DSLR questions

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  1. DLL_4ever

    DLL_4ever TPF Noob!

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    My plan for the last month or so was to upgrade my current Panasonic LZ2 to a Panasonic FZ30 (because thats all i could afford)... however... i just came home from a trip to Blacks Photography store with my Dad, and we were (both) extremely impressed with this 1 DSLR that we saw. It was a Pentax *ist DL. After playing with it for a while, and after i explained to my dad how much better a DSLR camera would be instead of a high-quality compact camera, he told me that he could lend me an extra couple of hundred dollars towards a DSLR if i wanted :boogie: :boogie: :boogie:

    I litterally jumped in the air, because i had asked him many times before to lend me a bit more money towards a DSLR but he said no theres no point, and blah blah blah.

    ANYWAYS...

    I was wondering, which of these DSLR kits would you recommend me going with?

    - Pentax *IST DL W/18-55 Lens Digital SLR Kit.
    - Olympus Evolt E-300 Digital SLR with Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit.
    - Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera w/ 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G.
    - Kinoca Minolta Maxxum 5D, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR Digital Camera Kit with Minolta Maxxum 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) AF DT Zoom Lens.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    skiboarder72 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    there are a ton of resources about this, i've been very happy with my d50 though:thumbup:
     
  3. Rob

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    I'd advise that you look at the features in detail on dpreview.com and compare them, make some notes.

    Then get yourself down to the camera shop and handle each of them and choose the one that feels best.

    Or, flip a coin?

    Rob
     
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    Ive always been a Nikon user :D they're reliable, good quality and take great pics. My friend has the D50 and LOVES it!
     
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    digital flower No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That's great news. Now the agonizing part, picking which one.

    You can google "Camera model name vs. Camera model name" and come up with stuff like this:

    Konica Minolta 5D vs. 7D vs. D50 vs. 350D

    There probably are other, better, side by side comparsions available, this was just a quick search.

    Good luck!
     
  6. DLL_4ever

    DLL_4ever TPF Noob!

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    I've tried every one of them... i love them all!!! Their "feel", weight, and size are all pretty much perfect for me. :)

    I've also checked out the details on every one of them and they're almost exactly the same in every way.. only very tiny differences.. The only "big" difference is that the Olympis and the Konica used Compact Flash memory cards instead of the SD cards (which the D50 and the Pentax use, and thats what i have right now...so i'd be saving like $50-$70 there, but thats not a big deal at all.)

    haha, yeah, thats probably the best thing to do :mrgreen: It's so hard to choose!
     
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    DLL_4ever TPF Noob!

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    Sounds like a good idea... i cant find any "Pentax *IST DL vs Nikon D50" though :(

    I'll just keep looking though.. thanks for the tip! :)
     
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    digital flower No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can side by side specifications on the Pentax and Nikon by clicking on the 'compare products in this price range' link here. Doesn't have any type of user info though. They both look like pretty good cameras. My decision was easier since I had a few cards and lens that fit Nikon. One thing is the D50 runs on a lithum-ion battery which if its like the D70 battery, that's good:thumbup:
     
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    the Olympus E300 has now been superceded by the E500, nice piece of kit.
     
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    Keep in mind that Konica-Minolta just announced that they are getting out of the camera business. I wouldnt worry about it if you are only looking at getting the body and maybe one or two lenses, because it should last for years. But if you are thinking of getting into buying lots of lenses then you may want to go with one of the choices that will be around for years to come.

    K
     
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    Go for the D50. I'v had mine for about 3 months and well, sometimes i kiss it when no ones looking.
     
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    Not true. They are going to stop making bodies, but the lenses are out there. You will simply not be able to pick up the KM branded lenses because they will not be produced, presumably. There are plenty of manufacturers of these lenses and plenty of lenses out in the market.
     

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