DSLR - Photography (19)

1 Name: Camera Otoko : 2007-02-16 21:43 ID:Vey9wfvd

Hello, I've recently been getting into photography but I don't actually have a camera of my own. I'm planning on purchasing a DSLR but I'm undecided on whether or not I should go for the Nikon D40 or Nikon D50. Or perhaps should I go for any other DSLR cameras in the same entry level price range.

Any thoughts?

2 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-18 05:18 ID:zVi4vSjJ

Any reason why you haven't looked at the Canon 400d/Rebel XTi ?

3 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-18 21:50 ID:ZJHCK7H4

i agree. the rebel is a very capable camera, i intend on getting one myself when i have the funds.

4 Name: Camera Otoko : 2007-02-18 23:35 ID:Vey9wfvd

I would get it but it's past my budget for a DSLR kit. The Nikon kits are priced lower so I'm more interested in those.

5 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-19 13:29 ID:Heaven

Yes, but at the same time, the two lowest nikon's are rubbish cameras.

Go read some Dpreview or something:

6 Name: Camera Otoko : 2007-02-20 09:09 ID:Vey9wfvd

I have read those reviews and it was because of them that I was interested in the D40 and D50. What makes them "rubbish" cameras?

7 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-20 21:23 ID:Heaven

Quite possibly the biased fact that I own 4 Canon bodies.

8 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-22 16:25 ID:BXCZCrHB

Canon is a bit pricey but their hardware is really reliable. I've tried some different brands, but each and every time I fall back to Canon. Biased opinion too, maybe, but they're the cameras that gave me the less problems. And the less problems, the more creative.

9 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-25 05:15 ID:gDpIljp6

I've had good experiences with Canons; they tend to last.

I have yet to hear anything bad about the Rebel series, besides the price.

10 Name: Camera Otoko : 2007-02-25 05:32 ID:lNP5BtDl

So everyone seems to be leaning towards Canon, eh? Well then I guess I'll just have to save up more before making my final decision. And what would you guys recommend, buying a kit or just buying the body and lens separately? Obviously just buying the body will give me free choice of what lens I want, but which is more cost effective for something starting off in the world of DSLR cameras?

11 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-25 20:10 ID:Rz1gui6w

Well, you must consider two things: price, once more; some kits have a good quality/price ratio. They have lenses that tend to be of a more generic usage, well adapted to most situations while not really specialized. Then, if you really want some specific type of lens and know what you're choosing, buying the lens separately might be more what you want. That last solution is always more expensive. So I guess unless you need that specific lens, go for the kit.

I'll add a tip: ask photographers around you, I mean the ones who dwell in small artisanal photo-shops, not the huge industrial ones. They could give you some advice and directions and might have good occasion material. Plus, most of them have reductions as professionals - if you become friend with a pro he might make you benefit from it.

12 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-27 18:45 ID:zVi4vSjJ

They almost never get reductions on amatuer gear.

13 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-27 22:01 ID:Rz1gui6w

Yup, but they always do on lenses.

14 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-03-06 01:28 ID:y3pPpnG6


15 Name: Camera Otoko : 2007-04-15 19:46 ID:D5spHDrX

Just a little update, I was saving up for a while now and I was able to snag a really great deal on the Nikon D50 with an old Nikkor 35-80mm lens (about $355 without charger and CD). Now with the money I was originally saving up, I am able to purchase a nice lens but I'm not sure what I want to get. I'm looking for a lower budget lens with a lot of versatility, so I was thinking of the Sigma 18-200mm DC lens. The Nikkor 18-200mm VR DX is what I really want, but it will take me too long to save up for one.

Any other recommendations for Nikon lens?

16 Name: floss : 2007-04-16 16:15 ID:SaYgoJqe

just remember that 35mm film lenses translate to much longer focal lenghts on a digital body.

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19 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-05-16 21:11 ID:8TBEHWKe

I have a 7.2 megapixel sony cybershot. It isn't a very.. good(?) or expensive but it fits my needs and takes pretty.. okay photographs. My only trouble is it doesn't snap pictures very fast.

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