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Reecemac
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   23rd Jul 09 at 00:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Looking to finally get a dslr as there is only so many photo's you can take with a crappy point and click. Only looking to spend upto 300 tops really (After looking around and seeing lenses go for triple seems really tight lol) but thats all I can really stretch to for my first one. Been looking at the Nikon D40 and D60 as far as I can tell the D60 has a few cool features and is 10mp and the D40 is only 6mp but been told that doesnt matter much for dslr's? or is someone telling me bollocks all this talk of different lenses too, apparently nethier camera has af so have to get lenses that have it built in both come with one 18-55 but that dont mean much too me at the min anyway. Anyone got some advice on what camera's seem best and just general help really, as I know fuck all really

Cheers

[Edited on 23-07-2009 by Reecemac]
John
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23rd Jul 09 at 07:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I'd buy a canon, don't have to worry about AF on lenses (and they are better )

Although pixels aren't everything, on a DSLR atm more is almost always better.

6mp is a bit anorexic these days.
FruitBooTeR
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23rd Jul 09 at 08:49   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

D40x is 10mp I think not sure how much they cost in relation to the D60.

Im prob gonna buy a dslr soon and my budget is the same as yours
Kurt
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23rd Jul 09 at 12:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I just bought a second hand Nikon d40, payed 200 and it came with 18-55 nikor lense, uv filter, lowepro carry bag, lense wipes, 4gb card and 1gb card

iirc its only 6mp though but from having a play its really noob friendly
Reecemac
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23rd Jul 09 at 17:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Been only looking at Nikon really seen a few Canons now but just seen the Sony Alpha A200 and it looks pretty good for the money and aint seen one bad word against it yet.
andy1868
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3rd Aug 09 at 10:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i appear to be in the same boat, fancy something better than what i have at the minute and would be looking at the same amount of money.

i'm alittle concerned about second hand stuff, because of warrantees etc, do they go wrong often? thats why i was looking at the A200 too, looks like the obvious choice if i was buying new
scottyp1989
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3rd Aug 09 at 12:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by andy1868
i appear to be in the same boat, fancy something better than what i have at the minute and would be looking at the same amount of money.

i'm alittle concerned about second hand stuff, because of warrantees etc, do they go wrong often? thats why i was looking at the A200 too, looks like the obvious choice if i was buying new


there seems to be a few people in the same situation at the min, i am to lol so help for all of us would be great lol
Cavey
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3rd Aug 09 at 12:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

There's quite a few people on here with the A200, they were selling very well last year being a fair bit cheaper than the nikons/canons.

The general advice seems to be go into Jessops, or whatever camera shop and have a handle of them.

The Nikon D40, Sony A200 and Canon 400D are the entry levels for each make (someone correct me if that's wrong), so ask to have a play with each of them, they'll all have a different feel and certain buttons in different places.

Come home, go on http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk and get it online, or get it from a place which will pricematch for you

I've got a D60, and it's fine for what I want, if I was buying one now, i'd probably look for a camera that would auto-focus tho, instead of the lenses doing it, as they're a fair bit more on lens cost. You'll be spending more on the camera to start, but it'll save in the long run

John will tell you the Canon auto-focus
AndyKent
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If I was starting again I would definately go to Jessops and try out everything first and see what you like best.

Personally I think Canon and Nikon are the best due to the amount of accessories available, range of lenses etc. I know people like Sony/Pentax etc do offer lots, but not nearly as much.

As Cavey says, then look on CPB and buy the best value. OR get onto TalkPhotography and look through the classified section for what you're after. Theres usually a load of beginners gear for sale hardly used and you can pick up a real bargain.
Scotty_B
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3rd Aug 09 at 12:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I have a Nikon D40 and have never wanted for a lens. It's a great little camera for a beginner although now I do crave something faster like a D300.

People saying 6mp isn't enough really do need to be silent. I've printed A2 and it looks superb.
John
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3rd Aug 09 at 15:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

6mp isn't enough when you can have double that, there's no benefit to not having the extra detail.
JonnyJ
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After 6mp its really only the size of the picture that your going to see a difference in.

I have to laugh at all these point and shoots with more MP than my D300
Matt L
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3rd Aug 09 at 15:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

there are quite a few second hand canons going on tp at the moment for about 300-400
John
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3rd Aug 09 at 16:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Point and shoots are a different ballgame, I've got a 12mp pentax thing here that's not anywhere close to my DSLR, if you can get more MP in a DSLR though it's only a benefit.

Also enables you to crop more and still have a useable picture.

 
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