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Some advice please! Thinking of getting a SLR camera

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I have a normal digital camera but I want to get into better photography and I am considering a SLR. I cant afford too much, but I dont know where to begin. How much is a half decent SLR? What do I ne… Read More
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
I have a normal digital camera but I want to get into better photography and I am considering a SLR. I cant afford too much, but I dont know where to begin. How much is a half decent SLR? What do I need to buy? Also any advice be great! Thanks in advance. I will give rep for help.
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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I know that Browni is selling her Nikon D40 on here http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/492135/fs-nikon-d40-kit/

I have this camera and think its a great entry level camera although I think its been dicontinued by nikon You should pop over to the show us your photos thread. The peeps there are really nice :)
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Have considered a hybrid digital camera, these sit somewhere between small digitals, and SLRs.

Here is one as an example:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-Finepix-S1500fd-Digital-Camera/dp/B001SN6XQS/ref=pd_ts_zgc_ce_560836_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&pf_rd_p=195504591&pf_rd_s=right-5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=560834&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=11DTDJCW9YC9P13EXAMK

They tend to have fixed lenses, but the zoom range is so large you hardly need to consider a different lens.

Most of them have all the override settings you would need, such as ISO, manual control, aperture priority etc.

As you can see, this camera is only £129 and it would give you a good opportunity to practice while saving up for a full SLR.
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I recently bought a d40 kit and then bought an extra zoom lens, love it, great camera :thumbsup:
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Get your self down to jessops or similar, have a play with all the different kinds of cameras and see what actually feels good in your hands. Then have a look on here http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/ and see where you can get the best deal on the camera you want or as mentioned get one 2nd hand from here or elsewhere.
#5
Thanks everyone. I never realised they were so expensive! I will have to save a bit more I think
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guilbert53
Have considered a hybrid digital camera, these sit somewhere between small digitals, and SLRs.

Here is one as an example:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-Finepix-S1500fd-Digital-Camera/dp/B001SN6XQS/ref=pd_ts_zgc_ce_560836_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&pf_rd_p=195504591&pf_rd_s=right-5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=560834&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=11DTDJCW9YC9P13EXAMK

They tend to have fixed lenses, but the zoom range is so large you hardly need to consider a different lens.

Most of them have all the override settings you would need, such as ISO, manual control, aperture priority etc.

As you can see, this camera is only £129 and it would give you a good opportunity to practice while saving up for a full SLR.
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Thats very interesting, will look into that one. Thanks
1 Like #7
I have the canon 400d and love it.
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Titchimp
I have the canon 400d and love it.


Ditto. One of the best purchases I ever made. However I booked out the uni's 5D again today and I just want to own it! Makes my 400D look like a cheap toy.
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Hiya just to let you know I was thinking the exact same thing a couple of months ago, but after seeing the prices of the SLR's got very scared lol !

So I went onto Which and read all their reviews and picked a "bridge" camera with brill reviews - an 18x zoom and 10mp - the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28 - and havent looked back - its a fantastic camera, does everything I could possibly want - and a lot more I havent figured out yet !! And best of all it cost me £244 all in - no extra lenses to lose or break and light enough to carry around without a sherpa :-D !!

Have a look and see what you like then check out the reviews - and choose the one you are happiest with - and enjoy :)
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vraptorchick
Hiya just to let you know I was thinking the exact same thing a couple of months ago, but after seeing the prices of the SLR's got very scared lol !

So I went onto Which and read all their reviews and picked a "bridge" camera with brill reviews - an 18x zoom and 10mp - the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28 - and havent looked back - its a fantastic camera, does everything I could possibly want - and a lot more I havent figured out yet !! And best of all it cost me £244 all in - no extra lenses to lose or break and light enough to carry around without a sherpa :-D !!

Have a look and see what you like then check out the reviews - and choose the one you are happiest with - and enjoy :)


Thanks - is that a hybrid camera as was mentioned above? I am new to all this! Thanks!
#11
bargainhunter2009
Thanks - is that a hybrid camera as was mentioned above? I am new to all this! Thanks!


Hi yes its bigger than a compact and looks like an SLR but is smaller and lighter :-D

I absolutely love my new camera and have just got back from Austria with the most amazing pics :)

Hope you find one you like :thumbsup:
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bargainhunter2009
Thanks - is that a hybrid camera as was mentioned above? I am new to all this! Thanks!


Yes, it is a hybrid.

The reason they are called hybrid is that they allow you to do more than a compact digital camera, but not up to the quality and flexibility of a true SLR.

The main features an SLR give you are:

1) Ability to change lenses (from a wide angle to a telephoto)

Most hybrids have a huge zoom lens so there is less need to change lenses.

2) Ability to set your own settings for the actual picture.

Most easy to use cameras are automatic, so they set the speed and aperture for the picture so it comes out "right".

But you may wish to set you own speed (if you are taking a picture of a fast moving object and want to freeze it, or maybe you want to blur it).

Or you can set the aperture (size of hole the light comes through). The size of the aperture defines the depth of field (how much of the picture is in focus - you may want a persons head in focus but not the wall behind them).

Or you can set the speed and let the camera choose the aperture, or you choose the aperture and let the camera choose the speed.

While you can do these things on a true SLR camera, you can also do them on a decent hybrid camera as well.

So a good hybrid camera will let you "take control" and let you learn about camera settings, without hacing to pay the full cost of an SLR.
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guilbert53
Yes, it is a hybrid.

The reason they are called hybrid is that they allow you to do more than a compact digital camera, but not up to the quality and flexibility of a true SLR.

The main features an SLR give you are:

1) Ability to change lenses (from a wide angle to a telephoto)

Most hybrids have a huge zoom lens so there is less need to change lenses.

2) Ability to set your own settings for the actual picture.

Most easy to use cameras are automatic, so they set the speed and aperture for the picture so it comes out "right".

But you may wish to set you own speed (if you are taking a picture of a fast moving object and want to freeze it, or maybe you want to blur it).

Or you can set the aperture (size of hole the light comes through). The size of the aperture defines the depth of field (how much of the picture is in focus - you may want a persons head in focus but not the wall behind them).

Or you can set the speed and let the camera choose the aperture, or you choose the aperture and let the camera choose the speed.

While you can do these things on a true SLR camera, you can also do them on a decent hybrid camera as well.

So a good hybrid camera will let you "take control" and let you learn about camera settings, without hacing to pay the full cost of an SLR.


This is great advice mate - Repped :thumbsup:

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