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  1. Weekapaug33

    Weekapaug33 New Member

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    Considering the prices of entry level DSLR's are dropping I was thinking about making the plunge into the market. My price range for a body and lens is about 500 bucks. Right now im either thinking about purchasing a Pentax *ist DL or a Nikon D50. If anyone has any adivce for a starter DSLR id appreicate it.
     
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    macadamiaman New Member

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    Go D50 if on a definite budget. Go D70 if you can stretch a little bit.
     
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    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    $500 isn't going to get you much of anything. save up and get the d70.
     
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    If you want to enter the world of DSLR, stop and really think about what you might do with your DSLR SYSTEM and what you might buy in the future.

    1. What kinda lens do you need now and what you might buy in the future?

    2. Will you be doing a lot of flash photography?

    3. Will you need very good high ISO performance (shooting in low light)?

    While Pentax got some interesting new body and flash out at PMA. I still think that Nikon is probably a better system to get into.

    If you do a lot of flash photography, I think Nikon currently has the best flash system. Of course, if you want better high ISO, Canon is king.

    Which lens are you thinking of getting?
     
  5. Weekapaug33

    Weekapaug33 New Member

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    well I've seen the nikon d50 w/ af 18-70mm lens for about 489 so I think im going to start off with that untill i get some more cash for a new lens. I guess later on i will splurge on an expensive lens.

    The stock lens isnt that bad is it? :confused:
     
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    Alt+F4 official OT hockey stud

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    I just got a D70 with two lenses, hard case, (shitty) hotshoe flash, and CF card for $675 shipped, but I haven't seen anything on ebay under $700. A used D50 might be in your price range, but they seem a bit harder to find as they have only been out for about eight months.
     
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    Alt+F4 official OT hockey stud

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    Not sure if you were talking about one used setup in particular, but the D50 comes with the AF 18-55mm lens, not the 18-70. The 18-70 is the kit lens for the D70, and it's pretty much agreed that it's a better lens than the 18-55 that comes stock with the D50. I was in the same position as you the last month or so, and many of the reviews I read said to buy the D50 body, then try to find the 18-70mm lens used somewhere to use with it. That looks like a very good setup if you can't afford the extra coin for the D70/D70S.
     
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    Mr_Penut Elitist Member OT Supporter

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    this is like buying mountain bikes

    dont go cheap to begin with, as upgrading later is just a bigger waste of money :sadwavey:
     
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    yeah i have a 1 gb sd card it should do for the mean time.

    ended up getting a d50 body with the 18-70mm lens new for 535$. I don't think it was a bad deal.
     
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    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    I'm pretty sure most DSLRs use CF cards. I'm even more sure that none use SD.
     
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    The D50 uses SD.:wtcslap:
     
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    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    why would nikon decide to use SD? it's not like they're trying to keep the camera small :dunno:
     
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    To make the d50 more attractive to the amateur moving up from a p&s who might have a bunch of SD cards already.
     
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    1GB will give you about 180 RAW shots, which is like 5 rolls of film. Good enough to start with.

    I am glad that you went witht he D50. The 18-70 is a great lens for the money. I have no problem with the sharpness of the lens. It is a bit weak on the bokeh compared to the 17-55 DX, color tone seems to be better with the 17-55 DX as well. But then agian the 17-55 is a 1200 dollor lens.
     
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    1gig is totaly fine .. i also recomend you get a 2nd battery UV filter bag, dust pen STAT ... and then your next purchase to save up to should be a GOOD tripod and a speed flash .... sb-600 maybe
     
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    I would recommend picking another hobby like say sewing. You do not have the financial means to enter digital photography. You need to be pretty high class...:dunno:
     
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