Open up your options.
Look for a camera like the Pentax Kx ($300-400 2nd hand) or Kr (approx $600 or lower).
These 2 are examples of cameras that already have features and iso performance that gave contemporary entry and mid level cameras from the big two brands a run for their money.
Look at some of the Sony, Panasonic and Olympus options too.
A dry cabinet is a must.
your original post said u are using a camera mostly for holidays
go for a system that is lightweight and compact with maybe an option for interchangeable lenses
if u are really tight on budget then go into the Buy/Sell Marketplace section of this forum and get a cam WITH a Local warranty off someone who is upgrading
to keep ANY TYPE of camera yes you will need a dry box for Singapore's climate
they're not expensive and available 2nd hand too
Last edited by ed9119; 9th September 2012 at 07:46 PM.
shaddap and just shoot .... up close
Beside this: the image quality of many systems supposedly lower than DSLR is so good that many people are not able to see the difference even side by side.
HI crysmeth, I'm looking to buy my first DSLR as well.
It'll be either a Canon 50D or a Nikon D5000. (I don't wanna spend too much on something that I'm just trying to pick up)
Why do you recommend a 50mm lens instead of a kit lens though?
50mm is also roughly the focal length similar to our eyes', and distortions will not be so obvious.
also, at 50mm and f1.8/1.4, the background can be more easily blurred than the kit lens', and the background blur is usually much nicer.
1. Cheap lens
2. Can be used on both crop and full frame (ff).
3. Has excellent IQ as compared with the kit 18-55. I have not used the other 18-135 but never in favour of such drastic differences.
4. DOF is really shallow. (i.e. a much blurrer background, ensuing your subject pops out)
5. At f1.8, it's a fast lens (Shutter can be set faster as Aperture can be set wider) hence with low light, you can still get good photos.
6. It's lightweight. Yes, the 18-55 is no stone too, but the 50mm is awesomely light.
7. It makes you learn more about composition. Many newbies (me included) relies on zoom to compose. With a fix prime lens, you learn to compose the 'hard way'. Walking.
Many newbies don't like the 50mm because it looks small and puny. Small and puny lens doesn't boost the ego. They need larger lens, with bigger wider glass to make them look pro. I use to be like that too. Somethings don't change... I'm still a newbie... but I now know that it's not the gear, but the experience.
that's why I always advocate. Buy 2nd hand body, and shoot with a new (or second hand) 50mm f1.8. Your investment would not be more than 700. Then shoot until you feel that you wan to explore more. More genres... landscapes... then perhaps invest in the 10-22 or tokina 11-16 (awesome lens), or 12-24. OR if you feel that shooting kids is getting slower on your 50D as the fps is only that many, then explore the 7D. or street is what you want to do, then the 50mm is good enough as you might not need the shallow DOF, hence you shoot at f11. Or portraiture is something you want to explore and 85mm is what you prefer.
All these will come with knowing what you want to shoot... but knowing what to shoot means you must shoot first....
Hope I not too long winded.
By the way, me thinks the 50d is an excellent choice. Much better the 60d in terms of build
if nikon dx, i place my bet on the afs 35mm f1.8g dx. it will give u approximately 50mm eqivalent fov on standard 35mm film.Originally Posted by crysmeth