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Any good sugestions for my first DSLR Camera and lense..?

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1. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

Im looking to purchase my first DSLR camera quite soon. The thing is there are so many to choose from, and some of the specification details I dont undersatnd. I dont really know whats good and whats a waste of money. I plan to spend around £400 maximum.

I have been looking at some of the SONY DSLR'S, their Alpha range. They seem a good price, and I guess quite good quality and reliable.

I wont the camera to be fairly decent so I dont have to upgrade it for sometime to come.

And any info on a lense aswell? Will I even need one straight away?
Any recomendations...?

Thanks gang!

2. Posted by Highfall (Full Member 26 posts) 8y

Cameralabs have video reviews of loads of DSLR's that you can check out on Youtube to help you make up your mind:

You can also just go directly to their site at, which has the full review where they post the pictures they have taken with the cameras.

For example, here are pictures taken with the EOS 1000D

and some with the Sony A200

Though the pictures are not exactly the same, it's a really great page to compare how each camera picks up the different colors. A200 seems like a great value camera :)

3. Posted by Highfall (Full Member 26 posts) 8y

Oh, and don't worry about the lens. The all-around kit lens that comes with the camera is more then enough for a regular user. Once you get more familiar with the camera and decide to take it to the next level, you can consider upgrading the lens to one that works better for your type of photography

Hope this helps :)

4. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

Top man Highfall! That is a very hand site, Still checking out all the cams

5. Posted by nvdb (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

If you don't have troubles with second hand, you can buy a second hand Canon EOS 30D, nice camera, or a Nikon d80. There are much more good lenses for Nikon and Canon then for Sony, even when you count the second hand Konica Minolta's for Sony. Canon and Nikon have much more experience with D-slr's then Sony. I think in a few years sony is even good as Canon or Nikon. With the A900 they're working hard on it.

A Sony isn't bad at all, but i like a Canon more, it's personal.

a Canon EOS 30D with a tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is perfect to begin with, the AF is noisy but the lens is cheap, really good distance and it's f/2.8. For sport photography you've 5 fps, only you need a (i don't know the english word for this) a lens like a 70-200, 100-400, 300, 400 etc.

What do you want most to photograph? Landscapes, Macro, portrait, birds...

Maybe i didn't count well, i don't know very good how much pounds are.

You also can begin with a really cheap Nikon d40, and kit lens. In the netherlands you can buy a new d40 +new lens for 320 euro. Than you can keep the rest of your money apart, to buy a new (good) lens a few months later, when you know exactly what you can't do with your kit lens. When you buy a d40 you've to look good which lenses you buy, with some lenses you don't have AF, the d40 doesn't have a AF motor.

The 6 mp is enough to print a4+, i believe 3 mp, of 4 is enough to print on a4. If you want to print from the begin big, you need more mp. but most of the beginners don't print big, or don't print at all...

I would not invest in a really good body, you can better begin with a bad body and lens and buy later on better lenses. Or you can start with a bad camera and a good lens. A pro camera with a bad lens makes worse pictures than a beginners camera with a normal or pro lens.

At this moment there are not really bad camera's, they're all all right, its personal which you choose (how big are your hands, do you like live view etc.).

6. Posted by rhysv (Inactive 22 posts) 8y

I have a Pentax K200D which I'm quite impressed by, sure its in the same league as the Nikon's and Canon's but its a good DSLR camera and there is a range of Pentax and Sigma lenses for all styles and budgets which is really handy.

7. Posted by lavenlaar (Budding Member 46 posts) 7y

Hey all ...

ok - first DSLR ..

i take it from this site you are looking at travel pics ?
I was a Nikon boy with a D2H and "downgraded" by body to a Canon 30d.
Sony range are great cameras, but lens availability is limited (for the time being).
As a first camera - i'd look at the Canon 400d for basic funcionality, but only has a plastic casing, whereas the the 30/40/50d + has magnesium alloy.
Think the 400d comes with a twin lens kit, but would look at buying another say a 50mm f/1.8 (great for landscapes + portraits)
Canon / Nikon cameras have mounts that are available with Tamron/ Nikkor lenses (so can become cheaper to buy lenses)

My kit has
Canon 30d
4 x 16gb CF cards
18mm wide angle f/1.4
18-35mm f/3.5 (kit)
50mm f/1.8
70-200 f/4c L
300 f/2.8 L
1.4x teleconverter
2x TC

yes it's cost me the earth but im covered :)



8. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 7y

Well, I must say I went into my local Jesspos store at the weekend and it was my plan to go there and purchase the A300, but after talking to a really helpfull guy and having a play about on one, it became very clear as to why I should opt for a Cannon or Nikkon. I did plan to spend £400 max but I may spend that bit extra now so I dont need to upgrade (if i do) as quick.

The one that looked, felt and priced well was The Nikon D80. The reviews I have read are very good, and the guy at Jesspos also recommended it, and advised me to stay away from the Sony Aplha's. So thats my choice, but cant buy it just yet due to my funds, so I will have to wait until the end of the month.

Im planning to enroll in a photography course and properly learn how to take pictures. So when I so go off travelling again, I do have understanding of how to take a better picture.

cheers all!;)

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 7y

Seany: great choice. My father has it, and I had its predecessor (the D70) before upgrading to a D200, and these mid-range Nikons are just awesome cameras. The default kit-lens for the D80 is the 18-135. That's a pretty decent lens for the cost, though it sadly lacks VR. If you had the money I'd recommend getting the camera body-only and upgrading to a better / more versatile lens (16-85 VR or 18-200 VR would probably be the first two I'd consider to start with), but since you don't, I'll say that you'll probably be more than happy with that default lens during the first couple of years. (Just don't try to shoot at low iso at full zoom while indoors.) :)

10. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 7y

Mind you, now I have seen the new D90, im not not so sure...