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Deafjeff
14-03-2010, 12:37 PM
Hi,

I got Canon Powershot S3 IS....

I am thinking of getting an upgrade so that I can buy SLR, however, I have not done much of photography as I felt the camera itself was fairly limited.

Any advice on which SLR is suitable for someone like me who like to explore and learn more about photography than just simply point and shoot.

Jeff

foreverducky
14-03-2010, 01:37 PM
Both Canon and Nikon have good entry level DSLRs. I have a Nikon D40 and I love it (it's an entry one as well).

ukwdwnut
14-03-2010, 01:44 PM
i love my Canon 400D :D

Deafjeff
14-03-2010, 01:50 PM
What about Canon 500d?

catrancher
14-03-2010, 01:50 PM
Like FD says. Both Canon and Nikon have excellent entry level DSLR's. I'm a Nikon bigot myself but that's just my own personal preference. Interestingly enough, I just happened to see this article today. And it's current! Only came out two days ago!

Best entry-level digital SLR cameras (http://reviews.cnet.com/best-prosumer-dslr-cameras/)

Tom (:macwave:... I still like my Nikon best!)

josh.p.
14-03-2010, 02:49 PM
I love my sony :yes: I've tried canon and nikon and suprisingly preferred the sony!

Britchick
14-03-2010, 04:35 PM
What about Canon 500d?

very good camera- Beccaberry has one i believe. :thumbsup:

stick with Canon, don't let the Nikon nerds drag you across to the dark side:tongue:

Deafjeff
14-03-2010, 04:37 PM
This might be a weird question.........

Canon is like a mac or a window?

Skywatcher
14-03-2010, 04:38 PM
I have a 500d and am just learning it - I love it :D very much indeed

Oh and FYI we don't mind repeat threads here unlike other places :D

Britchick
14-03-2010, 04:41 PM
doh I forgot you had one Chris, i just keep thinking lens!


Jeff, lots of us are camera nuts here so we can all help you :thumbsup:

Deafjeff
14-03-2010, 04:44 PM
I quite like the Canon 500d is it worth buying it at USA when Im over there this year?

catrancher
14-03-2010, 04:48 PM
don't let the Nikon nerds drag you across to the dark side:tongue:

Pay no attention to her. She's just trying to annoy us Nikon nerds! :taunt:

Regardless of the "advice" given here! :unimpressed:

You do what works best for you. Go to a store, pick up and hold all the ones mentioned, see which feels best to you. Look at the prices. Decide what's important to you and what fit's your requirements the best. They're all going to take great pictures. :thumbsup:

Tom (:macwave:... Nikon nerd first class!)

Skywatcher
14-03-2010, 04:51 PM
Nikon are a class act don't get me wrong , the only reason I am a Canon nerd was because they were originally the only sort used by astrophotographers as they were so good at low light

Britchick
14-03-2010, 04:58 PM
i agree with Tom, go try the cameras see what feels comfortable- go through the menus see if they come naturally to you. It's worth spending some time on it.

As to buying in the US, exchange rate is rubbish at the moment- doubt it would make much difference at the moment.

this is a reasonable site to get some prices

B&H Photo Video | Digital Cameras, Camcorders (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/)

foreverducky
14-03-2010, 06:33 PM
Nikon all the way! :geekon:

Beccaberry
14-03-2010, 10:58 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE my Canon T1i (known as the 500d over there)...can't say enough good things about it. As for waiting to buy over here? Hmmm, as BC says, given the current exchange rate, I doubt you'd save much really. Plus, if it were me, I'd want to by it with enough lead time to at least get the feel of it before leaving on holiday. So if you're serious about buying it, I'd suggest getting it soon and playing around with it before you go...don't want to miss anything exciting!

Skywatcher
15-03-2010, 08:23 AM
Oh and Jeff - the 500d has the ability to take HD video as well :D

simonwebb74
15-03-2010, 08:50 AM
I would suggest looking at all 3 makes, Canon, Nikon & Sony. See which one appeals the most to you. They all have different ways of doing the same thing so one might feel better/easier to use than the others.

Canon & Nikon offer HD video capabilities but Sony offers a better liveview and in body image stabilization. So it really does come down to which features you want and which camera just feels right.

I am Sony owner by the way http://wdisneysecrets.com/forums/images/icons/icon10.gif

Slowhand
15-03-2010, 11:40 AM
Pay no attention to her. She's just trying to annoy us Nikon nerds! :taunt:

Regardless of the "advice" given here! :unimpressed:

You do what works best for you. Go to a store, pick up and hold all the ones mentioned, see which feels best to you. Look at the prices. Decide what's important to you and what fit's your requirements the best. They're all going to take great pictures. :thumbsup:


Us Nikon fans have to stick together eh Tom? :lol:

Whichever make you choose, just remember that the various lenses are "make specific"...i.e. a Canon lens won`t fit a Nikon body, and vice versa etc. so it`s important for you to take your time to choose the make that suits you the best.

catrancher
15-03-2010, 11:45 AM
Us Nikon fans have to stick together eh Tom? :lol:

Youbetcha! :happydance:

Birds of a feather and all that!

Tom (:macwave:... although I think I'd like to upgrade. Maybe a D90?)

Skywatcher
15-03-2010, 12:43 PM
D90's look very sweet indeed :yes:

Shellyamc
15-03-2010, 03:02 PM
My Dad just picked up an SLR because he wanted to try it..well I think he wants me to try it :unsure:

He decided to get one at HSN because they give you the 30 day trial and you can return with no questions asked. So we got to try it ( I loved it!!) and then he was able to return it to look for a better price someplace else.

Maybe you have QVC or something like that where you might be able to do the same thing? Just to get a feel for it?

Deafjeff
15-03-2010, 06:56 PM
Thanks for the advice, will go to local camera store and see what appeal me the most.....watch this space!

josh.p.
15-03-2010, 06:59 PM
Jessops lets you have a good play before buying :yes: Just don't buy them!

Deafjeff
17-03-2010, 09:06 PM
Hi what about Nikon D5000?

catrancher
17-03-2010, 10:19 PM
Hi what about Nikon D5000?

:happydance: :thumbsup: :happydance:

Tom (:macwave:... a confirmed Nikon bigot!)

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 09:04 AM
Hi, I am going to specialist camera shop this morning so hopefully I can walk out with a camera :-)

Could people here explain why Jessops is not that good?

Britchick
27-03-2010, 10:18 AM
Jessops seems to be always more expensive, also the staff don't tend to be very knowledgeable and when a sales person can't answer a question that I as a person newly into photography can I don't think they should be selling such items.

My favourite game is to go in and ask them a question and watch them squirm. One of them didn't even know what ISO was :thumbsdown:

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 03:26 PM
Hi all,

I brought Nikon D3000 this morning after such a good deal. (Nikon D3000, Sigma 70-2000) macro lens, 4GB card and crumpler bug) for 400 not bad eh?

Britchick
27-03-2010, 03:39 PM
Yay!!!

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 03:41 PM
Just waiting for the battery to be charged! Before I start running around the house snapping away!

Slowhand
27-03-2010, 04:15 PM
Welcome to the Nikon club! :thumbsup:

catrancher
27-03-2010, 04:36 PM
:happydance: :thumbsup: :happydance:

Tom (:macwave:... a confirmed Nikon bigot!)

What I said before! Welcome to the club! :thumbsup:

Tom (:macwave:... still a confirmed Nikon bigot!)

Britchick
27-03-2010, 05:22 PM
whatever boys!! lol



Jeff - it won't take long to charge- can't wait to see your photos!

foreverducky
27-03-2010, 06:55 PM
Yeah, another Nikon!


Sorry Brit...I'm with the boys on this one.

Britchick
27-03-2010, 07:07 PM
Sorry Brit...I'm with the boys on this one.



well i must be special then and unique:tongue:

foreverducky
27-03-2010, 07:14 PM
Well....um....oh....er.....sure you are! :lol:



;)

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 08:27 PM
Hi guys... need some advice....

I got 70-300mm marco lens and was hoping for a really good close up but disappointed with the result as I would have liked to see details on the leaf.

Do I need a different type of lens in order to do close up photo?

Jeff

Britchick
27-03-2010, 08:35 PM
it should be reasonable. It's not going to be as good as one of the specialist lenses but i've had fairly good results.

do you want to show us?

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 08:37 PM
How do I add the picture?

Britchick
27-03-2010, 08:43 PM
go to post reply, manage attachments and then search on your computer for the file and upload

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 09:06 PM
mmmhh tries to upload but the file is too big will see if i can make it smaller

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 09:12 PM
no clue how to make it smaller grrr any ideas? (I got mac and so far only use iphoto...)

Britchick
27-03-2010, 09:15 PM
just did a little search and the export function would seem to do it:unsure:


or can you upload to somewhere like photobucket and then copy the link?

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 09:26 PM
Thanks britchick!

Hopefully it now works!

Britchick
27-03-2010, 09:28 PM
it has.......but it's not a leaf :tongue:

foreverducky
27-03-2010, 10:13 PM
A macro is my dream lens.

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 10:23 PM
Hi, I decided that this looks better than the leaf picture!

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 10:24 PM
I would love to have lens that shows great details on a leaf or flower petal. Which one should I go for?

foreverducky
27-03-2010, 10:29 PM
I want this one from Nikon. It has the Vibration Reduction, which I need (I could never be a surgeon).
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR from Nikon (http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Camera-Lenses/2190/AF-S-DX-Micro-NIKKOR-85mm-f%252F3.5G-ED-VR.html)

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 10:30 PM
Would that do a good close up?

foreverducky
27-03-2010, 10:33 PM
Yepper! It's a micro/macro lens. Check it out at Amazon. There are some customer photos.
Amazon.com: Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX ED VR Micro Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo (http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-85mm-3-5G-Digital-Cameras/dp/B002SQKVE4/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3EJV32VA9BJU7&colid=3UTV7V49PB7F9)

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 10:38 PM
Wow, mmmhhh should I cancel the wedding and get that lens... mmmhh hehe

foreverducky
27-03-2010, 10:40 PM
:D Yep, it's expensive....it's a dream lens for me. I love taking close pictures.

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 10:42 PM
I can see why you love it! I was a bit disappointed that my marco lens is not close enough :-(

foreverducky
27-03-2010, 10:53 PM
Can you return it for a standard lens and then save up for the macro?

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 10:53 PM
Am I right thinking if marco lens only have one mm number i.e 85mm this is better than marco lens 28-105mm for example?

Deafjeff
27-03-2010, 10:54 PM
Can you return it for a standard lens and then save up for the macro?

Already had a good deal for this lens and it is a good lens for zooming but bit pants for macro but was impressed with the door picture so ho hum....

keith
27-03-2010, 10:58 PM
Am I right thinking if marco lens only have one mm number i.e 85mm this is better than marco lens 28-105mm for example?

The true definition of a macro lens is a lens capable of 1:1, meaning the image on the film/sensor is the same size as the object being photographed. Another important distinction is that lenses designed for macro are usually at their sharpest at macro focus distances and are not quite as sharp at other focus distances.

Nowadays, you've got lens companies selling lenses which have "macro" on them just because they can focus closely. Technically that's really not what's meant. In fact with proper macro lenses, many of us go for lenses that can get that 1:1 WITHOUT being too close (because who wants to get so close to a wasp or a snake? :lol: )

So generally yep, a good true macro lens will be a prime lens meaning it's a fixed focal length. 50mm or 100/105mm for example

They're specialist lenses when you get to that point and require a bit of experimentation to get the most out of them but once you do, you'll get much better imagery than can be achieved using a general lens at a close focus.