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Need a good recommendation for a DSLR
Im in the market for a DSLR. I'm a pretty experienced photographer, but because I'm a college student, I don't own any nice equipment (i.e. an SLR). However I think I might actually be able to pursuade my parents and extended family to spring for one for this coming holiday season, and I need help picking one out..

I want something that is well made (durable?) that takes great pictures, easy to use, high resolution, nice saturation, all of those nice features, at a good price (my ideal budget is not more than $700 but I'm open). I really want a lot of bang for the buck..

I've never really been impressed by Canon or Nikon, but if they actually are the best in this circumstance, I'll try them..

Also, a good lense recommendation wouldn't hurt either, esp. a macro lense.Thanks very much for the help...

Comments (8)

If you do not want Canon or Nikon for your budget I would recommend theOlympus e510http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse510/.

If you change your mind about CanonCheck out the Canon XTIhttp://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos400d/.

If you change your mind about NikonCheck out the Nikon D40Xhttp://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond40x/.

You may have a budget set for your camera and if your OK with the kit lens these models in kit form will do the trick, if not you will need to increase your budget to include a different lens.Also remember to factor in a memory card in your budget.

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Comment #1

Pentax K100D/K10D cameras are well known for their bang for the buck. Check them out before you decide...

Comment #2

There are a lot of great entry level DSLRs out there. In my opinion it's hard to find a bad one in the bunch. I've been in electronics retail for 13+ years. I offer the same advice I offer to everyone asking this question. Go to a camera store(or 3 or 5) and see them for yourself. Touch them, feel them, understand them.

Advice on this matter is great, it will help you form the list of ones to go see. But please don't be shy, go look at them. You need to know which ones fit your hands, have controls and menus that make sense and have the flexibility that you want. You can't tell all that from the recommendations. Not to mention that recommendations are often biased toward what a particular person prefers.

We'll both give different answers, but they both take awesome pics. Not trying to dump on you, but offering some consumer advice from someone who's been on the other side of the [sales] counter for a long time.Jeremy.

Everyone's an idiot sometimes, I just advertise.A few of my feeble attempts athttp://www.jeremyrwilliams.com/coppermine orhttp://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa203/jrw1275/..

Comment #3

K100D. What does it not have ? How can you not love it ? .

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #4

That's really good advice, you might find that some of them are really uncomfortable in your hands. For me worse was XTI, best was K10D.

Jrw1275 wrote:.

There are a lot of great entry level DSLRs out there. In my opinionit's hard to find a bad one in the bunch. I've been in electronicsretail for 13+ years. I offer the same advice I offer to everyoneasking this question. Go to a camera store(or 3 or 5) and see themfor yourself. Touch them, feel them, understand them.

Advice onthis matter is great, it will help you form the list of ones to gosee. But please don't be shy, go look at them. You need to knowwhich ones fit your hands, have controls and menus that make senseand have the flexibility that you want. You can't tell all that fromthe recommendations. Not to mention that recommendations are oftenbiased toward what a particular person prefers.

Everyone's an idiot sometimes, I just advertise.A few of my feeble attempts athttp://www.jeremyrwilliams.com/coppermine orhttp://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa203/jrw1275/..

Comment #5

You really can't go wrong with any of the entry level dslrs on the market today. You may want to check out some of the deals on Olympus E-330, E-410 or E-500 which are running less than $500 with twin lens kits. Of these, I would say the 330 is the most versatile, since you have live view with the tilt lens and you can get a cheap adapter and legacy (manual focus) lenses on eBay for peanuts..

Also, it's very important to check them out in person and see how they feel in hand. The 410, for instance, is small and uncomfortable for me (like the XT) but it may be right for you..

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Comment #6

I have a Nikon D40 and it is a excellent camera.Highly recommend it, and it won't cost you a arm & a leg...

Comment #7

There are several to look at. Olympus E510. Pentax K100D. Nikon D40 (or D40X). Canon XT (or XTi). I would agree with the advice to go to a store(s) and actually handle them and see which one suits you best - I've seen good results and good comments on all of them, so it's more a matter of them having available any further equipment that you will want down the road and how well the camera actualy suits you.

If shaving off every dollar that you can might make the difference between you getting the camera or getting a pair of socks (or maybe being able to add a second lens), I think these will all get you there..

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