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Want to get a new camera, Thoughts, comments, etc
Hi there,.

I am planning on getting a new camera around christmas time - hopefully - and I kind of wanted to hear what people thought..

I am leaning toward the Canon XSi - 450D, the MarkIII one would be awesome but I don't think the wife would like a second mortgage. .

Anyway, this is where I'm sort of looking for some help. I would really like to take pictures of the moon at night, sunsets, wildlife, fireworks, as well as the standard everyday pictures. I have been looking around and the XSi really appealed to me. Then I was talking to somebody who said they liked the Pentax. I looked at both on the nifty little comparing feature here on the site and they both look good..

Is there a major plus to one over the other? Will the 3200 iso on the Pentax make a big difference? The Canon only has 1600, will moon shots ant night need a higher iso? What about the image stabilizer? Canon has it in the lens, Pentax in the camera. Is one really better than the other?.

I like the canon lenses and cameras, maybe it's because I've never owned a Pentax. I would like to get a zoom lens, I like Canons telephoto up to 300 or 400mm. Not familiar with Pentax lenses..

Sorry to ramble on and on and I probably don't make much sense at all. If anyone could give me some pointers I would really appreciate it..

Thanks a ton,Les..

Comments (6)

The moon is a sunlit object. I think you will find your concerns about high ISO are a waste of your time..

As for all the other concerns, you are not getting a lot of responses because you are asking about things that are mostly personal preference. There is no real life difference in the "features" you are pondering..

Get the camera system you like. It will have advantages and disadvantages compared to other systems. Live with them..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

Comment #1

What about the image stabilizer? Canon has it in the lens, Pentax in the camera. Is one really better than the other?.

When in-lens, IS stabilizes the image you see in the OVF, as well as the captured image. When in-body, it is only stabilizing the captured image (and LiveView, if you have it). In-lens IS makes framing a long telephoto shot easier in an OVF, and that's it's primary advantage..

On the other hand, in-body IS works on every lens you have, and is it's primary advantage..

From a performance standpoint, some say in-lens is a little more effective, but I've read enough to convince me it's a wash at this point..

Timhttp://mainetim.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #2

I think the in body IS is an advantage because every lens you hang on that body will be stabilized, not just the new IS lenses. That means you can pick up some bargain used lenses. Pentax, Sony(Minolta) and Olympus have in body image stabilization..

If you have until Christmas, try all five models out and pick the one that feels best. Do not worry about ISO 3200. I have only used it on mine a few times. The only time you will use it is is if you just have to get the shot and quality is not all that important. The difference between ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 is only one f-stop. Image stabilization can more than make up that difference.



Try them all out, buy what suits you best. All take outstanding images in the right hands...

Comment #3

Thank you all very much for the comments. I really appreciate it..

I guess I just don't feel all that comfortable with my own camera picking abilities. Not all that familiar with all the terminology. I've used film cameras and just turned dials and adjusted knobs till I got the picture I wanted not really knowing why or what I was doing..

Thanks for the responses..

Les..

Comment #4

I once shot a Pentax, and I now shoot a Canon. The Pentax was an excellent camera for it's time. My Canon likewise is a great camera. Try them out and buy the one you like better..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #5

Lewynn wrote:.

Thank you all very much for the comments. I really appreciate it..

I guess I just don't feel all that comfortable with my own camerapicking abilities. Not all that familiar with all the terminology.I've used film cameras and just turned dials and adjusted knobs tillI got the picture I wanted not really knowing why or what I was doing..

If you don't know what you're doing and don't know what you want please don't buy any camera yet. Get a photography book or better yet take a class while using the camera you already have. Working through studies with others will not only help you gain confidence and experience but will make the journey of photography more enjoyable...

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