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1. Posted by Travinfo (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y

Hi Guys,

Please help me in buying a camera, whether i should be going for the normal SLR or DSLR and. which company would you prefer.

I have been using my Konica Minolta 5 Megapixel camera for long now.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4421 posts) 7y

That's far too general a question to answer helpfully.

I can tell you that I personally have a Nikon DSLR (used to be D70, now D200), chosen at the time mostly because of ergonomics (it felt better in my hand), although feature set (D70 compared to 300D) played a role as well. I can tell you that Canon DSLRs are the most sold cameras on the planet (iirc). I can tell you that Nikon currently has the simplest and cheapest DSLR (the D40), and that I really hate Sony and would never ever recommend anyone to buy any of their products, but that their DSLR, the A-100, was good enough that the next released DSLRs by Canon and Nikon were generally reviewed as their "answers" to the Sony. I can tell you that whatever (D)SLR you choose, you'll be "locked into" their system more with each lens you choose, so that you'd better be damned certain to make the right choice right away, even though you won't have enough data to know if the choice was right until it's too late. I can tell you that Canon and Nikon are the two major players, who both have a huge range of cameras and accessories, but that all the other DSLR camera makers are doing their very best to become number three and thus might be offering really interesting cameras (which is both positive in that they're doing it, and negative in a "what if they don't make it?" sense).

But none of that will really help you much. Tell us, what is important in a camera to you? How do you want to use the camera? How much do you want to learn, how far do you intend to go, what is your budget? What appeals to you in your current camera, and what doesn't? What is it making you consider going (back) to a regular SLR over a DSLR? Maybe then we can give actually helpful advice...

3. Posted by Travinfo (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y

what is important in a camera to you? How do you want to use the camera? How much do you want to learn, how far do you intend to go, what is your budget? What appeals to you in your current camera, and what doesn't? What is it making you consider going (back) to a regular SLR over a DSLR? Maybe then we can give actually helpful advice...

Thanks sander,

I have been travelling a lot during last one year so and i started clicking photograph some of people, landscapes and wildlife. I had borrowed a Nikon SLR from of my friend, but i found it very bulkier to carry and also i had scan photographs for uploading. Meanwhile i thought why not go digital to escape from the scanning and better picture quality.

My budget is around 1000 -1200 USD, is that a okay amount ?? please advice.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4421 posts) 7y

Okay, so I'd be looking at the Nikon D80 or the Canon 400D.
The 400D is significantly cheaper, but you'll need that extra money to buy a decent lens, as the Canon kitlens isn't worth much (while the Nikon kitlens is decent to good). I think the D80 has a slight edge on build quality and features, although not very much so (spot metering would be the main thing that I can think of off the top of my head).

The Canon 30D would be a good possibility as well, edging out the D80 in turn, but it's slightly out of that budget.

Or... since you mentioned bulky, you could get a Nikon D40, which is one of the smallest DSLRs out there (while still handling well) body-only for real cheap (so without the bundled kitlens), and use the rest of the money to buy a 18-200mm VR lens, which is a rather large lens, but will do people, landscapes and wildlife all in one, so should cut overall hassle. (I think that might just squeeze in for your budget. You might even find these two pre-bundled together for a better deal.)

side by side comparison, courtesy of dpreview.

I don't know the non-Canon/Nikon brand cameras well enough to advise on options from amongst those. Perhaps someone else might.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 8, 2006, at 6:20 PM by Sander ]

5. Posted by Travinfo (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y

Thanks a ton for your help..

Please check this.. i think, i would go for this..
http://web.canon.jp/Imaging/EOS350D/index.html

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4421 posts) 7y

Basically that 350D is the previous generation of Canon's cheapest DSLR, now replaced by the 400D. If you can find it for a lot cheaper than the 400D, that makes it worth considering, but if the prices are near, definitely get the newer version.
Although... *blinks* If I try to follow that link, it redirects me to the 30D page. So I don't know which one you actually meant. Either one is a more than decent camera that I don't think you'd regret buying, though.
One thing I'll recommend is to go to a store and handle all cameras that you're thinking about buying, as well as some that are out of range and/or clearly unsuitable. Just take a couple of pictures in the store with each, and try to feel how they handle, if you can easily reach all the important controls and such. (Uhm, although you'll probably want to limit yourself to testing just 2 or 3 per store, otherwise they might consider you something of a bother.) :)

7. Posted by Travinfo (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y

(Uhm, although you'll probably want to limit yourself to testing just 2 or 3 per store, otherwise they might consider you something of a bother.)

You are right sander :)

These guys feel as if i thier to waste thier time..:) so i want better to be sure what i want.. probably will have to check with my photographer friends what are they carrying and probably borrow it for a day or two..

So we are talking about this ..

http://www.jjmehta.com/products/canoneos400d.html

Am I correct..? My photographer friends had recommended me this store but unfortunately, its in Mumbai and I am near Delhi, quite far else i would have gone and tried a click or two..

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4421 posts) 7y

Quoting Travinfo

So we are talking about this ..

http://www.jjmehta.com/products/canoneos400d.html

Yes. And I suspect you'll be able to find a few stores nearby selling it, too, as it's probably the most sold DSLR out there.

9. Posted by Travinfo (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y

Thanks Sander,

I will be letting you know when i buy this camera. and will let you know how i feel..

10. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 7y

Lots of good advice here, my only suggestion is that you try a few out if possible. You need to decide if you like the look that a DSLR produces; personally, I do not, and for that reason I still shoot a Nikon F5 SLR.