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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: alan1572 on October 31, 2011, 10:41:41 PM

Title: what camera
Post by: alan1572 on October 31, 2011, 10:41:41 PM
my daughter is looking to spend £200 of her xmas money on a camera, she doesn't want a point and shoot, maybe a 2nd hand camera, any idea's?
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Oldboy on October 31, 2011, 10:59:44 PM
Had a quick look and Grey's of Westminster have three D70 at under £200. It's a cracking camera but only 6mp. As you have a Nikon she could borrow some of your lenses as unlike the D40, the D70 hasn't got restrictions on which lenses you can use.  ;D

http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/products/secondhand.php?cat1=4&pg=1

They are near the bottom of the page.  :tup:
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: greypoint on November 01, 2011, 06:53:08 AM
Check out the used lists of SRS and Park Cameras. Both have quite reasonable prices and are good companies to deal with. I had a second hand camera from SRS which had a minor fault after a couple of weeks and they collected it and gave me the choice of a replacement or immediate refund as soon as they received it back. Park seem to have some popular models at good prices - again I had a second hand camera from them which was as new and a bit cheaper than I'd have expected to pay on ebay.

http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/c/310/Used-Digital-SLR-Cameras.html?Page=1&sortby=

 http://www.parkcameras.com/Article/88/Used-Cameras-and-Photographic-Equipment.html
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Malcolm1938 on November 01, 2011, 10:00:49 AM
Take a look at Ffordes site as they have a good selection of Canon , Nikon, Pentax and other DSLR's under £200. Mostly body only but some come with a lense.

They stock a huge range of lenses and are good to deal with.

Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Simple on November 01, 2011, 10:32:47 AM
I'm with Oldboy on this and recommend an old D70. Perfect learning camera and prints upto A4 as good as any new camera.
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: picsfor on November 01, 2011, 04:34:26 PM
Doubtless i'll be shot for saying it but...

Nothing wrong with a good old 50mm f1.8 as a first lens either. Can't think of a better learning lens if you get a body only deal. These lenses can still be had from various places for a bargain price...
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Graham on November 01, 2011, 04:53:06 PM
Doubtless i'll be shot for saying it but...

Nothing wrong with a good old 50mm f1.8 as a first lens either. Can't think of a better learning lens if you get a body only deal. These lenses can still be had from various places for a bargain price...
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Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Oldboy on November 01, 2011, 05:26:48 PM
Doubtless i'll be shot for saying it but...

Nothing wrong with a good old 50mm f1.8 as a first lens either. Can't think of a better learning lens if you get a body only deal. These lenses can still be had from various places for a bargain price...
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Doubtless i'll be shot for saying it but...

Nothing wrong with a good old 50mm f1.8 as a first lens either. Can't think of a better learning lens if you get a body only deal. These lenses can still be had from various places for a bargain price...

Dad's probably got one.  ::)
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: alan1572 on November 02, 2011, 07:15:07 PM
cheers for the replies, the D70 looks like a winner here, she is 18 and has artistic tendencies so we shall see where it takes her
and Oldboy...i wish i had invested in a 50mm, some people can't live without them and i don't even have one.
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Oldboy on November 02, 2011, 07:39:59 PM
cheers for the replies, the D70 looks like a winner here, she is 18 and has artistic tendencies so we shall see where it takes her
and Oldboy...i wish i had invested in a 50mm, some people can't live without them and i don't even have one.

I have the Nikon 50mm F1.4 but don't use it that often.  ???
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Graham on November 02, 2011, 07:51:00 PM
cheers for the replies, the D70 looks like a winner here, she is 18 and has artistic tendencies so we shall see where it takes her
and Oldboy...i wish i had invested in a 50mm, some people can't live without them and i don't even have one.

I have the Nikon 50mm F1.4 but don't use it that often.  ???
I had a day in London recently....( May have mentioned it once or twice!) I just took a 50/1.4 on a D700 and found it most liberating...just like the good old days.
  When I'm Prime Minister they'll be compulsory.
                     Graham.
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 02, 2011, 09:14:52 PM
cheers for the replies, the D70 looks like a winner here, she is 18 and has artistic tendencies so we shall see where it takes her
and Oldboy...i wish i had invested in a 50mm, some people can't live without them and i don't even have one.

I have the Nikon 50mm F1.4 but don't use it that often.  ???

Me too, but after reading this thread I am determined to set one days shooting with this lens only. Will also benefit my back/shoulders if I leave the Bigma at home for a day.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: alan1572 on November 02, 2011, 10:36:42 PM
i'll keep an eye on this one, will probably want about £110
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nikon-D70-6-1-MP-Digital-SLR-Camera-Black-Body-only-/120802682260?pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_DigitalCameras_DigitalCameras_JN&hash=item1c2066a594
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 02, 2011, 10:50:53 PM
Alan
Also look at the D50. Great cam and in some circles is rated better than the D70 and D80 on IQ due to the more modern sensor.
Comparison data herehttp://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond50/ (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond50/)

RR
Alf
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: greypoint on November 03, 2011, 06:58:46 AM
Having used both the D50 and D70 I'd probably agree that the D50, although lacking some of the features of the D70, was actually a nicer camera to use. And at the time was highly rated for it's high ISO results.
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: krennon on November 05, 2011, 10:01:13 AM
MIFSUDS have a Sony A100 for £199.00 by all accounts this was an absolutely superb camera, with DoF preview lots of comments at www.dyxum.com  Can use minolta A Mount lenses stick a F4 beercan on it (my fave lens) and you're well away....and if the rumours are true Nikon use Sony sensors so basically it's the same as buying a Nikon  :P

And thus begins the flamewar  ;)

As Oldboy always says there is no such thing as a bad dslr, why not go along to a camera shop so she can see what feels right in her hands, that's the advice we tend to give everyone who asks this q....

Dunno where you are in the country but there are 3 camera fairs coming up (my weekly copy of AP has just landed)
Wolverhampton Camera Fair Sunday 27th November Dunstall Park Racecourse www.camfair.co.uk 08:30-10:00 £7.00 or after 10:00 £3.00,
Camerafair Potters Bar Sunday 20th November , Elm Court Community Centre, Mutton Lane EN6 3BP 9:15 - 10:00 £4.00 after 10:30am £2.00 Peter Levinson 0208 205 1518
Camera Fair Manchester Sunday 13 November Shaw Hall Centre Church Road Flixton nr Urmston no admission prices listed or opening times but contact no is 07979913156

Maybe go along to one of those if you can, you never know what you might find
Title: Re: what camera
Post by: Oldboy on November 05, 2011, 11:08:09 AM
Quite right Keith, but the only reason I suggested the D70 was price and the fact dad's got Nikon lenses.  8)