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DSLR Advice
« on: May 15, 2012, 02:52:33 PM »
I would love a DSLR camera but my problem, or one of them,  is which one? I was thinking of a Canon or Nikon but there appears to be loads of considerations to be taken into account and i am a bit lost - well a lot lost really.
I wouldn't be going into buying a load of lenses, a macro and long lenses is enough.
Why do i want it, for wildlife.
How much do i wanna spend, middle of the road i guess.
Is their any good bargains out there?
Since i understand they all do different things, or have different things Incorporated into them which one would be a good all rounder?
It would have to last forever probably. It needs to be light and easy to use too.
What is your suggestion to a newbie?
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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012, 03:52:35 PM »
Hi Eysha,

What about Pentax or Sony?

If you are looking for a system where you can change the lenses but if you want something light, have thought about something like the Sony NEX system but if you want a DSLR then there is the Sony A57 or A65 which are getting good reviews.

The best way is to go to a shop and get hold of the cameras and see what you feel happy with.
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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012, 03:56:54 PM »
Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony all do great cameras - the key thing to check out other than affordability is how doe they feel in your hand for size / weight and access to controls. Don`t tell anyone but back in film days I was a dedicated canon user (after having an Olympus OM10 for years) but when I went back to DSLRs after a few years break it was the Nikon D80 that suited my hands and chubby fingers best and been Nikon ever since. Once you commit ad startbuying decent lenses the main investment is made and it is hard to switch so see which feels best from the stat by using Jessops etc to try them in your hand. get them to power it up, take in a card if you can and see the results on your own screen - then buy check reviews and buy somewhere else.

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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 05:06:10 PM »
Is your Panasonic FZ38 not a bridge camera?
Have you explored all the possibilities that camera has to offer?
There are people on this site, who get on famously with a bridge, and shoot brilliant pictures.

If it's not a bridge, the same applies: have you got to know all the possibilities and really tried out the camera to its limits? So when you pick up a new camera you know at least some of the things you want/need?
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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012, 05:33:37 PM »
DSLRs are nice - I rather like mine (Pentax K5, as you ask ;)), but I often use my compact (little Panasonic) or bridge camera Fuji HS20EXR) instead. They all have their pluses and minuses. On our recent trip across the pond I took 80% of my pictures with the bridge. Bridge cameras are really very versatile. They lack the quality of a DSLR, (especially in poor light) and separate often very expensive lenses, but they are truly jacks of all trade, and often masters of the macro world. I'll post an example here after tea . .

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As to which DSLR to buy, jinky is right - it's the one you like. For nature I'd probably go Nikon, but be prepared to shell out a few bob for the right long lens.
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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012, 06:51:02 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I will follow it next time i am in town and time to spend in the camera shops playing.

I have the Panasonic bridge camera a Fuji finepix s8000 as wall as a little Sony pocket camera but i would like a DSLR which would be faster all round - wouldn't it?
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2012, 07:05:50 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I will follow it next time i am in town and time to spend in the camera shops playing.

I have the Panasonic bridge camera a Fuji finepix s8000 as wall as a little Sony pocket camera but i would like a DSLR which would be faster all round - wouldn't it?

Not if you want to shoot something, and discover you've got the wrong lens on.

They're definitely a lot faster in eating a large hole in your pocket.
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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2012, 07:32:20 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I will follow it next time i am in town and time to spend in the camera shops playing.

I have the Panasonic bridge camera a Fuji finepix s8000 as wall as a little Sony pocket camera but i would like a DSLR which would be faster all round - wouldn't it?

Sounds to me like you have enough to be going on with. Master these tools first and you'll have a better idea about how you want to move forward.
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2012, 08:30:01 PM »
I agee R  and Hinfrance but i still want one, lol.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2012, 08:55:52 PM »
I agee R  and Hinfrance but i still want one, lol.

Eysha, you were asking about DSLRs on PhotoRadar a couple of years ago.
So just go out and buy one. They all have pros and cons, and you may as well learn about these things, while actually handling one.

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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2012, 10:30:53 PM »
Was it that long ago? wow. I would go buy one but i am in a dilemma, which is what to buy as i will never be able to afford another one so i msut make theright choice. It will ave to last forever, lol.
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2012, 11:47:04 PM »
It was quite a long time ago you were asking.  You have had some good recommendations.  It really does make a difference to hold them.  If it is not comfortable to hold then you will not like it.

I held a Canon 5D mkIII and it felt good.   Very good.  So good.    I resisted the urge or else I would not be celebrating my wedding anniversary today :)

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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2012, 08:25:47 AM »

I held a Canon 5D mkIII and it felt good.   Very good.  So good.    I resisted the urge or else I would not be celebrating my wedding anniversary today :)

Yes, but you would have something that you could cuddle anytime and great pictures to boot!  ;D :legit:

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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2012, 10:56:06 AM »
Happy anniversary  8)
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Re: DSLR Advice
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2012, 03:43:35 PM »

I held a Canon 5D mkIII and it felt good.   Very good.  So good.    I resisted the urge or else I would not be celebrating my wedding anniversary today :)

Yes, but you would have something that you could cuddle anytime and great pictures to boot!  ;D :legit:
I know.  I will probably never get a FF, I may get whatever the 7D replacement is.

 

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