Digital SLR

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  1. Ethan120

    Ethan120 TPF Noob!

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    Im a relative begginer at photography. I've been using a film SLR camera for quite some time and, it being from the 50's, ive decided its time to go digital. I dont have a whole lot of money and was wondering what is the best slr camera to get for the price?
     
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    Hi Ethan,

    Welcome to the forum!

    As it's the internet and we're all a diverse bunch from different countries, we can probably help you more if you can give us a country, currency and nominal maximum figure. "Not a lot of money" is a rather situation dependent quantity, as is "best" :)

    Another factor to help us help you is that if you want a specific tool for a job, the camera will depend on your likely subjects / style. Most dSLR cameras come with an all purpose zoom lens which suits most people, but if you're only going to do, for example, portraits then you might have a different choice.

    Rob
     
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    I am interested in this too ... I am in England and have a price range £300-400. But it must be Canon .. as all my gear is Canon.

    Also I need it for afst sports ...

    Also used/Second hand isn't out the question.
     
  4. Digital Matt

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    Look at used Digital Rebels and 10Ds, or if you want new, the Digital Rebel Xt.
     
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    for the money, a d70 outfit is the best. 999 after 100 mail in rebate (USD) the lense is an increadibly nice 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 ED IF AF-S which is a 24-135 in 35mm terms. There is no canon equivalent for the price. nor is there a pentax, or minolta equivalent.

    The pentax *ist Ds can be had for 899 from ritz camera w/ a 18-55 and a quantaray 70-300.

    i'd get the d70 outfit just because of the lense, the 18-70 is a good portrait focal length and is good for landscapes as well. The downside to the pentax, is that it lacks features that the d70 has, and the pentax is a pentax, so it's a little harder to find the nice glass.
     
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    The Digital Rebel XT is quite the equivalent.
     
  7. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Adorama has factory refurbished Canon10D for $800 USD, IMO this is way to high because the Rebal XT is 860 USD, maybe you could haggle them down. IMO 10D is only worth about 600-700 USD
     
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    ok I'm in Canada, currency is about .86 against the american dollar, and I particularally want to do mostly street and indoor still lifes. Like shots up a piano keyboard, looking down an alley. What's a good choice for me? My price range is around 300-400$ Can and I don't mind a used product. Any model that still life people like?
     
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    I dont think you would be able to get a digital slr for that price range as the digi rebel is still going for 800 american on ebay, but if you really want an slr you could go with a nice film slr for that price and you could prob get a lens for it too but then of course you have to buy the film
     
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    edit: just realized u already have a film slr
     
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    My price range mite expand once i make some money this summer anyways. But can anyone suggest a good longer lens for a Canon that's in my price range? maybe cheaper? Because I'd like to take pictures of birds and my lens is just the regular one, i think its a 50 mm. I'd like maybe a 200mm if there is such a thing
     
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    You're just not going to get something dSLR and newish for that money I don't think. Time to rob a bank I would think.

    The good news is that you only need a standard lens to do that kind of photography though - it's pretty much the best to visualise and the best for depth-of-field/light to cost ratio.
     

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