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Europe Travel.. Digital SLR or Point and shoot?

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1. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

Hey guys,

I currently have a Canon Powershot S2 IS.

I am travelling to Europe for about 6 months + and I would
like to take some really nice photos.

Im trying to decide whether to get a Canon 350D SLR or stick with the point and shoot.

What do you guys think?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

As the saying goes, "Cameras don't take really nice pictures, people do."

That said, if you already take pretty good pictures, then you'll probably appreciate the quality increase and larger range of possibilities to control what the camera does that a DSLR offers you. I definitely know that when I bought my Nikon D70 two years ago, it was an astounding leap ahead compared to my point and shoot (a small powershot S30). My one complaint - that the new camera was so much larger - doesn't apply for you as your current one is already nearly SLR-size.
I suspect you'll definitely miss the 12x zoom from the S2, but then, you gain a lot of wide-angle range with the default kitlens (24mm-36mm in 35mm equiv terms), which arguably is more useful when travelling (I at least think so - but you're the only one who knows how you use your camera) - and of course, you could always shell out for an extra zoomlens (or maybe Canon even has a lens similar to Nikon's new 18-200mm VR zoomlens, which is pretty much the perfect travel lens as far as I'm concerned).
I'd suggest you walk into a camera store and ask to take a few pictures with the 350D (bring your own (compact flash! - not secure digital!) memorycard), so you can see if you like the way it handles and feels in your hand, and can leisurely look at the picture quality when your back home. (Bonus points for also bringing the S2 and taking the same pictures at the same time, so that you can really do a side-by-side comparison.)

3. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

kool i might do some more research hmm..

one of my other concerns is the size of camera bag etc ill
have to take with the 350D with the lens etc.

Ill be travelling for a while. So hopefully it does not get stolen
or become a berden.

- Andrew

P.S.

What lenses should I buy when starting off?

4. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Hi there,
I spent ages looking for a new DSLR.
I have always had Canon cameras and looked at the nikon D70. But I couldn't actually go for a Nikon as it's functions are set out slightly different. This is where they have you, if you've owen a canon you can go and basicaly pick up any canon slr and know what it does as they 'feel' the same. I digress....
I spent time looking at the 350D and read up loads, playing with them, but settled for the 20D. 30% more in price, but build quality is loads better in the selection of materials, size is a bit bigger (more comfy to hold), the cosmos sensor is better and the functionality is extended.
Don't get me wrong i think the 350D camera is great, but I have been told by a few people and looking back over the last 6 months - it is a camera you can quite quickly "grow out of".
So if your into your photography - pay for the model up, if you want a great camera to shoot with then the 350D.
As for lenses, well this is always the crunch area. buy the best ones that you can afford. Most come with the standard 18-55mm (but this is actually 22-80mm as the sensor magnifies by 1.5 times approx)this is a cheap polycarb shod lens, but it's only about another tenner so worth as an everyday hack.
Canon have a fantastic array of lenses, just depending on budget and what you envisage taking. You could cover most of the ranges with the standard lens and a 75 to 300mm.
Good luck, and happy snapping

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

Quoting jase007

I have always had Canon cameras and looked at the nikon D70. But I couldn't actually go for a Nikon as it's functions are set out slightly different. This is where they have you, if you've owen a canon you can go and basicaly pick up any canon slr and know what it does as they 'feel' the same.

I went from Canon point 'n shoot to Nikon DSLR, and I adjusted in no time flat. Of course, now I have several Nikon lenses, and they do indeed have me. But I in no way regret the switch - it was totally worth it, and at the time (and still afaic, which is why I just upgraded from a D70 to a D200), Nikon simply offered the best value for the money.

Agreed on 20D over 350D - although I'd say you have to be pretty certain about your photographic abilities - and desire to actually learn the camera - before making that choice.

6. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Quoting EuroAndrew

Hey guys,

I currently have a Canon Powershot S2 IS.

I am travelling to Europe for about 6 months + and I would
like to take some really nice photos.

Im trying to decide whether to get a Canon 350D SLR or stick with the point and shoot.

What do you guys think?

I think you have too much money!