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    Hi to everyone.

    I have narrowed my search of DSLR system to Canon & Nikon to start from new. Can anyone advise which system will be better (or rather more suitable) for my application? I know both have the capabilities but I have limitation on investment such as cost & weight and also future expansion to consider.

    1) I am targeting to shoot street (both people & building), nature landscape & wildlife (both birds & animals) and expand later to nature close-up. At the moment, I will not be venturing into flash photography.

    2) I will much prefer a light setup of about 4kg and under for camera & lens alone when travelling overseas. For local about 6kg.

    3) I do not mind on used or third party lens if performance, reliabilities & built are good.

    4) On optical quality, I will place colour reproduction/contrast as no 1 importance, sharpness as 2 and distortion as 3 if I have more than one lens option in about same range from the same system.

    I hope this info helps.

    Can you advise base on camera system requirement, lens choice available & performance and of course, cost of camera system (about $6.5k for camera system & $500 for accessories) for my above mentioned usage? Please share abit of info on AF speed, ISO speed, colour processing, buffer & others importment factors which I needed to consider for my selection.

    Need some advise on accessories, like monopod/tripod and ballhead too.

    Thanks for your attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    I have narrowed my search of DSLR system to Canon & Nikon to start from new. Can anyone advise which system will be better (or rather more suitable) for my application? I know both have the capabilities but I have limitation on investment such as cost & weight and also future expansion to consider
    Hi babycamera

    Both Canon and Nikon are equally good, you will never go wrong with either one.
    Since I am a Nikon users, I will recommend base on Nikon system.
    D70, about $1300, an all round value for money and 5 star rating DSLR.

    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    1) I am targeting to shoot street (both people & building), nature landscape & wildlife (both birds & animals) and expand later to nature close-up. At the moment, I will not be venturing into flash photography.
    a) 18-70mm DX, about $400, well balance quality and value for money lense for street photography.
    b) 12-24mm DX, about $1600, for building and natural landscape.
    c) 80-400mm, about $2100, for wildlife.

    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    2) I will much prefer a light setup of about 4kg and under for camera & lens alone when travelling overseas. For local about 6kg.
    All the setup should be around 6 kgs with a good camera bag

    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    3) I do not mind on used or third party lens if performance, reliabilities & built are good.
    For Third party lense, you can consider
    Sigma 12-24, about $1200.
    Sigma 80-400, not sure about the price, but defintely cheaper than Nikon.

    Rating are good, though there are some comments by users that Nikon is more sharper and better in term of image quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    4) On optical quality, I will place colour reproduction/contrast as no 1 importance, sharpness as 2 and distortion as 3 if I have more than one lens option in about same range from the same system.
    In this case, use all Nikon lenses and save all your worries.

    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    Need some advise on accessories, like monopod/tripod and ballhead too.
    a) Manfrotto 190B tripod and 486RC2 ballhead, estimate about $250.
    b) 60 Litre Dry Cabinet, for storage and prevent fungus, about $160.
    c) Cleaing kit like blower, lenspen and cloth, less than $30.
    d) Camera Bag, depend on the type and your requirement, a good one will less than $200.

    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    Can you advise base on camera system requirement, lens choice available & performance and of course, cost of camera system (about $6.5k for camera system & $500 for accessories) for my above mentioned usage?
    Total cost of setup.

    a) D70 with 18-70mm DX : $1700
    b) 12-24mm DX : $1600
    c) 80-400mm : $2100
    d) Manfrotto 190B tripod and 486RC2 ballhead, : $250.
    e) 60 Litre Dry Cabinet : $160.
    f) Cleaing kit like blower, lenspen and cloth, : $30.
    g) Camera Bag : less than $200.
    Total : $5940.

    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    Please share abit of info on AF speed, ISO speed, colour processing, buffer & others importment factors which I needed to consider for my selection.
    AF good is good for D70, ISO is 200~1600, go to www.dpreview.com for more details on D70.
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    not to forget the CF card, reader and stuff, it'll be around 6000?
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    OT: KT, u sold your legendary 322RC2?

    just wondering... 70-80 gap not filled, just a suggestion, mayb get 12-24, 18-70, den 70-200. if there is such combos, den a 2x convertor for the 200 zoom equal to 400 already. mayb some loss in quality.

    u din add the flash as well... den the wired remote trigger,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    OT: KT, u sold your legendary 322RC2?
    just wondering... 70-80 gap not filled, just a suggestion, mayb get 12-24, 18-70, den 70-200. if there is such combos, den a 2x convertor for the 200 zoom equal to 400 already. mayb some loss in quality.
    OT abit, no lah, I am not selling, intend to keep the 322RC2.

    70-80 gap not fill, cos babycamera is aiming on wildlife, so 80-40 mm will be more suitable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    u din add the flash as well... den the wired remote trigger,
    Quote Originally Posted by babycamera
    At the moment, I will not be venturing into flash photography.
    Cos babycamera is not venture to flash at the moment mah.
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    just bought usb 2.0 12-in-1 reader for $18.

    and erm.. 4kg i think quite heavy lei.. 6kg

    Add in 1litre water bottle.... ...
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