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Hi,.

I'm thinking about getting my first dslr and need some advice. I've read the reviews and it looks like something like the Nikon D40, D40x or the Canon EOS 350D or 400D would be around the right price. I may be able to stretch a little further. Now the thing I need advice most about is that I will be needing a macro lens. So could anyone recommend one for the above listed cameras?.

Cheers,.

Roger...

Comments (7)

You might want to look into the Olympus E510 - read the review and check the price!!.

Roses64068..

Comment #1

Macro lenses worth a look are :.

Tamron 90mm f2.8 MacroSigma 24-70 f2.8 Macro.

There are macro lenses with longer focal lengths. You can also use a non-macro lens with converters or extension tubes as a cheap alternative ( not as good as a real macro lens, but to start with or for occasional use )..

However f you are unfamiliar with DSLR's and lenses I'd suggest NOT getting a dedicated macro lens so quickly. I generally suggest not getting anything but kit lenses until you know your way around the camera. A DSLR needs some photographic knowledge to use effectively and macro photography is demanding on technique..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

RogerB74 wrote:.

Hi,.

I'm thinking about getting my first dslr and need some advice. I'veread the reviews and it looks like something like the Nikon D40, D40xor the Canon EOS 350D or 400D would be around the right price. I maybe able to stretch a little further..

Canon's latest, the EOS 450D, will be in the shops in a couple of weeks. Well worth the wait, and the small extra cost..

Now the thing I need advicemost about is that I will be needing a macro lens. So could anyonerecommend one for the above listed cameras?.

It's impossible to answer that without knowing more about what you aim to use the lens for. However some basic tips include:.

It could be that the right choice of standard zoom, bought instead of the kit lens, will give you enough close focusing capability without any further cost. The Sigma 17-70, for example is highly regarded as an affordable lens, and it focuses down to 1:2.3 - i.e. an object just over 50 mm wide will fill the frame..

For occasional use, extension tubes can be good but they don't work well with every lens. Working distances can be quite small - a problem for some subjects..

Supplementary close up lenses are good but only if you buy the best quality. The Canon 250D and 500D are the ones to go for..

But for ease of use, and flat-out image quality perfection, nothing can been a true macro lens. Canon's EF-S 60 mm and EF 100 mm are terrific lenses, and reasonably affordable...

Comment #3

Personally, I'd avoid the D40 and D40x (and the D60) as they are only able to autofocus with lenses that have their own AF motors. There are plenty of excellent lenses on the market that use Nikon's older screwdriver type AF where the AF motor is built into the camera body. This includes the Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 macro lens which I now use on my D200 to photograph jewellery, plants, small animals and the occasional human portrait..

If you're serious about macro photography, then your camera likely spends a lot of time on a tripod. In that case, autofocus might not be your top priority at all, in which case the D40 and D40x might be fine. Why not consider maybe a used D50 or D70s which you should be able to pick up relatively cheaply now..

I can't comment on the Canon system except to say that I've played with the 350D for a short while, and just didn't like the ergonomics nearly as much as the Nikon bodies I've used (F90x/F100/D200)..

Amy..

Comment #4

Thanks for the advice so far. The main reason for the macro is I'll be taking shots of miniature figures, usually about 25-30mm in height, for others to view online, whether for reviewing and commenting or to sell. I have brief experience with 35mm slrs but only ever used a standard lens (and this was over a decade ago whilst at college)...

Comment #5

Which brand?.

If good old Minolta Autofocus, have a look at what Sony is bringing on the market - A200, A300 (basically the same with life view and fastest lifeview autofocus on the whole DSLR market), A 350 ( as A 300 but 14 instad of 10 MP). And even if not, still take a look:.

All Sony ALPHA DSLRs take any Minolta/Sony /third party A-Mount autofocus lens and breath new life into them, including in-body anti-shake stabilizing each and every lens..

And Sony will introduce the third full frame sensor DSLR line to the market this year, besides Canon and Nikon, if you ever think of that option/ upgrade path..

Sony bought the DSLR part of KonicaMinolta less than 2 years ago...and set on the market with a vengeance!Ralf- too lazy for hosting an online gallery..

Comment #6

Hey, I was in your same shoes about a starter DSLR. I went with the Pentax K100D super. Check out the reviews on it, it's a really great camera and a lot of bang for the buck. I picked up the body brand new for $399 on ebay, the kit w/ 18-55mm lens runs about $599. I've used the D40x, XTi, and the olympus, and the pentax is by far my favorite, feels great in your hands.Just throwing it out there..

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