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SLR for a beginner

Robiesanta Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi

I have a FujiF70 (same as F72 but from Jessops). A really good camera - so far atleast.

Now, I am interested in buying an SLR (not sure what I going to use for at the moment but the urge is there to buy one). Now, which one should I get - Nikon or Sony (I guess I may consider a Canon)? I guess the choice depends on what accessories one may buy later on but for now I need:

1. Camera + lens(of course)
2. SD/SDHC card
3. Bag
4. Flash Gun

My budget is roughly £400 for everything (I could stretch it a bit but not by much). Any recommendations? I know Nikon D3000 is going for around £300ish - is it a good choice? Oh! I am so confused.

Look forward to some guidance. Thanks.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Nikon, Sony and Canon all make good cameras. It's hard to go wrong with those brands. At the bottom end of the market the cheapest of any of those brands will give you better images than nearly any compact simply because of the size of the sensor.

Go into Jessops or PC World and try holding some of the cameras in your hands. You might find that some of them are too fiddly or others may be too heavy or even too light for your particular liking.

Forget the flash gun for now. Get the best camera and lens you can afford. Buy the flash later when you've saved up a bit more. The cheapest good external flash will be £100+ and the built in one will be okay for most purposes.

Generally speaking the second one up in the range is well worth going for if you can afford the extra. The Nikon D5000 is quite a bit better than the D3000 if you can afford it. That will be the same with the bottom end Sony and Canon models as well.
#2
Nikon D5000 + 18-55mm VR lens + Hama zoomster case + 8GB SDHC card for £495 here:
http://www.camerabox.co.uk/product.asp?ProductID=8468
#3
Spod
Nikon, Sony and Canon all make good cameras. It's hard to go wrong with those brands. At the bottom end of the market the cheapest of any of those brands will give you better images than nearly any compact simply because of the size of the sensor.

Go into Jessops or PC World and try holding some of the cameras in your hands. You might find that some of them are too fiddly or others may be too heavy or even too light for your particular liking.

Forget the flash gun for now. Get the best camera and lens you can afford. Buy the flash later when you've saved up a bit more. The cheapest good external flash will be £100+ and the built in one will be okay for most purposes.

Generally speaking the second one up in the range is well worth going for if you can afford the extra. The Nikon D5000 is quite a bit better than the D3000 if you can afford it. That will be the same with the bottom end Sony and Canon models as well.


sound advice. We just bought mid range canon, OH is thrilled. Partially because OH loves the fact its full HD and the guy in shop ( Jessops)said its basically same as the higher spec model because the mid range just been upgraded and the higher spec hasnt yet
#4
have used all models a fair bit, Canon always come out on top for me
especially with quality and ease of use
#5
Narfette
have used all models a fair bit, Canon always come out on top for me
especially with quality and ease of use


Nikon controls seem better suited to my tastes. That's why you really need to try the cameras out for yourself. If we were all the same there would probably only be one brand on the market!
#6
This might help if you want the choice of the cheapest DSLRs around:
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Canon-EOS-1000D-Nikon-D3000--Sony-Alpha-A230-12497

As you can see by the final scores, there's not much to choose between them really. All 3 will give you a good photograph, which is the primary consideration really!

For the next band up, there are equally good choices:
http://www.alphamountworld.com/product-shootouts/sony-alpha-a500-nikon-d5000-and-canon-rebel-t1i
Note: the Rebel T1i is the EOS 500D in the UK.
#7
Sony Alpha A200 with 18-70mm (which is better than A230) with 8GB and Bag - £ 329.99
Flash unit for Sony ca. £ 80ish depending on model.
#8
peter_griffen
Sony Alpha A200 with 18-70mm (which is better than A230) with 8GB and Bag - £ 329.99
Flash unit for Sony ca. £ 80ish depending on model.


Sony A200 is a brilliant camera, it is what I use at the moment!
#9
Thank you all for your thoughts and links.

So many choices - why do they have to be so expensive :-(. I can't afford anything very expensive. It's so nice to have different views on this & so many experts.

Spod: I hear you. I will think hard before I commit to anything. Anything over £400 & I have to think really very hard about it.
Peter Griffen: A200 looks good.
Carley: Good links.

Once again, thanks and if you think of anything then do let me know.
#10
dcx_badass
Canon 1000D is fantastic (had one at work), I want one, but it was £270 a year ago and is now £400 so I refuse to buy it till the price falls.


How come the price goes up when for anything else it comes down as the unit becomes older? Don't understand that at all.:?
#11
dcx_badass
Canon 1000D is fantastic (had one at work), I want one, but it was £270 a year ago and is now £400 so I refuse to buy it till the price falls.


How come the price goes up when for anything else it comes down as the unit becomes older? Don't understand that at all. :?
#12
Spod
This might help if you want the choice of the cheapest DSLRs around:
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Canon-EOS-1000D-Nikon-D3000--Sony-Alpha-A230-12497

As you can see by the final scores, there's not much to choose between them really. All 3 will give you a good photograph, which is the primary consideration really!

For the next band up, there are equally good choices:
http://www.alphamountworld.com/product-shootouts/sony-alpha-a500-nikon-d5000-and-canon-rebel-t1i
Note: the Rebel T1i is the EOS 500D in the UK.


Hey Spod that link to ephotozone is good. Interest that looking a the pictures in comparison of Sony A230, Canon eos 1000d & Nikon D3000 - Nikon wins by a mile. Surely, there can't be so much of a difference! The Sony and Canon seems to have lost the sunshine altogether - surely must be a mistake in the settings! If I was going by those pictures alone I would get Nokon D3000.
#13
Robiesanta
How come the price goes up when for anything else it comes down as the unit becomes older? Don't understand that at all.:?


Prices gone up as

1). When the other guy purchased the EOS last year, the pound was stronger against the dollar. All cameras that are imported from the manufacture ie: canon, are purchased in dollars, therefore now it is more expensive

2). VAT rate has gone up example: Jessops: Sony A230 + 18-55mm was a few weeks ago £ 349.99 (with cashback) ie: £ 299.99 - now its £ 359.99!

3). There is no replacement yet for EOS 1000D

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