A&P Help a mega camera noob buy a new camera!

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  1. Mountain Dude

    Mountain Dude Here it comes, and there it goes, another day in d

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    K boys, I looked at the stickies (as I know this is important in OT culture), but I'm such a noob I didn't even understand the terminology, I got looking at Canons on one of the links, and it was talking about effective megapixels, and fucking pixel density per square centimeter, and my mind exploded!

    So figured OT, or maybe just a few helpful members would be able to help me out with what I might be looking to buy.

    So, my parents want to buy me a nice camera, so all I know is that SLR is good, and I assume in this day in age an average guy like me would want a digital one. The thing I want it most for is I'm going to an Olympic hockey game in Vancouver, and I want to be able to take some sick pictures! Other than that I would use it just like the average consumer would want to use one, going to the zoo, going on vacation, the beach, parties, etc.

    So OT, help me out if you're bored, and if not, sorry to waste your time!
     
  2. Wobistdu

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    you sure you want the complexity of a DSLR?
     
  3. Mountain Dude

    Mountain Dude Here it comes, and there it goes, another day in d

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    You just blew my mind again.
     
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    yeah if i were you id rent a body just to see if i liked it
     
  6. Wobistdu

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    a $200-$300 canon point and shoot might give you pics you'd absolutely love
     
  7. The Great Deceiver

    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    If you have money get a D90 with the 18-200mm VR lens
     
  8. Wobistdu

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    :mamoru: tell him how much
     
  9. Mutombo

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    Budget?
     
  10. Mountain Dude

    Mountain Dude Here it comes, and there it goes, another day in d

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    I think somewhere around like $1000 bucks, I'm in canada by the way, I don't know how much that affects it.
     
  11. Wobistdu

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    What do you want the camera to do?
     
  12. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    noobs helping noobs
     
  13. Wobistdu

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    think of how great your advice would be if you didn't get offended by the status of a DSLR crew member
     
  14. Mountain Dude

    Mountain Dude Here it comes, and there it goes, another day in d

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    I would like to be able to zoom somewhat, but I guess maybe I'm looking for too nice a camera considering my needs.

    Oh, hopefully I'll be able to take Myspace type photos in the mirror, so I'll probably need like a few extra hundred bucks for that feature, right?
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    you made it pretty far before dropping the troll disguise
     
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    Someone has to post right? Maybe actually post something beneficial instead of your poor attempt at trolling.
     
  17. Mountain Dude

    Mountain Dude Here it comes, and there it goes, another day in d

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    :rofl:

    No I was actually just joking about the myspace thing, admittedly I don't need a great camera, but I've been given a big budget, and I want to get some nice shots at the Olympics as I said before, I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

    I'm really not trolling. :hsd:
     
  18. EWhytsell

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    I've never been to the olympics, but I hope they aren't like other venues in that they don't allow DSLR's.
     
  19. Wobistdu

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    your request is so broad. you can seriously score an amazing point and shoot camera for a few hundred dollars with a decent optical zoom

    you won't take ultra fast pictures
    you won't get ultra wide shots
    you won't get far zoom shots
    etc etc

    plenty of options, but you need maybe get to a store and play with them
     
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    For $1k, you're going to be limited to a body and single lens. I'd go with a used Canon 40D and a Tamron 17-50. Your zoom range will be limited with this combo, but it will be a good "normal" focal range to learn with.
     
  21. Wobistdu

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    used for a noob plus a $400 lens seems like a bad idea
     
  22. Mountain Dude

    Mountain Dude Here it comes, and there it goes, another day in d

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    Thanks man! I assume Canon 40D is the body and the Tamron 17-50 is the lens?

    Thanks man, yeah I think I will go to some sort of camera store and look around, at least gauge price ranges and shit like that tomorrow.
     
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    For $1010 one can get a D40X body, 18-200, and 4GB memory card, to construct the Khan Noonien Singh of point-and-shoots:

    http://www.adorama.com/INKD40XR.html
    http://www.adorama.com/NK18200DXR.html
    http://www.adorama.com/IDSSDX34G.html

    Or for only $640, one can buy a D40 kit, 55-200 VR, and the same memory card and then add another lens like the 35mm 1.8/G, bag, speedlight, filters and other goodies.

    http://www.adorama.com/INKD40KR.html

    The OP doesn't strike me as a guy who, on a $1k budget, would benefit more from a fancier body than he would from a couple more lens options and a speedlight.
     
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    He gave a budget and I gave a recommendation. If he wants to learn, let him learn. We all have to start somewhere.

    There's nothing wrong with buying a used body. If he wants some warranty, I think Adorama sells refurbished 40D's with 90 day warranties for $700.
     
  25. TheManLouisianaFace

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    :ugh:

    You noobs just got your first dslrs, someone with experience posts a GOOD recommendation (Mutombo used body and tammy) and your noob partner says it's a bad idea :rofl:

    If you have had your camera for less than a month, you shouldn't be posting in advice threads.
     

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