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s100 or dslr? Please help!
So, I've been reading the forums and site for years, but have only now started posting....

Ok so here is the deal, currently using an fz20. Have previously owned a nikon 401 slr, but havent yet made the switch to dslr for money reasons. However, now I am searching for a new camera and have seriously considered either the fuji s100 or a dslr and cannot make up my mind..

Problem is, I like to travel with my camera as well as having a versatile system (ie I might be at a football match one day and then shooting macro or portrait, then sightseeing at night. Having spent the last weeks trying to decide, getting different advice from everyone and not being any closer to deciding, please help!.

Please correct me on any compatibility or other issues, as I have no dslr experience (only slr) but here are a few of the options I have considered....

*Fujifilm s100 with either a raynox 250 or +1,+2,+4,+10 macro kit (what would be better? and some sort of teleconverter. However, concerned about IQ here..

*Nikon D60 with 18-55VR and another 70-200/300 ish lens OR add a macro and telephoto converter to the kit lens..

*Canon D60 or the like- basically a used, cheap dslr that is still high quality and a similar setup to the nikon..

*was considering an oly e410 or even samsung gx10, but concerned about lenses for the future..

So... any comments, suggestions and alternative solutions? I'm a student, so budget is pretty tight, but could probably stretch to 550-600 max, if going for a system that will keep me happy for a few years. Could even be a single lens if it does the job.Thanks in advance!.

Adrianhttp://www.adeyjdesign.co.uk..

Comments (5)

Theres no doubt even high end P and S like fz50 and fufi 100 loose out to DSLR in image quallity so to be attractive they have to measure up on other fronts- Price- size- Convenience (lense changing).

A fuji 100 with a macro and tele converter does none of these and therefore to my mind the descision is simple..

Comment #1

Camera Body and lens, both are equally important for overall IQ. Considering that Olympus E510 with twin lens kit is the best bang for the bucks as on date ($650) for image stabilized set-up..

Http://www.amazon.com/...ias%3Dphoto&field-keywords=e510&x=9&y=17.

Else consider Nikon D40 with twin lens kit ($550 on amazon).

Http://www.amazon.com/...2353?url=search-alias%3Dphoto&field-keywords=D40.

Adeyj wrote:.

*was considering an oly e410 or even samsung gx10, but concernedabout lenses for the future..

So... any comments, suggestions and alternative solutions? I'm astudent, so budget is pretty tight, but could probably stretch to550-600 max, if going for a system that will keep me happy for a fewyears. Could even be a single lens if it does the job.Thanks in advance!.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for visiting and leaving comments ..

Comment #2

Thanks for the advice guys, I have been considering the oly, but won't I be a bit limited on lenses for the future? I have to admit it looks a very nice camera and I've heard that the supplied lenses are good as well, but what about second hand lens availability? Also, with a kit lens, what will the macro opportunities be like? Remember that I have to have this setup for travel, so would prefer carrying max 2 lenses and some accesories. Are the tele and macro converters out there any good? I've heard the oly tcon is a good piece of kit?.

Also, would prefer something more than 6mpx and I don't know whether the lack of AF motor in the D40/D60 would be a problem..

Sorry about all the questions, but this is a big purchase!.

Thanks,Adrian.

Http://www.adeyjdesign.co.uk..

Comment #3

You shouldn't be limited on lenses since you have all the ones available for Olympus and Panasonic..

You might be able to turn the kit lens into a mcro lens with extension tubes, if they are available for this system..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #4

Ok so just had a play at jessops with the s100 and a few dslrs. I have to say that the s100 feels great, perhaps even better than the nikon d60, with all the controls being where they should be..

However, looking at the macro capabilities, I was very impressed by the D60 with a sigma 55-200 and not so with the fuji- thanks for the advice to those who replied, now I need price advice!.

So, I can get the D60 with VR kit lens and Sigma 55-200 AF for about 475. I know that jessops are expensive, but that doesn't seem too bad to be honest..

Same setup, but with a Canon D400 would be 50 cheaper, but didn't like the feel of the Canon at all..

Anyone know where the d60 might be cheaper, as well as the lenses?.

Adrianhttp://www.adeyjdesign.co.uk..

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