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What DSLR? Advice Please.
I posted this in the Pro-Digital forum a while back, but didn't get much of a response. So I'm reposting in hope of more feedback. Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules by doing so....

Ok, I'm coming out of the dark ages... mostly..

I'm giving up my _really old_ (actually really, really, really old) Mamiya-Sekor 35mm (which gave me years of excellent photos by the way), and Canon digital P&S and moving to a DSLR..

I'm a mostly amateur photographer, but have sold some stock photos, and covered some weddings and other small social events with the 35mm. It's just the M-S is really old, parts/repairs are difficult to come by, and hey, you just can't edit photos like you can digital..

I've spent the last month with my gut churning over making the right decision, reading every available review, etc., etc. - it's time to buy a DSLR..

My budget (wife approved) will put me into a 40D, 30D, D80, D200. Reading the literature by the mfgs, thiers is best, but what say ye - the pro or semi-pro in the field?.

I've ruled out the XTI because I just don't like the way it feels (small for my hands), and don't care for the controls..

I've ruled out the D40/40x for the same reasons, plus lens selection seems small..

I kind of like the Pentax, but I'm afraid that I'll have to start over with glass if they are slow, or don't come up with a significantly more advanced camera when I'm ready to upgrade (some day, pending wife approval, or adaquate photo income to buy it)..

Thanks in advance!..

Comments (5)

If you are trying to make money with the camera, this leaves you with 40D and D200.D300 models. None of the others are really suitable for pro work. I am biased, so I won't answer other than that..

Slr68 wrote:.

I posted this in the Pro-Digital forum a while back, but didn't getmuch of a response. So I'm reposting in hope of more feedback.Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules by doing so....

Ok, I'm coming out of the dark ages... mostly..

I'm giving up my _really old_ (actually really, really, really old)Mamiya-Sekor 35mm (which gave me years of excellent photos by theway), and Canon digital P&S and moving to a DSLR..

I'm a mostly amateur photographer, but have sold some stock photos,and covered some weddings and other small social events with the35mm. It's just the M-S is really old, parts/repairs are difficult tocome by, and hey, you just can't edit photos like you can digital..

I've spent the last month with my gut churning over making the rightdecision, reading every available review, etc., etc. - it's time tobuy a DSLR..

My budget (wife approved) will put me into a 40D, 30D, D80, D200.Reading the literature by the mfgs, thiers is best, but what say ye -the pro or semi-pro in the field?.

I've ruled out the XTI because I just don't like the way it feels(small for my hands), and don't care for the controls..

I've ruled out the D40/40x for the same reasons, plus lens selectionseems small..

I kind of like the Pentax, but I'm afraid that I'll have to startover with glass if they are slow, or don't come up with asignificantly more advanced camera when I'm ready to upgrade (someday, pending wife approval, or adaquate photo income to buy it)..

Thanks in advance!.

Chris, Broussard, LA..

Comment #1

Well, I have made money with the 35mm, though I haven't pursued it much..

I'd say I'm a serious amateur / semi-pro? - I was thinking 30D or 40D the more I've looked at them...

Comment #2

Slr68 wrote:.

I've ruled out the D40/40x for the same reasons, plus lens selectionseems small..

If lens selection is an issue with Nikon, it will only be worse with Pentax...

Comment #3

If you've used a Mamiya/Sekor 35mm all these years (!!!!!!!!!!!), why would you worry about Pentax's future models??????.

(I'm a Pentax DSLR convert).

If either Pentax fits your hands and your style, go for it. There is plenty enough lens selection. The in-body stabilization is the key feature..

You could even use your screw-mount lenses, in absolutely manual mode, with an adaptor, if you're a masochist (Don't Do It!).

Please don't expect the longevity you have from your M/S 35mm from any current digital camera from any brand. They will break or become functionally obsolete within 5 years or sooner imho...

Comment #4

If you're doing weddings, get two D80's. You need a backup, and two bodies let you avoid changing lenses all the time. The D200 is practically the same as the D80. Haven't used a D300 yet...

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