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My top runners:.

Canon XTI/D40Nikon D40x/D80Pentax K10d/k100dSony A700.

Open to other prospects....

It seems most parameters in the image quality like resolution and sharpness are pretty equal among good DSLRs with good lenses. So how would you break the tie based on colors?.

I don't have a hard budget set, but I don't want to go too crazy since this is coming out of savings not my monthly pay .

I am going to South America this winter (their summer) and would like to upgrade to a good DSLR+Lense for that...

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ShutterLag wrote:.

My top runners:.

Canon XTI/D40Nikon D40x/D80Pentax K10d/k100dSony A700.

Open to other prospects....

It seems most parameters in the image quality like resolution andsharpness are pretty equal among good DSLRs with good lenses. So howwould you break the tie based on colors?.

How the camera feels in your hands is most important in my opinion. Can you easily and comfortably reach the controls? Do the feel right under your fingers..

Equally important is to realize you are buying into a system, not just buyibng a camera and a couple of lenses. If all you want is a decent DSLR and some good, all-around lenses, then any of these systems will suit you just fine....base your decision on which camera you like the best..

However, if you anticipate any specialized needs down the road, like the need for long, fast telephotos, plan to shoot fast action or will need a top end flash system, you are better off looking at the top two, Canon and Nikon,.

As much as I'd like to say go with the Pentax, it is not that easy.....unless you are looking for a basic, affordable system and will not grow much beyond the use of a few basic lenses......  .

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover..

Comment #1

The problem is getting to a camera store is a bit difficult for me. My big thing is color. Secondary to that is cost/good lense. I don't think I will do too much high speed. For a while I thought about taking the camera to Iraq, but then I figured I'd have enough stuff to worry about and carry anyways. So dust sealing isn't totally as important as I will probably bring one of my P&S cameras.

The landscapes will have lots of greens, something that lots of cameras seem to have trouble showing correctly. The portraits will need skin tones, another difficulty for cameras..

So any recommendations for good lenses? I will most likely not be traveling with a monopod so image stabilization would be nice..I have a little bit of hand shake...

Comment #2

ShutterLag wrote:.

So any recommendations for good lenses? I will most likely not betraveling with a monopod so image stabilization would be nice..I havea little bit of hand shake..

For image stabilization, I'd suggest serious looking at the Pentax or Sony. These bodies have the stabilization system built into the body, so any lens you mount gets the benefits of image stabilization. with Nikon or Canon, you have to invest in special lenses with IS built into each lens..

For your needs, landscape, portraits and travel, somethin along the lines of a good 16-50mm zoom should cover most of your needs. I'd invest in something fast as well as these will be better quality lenses than the consumer kit lenses. As I know the Pentax system, either the Pentax DA16-45/4 or the Sigma 17-70mm are very good lenses. I'm sure the Sigma is also available for the Sony A mount as well. Good lens, nice range and excellent quality..

For the upper reaches, you could always looks at a the DA* 16-50/2.8...excellent build quality and image quality but pricey at about $850 or so....twice what the others will cost. Sigma and Tamron also make 16-50/2.8s at around $500..

If color is a concern, you can always shoot in RAW mode and do all your color correction oin post porcessing. That can also be an autmated function in many RAW image processing software packages, so you find the settings that work for you, dial those into your software and automatically apply them each time you import your images from your memory card..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover..

Comment #3

Thanks for the reply. The other thing is I would like to dabble in HDR a bit, so exposure bracketing would be nice... I think that drops the D40X out...

Comment #4

Camera is secondary to lenses. If you're serious about photography go Canon or Nikon. Pentax lens lineup is limited, and Sony lenses are REALLY expensive. Case in point, even though the Sony has body image stabilization it's non-stabilized 70-200 F2.8 is $2500 compared to Canon's image stabilized version of the same lens for $1700 or non-stabilized verison for $1100..

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