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Hi I would like to start off by saying this is my first post. I have always liked photography but have never really got into it cause for some reason I thought I would never be able to take pictures that are good enough. When I do things I like to do them right so I would need time to invest in it..

Anyway..I have just received the opportunity to move to Nepal for 6 months and I thought this is a perfect opportunity to get a nice camera and learn how to use it to take some truly good pictures..

I understand that the camera is not the only thing that goes into taking high quality photos, but the only cameras I have ever had have been little point and shoot cameras that were low in quality..

I could spend a good amount of money on this because I am sure I will have a lot of times in my hands in Nepal, and there are a lot of interesting things that I will see, along with some beautiful scenery..

Anyway..any thoughts?.

I think I could spend like $700 on a camera and stuff but I would rather spend less as well..

Thanks!..

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Take a look at the Olympus E-510 kits, they just came down in price & the camera is quite impressive. It's not hard to learn. The kit lenses aren't bad..

If you prefer Nikon, then check out the D-40x...

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DancinP wrote:.

Hi I would like to start off by saying this is my first post. I havealways liked photography but have never really got into it cause forsome reason I thought I would never be able to take pictures that aregood enough. When I do things I like to do them right so I wouldneed time to invest in it..

Anyway..I have just received the opportunity to move to Nepal for 6months and I thought this is a perfect opportunity to get a nicecamera and learn how to use it to take some truly good pictures..

I understand that the camera is not the only thing that goes intotaking high quality photos, but the only cameras I have ever had havebeen little point and shoot cameras that were low in quality..

I could spend a good amount of money on this because I am sure I willhave a lot of times in my hands in Nepal, and there are a lot ofinteresting things that I will see, along with some beautiful scenery..

Anyway..any thoughts?.

I think I could spend like $700 on a camera and stuff but I wouldrather spend less as well..

Thanks!.

Hi.

Will you have access to somewhere to charge your batteries?Maybe you need to go as simple as possible and get an aa powered camera..

I can highly recomend the Pentax K100d if looking at an dslr, Get a solar charger....think it will work well in Nepal but would pay to do some research..

In a pinch you will even be able to use those real cheap 4 battery aa solar chargers to get a few shots...not the best but better than no shot..

Neil..

Comment #2

Print, store on PC, send to friends, post on a web site....?.

Do you have a notebook PC that you will bring?.

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Comment #3

I suppose the question is do you want an SLR or not?.

If so, then really any of the entry-level SLRs will be really good, so it doesn't matter if one person recommends this or that SLR. It's more a question of the lens you get, so think carefully about that..

On the other hand, of you want something decent, perhaps with a long zoom for wildlife, have a look at something like the Panasonic FZ18 or the Canon S5IS. The photos you get from these 'superzooms' won't be as good as from an SLR, but they are more fun to use, easier to carry around, and do video too..

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Where I am going to be living I will have a power outlet so I can charge the camera, not sure about when I travel and such tho. I will bring a laptop with me so I will have access to data storage and other programs as well..

On the camera, I don't really know what I should get. There are so many cameras out there that it really is hard to pick through it all. I want a camera that will let me take some pictures when I learn how to. A camera that will let me learn but not punish me too much, but at the same time wont limit me..

Thanks for your opinions..I look up the S5..

Comment #5

You need to decide(i) how much weight you are prepared to carry around(ii) how much trouble you want to go to..

- this will help you decide whether a DSLR or a good compact is better for you. For $700 you could get any of several good DSLRs with a kit lens having a range of about 3x (modest wide-angle to modest telephoto). Image quality will be better than on a compact, especially in low light but the camera is heavier. Your budget *might* stretch to a cheap telephoto zoom as well; then you have extra weight and bulk, and will need to change lenses from time to time. if you go this route, get the camera now and practice so that you know what you are doing before you go, because there is a bit of a learning curve to get the best out of them..

Alternatively a good compact (e.g. Canon G9) will have a much wider zoom range and offer an all-in-one package that is convenient and small/light. yes the image quality will not be as good as a DSLR but it will still be fine for normal purposes, by which I mean album-sized prints and on-screen viewing. Do you plan to make poster-sized enlargements to hang on the wall for which very high image quality is required? if so get a DSLR. Will you make 7 x 5 prints for an album or look at the pictures on your PC? A good compact will be fine..

Ultimately any modern camera will allow you to take nice pictures in good light: the tradeoff between bulk, ease of use, convenience, image quality etc. is purely personal and depends on your priorities..

Best wishes.

Mike..

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If you would prefer a smaller camera that takes excellent photos and has lots of options for you to grow into, you may be interested in the Canon G9, A650, SX100, A720, and A570, the Sony H3 or the Nikon 5100...

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AndyfromVA wrote:.

If you would prefer a smaller camera that takes excellent photos andhas lots of options for you to grow into, you may be interested inthe Canon G9, A650, SX100, A720, and A570, the Sony H3 or the Nikon5100..

Hmmm the G9 does look pretty nice, but it's pretty pricey, and if I spend a little mroe I can have a lot more options with an SLR right?.

The S5 looks sweet cause it can take video...are there any SLRS that can do that?..

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You seem to like the Canon S5. With that unit you can get a Raynox 2020 teleconverter lens which will give you the equivalent to a 900mm lens which performs well on distant and wildlife shots. Under $200.ngk20000..

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The S5 looks sweet cause it can take video...are there any SLRS thatcan do that?.

Not at the moment! Problem with having to move the mirror out of the way of the sensor, which would mean the viewfinder wouldn't work...Mike..

Comment #10

I have found a Nikon D40 and a Nikon D50 for sale in my area..

They both say they are like new and come with kit lenses/bags/card and such..

D40 for $450D50 for $525.

Good deals?..

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