A&P What does OT recommend...

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  1. tehganj

    tehganj oh, hi.

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    ... for a "starters" SLR? I have a friend who's very much into photography and she wants to now start taking a more enthusiast approach to it and get serious with it so I told her I'd help her out!

    I know this has probably been discussed before but I was wondering if there's anything new out etc? Sorry if it sounds a little too general but I myself don't know much about photog and just want to help her out. If you have any specific questions, go ahead and ask and I'll reply to your post.

    Thanks! :wavey:
     
  2. Spurious

    Spurious New Member

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    We'll need a budget, first. And then what she wants to shoot. Then nudes of her.
     
  3. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Funny you should ask.

     
  4. tehganj

    tehganj oh, hi.

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    1. $1,000
    2. She said "classic" pics as in mostly scenery and people in their natural environment/element. (urban?) - If that made any sense.
    3. :nono:

    *EDIT*

    Forgot to mention she likes both film and digital.
     
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    f/2.8L New Member

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    Just not necessarily in that order. ;)
     
  6. mojito

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    she can get a much better setup in the film area, but its more limited in opportunities and will cost a lot more in the long run if she shoots with any kind of consistency.

    Glass is what makes the image quality difference, so don't go cheep on glass.

    Buying used is not a bad idea at all. (most of mine was bought used)

    glass holds its value, bodies do not.
     
  7. Spurious

    Spurious New Member

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    New Canon XT w/ Opteka Grip or Used Canon 20D - $450
    Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 - $430
    Used Canon 430EX - $160
    Memory card - $20
    Total: $1,060

    Or you could not get the flash and a bag and a thrifty-fifity.

    New Canon XT Body Only w/ Opteka Grip or Used Canon 20D - $450
    Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 - $430
    Canon 50mm 1.8 - $90
    Bag - $50
    Memory card - $20
    Total: $1,030
     
  8. ravenspy57

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    used d80 for $550
    tamron 17-50 f2.8 $400
    memory card, bag

    Done.

    PIck up a d80 and a rebel XT/xti/whatever at the store and see for yourself.
     
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    Pick one up with a grip.
     
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    ravenspy57 New Member

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    Have, multiple times. Still too small of a body, I really don't like the ergo of the top grip. The 20d/30d/40d is MUCH better IMO
     
  11. e.pie

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    like I say in every what should I start with thread

    used 20D + tamron 17-50 2.8 > *
     
  12. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    e.pie Active Member

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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    seems like ever since the main forum went sub-only, this thread has been made in here EVERY DAY
     
  15. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    we need a suggestion for first dslr sticky
     
  16. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    Sticky: The best DSLR for noobs is the Canon Digital Rebel 400D XTi
     
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    not necessarily :o
     
  18. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    not a thread where one specific camera and lens is recommended, but a thread (or maybe a subforum) where they can ask for help in picking out their first dslr.
     
  19. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    :dunno: I've used a 20D, 30D, 350D, 400D, D70, and D200

    400D is the only one I'd recommend to photography noobs
     
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    FlashhslaF New Member

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    why?
     
  21. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    has a lot of cool stuff built in especially helpful for noobs, like telling you the depth of field right on the LCD

    the LCD turns off when you put your eye up to the viewfinder, so the light from it won't effect you

    it feels sturdier than the 300D or 350D

    interface is slick, buttons are pretty easy to use

    LCD is huge

    uses CF, so you can get huge cards cheaper than SD

    10.8MP

    new canon software is rad, too
     
  22. mojito

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    you gotta learn to use the DOF button :mamoru:
     
  23. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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  24. Spurious

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    I had massive fat guy hands and it was fine for me, and getting new gear can be beneficial for noobs as they wont be able to identify defects in the gear and the addition of a full manufacturer's warranty can't hurt.

    Of course used 20Ds are better if it's a reliable source and you can get an honest number of actuations, but a noob might not even know to ask about that.
     
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    slr? my fav is the nikon f3, cant really outgrow that.
     

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