Which DSLR brand to choose?

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  1. voeboe

    voeboe TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,

    I have a Pentax Optio digital camera and I want to by my first DSLR. So far I have been happy with Pentax as a brand but I am not sure how good are their DSLRs. Many people recommend and use Canon or Nikon, but I also want to be different than the rest. I am not a serious photographer I just want to get a better image quaility pictures.

    I read somewhere that Pentax supports old film camera lenses on their DSLR cameras. How good the image quality would be if I put old lenses on a DSLR? Would it void the warranty of the camera?

    I would really appreciate it if you can give me some advice on which way to go.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Pentax makes great dSLRs that are considered a good deal if you consider features like weather-sealing, image shake reduction, and LiveView. Many of their older lenses fit, but might be slightly limited in their ability to interface with all the features - they might have to be used more manually, but their quality is excellent. Their current lenses are good, too.

    Nikon and Canon are the current market leaders, they make great products. A very strong up-and-comer is Sony.

    Go to a big store, hold the cameras, see which strikes you as natural.
     
  3. tirediron

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    Decide what features you want and don't want, spend a day or four reading on-line reviews, go to a couple of local camera stores, pick up the different models, try them, ask the clerk for their recommendations, take home the nicest feeling one in your price range.

    In short, for the requirements you've mentioned, any of the major brands will work for you. It's much the same as a person saying, "I need to drive to work, what car should I buy?".

    As far as the lenses go, with some exceptions and/or reduction in features all of the major bodies will usse most of their brand/mount lenses that have been made in the last fifteen, twenty, or more years.

    Just my $00.02 worth - your milage may vary.
     
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    voeboe TPF Noob!

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    Thank you guys. I will go to a photostore and follow your advice.
     
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    what do your friends shoot? always nice to be able to borrow/try/sample friends' gear.

    my brother shot nikon, so i natrually went nikon as well.
     
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    voeboe TPF Noob!

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    none of my friends have DSLRs :(
     
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    I considered quite a few dslr's and I ended up with a sheet of paper on each one. On the left hand side I listed the features that were positive to me, right hand side I listed the features it didn't have. Some features seemed more important than others and just listing them helped me decide.
    ...Terry
     
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    Sorry to be conservative too...
    I think there are good reasons to rule out anything that isn't Nikon or Canon, especially if you think there's a chance you'll want to upgrade your system in the future.

    Nikon and Canon are by far more serious in the DSLR business than any of the other companies, this means your odds of still being able to use your system ten years from today if you buy a Canon or a Nikon DSLR kit today are much higher than if you by any other brand DSLR.
    In addition, Nikon and Canon have better selection of lenses and steadier supply of replacement parts and disposables (e.g. LiIon rechargable batteries, remote release cables or wireless controllers, replacement charger should you lose the original charger some day, etc.) to local photography equipment retailers around the world.

    Agree, on day 1, Canon and Nikon might not be significantly better DSLRs then some of the other brands, but as time goes by, the investment in Canon or Nikon equipment pays off.

    If you are 100% confident that you will not want to upgrade your system in the future, then pahaps restricting yourself to these two brands is less important though.

    Cheers.
     
  9. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Resale value holds up pretty well for Nikon and Canon too.
     
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    Leica R8, clearly.
     
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    hope nobody has said this already, but sony also takes any old minolta AF lens (they bought konica minolta) and i THINK canon and nikon also take their respective film lenses, (all will still look great if they were good lenses) .

    Pentax- weather sealing, in-body stabilization, dust shaker

    Sony- in body stabilization, dust shaker, (some weather sealing on a-700 model)

    Canon- most popular, stabilization offered in some lenses (at a premium) dust shaker.

    Nikon- most popular, stabilization offered in some lenses (at a premium) . I dont know if these have the dust shaker or not)

    sorry if i missed something, i know sony best, but this should hopefully show, that you really cant go wrong in today's market. Dont let other people tell you, just buy what YOU like.
     
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    My first camera was a nikon and was a gift so im all out Nikon. But to be honest, i played around with an Olympus e-410 and really like it, super small and handled really nicely. Theres times when i like a big body (like when you have a big lens) but for just casualy family shots i really liked it.

    http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1294
     

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