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#1
I am new DSLR world but i do have a crave for it. Can someone suggest which camera to go for from the following and where would i find the best deal:
1) nikon d3000
2) canon eos 450d
3) panasonic lumix g1
#2
try http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/ for price comparisons.

I'm just about to go for the Nikon D90 (but buying in America when I'm over there for the Super Bowl next week). Suits my needs (gig photography/budget)

I find Ken Rockwell's reviews to be sound advice.
#3
Try Nikon D5000
#4
Been this a while now. Got it for £380 from amazon a few weeks ago then £30 Nikon cashback on top. Great camera.
#5
From Ken Rockwell:

"... it's the worst DSLR Nikon has ever made."
#6
bigsky
From Ken Rockwell:

"... it's the worst DSLR Nikon has ever made."

Reason being ?
#7
like all things you can take a line out of context. Read the full review

Different cameras suit different people, what may be downsides for some won't affect others.
#8
The D3000 is a very good camera in my opinion and I'd buy it again over the others asked about. I also have a 55-200mm lense and the pictures are superb.
#9
Same price at Jessops + Quidco
#10
most decent photographers say that KEN ROCKWELL is a nobhead and after reading some of his reviews i agree ! Hes too much about the science of photography and not the art of photography.
#11
He may not be for all, however he does say:

Photography is art. It's abstract. Therefore it's difficult for many people to grasp. It's easy and lazy to think a camera makes the photos. It's easy to blame bad photos on a camera. When you get better you'll realize you would have been better off to pay more attention to your images and less to your camera.
#12
Not voted hot or cold but ve some rep for sharing here.

For 100£ more you can get a D5000 (which is a better camera with more features like video, titlt screen, better sensor etc) from Amazon. Basically its the same deal as nikon 50£ casback (instantly paid by amazon). just my 0.002$...
#13
Don't think the D3000 really came with anything new and seemed quite expensive at the time for new 'entry level' camera, though at this price it's probably a good deal. Personally having already got a Nikon D50 and Canon 30D DSLR (£399 from Play a year back) and finding it hard to see real benefits (for the price asked) in many of their new releases, I'd go for the Panasonic just because it's a bit different to the norm.
#14
paul.jacobs
Same price at Jessops + Quidco


It is £379 at Jessops but is £369 at Dixons plus 3% quidco = £358 ;-)
#15
My suggestion would be to go for any Nikon , if they have self motor built in the body.So that in future if u planned to buy any third party lens like makes of Sigma or Tamron.They work fine.

I had a nikon d40 which is a fantastic camera ,since it doesn't have a self motor and it doesn't do auto focus with third party lens.So sold it

Now have a canon 1000d and recently got a Sigma 18-200 and i am loving it :).....
#16
I generally find useful advice on dpreviewer. Here's a comparison of the cameras you've selected plus D5000 (I think I've got the models you're referring to otherwise you can select them or others yourself) http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sidebyside.asp

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=nikon_d3000%2Cnikon_d5000%2Ccanon_eos450d%2Cpanasonic_dmcg1&show=all

I use Ken rockwell reviews for lens and cameras, finding he gives very good ones.

I currently use a Nikon D80 that I've had 2+ years and love it.

Charlie Brown
#17
goodgrr
try http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/ for price comparisons.

I'm just about to go for the Nikon D90 (but buying in America when I'm over there for the Super Bowl next week). Suits my needs (gig photography/budget)

I find Ken Rockwell's reviews to be sound advice.


remember get a global refund form from the seller, some offer it, means you get the tax back when you leave!
#18
rocky01
My suggestion would be to go for any Nikon , if they have self motor built in the body.So that in future if u planned to buy any third party lens like makes of Sigma or Tamron.They work fine.


Sigma lenses that are marked as HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), work fine with any Nikon body.....
#19
rocky01
My suggestion would be to go for any Nikon , if they have self motor built in the body.So that in future if u planned to buy any third party lens like makes of Sigma or Tamron.They work fine.

I had a nikon d40 which is a fantastic camera ,since it doesn't have a self motor and it doesn't do auto focus with third party lens.So sold it

Now have a canon 1000d and recently got a Sigma 18-200 and i am loving it :).....


The D5000 & D3000 do not have motors in the body of the camera so only newer AFS lenses AF. The D90 upwards have inbuilt AF motors.

I bought a D5000 but preferred the D90 so went with that. There was a huge recall on the D5000. Allegedly the D3000 has good tutorials (but you could buy the set of Scott Kelby introduction to digital books @ Amazon for £15 for all 3 anyway!!)
#20
wh431
Not voted hot or cold but ve some rep for sharing here.

For 100£ more you can get a D5000 (which is a better camera with more features like video, titlt screen, better sensor etc) from Amazon. Basically its the same deal as nikon 50£ casback (instantly paid by amazon). just my 0.002$...


i have the d3000 and in a newbie dslr person, absolutely love it.

i agree with wh431, if you can afford to go for the d5000 it would be worthwhile, not because it has liveview but because the sensor is better (better pictures at night).

if you do decide to go for the d3000, you wont be dissapointed! and i don't feel like i went for the poor mans alternative :)

personally id go for a canon or a nikon over the panasonic, purely because theres shed loads of lenses for them
#21
QUOTE=killerDeal;7667958]I am new DSLR world but i do have a crave for it. Can someone suggest which camera to go for from the following and where would i find the best deal:
1) nikon d3000
2) canon eos 450d
3) panasonic lumix g1[/QUOTE]

The Sony Alpha a230 18-55mm Kit may also be worth considering http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/Digital%20SLRs/products/Sony/Alpha%20230%2018-55mm%20Kit-76248/Show.html?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-DigitalSLRs-_-all-_-all&ovc= £299 after cashback at the moment
#22
I bought a D3000 just after Christmas. I bought it from Jessops when they were offering double quidco (8%). Bought it for 394.99 and got 30 quid back from Nikon and a 65 quid canvas print thrown in as well.
#23
thanks a lot guys for your input. What i could conclude from the discussion is either to buy canon or nikon DSLR camera.
Can someone please help me with understanding the quidco claim? do i need to register my card on their website or what?
#24
I have Nikon SLR roll-camera, which I bought with 18-55mm & 80-300mm lens. If I buy just Nikon digital SLR base, Can I use this lens?

Thanks
#25
Tripletrouble
I also have a 55-200mm lense and the pictures are superb.


Singular: lens
Plural: lenses

There is no such word as "lense"!

coolguy
I have Nikon SLR roll-camera, which I bought with 18-55mm & 80-300mm lens. If I buy just Nikon digital SLR base, Can I use this lens?

Thanks

Yes, those two lenses will be Nikon mount so they will fit onto the D3000, but it's unlikely that they will work with autofocus or metering, so you'd have to set those yourself. Info here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm
#26
wh431
Not voted hot or cold but ve some rep for sharing here.

For 100£ more you can get a D5000 (which is a better camera with more features like video, titlt screen, better sensor etc) from Amazon. Basically its the same deal as nikon 50£ casback (instantly paid by amazon). just my 0.002$...


I have just bought the Nikon D5000 from Jessops (£529), I got £50 cashback from Nikon and £38.40 cashback from Quidco. It's a great camera and worth the extra money for me for the video clip function.
#27
goodgrr
try http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/ for price comparisons.

I'm just about to go for the Nikon D90 (but buying in America when I'm over there for the Super Bowl next week). Suits my needs (gig photography/budget)

I find Ken Rockwell's reviews to be sound advice.


Remember if buying Nikon in america it won.t have a warranty valid in the UK. Nikon and i think Canon don't offer worldwide warranty on camera bodies Check if the difference in price. if there is one is worth the risk
#28
#29
Get a used D40 and instead in decent glass instead. It's a much better camera.

Recently switched to Nikon over the holidays; Canon 400D to Nikon D300S.
#30
jimmc
Remember if buying Nikon in america it won.t have a warranty valid in the UK. Nikon and i think Canon don't offer worldwide warranty on camera bodies Check if the difference in price. if there is one is worth the risk


Yes ironically Nikon "Film" cameras have worldwide coverage but not digital! Lenses are covered though :?:
#31
helloiamjustin
Get a used D40 and instead in decent glass instead. It's a much better camera.

Recently switched to Nikon over the holidays; Canon 400D to Nikon D300S.


Truth.
I actually need to replace my D40 (>60k actuations) and planned to with the D5000 but after spending 10 minutes with one in Jessops was very underwhelmed. Now plan to just go with another D40 and wait for the next round of "revolutionary upgrades".
#32
moorjock
Reason being ?


Read the review; there's a link in post #3. Or would you rather I cut and paste it here for you?
#33
leighbeef
most decent photographers say that KEN ROCKWELL is a nobhead.....


I don't think it's Ken Rockwell who is the "nobhead". :-D
#34
bigsky
I don't think it's Ken Rockwell who is the "nobhead". :-D


If you believe everything he says then I'm afraid you are the "nobhead".

Seriously though, this is a fairly decent deal, although I would be tempted by the D5000 for video and that nifty LCD.
#35
Now down to £364.24 at amazon.... keeps dropping
#36
weiran
If you believe everything he says then I'm afraid you are the "nobhead".

Seriously though, this is a fairly decent deal, although I would be tempted by the D5000 for video and that nifty LCD.


And that comment is from someone that would consider buying a digital SLR for its video capabilities and LCD screen!

That really made my day :-D :-D
#37
hey

i was wondering if anyone could help me. i do not have a dslr at the moment but am thinking of buying one. i was looking at the d300 but after reading all the comments am a bit confused. please do let me know if anyone has any tips for me,as a first time buyer.i will be taking general holiday/ interest pictures.

x
#38
Price now £364.24 delivered :thumbsup:
#39
hac55
hey

i was wondering if anyone could help me. i do not have a dslr at the moment but am thinking of buying one. i was looking at the d300 but after reading all the comments am a bit confused. please do let me know if anyone has any tips for me,as a first time buyer.i will be taking general holiday/ interest pictures.

x


What's your budget and are you going to be happy with the camera and standard kit lens that usually get supplied with it?

We can all get fairly heated (as you've seen in this thread) over which camera is best, in reality even the ones that are slated are likely to give you good pictures. There are features you can get by paying more and improvements in camera speed and picture quality however for most people they aren't that important/needed.

If it's your first DSLR then I'd even think about buying second hand. The body is less important than the lens you attach to it. The money you can save on the body could be invested in good lenses. These lenses can be re-used on a new body should you decide later to get a better one.
#40
goodgrr
What's your budget and are you going to be happy with the camera and standard kit lens that usually get supplied with it?

We can all get fairly heated (as you've seen in this thread) over which camera is best, in reality even the ones that are slated are likely to give you good pictures. There are features you can get by paying more and improvements in camera speed and picture quality however for most people they aren't that important/needed.

If it's your first DSLR then I'd even think about buying second hand. The body is less important than the lens you attach to it. The money you can save on the body could be invested in good lenses. These lenses can be re-used on a new body should you decide later to get a better one.


i want to spend about £350 im thinking.however when i look around i just get baffled and confused.sn any advice you could pass on.would be amazing.i have been looking at nikon or canon, as i have red better information about them.

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