Which is a better camera package?

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by Pirouette, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Pirouette

    Pirouette TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alabama
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    ...
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2008
  2. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2006
    Messages:
    11,437
    Likes Received:
    2,095
    Location:
    Wichita, Kansas, USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Kits like the ones above are marvelous tools to get you to #1 loose you money. If it sounds too good to be true, it is and #2 waste money on junk you don't need/want.

    Lets start with the junk.

    Wide angle and telephoto adapters. Great if you want lots of distortion in you photos. Add on stuff like that is usually low quality and you get low quality results. Plus the two supplied lenses are cover wide angle to telephoto.

    Table top tripod. Great if you want you new camera and lens to topple over the first time you use it.

    Deluxe Tripod. Perfectly fine for a small P&S. Unstable, and too weak for a DSLR. See result of using such a thing above.

    Screen protector.
    Usless.

    Filter kit. The entire 5 piece kit is probably worth $10.00. Again, cheap stuff that will give you poor results.

    Digital flash. Probably manual non dedicated flash with no TTL capabilities. Do you know how to use a manual flash?

    Cards, cases and other stuff.
    Low quality, over priced and often usless filler.

    These packages are put together to appeal to the uninformed. They learn how uninformed after they buy them and find out how much money they wasted in the first place. You are better off doing some research and buying just what you need the first time instead of buying a bunch of useless junk that you will either not use or have to replace.

    Take a look at someone like B&H or Adorama for gear.
    B&H Photo Video | Digital Cameras, Camcorders
    Digital cameras, all other cameras and everything photographic from Adorama Camera

    Use the search function to find out about lenses or other accessories you might be interested in. Here are a couple of review sites as well:
    Photo Test Center - Digital SLR Photography Blog
    Digital Camera Reviews and News: Digital Photography Review: Forums, Glossary, FAQ

    And finally, here is the best resource to check before you buy anything on line. Ratings and Reviews for 17,108 Stores at ResellerRatings.com: Search: Showing All Stores
     
  3. majorpayne66

    majorpayne66 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2008
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    You will probably be ok buying from these dealers, just don't buy the packaged junk. If you buy the package you will end up replacing everything but the camera and glass. Figure out what you want and then buy from them. I do buy allot from ebay but only after knowing what I want. I have never had any trouble with these type dealers using e-bay or Amazon.

    +1 for Adorama and B&H Photo.
     
  4. benhasajeep

    benhasajeep TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 4, 2006
    Messages:
    2,101
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Eddington, ME
    DO NOT BUY any of those kits! The lenses are the cheaper versions of the current models. The flash will only work in manual mode. It is absolutely worthless. The lens adapters that they call lenses are also worthless. The big tripod is so flimsy, I would not trust it. The table top one is worthless. The SD cards look like they may be a known brand name but are off brand cheap ones.

    These kits are for people who shop by getting the most items for a price. It is junk.

    If you are willing to buy an import model. Check out cametacamera on ebay. You can get dealer demo cameras and lenses for a decent discount. They look and perform as new. I don't know this for a fact but I think they are just reboxed grey market stuff.

    No matter where you go, stay away from these kits. Get the camera, and lenses, and a REAL flash.

    Here is a perfect example.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/582224-REG/Nikon_9658_D80_SLR_Digital_Camera.html

    Very reputable store. The 2 lenses are the better VR versions (longer one is different 70-200 vs 70-300) But the camera and 2 lenses is $50 cheaper than the horrable kits. And the 70-200 is better than the 70-300! Now add a SB600 flash which is $180. You are now spending $130 more but getting a much better kit!!!!!!!!!!!

    And if you want to know. The cost new for the 70-300 listed in the kit you posted costs $134 brand new! Its a very inexpensive lens. So that kit is really not such a good deal as it seems.
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
  5. fightin14

    fightin14 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2008
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    middle TN
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    JUNK
     
  6. fightin14

    fightin14 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2008
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    middle TN
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Spend the extra money now and be alittle unhappy about it, be 10x happier later.
     

Share This Page