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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Hey

I'm hoping to buy a DSLR I'll be new to this as at the moment I use a Sony Cybershot N1 and have never used an SLR camera. I'm looking at either buying a Canon EOS 450d or the Sony A350, or if someone can reccomend a different one.

Basically I want a camera that can take good pictures and perform well in low level light, I'm getting pretty tired of my camera as it just blurs the pictures all the time when taking night shots.

I've seen some good offers on here 450d at amazon for £451 or £401 with the £50 cashback also one at Jessops which I think was £429 after the cashback which came with the camera, lens and a free SLR bag with the purchase. The A350 I havent seen any deals on but I think the price was £360.

Also I'd like to say thank you for posting these great deals all the time you have saved me and my brother alot of money!
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
The Canon 450D is a lovely camera to use: it isn't too heavy and has a lot of pre-set modes for taking pictures in various conditions - night time, sport, portrait etc. - which is handy for the beginner who will often like to 'let the camera do the work for them'. There are also other settings that allow much more manual changes, but can combine with automatic features, so is really good for someone trying to learn how to use an SLR step by step.
#2
The way I chose my Canon 400d was to read lots and lots of reviews. I spent about a month reading up. There are some great sites out there. [url]www.dpreview.com[/url], [url]www.trustedreviews.com[/url] and there’s one more but it’s escaped me. If it comes back I’ll add it later. Then compare the three you have above on both sites.

To help out also, get over to [url]www.flickr.com[/url] or [url]www.fotki.com[/url] and search for the camera. There are normally 'pools' or photos people have uploaded taken from each of the camera. Then look at colour, contrast and saturation. Especially in the type of photos you will be taking. For example if you want to photograph animals, add that into the search.

Finally pop down to Jessop’s or LCE and test the camera. Make sure it fits comfortably in your hand and see how well you get on using the buttons. Take a memory card down if you have one and take a couple of test pics, outside if they’ll let you. Then take home and compare.

Once you have decided on the camera check internet prices. I purchased mine when canon were doing £50 Cash back, and also used quite a few voucher codes to get mine pretty cheap.

One thing I regret when I bought my Canon 400d was that my previous camera used SD cards. I had close to 20gigs worth of cards and had to ditch them all for the CF cards. If you have lots of cards at the moment, take that into consideration.
#3
my husbands got a nikon d40 great camera super pictures ,my avatar is one he took
#4
spann3rs
The way I chose my Canon 400d was to read lots and lots of reviews. I spent about a month reading up. There are some great sites out there. [url]www.dpreview.com[/url], [url]www.trustedreviews.com[/url] and there’s one more but it’s escaped me. If it comes back I’ll add it later. Then compare the three you have above on both sites.

To help out also, get over to [url]www.flickr.com[/url] or [url]www.fotki.com[/url] and search for the camera. There are normally 'pools' or photos people have uploaded taken from each of the camera. Then look at colour, contrast and saturation. Especially in the type of photos you will be taking. For example if you want to photograph animals, add that into the search.

Finally pop down to Jessop’s or LCE and test the camera. Make sure it fits comfortably in your hand and see how well you get on using the buttons. Take a memory card down if you have one and take a couple of test pics, outside if they’ll let you. Then take home and compare.

Once you have decided on the camera check internet prices. I purchased mine when canon were doing £50 Cash back, and also used quite a few voucher codes to get mine pretty cheap.

One thing I regret when I bought my Canon 400d was that my previous camera used SD cards. I had close to 20gigs worth of cards and had to ditch them all for the CF cards. If you have lots of cards at the moment, take that into consideration.



Good advice.:thumbsup:

Just so you know the 450d takes SD cards if that's important to you.
#5
I managed to try out the 450d yesterday was a really nice camera and I was quite impressed by it but the guy who owned it had the battery pack attached which I think improved the camera, made it easier to hold. Just got to try out the Nikon D60 now.

EDIT - Thanks for all the advice aswell.
#6
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/252956/canon-400d-199-99-sainsburys-with-1/

Have just seen this posted. Its for the 400d @ £199. This is a bargain and is still a very good camera. The saving between this and the 450d could go towards a very good lens!!
#7
olympus e-510 twin kit.

u get 2 lenses as good as canon L glass, and get the whole kit for LESS than the cost of 1 canon L lens.

no point getting a slr and having a rubbish lens, only oly offer quality lenses as standard, all the others charge loads for them.

if u dont want to spend 1000s on lenses, get the 510, easily the best slr package under 1,000
#8
I might be too late in replying - only just seen your post....

The Sony Alpha 350 has got the T3 'best' award for best sub £500 camera, beating the Canon. It's in the November issue out now.
#9
This may also be too late but (and no offence to the guy who suggested it) looking on flickr or wherever is not really going to help you as there are too many variables there for comparison - almost impossible to do "like for like" with the variation in lenses and people's ability (and luck!) but totally agree with checking out dpreview and also steve's digicams, however, both of the cameras you mention (and plenty of others!) are capable of taking great pictures. Don't dwell too much on tech specs: megapixels, ISOs, blah blah features... whether you buy a new sony alpha 200/300/350, canon 350/400/450, olympus, nikon (or whatever) the 2 most important things contributing to your photos are going to be you (your ability/knowledge of taking photos) and your lens. People have been taking fantastic photos for decades and some great lenses can be 10-20 years old and still take amazing photos (e.g. Minolta 'beercan' lens) because that's optical/glass technology, the lenses themselves are not digital. It's just a lot easier now with modern dslrs.

Best to spend half an hour in a shop with 3 or 4 new dslrs and a knowledgable sales person so you can get the feel... then buy online of course! :) And after a few weeks or months of playing with the kit lens, which will often be average to above average (but still better than most 'point n shoot' cameras), get yourself a faster lens e.g. f2.8 across the whole zoom - if you don't know what that means don't worry because you soon will if you want to get into photography. Books, wikipedia and forums are a mine of information because digi cameras (and specifically affordable dslrs) have made photography one of the fastest growing hobbies of the past few years.
#10
No offence taken but I still stand by what I said as some cameras produce colour differently and at the end of the day its down to personal taste. But I do fully agree with your responce.

Dogtanian84, any updates?

Finally have a look at the following links, they are books to do with DSLR photography and I found them very usefull when I started out.

http://www.bookrabbit.com/catalogue/detail/bookid/1607317
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=1405315563
http://www.borders.co.uk/book/the-expanded-guide-to-the-canon-eos-400ddigital-rebel-xti-(expanded-guide-s)/423234/?utm_campaign=google_base&utm_medium=google&utm_source=www.google.com/base&utm_content=text-only

The last one, the pip book on the 400d, is small enough to fit into a camera bag so its always close at hand for reference.

(oh, and just to point out the links above may not show the cheapest price so shop around!!)

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