Skip Navigation

DSLR newbie. RTW advice

Travel Forums Travel Photography DSLR newbie. RTW advice

Page

Last Post

Post 21 was removed by a moderator
22. Posted by Joseph88 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Q' well i'm not to sure what it is that caught my eye, I guess I was just being greedy haha, as it seems the D5000 has a higher spec (more pixels, bigger image size, more fps...) and a few more features than the D3000 (movie mode, fish eye...).

For my 21st present my parents said they would help me pay for my RTW ticket but I might ask them to buy me a camera instead, that way I could get this soon instead of waiting next summer when I leave ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2009, at 05:44 by Joseph88 ]

Post 23 was removed by a moderator
24. Posted by halfnine (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Generally, the cheapest place you are going to be able to get cameras/lenses is in the USA. And to that effect, now that I live in the UK, I still buy most of my camera equipment back in the USA. Now that said, due to the currency collapse of the GBP, I have seen some D40 deals in the UK that are better than what you could get in the USA.

Now as far as Japan goes. About 2 years ago (when I lived in Japan) prices for cameras were fairly competitive with the USA. Of course, one could get a lot more yen from most major currencies back then. The big advantage to Japan wasn't so much the price as it was the selection. I bought a 18-200 VR when I was there because there were plenty on the shelves, whereas in the USA there were 2 month waiting lists. Now with the yen where it is, it's not likely something I'd be doing now.

As far as which camera to get. I'd likely recommend the D40 because the cost/weight/size are suitable for long term travel. Much better to spend any extra money on lenses then the camera body.

25. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Ok, I've cleaned up the thread some more.

fabyomama, you obviously don't want to let things lie. If you really want an answer to your question, which is obviously flame bait aimed at me, feel free to send me a private message as I suggested before. Please keep the discussion on topic.

26. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting Joseph88

Q' well i'm not to sure what it is that caught my eye, I guess I was just being greedy haha, as it seems the D5000 has a higher spec (more pixels, bigger image size, more fps...) and a few more features than the D3000 (movie mode, fish eye...).

Sure, the toy store always seems so big and shinny. I only asked because I'm always curious how other people use their gear. I learn a lot from that.

You won't go wrong with any of these models. I assume we've talked you out of the point and shoot choice, which is the main thing. Feel free to ask questions. Photographers and members of this forum are generally a friendly bunch and most are quite willing to share their knowledge.

27. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting Q'

Ok, I've cleaned up the thread some more.

fabyomama, you obviously don't want to let things lie. If you really want an answer to your question, which is obviously flame bait aimed at me, feel free to send me a private message as I suggested before. Please keep the discussion on topic.

pm sent

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Aug-2009, at 01:22 by fabyomama ]

28. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Can you get professional quality pictures from the D40?

29. Posted by RachelChai (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

As someone who uses Canon Rebel, Canon 30D, and Canon 5D, the quality of the pictures are equally the same. The main difference between the Rebel and 30D is the structure of the camera - the physical usage of the camera. For example, on D30, there are two dials and on Rebel, there are only one dial and we have to press certain buttons to get other options. The main difference between 30D and 5D is the frame sensor. 30D does not have full frame sensor whereas 5D does. By that means, when cameras don't have full frame sensor, the angle of the image is reduced. In other words, on Canon 30D, a 35 mm angle is equivalent to 50 mm on 5D and film cameras. Full frame sensor means the size of the 35 mm negative. Non-full frame sensor are smaller than the 35 mm negative. The Rebel does not have a full frame sensor like the 30D. Also, Canon Rebel has fewer ISO options that 30D and 5D.

Another important factor is the quality of the lens. The lens really do make a substantial difference. Lens kit that comes with the lower end cameras are not the greatest quality as it doesn't have the greatest aperture. For instance, when trying to take a picture with a wide-aperture, with the lens kit, it appears to be in high depth of field rather than low depth of field. Also, lower quality lens tend to be more grainy. So, if money is a factor, you can get just the lower end DSLR camera body and buy a good quality lens.

I know that Nikon would have the same factors as Canon cameras.

I apologize for sounding so technical, but just wanted to bring up these points when it comes to deciding on which camera to purchase.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Aug-2009, at 23:57 by RachelChai ]

30. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

You would agree though that, if used well, kit lenses are capable of excellent results.

Just so people who are just starting with a low budget are not put off by entry gear.

Page