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Hi, I'm looking to buy my first nice camera, and I need some advice. I'm buying it mainly for nature photography, specifically for a rainforest trip I'm planning, but I'm not sure what to look for in a camera that will be most useful to me, and not have a bunch of things I don't need. I would like something that will be just as good in the rainforest as it will be on a mountainside or an ocean cliffside, picture-wise. Someone has suggested I get a Nikon 300D with a telezoom around 100/300mm, a wide angle lens around 24/70mm and a macro lens around 100mm, but I'm looking for some second opinions, because like I said, I'm not sure what to look for. If anyone could supply some advice, I'd appreciate it..

Thanks!..

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Since I am not sure whether you want shell out that amount of money and do want to lug around with heavy gear or not, the question is do you need a DSLR or would a more portable prosumer kind of camera do?.

I am familiar with the rainforrest and the main thing I worry about is the humidity (thus possibily destructive fugus growth on your optics) and the lugging around the weight (depending on how far your going the rainforrest is very very slippery)..

If I would be in your shoes and didn't own any gear yet, I would probably go for a weatherproof compact system...

Comment #1

I'd really have to ask myself if I could actually carry a Nikon D300 and all those lenses around a rainforest, if that's a likely future destination. If there's any way you could get yourself to a store and try this out, I'd do it..

The D300 is weather-sealed, which is perhaps why it's on your list, or is it the sheer quality?.

I guess the rainforest will be wet so a D300 would have a good chance of surviving. You'd have to make sure you get the right grade of lenses too, ones that are also weather-sealed, to take advantage of this..

Maybe you could make do with fewer lenses....

And will you be able to make the most of such a high-end semi-pro setup anyway? If not, you might end up more disappointed with the results than if you'd taken a simpler long zoom camera like the Fuji S100fs, or a truly compact SLR like the Olympus E420, and a couple of the neat zooms available for that camera..

Maybe you should consider also packing something like a waterproof and shockproof Olympus 1030W pocket camera as a backup in case things get really tough and wet..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #2

"A first nice camera" doesn't tell anything about your experience with cameras/photography. Now if you consider the Nikon D300, you must have some experience for sure..

In december I bought myself a new camera. I read about/asked and actually held different cameras (which I certainly would do if I where you)..

Eventually I chose the Olympus E-3 + 12-60 (24-120mm film....VERY nice range) and the 50-200 (100-400mm film), instead of the D300.Most important reasons:-E-3 fitted my hands much better.

-I travel (also rainforests/desserts/tropics/etc.) and the lensrange of this combo with this high IQ, combined with the weight of it all, is better..

-The weatherproofness of the E-3 (including the mentioned lenses)is probably the best on the market today (for DSLR's); I've read reports of people shooting in the pooring rain for hours on end.-Very sturdy build quality (build like a tank)-Very high IQ!.

In short.....I love this set and to me it's best for outdoor/travelling.You also might look at Pentax.Good luck!..

Comment #3

Mujana wrote:.

"A first nice camera" doesn't tell anything about your experiencewith cameras/photography. Now if you consider the Nikon D300, youmust have some experience for sure.In december I bought myself a new camera. I read about/asked andactually held different cameras (which I certainly would do if Iwhere you).Eventually I chose the Olympus E-3 + 12-60 (24-120mm film....VERYnice range) and the 50-200 (100-400mm film), instead of the D300.Most important reasons:-E-3 fitted my hands much better-I travel (also rainforests/desserts/tropics/etc.) and the lensrangeof this combo with this high IQ, combined with the weight of it all,is better.-The weatherproofness of the E-3 (including the mentioned lenses)isprobably the best on the market today (for DSLR's); I've read reportsof people shooting in the pooring rain for hours on end.-Very sturdy build quality (build like a tank)-Very high IQ!.

In short.....I love this set and to me it's best for outdoor/travelling.You also might look at Pentax.Good luck!.

Hello, Yes the E3 would be high on the list as Olympus have a proven track record of weathersealing. and as the poster also suggest look at Pentax. I would suggest the Pentax K200D as it's the smallest weather resistant camera in D-SLR, Combine this with the DA* 16-50mm and DA* 50-135mm sealed lenses. The DA* 200mm and the DA* 300 are also weathersealed..

Basically with the K200D you are getting the lightest sealed kit you can get your hands on. The D300 is very heavy and sealed lenses are not cheap...

Comment #4

If you've got the money to risk a few thousand dollars of equipment (like the Nikon D300 and expensive VR lenses), go for it..

I lived for a number of years in Malaysia and I've visited the rainforest in Costa Rica. The rain and humidity can be hard on a camera..

There is no question that you will get the best performance and image quality from a high end DSLR. You can also get good image quality with a less expensive camera. In addition to the cheaper DSLRs, you might also consider the Panasonic FZ50. You might even consider the smaller Panasonic FZ18, but it's image quality is not as good as the FZ50..

One advantage of the FZ50 is that it has a builtin Leica zoom lens 35-420mm so you don't need to "open" the camera to change lenses. With an inexpensive teleconverter you can get 600 or 700mm..

I can't tell you how well the FZ50 handles the rainforest environment. If you are interested in this camera, I suggest you post a thread on the Panasonic forum and ask for people that have used the FZ series in a rainforest environment..

By the way ... which rainforest are you going to?.

Good luck,.

- Simon.

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Comment #5

Regarding the D300, this would be an awesome camera for you. What the others have said is worth giving lots of thought too, it's gonna be heavy. Not just because of the camera but the LENS!.

The weather sealing is only going to be as good as the lens you get. The lens will have to be a pro level lens to keep out all that humidity and other moisture. This could get quite expensive! I would probably research high level point & shoot cameras which have resistance to moisture..

Ryanhttp://whittierphotography.com.

Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.-Thomas A. Edison..

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