Camera Recommendation- Street Photography

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  1. ch4o

    ch4o TPF Noob!

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    Its my first post here, but I've been going through lots of threads since I joined the fast few days. There are lots of helpful info/people on this site and I'm lovin it.

    I'm interested in street photography (i.e. urban life, people, and buildings), could you guys recommend a DSLR and lens for this type of photography? I'm guessing that any brand of dslr should be OK and it should be more about lens, but I am just wondering if some dslr are better than others for street photography. After looking/researching different models, I think i'm narrowing my search down to Nikon D40-D80, and Canon XSI. I would like to spend around $1000 (would be better if it was not more than $1000 :lol:).

    Should I include the kit lens with my purchase or get the body + other lens?

    Any help/comments?
     
  2. ch4o

    ch4o TPF Noob!

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    Just to clarify

    "Nikon D40-D80"= D40 or D60 or D80

    Thanks!
     
  3. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Selecting a DSLR for street photography is no different than selecting a camera body for general photography. It is a factor of personal preferences that is best determined by personally holding and handling the camera bodies. Some might prefer smaller compact cameras just to be more discreet. What does matter (at least for me) is lens selection... I prefer wide angle MANUAL focus lenses with DOF markings. This makes it much easier to prefocus and leverage hyper-focal. Since Canon EOS is not backwards compatible with manual lenses, I'm more inclined to consider Nikon with a nice zoom paired with a manual focus wide angle lens. (I am a Canon shooter who likes the EOS system for other reasons).
     
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    But all Canon AF lenses can be focused manually, and most of them have the DOF markings too.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Canon EOS system doesn't lend itself well to manual focus. Not all have DOF markings.

    The idea is to select the most comfortable body and focus on the lens.
     
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    TUX424 TPF Noob!

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    i would a D40 or a D80 skip on the D60 (its the samething as the D40)
    i would get the D40 for a budget (but it wont auto focus the 50 ƒ1.8)
    i get the D80 b/c it have a heftry fell ad it will auto focus the 50 ƒ1.8 and the lens that arnt AF-S which the D40 wont.
    O you could get a D70 with a 18-70 kit lens for $475 and have enough for some more fun photography stuff such as a wide angle.
    As for wide angles there is the Sigma 10-20 ƒ4 and the Tokina 11-16 ƒ2.8
    Happy Hunting
     
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    ch4o TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the help guys...
    I think I have narrowed it down to the D80/D70... but I'm leaning towards the D80...

    The D70 is really cheap right now tho... so i'll do a bit more reading...

    Thanks
     
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    If your thinking of going the D40 way I have a used D40x for sale in the buy section..
     
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    dan.rpo TPF Noob!

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    i just purchased a brand new d40 with kit lens, 4gb memory card, card reader, nikon bag for $475 yesterday....the camera is EXCELLENT for the $$, especially on a budget...i spent less than i thoguht i was going to and now have extra to purchase the 55-200mm VR lens! i suggest the D40 to ANYONE!
     
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    I find that the best camera for street photography is the Sony A350. The reason is two important features. The best implementation of Live View with fast autofocus etc. and a tilt LCD screen. I can shoot with the camera in my lap, sitting in the shade. No one even notices what I am doing.

    skieur
     
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    hum ..... what are you trying to take? :confused:
     
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    Photographs ;)

    Street photography has always required some 'stealth'. It is hard to have spontaneity if you first announce your intentions or go around asking everyone permission to take the shot. Plenty of people just don't like having their photographs taken and you may not want all your photographs to be full of surprised or angry faces. Currently it's getting even harder to simply take a photograph without facing suspicion, so it's perfectly understandable that street photographers want to work unnoticed.
     

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