A&P Whats a good beginner digital SLR camera?

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  1. Katarn2086

    Katarn2086 I know exactly where we're going....where the fuck

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    I'm looking for a good, inexpensive (oxymoron?) SLR camera, with a good lens. any reccomendations? :hsd:
     
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    Nikon
    Body: D50/D70
    Lens: 18-70 DX / 18-200 VR

    Canon
    Body: 350D
    Lens: This is a bit trikcy. There's the 18-55 kit lens, but I wouldn't consider it to be a good lens. There's also the 17-85 IS, but I wouldn't consider that a good lens for the money either.

    For a cheap telephoto lens, I highly recommand the Sigma 70-300 APO.
     
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    Katarn2086 I know exactly where we're going....where the fuck

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    photography is an expensive hobby :hsd:
     
  4. Katarn2086

    Katarn2086 I know exactly where we're going....where the fuck

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    so I should be expecting to spend 2k starting up?
     
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    Maybe try second hand gear until you find you want to stick with the hoby?
     
  6. Katarn2086

    Katarn2086 I know exactly where we're going....where the fuck

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    do you know anyone with a used D70 and 18-70 DX for sale? :x:
     
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    i bought a d70, sb800 and kit lens for about $800 shipped off ebay. D70 was barely used and i think its something you just have to guess on.
     
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    I spent 2.3k when I started...
     
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    Hua AZN photographer crew

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  10. Katarn2086

    Katarn2086 I know exactly where we're going....where the fuck

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    ahh... the problems with being a poor college student :hs: . I guess i'll be getting myself a d70 as a post summer gift to myself.
     
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    D70 is a good choice. The 18-70 DX will go nicely with that.
    You might also want a good flash, like the SB-600 (or SB-800 if you can get good deals).
     
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    Freakin' Rican New Member

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    well, thanks to this thread i put a bid on a D70 and i'm winning at $450 :eek5: the auction also has about 4 days to go though :hs: and i'll be outbid soon enough.
     
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    so is there anything particular that makes for a good lens? Just go off brands basically?


    I need to pick up a DSLR in the next couple months and am thinking probably the 30D (or Rebel XT if I decide it'll be 'good enough').
    Not looking forward to the big bill to get into this, but a college course is going to require it and I'll make plenty of use of it in the future.
     

  14. same here
     
  15. :mamoru: @ nikon peeps pushing the d70 trying to get a new recruit
     
  16. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    its usally a good rule of thumb that the more expensive it is, the better the lens
     
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    The Rebel XT is a great camera, takes awesome pictures even with the kit lens. I love mine. The kit lens is not bad at all, but most people hate on it because it isn't $500. Stopped down a little bit it can take some awesome pictures. Use it and learn the camera while you figure out what the next lens you want is.
     
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    i've spent over $2,000 so far since i've started about 1 month ago.. and i bought my camera for only like $400. but it's addicting. buying lenses.. flash.. batteries.. memory cards.. bag.. extension tubes..etc..etc. adds up quick. i want to upgrade to the 20D or 30D eventually.
     
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    How about Canon shooter suggest a good cheap walkaround lens for the 350D/30D?

    The kid lens isn't really all that great. :hsugh:
    Nikon probably still has the upper hand in metering/flash. Ergonomics wise, it's up to the individuals. I did gave the 5D + 30D dual camera setup some serious thoughts not so long ago though.

    Tokina is coming out with a 16-50 f2.8 (IIRC). That's probably gonna be a good lens for the money.

    Image quality wise the 350D/30D should be fairly close. Though the 30D should have better metering, AF, faster brust, and better interface. I do a lot of flash photography in M mode. So, I would pick 30D over 350D in a heartbeat. Again YMMV.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    350D + Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 is a good beginner set up. [​IMG]
     
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    Personally I don't think that's wide enough. But then again YMMV.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    It all depends what people shoot. Most will eventually purchase a wide angle lense to compliment a wide angle zoom and telephoto, ie 12-24, 28-75, 70-200
     
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    but its a f/2.8
     
  24. SL1200MK4

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    It really depends on what people shot.

    There are two problems with the 12-24, 28-75 combo.

    1. On a 1.6x crop, probably at least 22-24mm on the wider end is desired for the normal zoom

    Keep in mind that you don't want to keep on changing lenses every time you need 24mm.

    2. Distortion on the WA lens will probably make it less suitable for people shots. WA tend tend to stretch people's face around the edges.

    Typically the 24mm on a 12-24 and a 24-70 will have different distortions.

    But then agian that's looking from a event photographer's POV.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    That's why anyone with a clue won't use a WA lense to do portrait photography. 50 or 80mm prime for portraits :wavey: I've seen some use 135 f/2.0L for portraits with good success (on a 1.6x body).
     

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