Help buying first DSLR

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Sepia, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Sepia

    Sepia TPF Noob!

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    i was asking for help for a slr-like camera last time
    and now i want to know what do you think is the best for me in this section.
    i want to buy a DSLR as i said..
    the only problem is that i need a Liveview cause sometimes its difficult for me to use the Viewfinder.
    my budget is very tight [number won't help you very much cause its in NIS but its about 500$ +- body and 250$ for lens]

    so i need you to recommend on cameras that you think is best for a new DSLR user..

    sorry for my english

    thank you,
    Sepia
     
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    I only know Nikon's so your only option there would be the D5000, I think they are right in your price point.
     
  3. Sepia

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    thank you but the body only is about 800$
    there is another nikon with liveview that is cheaper?
    or another brand it doesnt have to be nikon..
     
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    yeah a D5000 is just about in your price range. My friend just bought one for about $850 with lens. The D5000 is the cheapest Nikon with Liveview. Your next option would be the D90. I dont know anything about Cannons, but I do know they have more options for every price range.
     
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    Olympus e520 would probably be worth looking at for around that price point.
     
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    Then you do know something about Canons. (Just one n by the way.) Or is it you just think you know. Maybe you know a lot more than you think you know. It's even possible you actually know less than you thought you knew.

    I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I don't think you realise that what I said is not what I meant.

    Nikon currently offers 10 DSLR's and Canon offers 8.
     
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    :lol:
    Of course, if they ever get around to phasing-out the woefully-obsolete D40 and D60, we'll be back to parity again, won't we?
    :soapbox:
     
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    First off... your English is better than most peoples who speak it every day!

    Now... maybe look into something used or refurbished? I got my Canon 30D which is an intermediate-professional grade camera. It was discontinued a little while ago but they can be found on Adorama for about $500 or so used. I was able to get a nice package with a lens for under $800

    And yes I know the 30D isn't a real "professional" one like the 5D BUT it is still better than the XS or XSI in my opinion
     
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    the problem with used is the warranty and kind of stuff
    some one told me that the viewfinder in dslr is alot more comfortable then in slr-like
    and maybe i won't have this problem and i won't be limited for LV DSLRs
    if i buy DSLR without LV would you recommend
    D60 with a kit lens or something
    D40 with a better lens
    the EOS 1000D?
    or another camera?
    [the body only should be 550$ top so i can afford a lens]

    and now im limited to nikon/canon cause there are no shops that sells lenses for olympus pentax sony..

    thank you for helping me.

    btw 30D costs about 900$ in israel.
     
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    true, the 30 doesn't have live view. It appears I missed that part haha
     
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    The Canon Rebel XSi (also known as 450D) has Live View mode along with one of two Image Stabalized kit lens (18-55mm, 55-250mm) and will run between 500-800$ depending on where you get it and whether or not you get it with a kit lens. It would be a good starter DSLR, but you will encounter its limitations as you shoot more and more. Still, it's not a bad investment by any means, and your only other Canon option for Live View is the 50D or 5D, which go for ~1100$ and ~2500$ without lenses.

    Dunno why everyone is jumping on a 30D or 40D, it seems the OP is looking for something more in the entry level range anyway. I would say avoid the XS (1000D) and at LEAST go for the XSi.

    I don't know much about Nikons, but having used a friends D60, I was very disapointed with its performance compared to entry level Canons. New ones are probably much better (especially the D90), but I would personally stay away from a D60 or older.
     

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