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banned7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
Hello all

Im starting a photography course in the evenings shortly and after a DSLR camera..

I dont really know what Im looking for, I suppose I want something that I dont have to replace down the line, yet price is important too.

- interchangeable lenses
- whats a true slr? and how do you tell its non-true?

There seems to be such a massive price gap with these cameras and I cant seem to be able to compare them!

Can anyone find/suggest any deals?

Many thanks,
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banned7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago

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Same here I would like advice on this aswell, as my daughter is starting on Thursday, and she is okay with a normal digital camera at moment but want to get her a dslr or just a slr but am not sure which is best or what differences are.
Same here I would like advice on this aswell, as my daughter is starting on Thursday, and she is okay with a normal digital camera at moment but want to get her a dslr or just a slr but am not sure which is best or what differences are.

This guide here seems to be a good starter:

Iv found the following deal on comet... any good?

PANASONIC DMC-G1KEB9-K 12 megapixel digital slr camera £489.00
LOWEPRO CIRRUS BAG LOWEPRO CIRRUS BAG Lowepro cirrus 140 digital camera case black £49.99
PROLINE SDHC4GB PROLINE SDHC4GB 4gb sdhc memory card £49.99
Package discount -£75.00
Your discount -£25.70 (promotion code: 5500AW)
Subtotal (ex. Delivery) £488.28

+ 3.5% topcashback
The definition of a dSLR is a digital camera with interchangable lenses, where the viewfinder image (as well as the light metering and autofocus sensors) all use the same lens that is used to expose the sensor through a mirror or prism system. WIkipedia tells it better than I can.

In your case you want a "consumer" or "entry-level" camera. There are plenty of guides online, just google "choosing your first dSLR" or something similar. Pick the exact camera you want, then use this site to find deals on it, not the other way around. You are not just buying a camera but investing in a lens/accessory system. In some time you will want to upgrade your camera body. This isn't too expensive, but replacing all your lenses and accessories if you suddenly decide you want to switch from Sony to Nikon can be very costly.

This seems to be good:
www.dpreview.com is just about the best source for in-depth reviews of cameras

Unless your budget is well above £1000 for the camera and lenses, you will eventually want to upgrade if you get more serious about photography - buy an entry-level option for now and when you feel that the camera is limiting your ability to take the pictures you want (which might never happen), consider something more advanced. Something like the Nikon D60, Nikon D3000, Canon 500D, Pentax Km, or similar is probably what you want.

Personally, I think far too many people are getting dSLRs who don't need them. An SLR system is heavy, expensive, requires careful maintenance and a bit of know-how to actually use successfully. Camera companies have done a very good job of convincing people they need SLRs to take good pictures, which is not true. If you are shooting fully automatic a dSLR will just make things more difficult. Dale, since you are starting a course, you might be required to have a dSLR, but unless you know specific photographic advantages of an SLR (which there are lots of!), you really don't need one yet.

There are plenty of guides out there not written by overpriced high-street retailers, which will not try and shove crap you don't need down your unsuspecting throat :whistling:

The Panasonic G1 is not a "true SLR" (no mirror and no optical viewfinder). For that price you can get a good proper SLR, or save some money and get a an advanced super-zoom compact camera, either of which will outperform the G1. The G1 is a very interesting new solution, but not a cheap one and not one I would recommend in this case.

Oh, and remember to leave some money in your budget for more lenses (you will likely want a telephoto lens very soon and maybe a large-aperture portrait lens), filters, a tripod and other stuff you will need sooner or later. Also a large bag to carry your 10lbs of camera gear with you. See what I mean about SLRs being a hassle when all you want to do is take a picture ? ;-)
Best place to ask this question is over in the photo thread, try picking up a second hand canon 300 or 350d for starters, get a hold of a 50mm prime lens, 4 or 8gb compact flash card from 7dayshop and this should be more than enough to start you out. :thumbsup:

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This site is excellent for finding the cheapest camera once you know what you want.
Get a used Canon 20D.
Semi-pro build - magnesium body, etc.
Every possible technical function on board to learn with - bracketing, exp lock, focus lock.

Really reliable cameras and the go for very low prices on Ebay - c. £200
Plenty of lenses to choose from - even the standard lens produces good photos when stopped down a bit.
id stick to Canon - very easy to use, great build. Go for a 400d or something similar
Maybe try and get a 70mm - 300mm sigma lens

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