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    HI guys

    sorry if these informations are available.. but i tried the search
    DSLR is a heck of a keyword LOL

    questions...

    which is the CHEAPEST first hand entry level DSLR camera in the market?
    is it Nikon D50?

    what in ur opinion is the best entry level DSLR?
    and how much?

    where can i learn more about DSLR? magazine? book? or just trial and error?

    when u got ur hands on ur first DSLR or SLR.. what did u buy next?
    cuz the package usually have the body + 1 lens kit..

    where to seek for approx market price without going into a store...
    cuz i dun like to touch and ask and dun buy LOL!!!!!!!

    with budget of 1.4K can buy? :P
    or better save up more...


    okie i think i asked too much for now

    Thanks for any opinion

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    sorry, i might only be able to answer some of ur questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    which is the CHEAPEST first hand entry level DSLR camera in the market?
    is it Nikon D50?
    yes

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    where can i learn more about DSLR? magazine? book? or just trial and error?
    imo, all of the above. it helps to have fren(s) in this hobby too.

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    where to seek for approx market price without going into a store...
    cuz i dun like to touch and ask and dun buy LOL!!!!!!!
    u can get equotes from CP, AP or other websites

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    with budget of 1.4K can buy? :P
    or better save up more...
    i think D50 with kit lens cost slightly more than 1.4k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    HI guys

    sorry if these informations are available.. but i tried the search
    DSLR is a heck of a keyword LOL
    you can just check the newbies corner, LOTS of very similar threads.
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    Default Re: Questions: DSLR newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    questions...

    which is the CHEAPEST first hand entry level DSLR camera in the market?
    is it Nikon D50?
    best to get this info from the shops

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    what in ur opinion is the best entry level DSLR?
    and how much?
    lots of things to consider, like what you plan to shoot and how you like to do it
    as different dslrs have different strenghts and weaknesses
    eventually it is up to you to discover them and use it to your advantage.

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    where can i learn more about DSLR? magazine? book? or just trial and error?
    yes, magazines, books, friends, trial and error, courses

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    when u got ur hands on ur first DSLR or SLR.. what did u buy next?
    cuz the package usually have the body + 1 lens kit..
    again it depends on what you are going to shoot
    some people buy flash some buy tripod
    but you should be getting a dry cabi next

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    where to seek for approx market price without going into a store...
    cuz i dun like to touch and ask and dun buy LOL!!!!!!!
    for a rough guide you can check the advertisments and the equipment forum for price lists
    but to make your decision you must go to the shops and feel the camera first.

    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    with budget of 1.4K can buy? :P
    or better save up more...
    it depends on your choice of camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaknafein
    sorry, i might only be able to answer some of ur questions.
    sorry for what? :P

    yes
    approx?

    imo, all of the above. it helps to have fren(s) in this hobby too.
    none so far.. ;o
    u can get equotes from CP, AP or other websites
    will do that
    i think D50 with kit lens cost slightly more than 1.4k.
    DANG....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    best to get this info from the shops
    i dun believe in asking the shop
    they will try to sell u something else, most of the time

    lots of things to consider, like what you plan to shoot and how you like to do it
    as different dslrs have different strenghts and weaknesses
    eventually it is up to you to discover them and use it to your advantage.
    all round camera?
    is there such camera?

    yes, magazines, books, friends, trial and error, courses

    again it depends on what you are going to shoot
    some people buy flash some buy tripod
    but you should be getting a dry cabi next
    i think i will get those dry cabi cheap cheap one like 20++ dollar one.. if i get a DSLR

    for a rough guide you can check the advertisments and the equipment forum for price lists
    but to make your decision you must go to the shops and feel the camera first.

    it depends on your choice of camera

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    D50 at AP - abt 1150 - with len,bag and 1 GB card.

    D70 at AP - abt 1650 - lens, bag and 2GB card.

    Is this a good deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tao
    Cheapest DSLR in the market is the Pentax istDL2.

    oh? izzit? how much

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    oh? izzit? how much

    If you really wan a cheap DSLR...go for Nikon D50. At least its a Nikon..next time can upgrade the body and keep the lens...I believe u will get lens after getting a DSLR cos of the BBBB virus here. Go AP or CP ..should be less than 1.2K for D50 Kit. If you wanna pay abit more go for Canon 350D Kit..should be less than 1.5K

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    i would suggest a D50, if not, a D70s would be much better.... you wont outgrown this for a long time i think.

    hmmm..... jus go and read more, get more books from library. read stuff on the web.

    the next thing to do after getting a DSLR is to bring it out and shoot! no point buying and keeping it at home....

    maybe u can get a telephoto lens after u get a kit set. it would cover u very well already...
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    dun forget external flash.
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    wah thanks for all the advise hor..

    so it is nikon D50 vs canon 350D

    i think i will only get the camera and wont get the lens for a LONG time LOL
    cuz i will be overly broke by then...

    thanks again

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    Go for Nikon if you only want 1 lens. the kit lens and/or the 18-200VR is excellent.

    If got $$$ then any system no difference.
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    The cheapest 1st hand DSLR is the *ist DL (not the D50 or *ist DL2). If you do not already have existing Nikon lenses or flash, there is no compelling reason why should not consider Pentax.

    Do consider the Olympus E500 as well..

    If u'll only get the body with kit lens.. can skip the 350D cos the kit lens is of poorer quality. IMHO, the best kit lens to come with the body is with the E500 followed by the *ist DL and D50..
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    Quote Originally Posted by stk
    The cheapest 1st hand DSLR is the *ist DL (not the D50 or *ist DL2). If you do not already have existing Nikon lenses or flash, there is no compelling reason why should not consider Pentax.

    Do consider the Olympus E500 as well..

    If u'll only get the body with kit lens.. can skip the 350D cos the kit lens is of poorer quality. IMHO, the best kit lens to come with the body is with the E500 followed by the *ist DL and D50..
    AFAIK, from the prosumer level DSLR, the best kit lens so far is only from Nikon D70/D70s kit and Olympus E300/330/500.
    D50 kit lens is not as good as above from Nikon.

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    can consider Sony Alpha 100 also, should be out in end of July.

    That is if you like to have built-in body Anti-Shake (or Super Seady Shot by Sony terms) in almost all your lens (even kit lens), anti-dust function and 10 Mpixels.

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/sonydslra100/
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    I think For a buget of $1.4k u can consider..

    1. Nikon D50 with kit lens at around $1.2k
    2. Pentax *ist DL with kit lens at around $1k
    3. Olympus with dual kit lens at around $1.5-1.6k (then sell off the 40-150mm lens )

    U should read up on the reviews, pros and cons of each model. The above cams are fine for most casual shooters, but u really need to go handle the cams before u'll know which one u like..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicekit
    HI guys

    sorry if these informations are available.. but i tried the search
    DSLR is a heck of a keyword LOL

    questions...

    which is the CHEAPEST first hand entry level DSLR camera in the market?
    is it Nikon D50?

    what in ur opinion is the best entry level DSLR?
    and how much?

    where can i learn more about DSLR? magazine? book? or just trial and error?

    when u got ur hands on ur first DSLR or SLR.. what did u buy next?
    cuz the package usually have the body + 1 lens kit..

    where to seek for approx market price without going into a store...
    cuz i dun like to touch and ask and dun buy LOL!!!!!!!

    with budget of 1.4K can buy? :P
    or better save up more...


    okie i think i asked too much for now

    Thanks for any opinion

    as to what you will buy after you get DSLR.. this is what i found myself buying after my first DSLR (call it BBB virus i dunno!)

    external flash - because i shoot a lot indoors and really couldnt stand the built in flash.
    charger + batteries - pretty much a mandatory buy once u get an external flash.
    extra memory cards - 1 gig is definitely not enough for a days shoot, or if you go on holiday.
    bags - 1 small bag for just the camera+lens and a crumpler for photoshoots which can take my camera and all my lenses + flash.
    dry cab - currently have 5 lenses (2 old ones from SLR, kit lens, a 28-75 & cheap & good 50mm). so to keep them all fungus free, a dry cab was quite important.
    software - adobe CS (and theres lots of other add ons & Plug ins to tempt u)
    reading material - cant live on the manuals alone, so have to figure in some textbooks on photography.

    On the to-buy list -
    tripod/ head
    a 70-200
    sensor cleaning kit.
    5 in 1 reflector.
    portable storage unit.


    so be prepared....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdredd
    as to what you will buy after you get DSLR.. this is what i found myself buying after my first DSLR (call it BBB virus i dunno!)

    external flash - because i shoot a lot indoors and really couldnt stand the built in flash.
    charger + batteries - pretty much a mandatory buy once u get an external flash.
    extra memory cards - 1 gig is definitely not enough for a days shoot, or if you go on holiday.
    bags - 1 small bag for just the camera+lens and a crumpler for photoshoots which can take my camera and all my lenses + flash.
    dry cab - currently have 5 lenses (2 old ones from SLR, kit lens, a 28-75 & cheap & good 50mm). so to keep them all fungus free, a dry cab was quite important.
    software - adobe CS (and theres lots of other add ons & Plug ins to tempt u)
    reading material - cant live on the manuals alone, so have to figure in some textbooks on photography.

    On the to-buy list -
    tripod/ head
    a 70-200
    sensor cleaning kit.
    5 in 1 reflector.
    portable storage unit.


    so be prepared....
    simi is bbb virus
    aiyo.. so many things to buy.... !!!!!

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    Question Time again:

    Ok.. after careful consideration...
    i think i will go for D70 or D70s cuz technically both not much different...

    i was thinking

    Should i get a brand new D70s Kit? or

    Get a second hand D70s body or kit or D70 body or kit....
    and if i get a second hand. what do i look for
    how do i know if it is working fine since i never use DSLR b4
    what to check.. yada yada
    is it worth it to buy a second hand?

    which book that u guys recommend that i should look into .. at the moment
    any good magazine?

    questions like...
    where do i learn which flash to buy for example..
    how i know what lens to buy..
    what lens is for what purpose.. yada yada



    Thanks for all the guidance

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