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Old camera now and new later?
Hi,.

I am facing a sort of dilemma.I want a DSLR, I have grown over my compact and later my ultrazoom..

Basically, I would to know if it would be OK if I bought an older piece from a secondhand shop etc - it would cost a lot less in the beginning than a new one and I think the functionality and image quality would be superior over my current camera (Canon Powershot S1 IS). I'm thinking about buying something like Canon 10D now or Nikon D100..

Is it good idea to buy such an old machine to start with?.

But, I'd like to upgrade to brand-new DSLR (something like Canon 450D or Nikon D80) in a year or so..

Thanks..

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I think it's a fantastic idea to buy a slightly older, used DSLR, to learn from it, get some good lenses, and then, later on, buy perhaps a new one. I applaud you for your decision.

Having said that, I wouldn't go for the D100 (I don't know anything about the 10D; Canonites can say more about it). It's quite big and also older generation than, say, a D50 or D70. I would try to find a used D50 or D70 - these are remarkably capable cameras; better than the D100, I would argue.

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Comment #1

Yes, you are thinking about it in the most sensible way. Your lenses are going to be the investment and the camera bodies "consumables". You might not even need to get an old model secondhand given the rapid turnover of new models pushing unsold early models into sales at the big warehouse firms. Try to get a guarantee on secondhand as repair costs can be ridiculously high..

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Juraj Borza wrote:.

Basically, I would to know if it would be OK if I bought an olderpiece from a secondhand shop etc - it would cost a lot less in thebeginning than a new one.

Not generally a good idea, at least going that far back. Better to find a new model on closeout. Price will be about the same but you've got a much newer camera with a warranty..

For example....

I'm thinking about buying something like Canon 10D.

Fine camera but a bit dated. Very slow to write images and playback, small buffer (8 frames), 3 frames-per-second, old AF, ETTL flash, not EF-S compatible. For all this you pay the small sum of $350..

For the same amount of money you can buy a closeout 350D (aka Rebel XT). Higher resolution (8mp instead of 6mp), much faster writing an playback, buffer about twice the size, same fps, same AF, ETTL II flash, EF-S compatible. Lacking on this is the better viewfinder and rear dial of the 10D..

For $150 more you can get the 400D (aka Rebel XTi), which has everything the 350D has plus even higher resolution (10mp), larger buffer and newer AF (similar to 20D)..

And if you want used, for the same price as a new 400D you can get a 20D. Same build and viewfinder as 10D, but 5fps, buffer size similar to 400D, 8mp (same as 350D), AF same as 400D, ETTL II, EF-S, etc..

For used stuff look at keh.com. Fair rating and good prices. You can get them a little bit cheaper elsewhere, but you won't be sure of condition..

Or Nikon D100..

D70 and D50 are about the same price and better cameras..

Is it good idea to buy such an old machine to start with?.

No!.

Thanks.

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Comment #3

You'd be better off with the lowest priced new camera instead of a really old, in digital terms, camera like the D100 or 10D..

I suggest not going back older than a Canon XT (350D) or Nikon D70 (which was before the D70s).

If you can think forward to what you want that's current, use that as your decision making process to determine the used camera you don't want to switch systems once you buy a lens or two..

Right now, some small stores have brand new Canon XT cameras left in stock, at pretty good prices..

BAK..

Comment #4

BAK wrote:.

You'd be better off with the lowest priced new camera instead of areally old, in digital terms, camera like the D100 or 10D..

I suggest not going back older than a Canon XT (350D) or Nikon D70(which was before the D70s).

If you can think forward to what you want that's current, use that asyour decision making process to determine the used camera youdon't want to switch systems once you buy a lens or two..

Right now, some small stores have brand new Canon XT cameras left instock, at pretty good prices..

BAK.

Last years models can be found NEW at good discounts, and with fairly current technology too...most entry level can be had for under $600.00...You can a few new current entries with two lens's for under $1,000.00...KEH and B&H would be the best places to start if you want a used to save a few dollars...Sometimes they have have DEMO or REFURBS too. These can be great deals as long as you get a warranty with them, or have the option for a MAC warranty added to purchase price..

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Comment #5

Thanks for all of the information..

I have finally decided to go for new Nikon D40 kit (+18-55 lens). It costs 380 here ($590) - it's new, it has warranty and it's still cheap...

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