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    Cameras

    I am a useless photographer and I am thinking of spending money on a lost cause in the hopes I at least improve.
    For those of you's in the know would the canon EOS 100D be a good entry level DSLR?
    Any suggestions on a better camera.
    Value for money I think the Canon may be the go?


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    Get this instead. Great entry level SLR at $200 cheaper. EDIT: sorry didnt check lense cost. This site is good to compare though

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    Nikon D90 -Digital system camera - Lowest price, test and reviews

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    Canon EOS 100D + 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS STM -Digital system camera - Lowest price, test and reviews
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    I can get the canon for under 9 hundy with 2 lenses. 18-55 and a 55-250
    That Nikon price is minus any lens?


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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    I can get the canon for under 9 hundy with 2 lenses. 18-55 and a 55-250
    That Nikon price is minus any lens?

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    Looks like it, mate to be fair you can get a mean deal on Trademe. I got a Nikon with a good lense for $200 all it needed was a $35 new battery cover. Guy thought it wasnt worth doing so didnt bother pricing it up.

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    I will keep an eye out for a good deal.
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    did u see my post today.. b4 ur post.. good deal for entry level b4 spending on a better gadget

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    I would consider the 1100D too Canon EOS 1100D + 18-55/3.5-5.6 -Digital system camera - Lowest price, test and reviews. I've found that DSLRs tend to hold their value pretty well so if you find you hate it you can always move it and not lose too much money. I would set a budget and find the best deal within that bracket. If you Google Canon DSLR vs Nikon you'll get more results than you would bother reading. I went with Canon and I haven't regretted that at all, the range of lenses is great and being quite popular there is a reasonable second hand market too.

    I would suggest going to a camera store and handling some of them, some have more intuitive button placement, better SD card placement, even the positioning of a power switch is nicer on some than others. Things like megapixels don't necessarily equate to great photos so don't get talked into anything by any sales people. You'll be alarmed at the quality of a picture even taken on auto mode with a DSLR compared to your standard point and shoot, even on the entry level models.

    It might be a good idea to start with an entry level model while you work out what settings do what and how to make them all work for the photo you're taking at any given time, and then upgrade when you know what you're doing.

    One more thing, since I bought a couple of new lenses (a 50mm prime and a fisheye) I haven't once used my kit lenses. If I were starting over, I would consider buying a 'body only' which as you may have guessed doesn't come with any lenses, and buying the lenses separately. The quality of a kit lens isn't usually very close to the sort of lens you would buy on it's own. I guess it's like the house branded scope that might come with a firearm package, it'll do the job but people aren't climbing over each other to get their hands on one.

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    Dave look into the Micro 4/3 camera. They have a bunch of benefits like the SLR with lens interchangeability. Most are mirrorless and more compact too.
    You are also not that bad a shot behind the camera. The Olympus PEN and E-M series are the front runners here.

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    The Canon vs Nikon SLR choice basically comes down to which you prefer the feel of, there are some differences in features but neither is really any better than the other. Just like a rifle, handle the options before deciding. Often there is a compromise between smaller/lighter models being easier to chuck in your pack and carry, vs the bigger chunkier ones feeling better in the hand and being nicer to actually take photos with.

    I have an old Nikon D80 which has done well over the years but is nearly due for replacement now. Nikon are a bit funny with updates, they overlap the new model with the old one for a while before they drop the old one. But basically for that equivalent model they went D80 > D90 > D7000 > D7100.

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    Buy a body then go to a class and learn a bit about photography and different gear before you buy lenses, i have a Cannon and would do the same again, purchase lenses off t/me
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Thanks fellas. Ton of useful info there.
    I have not got my heart set on any particular make or model but want a good camera that will be forgiving.
    I seen a little waterproof Nikon on tele here in OZ that had interchangeable lenses. Waterproof to 40m?!


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    Go for the best for you SLRs can be a pain in the arse because of their size, technology is changing so fast theres probably better options for you, find the expert in the trade
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Dont bother unless your going to get serious about it. Judes got a olympus E 410 with some nice lenses you can have a play with. I cant get the value out of it and even though its very compact for a DSLR its still lot to carry compared to a mega zoom compact like the canon sx500 .
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    Or an iPhone!
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Forgot about your neat little camera.
    No, I doubt I will get to serious taking pics. I do like the idea of being able to control my shutter speed beyond what a little compact can.



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