus E510 both have in-body image stabilisation which will work with all lenses, so one of these plus a twin-lens kit would be ideal. if you want small and light, the Olympus has the edge, although I find it fiddly in my large hands.Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

A100 was build to compete with Canon 30D and Nikon D80. It's higher class Camera then Nikon D40, Pentax K100 and Olympus DSLR mentioned..

It's compatible with all 94 Minolta AF (Maxxum) lenses includingfast primes and Sigma,Tamron, Tokina lenses for A-mount. A100 has camera based IS system..

To see what this camera is capable doing, type "Sony A100" inhttp://www.pbase.com search engine..

Http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #4

And this is how I am going about it..

What you need to do is hear what everyone recommends, and then research all the cameras side by side. Learn about the dslr features and try to pick what features you NEED, and the features you can do without. Then you will have eliminated cameras from the list..

After you have narrowed the list, go to the store(s) and play with the cameras you are interested in to check the ergonomics. How does it feel in you're hands? Is the buttons and switches where you would like them? How do you like the view finder? Is the LCD the right size?.

Once you have figured out what cameras feel good in you're hands, again, compare features and see if you can eliminate any cameras from you're list. Then start researching the lens systems each camera has to offer. I would try to select a camera based around the lens system you like the best, especially if you planning to become serious about photography..

Write a list consisting of what you think you will shoot the most, in the order of importance. Example, landscapes, cityscapes, sports, around the house, macro, etc. Doing this will tell you what types of lenses you will need. But since you will be learning, a nice multipurpose lens will probably do just fine in the beginning..

Read lens reviews from forums, and review sites. I like going to Pbase.com and looking at peoples photos using the lenses I am interested in. Type in a lens and you should have at least a few thousand images to view. Some people know how to take better photos than others, and some photos have pp and some do not. But I think you can get a good idea if the lens will work for you're styles, IMO..

By doing what I have explained, I have decided Canon is the system that I want to buy into. And I am most likely going to purchase the 20D. As for the lenses, I pretty much have it planned out what I will get (over a period of time)..

Good luck...

Comment #5

I believe Pentax is running a promotion on K100D super and K10D with $100 rebate off body or body with kit lens. The K100D with kit lens would cost about $400 after rebate...

Comment #6

There are currently some very good offers around for the Nikon D40X + 18-135 mm and D80 + 18-135 mm.Prices range from approximately AUD 1100 to 1500 incl. GST..

Http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/prod4804.htmhttp://www.shopbot.com.au/p-33563-480419.html.

Regards,.

Fred Kamphueshttp://www.millhouse.nl/bestofaustralia.html..

Comment #7

As I replied to this in other thread I'll do here to..

I did comparison on camera specs.http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #8

D40 is fully compatible with limited number of motorized lenses. Most of Nikkor lenses will be Manual Focus with this body.http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

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