Canon 350d/400d - Olympus e-410 or Nikon d40?

Any advice and opinion valued..

I am looking to purchase fist SLR, I have flicked through the forums but cannot find a specific answer to my scenrio. I am looking to purchase a camera that whilst being able to do a lot of the work for me, will allow me to build confidence and take control of my hobby, adjusting more setting manually, eupgrading lenses etc..

I have read COUNTLESS reviews on the Canon, Olympus and Nikon and all seem to have good features. The Olympus seems to be best value for money (340 with two lenses) but the Canon d350 seems to be fantastic value for money from Canon Outlet (200 refusrbished with 18-55 lens). The E-410 seems to have some cracking features such as dust-reduction/live preview etc, but I do not know whether I NEED these features, bearing in mind this is for me to LEARN with?.

Lost in a mass of information, looking for advice from some people with expeirence of any of these camera's / manufacturers..

Many thanks & a Happy New Year to you..

Richard, Leeds, England...

Comments (6)

Richard, I'm new to dSLR and purchased the 350D back in July. I can't believe the prices now! I can't speak for the other cameras, but from what I've gathered, they are all good cameras. But I can speak for the 350d and I really love this camera. I kind of flip flopped b/w the 400 and 350 for a while and after research and my needs, decided to save some money and go with teh 350. I think I made a good choice. My only concerns were the megapixels and that dust shaking mechanism.

And from what I've read, I dont' think there is really a consensus on the dust shaking mechanism in the 400d..

I think I made a good choice. After getting teh 350, I figure the things I would like about the 400d is the larger LCD screen and mroe focal points. I understand the focusing in the 400d is a big step up than the 350. But that being said, the 350d is an excellent camera. Make sure you go and hold it in person as some have complained that it's small and the grip is tight. I don't think it is.

Aside from the bodies, make sure you like the system you are buying into. I'd look at the lens selection and the prices of each to see which appeals to you. I like the selection of Canon lenses and the fact that if I needed to, I could easily find rental lenses for my XT..

Just trying to learn.


Comment #1

To answer your specific question regarind "growing" into the hobby, again I can only speak for the canon rebel line (but I assume the other slr's are similar as well) - I was totally new and just started with SLR in July of 2007. The canon has plenty of auto modes, which I never really used. And they have the "creative modes" which are the ones that give you more control. They have a "P" mode that is similar to auto mode, but it's in the "creative" zone. The P mode will set your aperture and shutter speed for you. And of course it has Av to control aperture manually, Tv to control shutter speed manually, and M which is manual mode to control both shutter and aperture manually..

Regardless of which SLR you get, you'll have a learning curve. You'll need to know and understand the same concepts. They'll all present similar challenges and I'm sure all the bodies you describe are similarly equipped and give you the same options that the 350d. If you are interested in SLR, the most important is to look into the system you are buying into. Look at the lenses and accessories and see what you think..

Right now, I just have the kit lens and the 50mm f/1.8 lens and a 430EX flash. I'm building my kit up and it's been a fun journey thus far. Be prepared to practice, practice, practice, and read, no matter whihc one you buy.Just trying to learn.


Comment #2

1) Have you handled them?.

The ergonomics of them boil down to personal preference. Handle 'em physically before making a decision, if it's at all possible. Better yet, bring a card and bring some shots home with you. Be picky about the viewfinder, because you're going to have to use it a lot..

2) Have you decided what you want to shoot?.

The systems all have fairly broad capabilities, but they're not identical. In addition, two-lens kits and so forth may be good value in general, but if one (or possibly both, if you have a particular unusual specialty in mind) of the lenses simply isn't relevant for what you want to shoot, you should check the resale value, and the prices of more suitable lenses if necessary..

Regarding live view, I'd regard it as useful in certain circumstances for highly-zoomed in manual focusing in static macro subjects, for instance, or in some tripod-mounted applications. It becomes significantly less useful in bodies where the LCD is fixed at the back of the camera (a flipping live-view LCD, on the other hand, has obvious utility for overhead or waist-level shooting)...

Comment #3

Many thankis for respone so far..

I am mostly interested in maco/portrait photography - I am seriously lured my the price of the 350d, but equally tempted by the positive reviews of the Nikon d40 lens review?..

Comment #4

.. new 18-55mm IS lens. The combination will be killer for most situations. This new lens is better than previous kit lens. May cost $200 only. I choice.Else Pentax K100D which will provide benefit of I.S.

That dust reduction is helpful to someone who works in excessively dusty environs, e.g. Journalists etc. For normal operation the mirror is adequate barrier while changing lenses..

Richrd wrote:.

Many thankis for respone so far..

I am mostly interested in maco/portrait photography - I am seriouslylured my the price of the 350d, but equally tempted by the positivereviews of the Nikon d40 lens review?.

Best Wishes, Ajay

Comment #5

The 350d at 210 brand new!. I have sourced looks really good value I will add a 50mm f1.8 for another 50. I have just sold my s80 which had similar spec in a compact I was a bit disappointed in the price I got for my camera as another one sold for 205 which didnt look in as good a condition mine was mint I only got 155 Ebay for you!!!Another vendor is selling the 350d with a 70-300 sigma macro again great value..

Some of the hight street are still selling the 350d kit at well over 300 so personally I am going to plunge for the 350d even though the IS on the pentax is pulling me some what and has the better built quality...

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