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Buying an SLR for the first time...

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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
As above looking to have a crack at a bit of photography....can somebody let me know if the two camera below would be ok please...will mainly be used outdoors for snapping a bit of action sports such as surfing,snowboarding,mountain biking etc

Or post anything that may be suitable....

Budget £400 max

Thanks
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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banned#2
I bought the d3000, as im new to SLR's, I love it!

The built in guide mode is great for new users.
#3
I would get the Canon but only because I'm a bit of a Canon fanboy (similar to how you are with Apple products)

They are both great cameras but be prepared to spend more on extra lenses, filters, bags, flash guns etc

I have had my 1000d just over 2 months now and already spent an extra £350 on it.
#4
I don't have the expertise to advise boothy but esq, and others,in
this photos thread take great action shots, so you will eventually get some good thoughts, if you ask there as well.


Compare digital cameras
#5
check nikon D90 & have a look at DPreview.com website

Edited By: lanc_red on Aug 16, 2010 12:32: .
#6
I've got a nikon d40 (which i think the d300 has replaced) and love it, great camera and the pictures it takes are stunning.

I've already spent a lot on more lenses, a bag, filters etc
#7
Yes, I have the Nikon D60, now replaced by the D3000 and it's fine but I don't know how great it would be with action shots.

The D90 has been sort of superseded by the D5000 ( between D60 & D90) and is out of the price range.

Edited By: chesso on Aug 16, 2010 12:42: more
#8
souljacker
I've got a nikon d40 (which i think the d300 has replaced) and love it, great camera and the pictures it takes are stunning.I've already spent a lot on more lenses, a bag, filters etc

+1
#9
Stay away from the D3000, it's really just not a good camera for what you're paying. Go for a Nikon D40, cheap, flexible and easy to use, had mine for just under 2 years and absolutely love it :)
#10
Urgh this place is full of Nikon users.
#11
I would go with a second-hand canon 40d, for that money.
#12
sven256
I would go with a second-hand canon 40d, for that money.


I like you
#13
sven256
I would go with a second-hand canon 40d, for that money.


Any specific reason rather than a new one of the other canon's?

Got a chance of a nearly new 1000d,for £250 would that do the business?
#14
Both are good starter cameras. They will both do what you need.

As for which to buy comes down to you. I can not say enough that you need to go out and hold them! I myself didn't like the feel of the Canon and went for Nikon, It just suited my hands better. This is not to say there is anything wrong with the Canon. As said, both a good starter cameras.

I'm also going to add, this little hobby gets expensive. You mention you want to take fast sport pictures, This wont be cheap and really a 300/400mm (surfing really would need even bigger) lens would be advised. Have a look at the lenses available. Canon do a lovely 400mm, where as the Nikon 400mm lens has a slow autofocus.

I bought a Nikon D5000 Around March/April and I want to upgrade.
The D40/D60/D3000/D5000 can only some a handful of lenses (those with autofocus built in the lens) A better camera will mean you can use older lenses which will be cheaper!

I’m going off on a tangent, I apologise. Important things to take from this, Handle each camera!
If you can up your budget, a Nikon D90 or Canon D500/550 would keep you smiling a lot longer.
Have a real think about what you want to do with the camera. And then look at the lenses for each make. Lenses make a bad camera look good. A bad lenses with a good camera is still going to look bad. Its all about the glass in this game!

Hopefully I've helped more than I've hindered.
#15
boothy
sven256
I would go with a second-hand canon 40d, for that money.


Any specific reason rather than a new one of the other canon's?

Got a chance of a nearly new 1000d,for £250 would that do the business?


As it's a much more professional grade camera

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1002&message=31182482

It should also produce a more detailed image over the 1000d as well.
#16
boothy


Got a chance of a nearly new 1000d,for £250 would that do the business?


Yes of course it would, a lot of it is about the lens anyway but 1000d would be more than adequate for your needs.

More about how good a photographer you are though.
#17
Be carefull if you get a bundle, I looked at a Canon 550D on Jessops and it was cheaper to buy the items seperately, Cam, bag, tele lens, £15 less :-S
#18
I would get a second hand 20d (possibly the one i might be listing soon....) and a decent lens.

You will want a 'fast' lens for shooting action stuff.

I personally prefer the XXd range as i have quite large hands, you really need to hold them and see what you like best. Plus, like Mr Potato head i am a bit of a Canon fan boy
banned#19
Another vote for Canon here.

If you can wait... they normally have cashback deals on every now and then. (But then so do Nikon!)
#20
This is a great website for camera prices when you decide which to buy.
http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/
banned#21
Sony vote here.
#22
master_chief
Sony vote here.

+1 for Sony - been some good deals lately.
Best advice would be to go instore and get a hold of them all - sizes, styles & grips can vary and may not fit well in your hands etc.Read reviews too here
banned#23
Mr Booth ,

I for many years had a Canon SLR , and enjoyed many years carting it all over the shop when I was in the RN and captured some great pictures from hot to the arctic and it never let me down.

So a few years ago I bought a second hand Canon 400d digital SLR and again its been a joy to use and some cracking results..

So my advice have a good look around see what choices and prices of add on lenses will cost, to me I went on past results from the Canon.. it works for me but I did consider other makes .. but got the deal on the Canon..

Happy Snapping

Edited By: dog_cop on Aug 16, 2010 21:57: typo
#24
Your best bet is probably to head to a local Jessops and have a look at a few models from different manufacturers to see which one you prefer, as others have said. I almost got a 1000D but I didn't like the feel of it, whereas the D40 seemed like a better match, after 5 minutes I already had a feel for the interface and could see myself using it well. For you though, it may be the opposite :)
My flickr is here if you fancy taking a look, just proof that you won't be going wrong with pretty much any DSLR, and with a low end 6mp shooter you can still get some brilliantly detailed shots!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4261035864_017e84a5a6_b.jpg

Edited By: weirdwilli on Aug 16, 2010 22:00: Added a link
#25
Bought a canon 1000d with lens from canon outlet on eBay for £255...thanks to all for advice
banned#26
boothy
Bought a canon 1000d with lens from canon outlet on eBay for £255...thanks to all for advice


good shout
#27
Good price, was it the 18-55is?
#28
sancho1983
Good price, was it the 18-55is?


Yep
#29
Good choice.

Great lens here when you're ready http://www.camerabox.co.uk/product1.asp?ProductName=Canon%2055-250mm%20EF-S%20f4-5.6%20IS&ProductID=4517

You'll probably find that 55mm is just not enough zoom for what you want.
#30
I bid 255 but it went for £280......but got a second chance offer through at £255 so snapped it up,assuming they have a few to shift..will have a look at that lens,thanks

Edited By: boothy on Aug 19, 2010 16:40: Ai
#31
Someone recommend me a cheap zoom lens please....or let me know the specs,of what i. Need so can have a peep on eBay

Cheers
#32
Probably best arounf for your budget

http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mainproduct.php?pid=1838&setcurrency=gbp

Cheapest around, cheaper than a refurb on the Canon ebay store and produces excellent results.

Tamron and sigma etc do cheaper options but produce results that are nowhere near as good.
#33
boothy
Someone recommend me a cheap zoom lens please....or let me know the specs,of what i. Need so can have a peep on eBay

Cheers

have a look on camerapricebuster - there is a section on canon/sigma/tamron lenses. here

mid -range zoom tamron (55-200) for £70 + post ?

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