dSLR recommendation?

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  1. mimstrel

    mimstrel TPF Noob!

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    My dad has decided that he wants to get a dSLR for an upcoming trip to Alaska. He wants to spend about $1000 for the whole set up, which we figure will get a decent body with a kit zoom and maybe a second zoom. He's really into zooms, but I'm trying to talk him into at least one prime.

    First question: for $1000, what would you recommend as the best camera and lens set up available currently? We have no preference between Canon or Nikkon at the moment (unless current Nikon cameras can accept the non-AI glass that fits my Nikkormat, in which case Nikon would be better, but Canon good too). A zoom lens covering a decent range of focal lengths plus maybe one other lens would be best...

    I'll be doing some research myself, and I gave dad my digital photography textbook... but I know $1000 is not going to cover my idea of the ideal set-up (and hence I'm not looking for myself, because I don't want to buy until I can afford what I want), so I thought I'd ask here what you all would recommend.

    Thanks!
     
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    I guess I'll just duplicate an earlier post of mine today lol. I'm a Nikon guy so I'll recommend a D90 in for that price range. Mine was $1200 at Best Buy and came with an 18-105 lens.

    Great camera, plus it does video as well.
     
  3. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm hardcore Nikon myself, BUT, in this case, I'd take a long, hard look at the Pentax line. I think you'll get a lot more bang for your buck.
     
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    mimstrel TPF Noob!

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    I think the D90 is actually what my dad is looking at. I believe he said it was also recommended by an aunt.

    tirediron, how does Pentax stack up to Nikon/Canon? I'm comfortable with buying both Canon and Nikon, I feel that both companies have consistantly good products, but after a somewhat disappointing run with my Panasonic (which, admittedly, is superzoom p&s), I'm a little bit skeptical about trying other companies. (ie my Pana's issue is noise, also the sensor is dieing and it isn't that old... my Canon is twice as old and has taken twice the abuse, and takes as good pictures as ever!)

    OK. So my dad has made his decision, now while I'm at it I may as well ask for advice for myself. As I mentioned above, my Panasonic superzoom is dieing, and while my Canon still takes great photos, 1) it doesn't have enough zoom for me, and 2) the switch that toggles from view photos to video to photo, is going bad.

    So, I need a new camera, and I know it isn't worth it for me to buy a new P&S. yes, they're less expensive and actually fit in my budget (if the switch in my canon dies completely I may replace it eventually, anyway), but they just won't take me where I want to be anymore. So I'm going to take the plunge and buy a dSLR. Money is a limiting factor, but I'm going to save to get what I want, rather than saying, "I want something for $XXX"

    Considerations:
    1. I need something that is a good balance between portability and hardiness. I'm a biologist and a traveler. If its going to die overseas, I want it to be because I drop-kicked it off a mountain, not because I sneezed in its general direction. I don't expect miracles, but I've seen electronics die for the stupidest stuff. On the other hand, I remember my photography professor telling us that steel-frame cameras are available for people going into really rough areas, and I dont' really need that!

    2. If Dad is getting a Nikon, I would prefer to get a Nikon also, because that way I can borrow his glass... I might get just a body and wait until I can afford a telephoto prime for my first lens.

    3. I don't need video on the camera.

    4. I'd like it to be somewhere in the range of higher-end entry quality to mid-range.


    I don't know where that puts the price tag, or what cameras, or honestly even if everyone is just going to laugh and say, "Just get a D90 like your dad!"

    What do you all think?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  5. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree with tired iron. I would really encourage you to look at the Pentax line up. It should compare very well to a comparably equipped Canon or Nikon. Their new K7 looks really nice and has all the bells and whistles you could want, but weighs in at $1300 which is outside the budget. I would recommend the k20d along w/ a 50 mm lens for around $800. I'd also recommend the Sigma EX 24-70mm lens but it's currently going for around $560 (looks like they've had a real price increase over the past year as I paid only $440). Anyway, the k20d is a really nice body and you can use it with any Pentax lens made. They have some really nice glass and you can find it cheap on Ebay if you don't mind some older manual lenses. I also strongly recommend the 77mm limited lens, but it is as much as the body, but is a very nice portrait lens if you need one.

    Pentax k20D $659
    Pentax | K20D SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body) | 19381 | B&H

    Pentax 50mm f/1.4 $149
    Pentax | Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens | 20817 | B&H
     
  6. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Pentax has been making SLRs since the 60s; the availability of legacy glass in outstanding, and the build-quality of their products is at least 'good'.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'd second johnboy's recommendations. the K20D is a lot bang for the buck and the recent release of the K7 should push the K20D's prices downward quite nicely. I'd probably go with a short AF zoom, telephoto AF zoom, and a fast 50mm or 35mm manual K-mount primes from ebay.
     
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    for a trip to alaska i would think weather sealed body would be important. so this would be one of the few times where i would actually agree with some above posts and suggest considering the Pentax K20D
     
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    D90
     
  10. Josh220

    Josh220 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can have my D60 and 18-55mm VR lens for $550. Less than 2 months old. :)
     
  11. KmH

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    Sounds like you want a camera that has a metal body and weather sealing. In the Nikon line that would be a D300. If you're willing to look at used a D200 but the D200 was first released nearly 4 years ago so it isn't as good at high ISO as the D300.

    The D90 is all plastic and has no weather sealing. It does have the same image sensor as the D300 and it has video (5 min max).
     
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    I too would vote Pentax in this instance.
     

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