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Hi, I'm looking to buy a camera, preferably a DSLR, however i'm on a budget and wouldn't like to outlay loads anyway incase I don't take to photography. I would like to know my best options for…
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
Hi,

I'm looking to buy a camera, preferably a DSLR, however i'm on a budget and wouldn't like to outlay loads anyway incase I don't take to photography.

I would like to know my best options for around £250 to £300. Or anything cheaper that you may recommend.

Would be willing to take 2nd hand if theres a reputable source for that kind of market.

All it needs is to be good entry level and digital. The rest I don't know about so any advice would be welcome.

Thank you.
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Second one today:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/604917/slr-for-a-beginner?p=7785140&posted=1#post7785140

You would be better off with a DSLR than an expensive compact or "bridge" camera. You will get better pictures and the second hand value will be much higher if you don't take to it.

As you will see from this review, there's not very much between the bottom-end Sony, Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras in quality:
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Canon-EOS-1000D-Nikon-D3000--Sony-Alpha-A230-12497
so go and have a look at them in the shops and see which one you prefer!
#2
You should be able to just about pick up a Sony A200 in this budget. I really like mine.
#3
I think it's very much up to you. Have you thought what you want the camera for? Is it a new hobby 'Photography' where you really get into the mechanisms and getting the very best images or is it taking snaps as you are out and about or is it somewhere in between. You need to do some reading and figure out how to get the best deal for your 'want list'.
I have a 'point and shoot' Ricoh Caplio R7 - which does smashing macros and good landscape - and it goes everywhere with me. I also have a Nikon D60 which I use for indoors and around the garden - I cannot be bothered lugging it with me nor having to change lenses or whatever out in 'the environment'. So that is me ...what about you?

Whatever you figure out, hope to see some of your pics in this thread soon(ish) and you can always pop in for advice - some guys that contribute regularly are red hot photographers and very knowledgeable.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/571034/show-us-your-photos-2010?

I don't think we've seen any of your pics Spod - would like to.:-D
#4
I have been through some DSLR bodies and few compact cameras. My opinion, Dont bother with compact if you want Image quality and if you view/print at large scale.
If you look around on ebay (canon outlet sells very good refurbished models with 1 year warranty or some other sellers sell new bodies too) you can get very good Canon 450D for around £300.

Currently have canon 7D and panasonic LX3, had to buy and sell few cameras to settle with this, LX3 is just for quick shooting and I give it to other family members, 7D is all mine lol.

Bottom line, whatever you choose at around your mentioned price range, you will be very happy with it as they wont disappoint.
Take a look at [url]www.dpreview.com[/url]
#5
stewby
You should be able to just about pick up a Sony A200 in this budget. I really like mine.


Ideed you can - Sony A200 with 18-70mm kit (Note: Sony A230 has 18-55mm lens, so A200 is better) £ 299.99
#6
Try a mates or get thee to a Camera shop with a good range for some hands on, to quote SWLegend "I have been through some DSLR bodies and few compact cameras." Either he/she didn't like them or they didn't suit purpose.

Canon and Nikon are the most popular but not necessarily the best option for you also look at Sony, Pentax, Olympus etc. Get what suits you best and not someone else's choice.

With a dslr you're buying into a system of bodies, lens, flashguns etc and to change horses can be an expensive hobby.
#7
+1 for the previous generation of Sony cameras - A200, A300 or A350. Plus you can pick up old Minolta lenses for fairly cheap compared to the new Sony ones and use them (e.g. Minolta 70-210 'beercan' is about £40 - £100).
#8
for a beginner if your looking at sonys the A200 is a good SLR but the new 230 menu is a lot nicer and more user friendly if its your first time using an SLR

the price 299.99 with kit lens is pretty good tbh
#9
thanks for post boothuk, was deciding myself which DSLR to get. Just purchased the Sony 200 Alpha at 300.00 (thanks Peter), and others for the helpful info. Cant wait to use it. Anyone recommend where i can get 2nd hand lenses from? I presume ebay is the best for it?
#10
actionman123
thanks for post boothuk, was deciding myself which DSLR to get. Just purchased the Sony 200 Alpha at 300.00 (thanks Peter), and others for the helpful info. Cant wait to use it. Anyone recommend where i can get 2nd hand lenses from? I presume ebay is the best for it?


Sony A-Series cameras can use some old Minolta analogue lenses. One of the most popular examples of these is the 70-210mm F4 'beercan' - expect to pay £40 - £80 on ebay, or £20 or so less for the F4.5-5.6 version.
#11
peter_griffen
Ideed you can - Sony A200 with 18-70mm kit (Note: Sony A230 has 18-55mm lens, so A200 is better) £ 299.99


the A230 has a totally different menu system though which is much more suited towards a beginner use, plus its more lightweight slightly smaller than the A200 and it uses the H series battery which gives better battery life plus it has the slot for an SD card if you dont like using the memory pro duos.

Saying the A200 is better because it comes with a different lens is a bit silly, but hey theA200 is still a good camera!

I would personally prefer the A230 seeing having seen both side by side :)

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