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Which DLSR camera should i buy as my first!

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Venturing into the world of photography and looking to get my first DSLR. Have loads of experience with compact cameras but not the more advanced stuff. I want something that has loads of functions so i can improve and learn. But not something a professional would use as im not quite there yet.

I assume Nikon/Canon would eb the best. Any thoughts appreciated!
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
Nikon D90? Cheaper than an equiv canon, and does HD video as well. Had a review device and it was REALLY extremely good. Easy to use as well.
1 Like #2
Wait for the D300 it has auotofocus on the HD video recording which the current models all lack.
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There are some very knowledgeable guys in my thread, who will be happy to give an opinion if you're able to wait a couple of days.
First think about cost, use, functions, then pop your question in here:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=316791

Post pics !!!:thumbsup:
1 Like #4
Depends on your budget and what you want out of it. I recently got the Oly E520 with a stock kit lens for £349. Happy with it so far. I liked it because of the small size, inbody IS and an excellent live view. I plan to do IR, close up (not macro) and maybe a bit of travel photogtaphy. Its a goos performer, excellent lens. Getting it focus indoors was a challenge, but there are a lot of people online with help on how to do that.

My other choice would have been a Nikon, simly because the Lens are quite widely available. The OLY is great as a first camera, it was the cheapest of the entry level cams, but is feature packed and very usable.
banned 1 Like #5
Sony, quality and fool proof,:thumbsup::gift::santa:
1 Like #6
I have a second hand Canon 20D, which i find is great. Go and handle a few because i was looking at the 400/450Ds but found they were much too small for my gorilla hands, i went second hand as i wasn;t sure how much i would use it, turns out a lot!!

The lens in front of the camera is much more of an investment than the body imo.
1 Like #7
i purchased a sony a200 - also my 1st dslr, good results and well easy to use. Also loads of cheap lenses available
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I'm in the same boat as OP so have been doing a bit of research. I very nearly went for the sony A 200 kit, until I read a lot of reviews about the lens that comes with it. It appears that the standard lens that comes with it is pretty poor quality so you'd end up upgrading it anyway.
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It's important to know what you want to shoot and what sort of budget you have in mind - when buying an SLR you're not just buying a camera, you're buying into a system as you're tied into lenses, flashes and accessories. All the current SLR systems are very good but each has their own advantages and disadvantages, choosing the right SLR is going to be a case of finding the system that meets your requirements the best. As you'll build the system up it's a good idea to draw up the lenses and flashes you may want (telephoto, macro, wide aperture prime etc.) and compare how much it's going to cost for the main bodies you're considering.

John
#10
Some great advice there people, will certainly look into the lenses and flashes as well as i thought they were all interchangeable. Will leave rep for everyone. Many Thanks......now i have lots to think about!
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ThePasty;5919168
Some great advice there people, will certainly look into the lenses and flashes as well as i thought they were all interchangeable. Will leave rep for everyone. Many Thanks......now i have lots to think about!


With few exceptions, lenses can only be used for specific mounts - so a Nikon lens can't be mounted on a Canon, Sony, Pentax or Olympus body. For third party lenses such as Sigma, they have to make a different version for each camera mount so the 30mm F1.4 for example is different for Nikon, Canon, Olympus/Panasonic, Sony, Sigma etc. The same goes for flashes, although some have automatic modes to have full control from the camera it needs to be a type specifically for that camera system.

John
#12
Yep as Jon said, you invest into the entire system as opposed to the camera. My only gripe at the moment with the Olympus E series is the lack of cheap lenses. Now most people say this is good, as the ones available are pricey but usually quite good. Having said that, the E system is quite new (ie the 4/3rd) and the entire ecosystem will slowly build up around it. But you can always buy any lens and use it with an adpater with the Oly!!
#13
Nikon D40 absolutely
#14
The D40 is great, gr8 starter. Though it doesnt have a AF motoror inbody IS. Both of which are lens dependent, but I've seen some stunning pics from the Nikons, and gr8 Lens availibility!! Though I'd still go for Oly if I had £349 to spend!
#15
So whats the best bet for 1K budget all in?, Prefer Nikon over Sony/Canon
#16
That depends massively on what your use of the camera is and what you're planning to spend on the future, do you want a complete setup now or a bare minimum to build up? At that price you could squeeze in a D90 which is a fine body (although not weathersealed) but you'd need to go for a more basic normal lens and add more later for that budget.

John
#17
well.. I'd say go for a Nikon body and try and squeeze the Nikon 18-180mm lens, which I have seen, is a fine performer. Anyone know of a similar cheaper lens for an Oly let me know, been looking for ages.

I'd say you'd need the following.
Camera body
Lens (kit or a nice all rounder) //again depends on what you plan to shoot, for macro buy macro etc
camera bag around £50
2x 4GB cards £19.99 each sandisk Extreme III 30mbps ones.
UV filters one for each lens, and one spare.
Other filters like CPL, ND etc.. whatever you fancy. For starters buy them from 7Dayshop, and when you've found the effect yu are looking for invest in good ones.
Lens cleaning pen and tissues=£10
Tripod anywhere from £20 to £150
Flash gun and diffuser if you decide to take indoor pics, and well quite useful for daytme outdoor pics as well
Spare battery £10 from 7 day shop, enough as a stop gap!
An eye for photography= Priceless!!


John, what setup do you have!!?
#18
DKLS
So whats the best bet for 1K budget all in?, Prefer Nikon over Sony/Canon


I'm a Canon man, so if i was you i would get a second hand 40d (£300), 60mm macro lens (£300) 18-55IS and a 55-250is (£300), Tripod bag (£100)

But that's just me, depends what you want to shoot etc. I know you said you prefer Nikon, but i know little about them :)
#19
Johnmcl7
That depends massively on what your use of the camera is and what you're planning to spend on the future, do you want a complete setup now or a bare minimum to build up? At that price you could squeeze in a D90 which is a fine body (although not weathersealed) but you'd need to go for a more basic normal lens and add more later for that budget.

John


Mainly its for producing images for use at work, so mainly medical imaging type stuff with a fair bit of product type photography. Plus the usual personal uses, am off to Thailand in feb so will be doing the usual touristy shots.

I have a Manfrotto monopod, and video tripod, plus 2 sets of continuous video lights, plus back drops etc, I have been more of a video man than photos, but current work contract requires more photography.

Would be quite happy with Body, lens or two and say a bag and filter.

Edit am not tied to Nikon that could be persuaded by a tasty deal.
Double Edit: Have just heard I have landed another contract so budget can go up to 2K
#20
For the medical imaging is that mounting the camera on a microscope or are you needing a separate lens for it? If so does it need to be a macro (close up) lens or what sort of focal length do you need for it (wide, normal, telephoto etc.)

The D90 is a very good camera as it takes most of the best features from the D300 all for a lower price, from what you've said it doesn't sound like you'd be needing the extra features the D300 offers. The 18-200mm is worth considering as it's a reasonable all round lens which would be handy for holiday shooting as it means you don't need to change lenses frequently. After the D90 + 18-200mm you could then decide on a couple of more specialist lenses such a a wide aperture prime, a macro or a wide angle lens. The 18-200mm is not great at speed, aperture etc. so it depends on where it's not going to work for you.

John
#21
Johnmcl7
For the medical imaging is that mounting the camera on a microscope or are you needing a separate lens for it? If so does it need to be a macro (close up) lens or what sort of focal length do you need for it (wide, normal, telephoto etc.)

The D90 is a very good camera as it takes most of the best features from the D300 all for a lower price, from what you've said it doesn't sound like you'd be needing the extra features the D300 offers. The 18-200mm is worth considering as it's a reasonable all round lens which would be handy for holiday shooting as it means you don't need to change lenses frequently. After the D90 + 18-200mm you could then decide on a couple of more specialist lenses such a a wide aperture prime, a macro or a wide angle lens. The 18-200mm is not great at speed, aperture etc. so it depends on where it's not going to work for you.

John


Cheers John
The medical stuff is split into 4 aspects , Surgical procedures, Products, and Doctor/Patient Scenarios and finally diseased bits and pieces!, usually if filming a surgical procedure, I can normally output from a ultrasound machine, Probe or Key hole surgery camera direct to my HD camcorder.

Might have a wnader down to jessops tomorrow and play with the D90.
#22
unileeds;5928481

John, what setup do you have!!?


Mainly 4/3 - I started off with the Olympus E-500 and dual lens kit (17.5-45mm plus 40-150mm), I upgraded to an E-330 for liveview and upgraded the normal lens to the 14-45mm and then the 14-54mm (HG) and telephoto lens to the 50-200mm (HG). I added a 50mm F2 macro (HG) and then a Panasonic DMC-L1 and Leicasonic 14-50mm for the IS mainly. When the E-510 came out with onboard IS I went for it with the 14-42mm kit lens and and E-1 (weathersealed) for poor weather. The Sigma 30mm F1.4 gave me a slightly wider, slightly faster lens than the 50mm F2 and the 50-500mm added a bit of reach.

By this point the cameras were all fragmented as each one had one stand out feature the rest didn't which meant juggling cameras, when Olympus released the weathersealed E-3 with liveview, IS, articulated screen etc. I bought it and the HG 12-60mm SWD lens to replace all the other bodies. After it I invested in the UWA 7-14mm lens (SHG) and the 35-100mm F2 (SHG) and not really bought anything much in that line, I have all the usual bits and pieces to go with them - FL-36 and FL-50 flashes plus the EC-14 and EC-20 teleconverters.

Currently I'm building a Panasonic micro 4/3 system with a DMC-GH1, 14-140mm and the 7-14mm. So far I'm actually really pleased with this little camera, in the shot below both lenses are 7-14mm F4 and both cover the same sensor size but the GH1 setup is tiny in comparison:

http://johnmcl7.smugmug.com/photos/599702395_5beev-M.jpg

I have seriously considered Nikon, particularly a D90/D700 setup but what puts me off is that if you go with the E-3 equivalent body which is the D300 while you can mount the top pro lenses (14-24mm, 70-200mm equivalent to the Olympus 7-14mm and 35-100mm) they're cropped and you get different focal lengths which makes them pointless to me.

John
#23
Most important thing with photography is your lenses, you would be much better spending the bulk of whatever budget you have on some top notch optics. Cheap lens in front of an average mid-price consumer DSLR will give fair to average results, a pro spec lens on a cheaper DSLR will give far superior results (assuming you can expose your pics correctly).
#24
DKLS;5932549
Cheers John
The medical stuff is split into 4 aspects , Surgical procedures, Products, and Doctor/Patient Scenarios and finally diseased bits and pieces!, usually if filming a surgical procedure, I can normally output from a ultrasound machine, Probe or Key hole surgery camera direct to my HD camcorder.

Might have a wnader down to jessops tomorrow and play with the D90.


I think the D90 is definitely within your pricerange in terms of being able to get a reasonable setup and I personally think it's a good body although it's definitely worth going and having a feel of the cameras. I frequently see people make a decision on paper then go into a shop and decide they don't like their choice at all to hold and end up with something entirely different.

For yor medical imaging, what sort of lighitng is it under? The D90 has good high ISO performance but if the lighting is poor I'd be considering a prime lens with a decent aperture to try and get as much light to the camera as possible.

John
#25
nikkib123
I got my first DLSR for Christmas, a Nikon D40. I absolutely love it and it was not one of the most expensive ones (think it was £220 at the time).
I haven't really got anything negative to say about it but I have nothing to compare it with as it is my first one.
I am very very pleased with the pictures taken on it and I am still learning about its (and my) capabilities.
Good luck:thumbsup:


I recently bought a d40 and love it, great camera, also got myself a 55-200 zoom lens to go with it, very impressed with the quality of pictures it takes
#26
Johnmcl7
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For yor medical imaging, what sort of lighitng is it under? The D90 has good high ISO performance but if the lighting is poor I'd be considering a prime lens with a decent aperture to try and get as much light to the camera as possible.

John


Lighting varies from overkill to terrible. Surgeries are very well lit as you can imagine, worst place for photos is the intensive care baby unit as all the lights are heavily dimmed, and I have to use a very long exposure, as a bright flash is not the done thing, especially when you have a ward sister on your shoulder making sure you don't take liberties.
#27
Johnmcl7
Mainly 4/3 - I started off with the Olympus E-500 and dual lens kit (17.5-45mm plus 40-150mm), I upgraded to an E-330 for liveview and upgraded the normal lens to the 14-45mm and then the 14-54mm (HG) and telephoto lens to the 50-200mm (HG). I added a 50mm F2 macro (HG) and then a Panasonic DMC-L1 and Leicasonic 14-50mm for the IS mainly. When the E-510 came out with onboard IS I went for it with the 14-42mm kit lens and and E-1 (weathersealed) for poor weather. The Sigma 30mm F1.4 gave me a slightly wider, slightly faster lens than the 50mm F2 and the 50-500mm added a bit of reach.

By this point the cameras were all fragmented as each one had one stand out feature the rest didn't which meant juggling cameras, when Olympus released the weathersealed E-3 with liveview, IS, articulated screen etc. I bought it and the HG 12-60mm SWD lens to replace all the other bodies. After it I invested in the UWA 7-14mm lens (SHG) and the 35-100mm F2 (SHG) and not really bought anything much in that line, I have all the usual bits and pieces to go with them - FL-36 and FL-50 flashes plus the EC-14 and EC-20 teleconverters.

Currently I'm building a Panasonic micro 4/3 system with a DMC-GH1, 14-140mm and the 7-14mm. So far I'm actually really pleased with this little camera, in the shot below both lenses are 7-14mm F4 and both cover the same sensor size but the GH1 setup is tiny in comparison:

http://johnmcl7.smugmug.com/photos/599702395_5beev-M.jpg

I have seriously considered Nikon, particularly a D90/D700 setup but what puts me off is that if you go with the E-3 equivalent body which is the D300 while you can mount the top pro lenses (14-24mm, 70-200mm equivalent to the Olympus 7-14mm and 35-100mm) they're cropped and you get different focal lengths which makes them pointless to me.

John


Sweet mother of God!! That sounds like quite an extensive setup, and I am surprised you went with the 4/3rd. I mean I have the E520, and sometimes I think i might have made the wrong choice, purely because of the limited choice of optics. I mean I dont have money to throw around at the moment, as I am only a beginner with a DSLR, but a cheap and decent (not pro) 14-140mm or 18-180mm lens would really be handy, something around the £150 mark (Sigma tamron the likes). I am also looking at a flash with a diffuser as I am struggling indoors. Having said this, do you have any tips on how to get a proper focus indoors in low lighting, without a tripod!!

It would be good to hear more about your 4/3rd experience. I mean you are way way way down to road to actually start changing systems. The panasonic is a gr8 camera, always thought of getting it, but when I bought the oly at £349 with the kit 14-42mm lens, I thought it was a good value performance system. Plus the 50-150mm Mark 1 lens was available in my currys for £79 and at the airport for a £50 banknote!! I mean it was a steal. Then I realised changing lenses would be a right **** when I am at events. It's Ok at home, or when you have time, but sometimes you need an all in one lens for a quick candid moment!!
You based in the south???
#28
Oh another thing!! If possible try and check prices at Dixons tax free.. there is a massive difference in price and you can pick it up on the way back from a work trip or holiday!!
#29
unileeds
Oh another thing!! If possible try and check prices at Dixons tax free.. there is a massive difference in price and you can pick it up on the way back from a work trip or holiday!!


Good point, am flying off to Cairo on Monday, will have to check if the amazing aiport that is Doncaster has a Dixons tax free, doubt it though it as its a teeny airport.

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