Advise request for SLR

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  1. Madmanmonk

    Madmanmonk TPF Noob!

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    Hello all

    A new guy here.

    I need to find myself a new camera, and I'm really at a loss for what would be best for me.

    I've got a Traveler 8MP thingy which makes good pics for my standards, but it's very slow to work with.

    I've also got a Coolpics 5700, which also does the job, but it's also slow.

    Recently toyed with a Pentax digital SLR (110) I think it was, and that was such a world of difference!!!

    Those go for about 300 USD nowadays, which is roughly my budget, but cheaper is better and that one might be too advanced for me anyway.

    I need the camera for taking pics of my work (I'm a tailor) and as a hobby I like to shoot landscapes and people.

    What I need in a camera:

    SLR
    Shoe for external flash
    Zoom by turning the ring on the lens, as opposed to motorized

    Optional:
    moveable display (the one that flips out)
    AAA batteries

    Would anybody be able to advise?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Your budget is very low for that type of camera, unless you go with 2-3 generations older cameras.

    I'm not aware of P&S cameras under $300 that have a hotshoe flash mount. Most P&S cameras have motorized zooms, so if you are looking for manual turn ring zooms then you are looking at dSLRs, and when you get into dSLRs, while you can get a cheap body, the bigger investment that will make a bigger difference in the image quality are the lenses.

    I've seen some Canon XTIs on Craigslist for $300. They are older cameras, but in your budget. Its Canons entry level dSLRs line, the Rebel. The T2i is the current generation, T1i before that, XSI before that and XTI before that. That $300 was without a lens

    I've also seen Nikon D40 for $350.
     
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    Madmanmonk TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the reply.

    P&S - does that mean point&shoot?

    I'm not sure I'd like to buy a used camera... too fragile and who knows etc...

    A friend recommended a canon 450, what about that?

    You don't think the Pentax would be a very good choice?
     
  4. D-B-J

    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    you dont wanna buy a used camera, and yet you have a very low budget..

    Buy used!! When the d200 came out, it was a wonderful camera, and rather expensive. I just got mine a few months ago for cheap, and i LOVE IT!
     
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    The Canon EOS 450D is known as the Rebel XSi in the U.S. It's a very capable consumer DSLR camera, but it's well outside your price range, unless you get a very good deal on used equipment.
     
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    The new olympus pen has caught my attention. It has interchangeable lenses and shoots HD video.
     
  7. Madmanmonk

    Madmanmonk TPF Noob!

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    Hmmm... so you guys wouldn't worry about the previous owner being careless etc?
     
  8. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can buy used from some online sites such as Adorama. They have used and refurbished (sp?) cameras. Do you know anyone who is into photography? Bring them along to inspect the camera. Have a lens handy to try out the auto-focusing to ensure it works.

    I prefer to buy new, but really, for your budget, I dont think you have much of a choice.

    Pentax is a fine brand, as are Olympus and Sony. However, compared to the big two Nikon and Canon, the first three dont have as wide of a selection of lenses and such, specially at the pro level. But if all you want is a camera to play with for every day use, and do the occasional portrait or party, then either of the 5 can work.
     
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    Nikon D40
     
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    About 90% of my photography gears (cameras, lenses flashes ...) are bought used. And they all seems fine so far. (Some of them I owned for about 1 to 2 years)

    If you do not know too much about camera gears, buying used maybe a little bit hard since you may not know what to look for. However, as mentioned, some stores offer some warranties for the used or refurbished gears you bought from them. It could be store or manufacturer warranties.

    As for your budget, around US$300, it is going to be a little tough to get a new DSLR. Most likely it is going to be used or refurbished. Canon USA has a "Loyalty program" that allow certain old broken cameras to trade up for a refurbished Canon camera. i.e. I had a broken film based Rebel K2, and they said it can be traded for a Rebel XS kit for $365. Not sure if Canon in your area has a similar program.
     
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    Hey, thanks guys. So I guess I'll go for either a D40 or a 450, used. If pro's use used machines, it should be fine for me as well.
     
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    Hello again

    I remembered that I have an old vivitar series one macro/zoom lens.

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    I've put it on the digital Pentax that I mentioned, and er, well it fits. It's got the same electric contacts and all. I couldn't test it because the Pentax is broken.

    My question is: Can this lens be put on any modern body? If so, I could buy a body without a lens and save a lot of money, right? Right??? :confused:
     

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