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First dSLR, which to choose?
Hi,.

I am planning to get dSLR but as I am new in SLR photography I am confused which camera to choose:I was thinking about Canon eos 400D, or something similar,.

I am going to use it for very detailed photos from small distance as well as for portraits. Can I ask for advice?.

Thanks,..

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MartaZielinska84 wrote:.

Hi,I am planning to get dSLR but as I am new in SLR photography I amconfused which camera to choose:I was thinking about Canon eos 400D, or something similar,I am going to use it for very detailed photos from small distance aswell as for portraits. Can I ask for advice?.

Thanks,.

Hello Marta,.

My advice is that you should look at the Olympus E-420 or E-510 with the two kit lenses..

Olympus are great cameras and most important the kit lenses are much better than those from other brands..

The Olympus Four thirds system as many advantages like the lenses perform better and are smaller, they have also the best sensor cleaning system, and many other nice features..

Check this:.

Http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/dslr_6784.htm.

Cameras: http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/dslr_6760.htm.

Lens: http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/dslr_6756.htm.

Besides Olympus is a very well trusted brand, they make the best glass also for scientific applications..

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Comment #2

Go to a camera shop that has all of the entry level models from NikonCanonSonyPentaxOlympus, play around with them and see what wants to go home with you. Image quality wise, they're all more than adequate for most non pixel peeping purposes, and your requirements don't seem to tap into any serious challenges with one caveat, which we'll come to..

You probably want a macro lens it sounds like, which will end up being an additional cost to any package you buy (none of the "kit lenses" I'm aware of focus much closer than a foot. The tamron 90mm is a good choice on a budget for any system. The caveat from above- It won't auto focus on a nikon d40/40x/60 and I'm not sure if there is a 4/3s version for olympus..

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Oly has the great 35mm macro and the exceptional 50mm macro available for $200/$400 to solve the macro capabilities. the 50mm also doubles as a great portrait lens. it's regarded as one of the sharpest lenses produced regardless of manufacturer and a real value at it's price..

Any will do the job with their pros/cons.

Oly - not great high ISO vs. exceptional lensesnikon - good all aroundercanon - best at high ISOpentax - weather sealed at lower price point but limited sealed lens selectionsony - new but minolta based, I wouldn't other's would, your results may vary..

Decide a budget and stick to it... you can't go too far wrong with any of them really as it's like picking white at the paint store, you never realized how many shades there are until you get there...

Comment #4

Veuliah wrote:.

MartaZielinska84 wrote:.

Hi,I am planning to get dSLR but as I am new in SLR photography I amconfused which camera to choose:I was thinking about Canon eos 400D, or something similar,I am going to use it for very detailed photos from small distance aswell as for portraits. Can I ask for advice?.

Thanks,.

Hello Marta,.

My advice is that you should look at the Olympus E-420 or E-510 withthe two kit lenses..

As good a place as any to start with a new system....

Olympus are great cameras and most important the kit lenses are muchbetter than those from other brands..

The Olympus Four thirds system as many advantages like the lensesperform better ...... they have also the best sensorcleaning system.......

That's your opinion. and I doubt that any rival manufacturers would agree. That doesn't mean you're wrong, but stating your opinions as facts is misleading at best..

Besides Olympus is a very well trusted brand, they make the bestglass also for scientific applications..

Again, your personal opinion. I think they make great cameras and optics, but you couldn't possibly know how well trusted they are by anyone else. Nikon, Canon and Pentax all make excellent products for scientific users. If anything I've seen more Nikon optics in use in scientific applications than any other brand..

Amy..

Comment #5

Amypics wrote:.

Veuliah wrote:.

MartaZielinska84 wrote:.

Hi,I am planning to get dSLR but as I am new in SLR photography I amconfused which camera to choose:I was thinking about Canon eos 400D, or something similar,I am going to use it for very detailed photos from small distance aswell as for portraits. Can I ask for advice?.

Thanks,.

Hello Marta,.

My advice is that you should look at the Olympus E-420 or E-510 withthe two kit lenses..

As good a place as any to start with a new system....

Olympus are great cameras and most important the kit lenses are muchbetter than those from other brands..

The Olympus Four thirds system as many advantages like the lensesperform better ...... they have also the best sensorcleaning system.......

That's your opinion. and I doubt that any rival manufacturers wouldagree. That doesn't mean you're wrong, but stating your opinions asfacts is misleading at best..

Besides Olympus is a very well trusted brand, they make the bestglass also for scientific applications..

Again, your personal opinion. I think they make great cameras andoptics, but you couldn't possibly know how well trusted they are byanyone else. Nikon, Canon and Pentax all make excellent products forscientific users. If anything I've seen more Nikon optics in use inscientific applications than any other brand..

Amy.

You make mostly valid points but on 2 points the Oly kit lenses are regarded as best available at this point and it does have the best dust reduction system of any of them by a wide margin as has been born out in the reviews and forums..

Save those the rest is largely opinion based as you noted...

Comment #6

MartaZielinska84 wrote:.

Hi,I am planning to get dSLR but as I am new in SLR photography I amconfused which camera to choose:I was thinking about Canon eos 400D, or something similar,I am going to use it for very detailed photos from small distance aswell as for portraits. Can I ask for advice?.

Thanks,.

The 400D will do what you want. If your subjects for the detailed pictures are small, you'll want a macro lens, if the subjects are large, then a wider-angle lens. Portraits are doable with most any system, and lighting is more important than equipment for portraits (and detail tends to need to be lessened in PP for portraiture.).

What size objects are you wanting to shoot from close in? Under which conditions?.

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #7

Freealfas wrote:.

Oly has the great 35mm macro and the exceptional 50mm macro availablefor $200/$400 to solve the macro capabilities. the 50mm also doublesas a great portrait lens. it's regarded as one of the sharpestlenses produced regardless of manufacturer and a real value at itsprice..

For macro's you want sharpness at close range (6 inches to 2 feet or so depending on focal length). For portraits you don't want sharp, you want good out of focus rendering and you want it to perform well in the 10 foot or so range..

Macro's and portrait lenses are optimized differently to their job well. You may in fact find a lens that can do double duty acceptably to you but it will not be optimal for either job...

Comment #8

If it's your first DSLR make sure you go for something with LiveView on the LCD. So it's an easier transition. I went for the 450D, and am loving it..

But I have to say, the standard kit lens isn't the greatest in the world. To get the most out of the camera, I'm finding that for my personal uses, a new lens was a must. Using the Tamron 17-50 2.8 now, and it's really helped with IQ, especially because it's faster, with wider apertures (throughout the entire lens) so allows for lower ISO's whilst retaining similar or faster shutter speeds...

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