Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 27

Thread: Newbie considering DSLR

  1. #1
    Senior Member darrrrrrrrrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    3,208

    Question Newbie considering DSLR

    Hi everyone, my first post here.. I'm considering picking up DSLR photography and I'm doing a bit of shopping right now. Not exactly sure which camera's best for entry-level with possible room for expansion in the future. Going out to test with Timber_Wolf this weekend, and I've read possibly every single review there is online. Just would like to hear some opinions from you all.

    Here's what I'm looking at so far:
    Pentax K100D
    Pentax K10D (but it's probably going to take awhile to arrive, at an unknown price, and it may even end up in shortage for quite a while?)
    Sony A100
    Nikon D50/70s/80 (okay D80 is a little out of my budget)
    Canon 400D

    Hoping not to spend too close to $2k since I'm just starting out. Advice? Thanks

    Darren

  2. #2

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    D50 is good & cheap

  3. #3

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Second hand 350D/D70 ? Or you can just keep borrwoing Timber Wolf's Oly
    Furry Photos - Photography for the Modern Pet

  4. #4

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    u need to consider the lens also

  5. #5

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    All the DSLRs you listed here are very good.
    Indeed, there are no bad cameras, except photographers.

    If your budget is $2k and below, I will definitely recommend you a D50.
    For this amount of money, you can start off with a body & 18-55 kit lens, sigma 70-300 apo macro, sb600 flashlight, a remote & a tripod.
    If you buy 2nd hand from B&S, you can even get a better deal.
    By the time your skill is better, and you think photography is going to be your
    lifetime passion, you can upgrade to better lens and body.

    Happy shooting and shopping pal.

  6. #6
    Senior Member darrrrrrrrrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    3,208

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Not a good idea to go with the Pentax?

    Seems to offer more for the price than the D50 with image stabilization etc, though I've heard concerns abt the upgrade path in the future.. Thanks a lot for the feedback so far!

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    West Legion
    Posts
    7,751

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    pentax is the best bang for bucks... but i will go with either Nikon or Canon since most of my friend are using these system which also means that I get to borrow or test out different lenses.

  8. #8

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Quote Originally Posted by darrrrrrrrrr
    Not a good idea to go with the Pentax?

    Seems to offer more for the price than the D50 with image stabilization etc, though I've heard concerns abt the upgrade path in the future.. Thanks a lot for the feedback so far!
    Personally, I'm not bias against any brand.
    The Pentax K100D and K10D had some very good review.
    Pentax choices of lenses may be less compare to N & C, but
    they should have what you want for your needs.
    You can always get help from the Pentax forum, as I
    believe there will be ppl to help you there too.
    If the K100D and K10D do well in the market, I believe
    they will roll out more lenses.
    Usual advice is to go try out the DSLRs you have shortlisted
    and choose the one you like best.

  9. #9
    Senior Member darrrrrrrrrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    3,208

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Thanks! Will spend some time trying out the cams themselves and make a better decision from there.

    Sure hope Pentax manages to break into the mainstream with the release of the new models, especially the K10D.

    Does anyone have any estimates regarding the arrival of K10D, price range, and whether new models like this will be in shortage upon release? Not sure if it's worth holding out for a couple of months..

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Hogwarts
    Posts
    185

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Hi,

    All the cameras you have listed are good. Do a comparison between them and see what is missing among them and see if it's critical to you to have those functions and get a feel of the cams. You have to be comfortable with the cam. For myself, i find the A100 too light for me so i opted for a KM 7D instead. Good cam, no regrets. The amount of lens available should not be a problem, even if you are going for the Pentax. Chances are there will be one to cover what you need.

    Enjoy shopping.
    Dare & pursue to be different.

  11. #11

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Hellooo dar bro =) Glad to see you here.

    raptor84: Heheh.... u blur la. 7D is mine, Oly E500 is -her's- ^_^

    QX

  12. #12
    Senior Member darrrrrrrrrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    3,208

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Hey!!

  13. #13

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    yo da tou!
    anyway, ultimately what's most important is that you are comfortable with your camera. the job of the camera is to get out of the way of you making the great photo

    cheers,

    daniel

  14. #14
    Senior Member darrrrrrrrrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    3,208

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Hey Daniel!

    Anyway I think I'd better watch my budget more and consider something more entry-level than to keep nudging my target skywards! Very excited though!

  15. #15
    Senior Member wrx_sti_22b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Compassvale Lane
    Posts
    4,952

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    I felt the Nikon & Pentax K100D won't make you spend more than $2000 starting out. The rest will, for sure. And then your starting out includes external flash, accessories like bags, dry cabinet, extra battery those things etc? Must put all tat into consideration & you will swill spend over $2000.
    From Pentax to 4/3, back to Pentax and then back to M4/3 !?!?

  16. #16

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    long and short. there is no such thing as the BEST one. so asking for advice like this is really quite pointless.
    all have strenghts and weaknesses. its just which ones u prefer. so handle all of them. and choose according to ur own preference.
    all can take good pictures.

    if i can draw an analogy, getting a DSLR is like getting married. its a lifetime commitment to a single mount/brand. divorcing ur camera mount and moving toanother, is also like real life divorce - expensive and painful.

    so would you ask ur friends, hmm, should i choose cheryl, or patricia or sarah? which one will i marry?no. u wouldnt. same for camera mount. try all, and decide for yourself.
    Last edited by jdredd; 20th September 2006 at 01:24 PM.

  17. #17

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Quote Originally Posted by darrrrrrrrrr
    Hi everyone, my first post here.. I'm considering picking up DSLR photography and I'm doing a bit of shopping right now. Not exactly sure which camera's best for entry-level with possible room for expansion in the future. Going out to test with Timber_Wolf this weekend, and I've read possibly every single review there is online. Just would like to hear some opinions from you all.

    Here's what I'm looking at so far:
    Pentax K100D
    Pentax K10D (but it's probably going to take awhile to arrive, at an unknown price, and it may even end up in shortage for quite a while?)
    Sony A100
    Nikon D50/70s/80 (okay D80 is a little out of my budget)
    Canon 400D

    Hoping not to spend too close to $2k since I'm just starting out. Advice? Thanks

    Darren
    I will recommend you a D50 as i'm starting now.

  18. #18
    Senior Member wrx_sti_22b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Compassvale Lane
    Posts
    4,952

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Quote Originally Posted by jdredd
    long and short. there is no such thing as the BEST one. so asking for advice like this is really quite pointless.
    all have strenghts and weaknesses. its just which ones u prefer. so handle all of them. and choose according to ur own preference.
    all can take good pictures.

    if i can draw an analogy, getting a DSLR is like getting married. its a lifetime commitment to a single mount/brand. divorcing ur camera mount and moving toanother, is also like real life divorce - expensive and painful.

    so would you ask ur friends, hmm, should i choose cheryl, or patricia or sarah? which one will i marry?no. u wouldnt. same for camera mount. try all, and decide for yourself.
    Nice comments... If there is a best, then i for sure wouldn't be able to afford.

    Wow, tat means i 'divorced' before. Quite expensive procedure... a bit heart pain when is comes to the money needed when 'remarrying'... i'm a 'flirt' i think. Always looking at other 'girls' also.
    From Pentax to 4/3, back to Pentax and then back to M4/3 !?!?

  19. #19
    Senior Member darrrrrrrrrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    3,208

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Thanks for all the very useful comments everyone! Looking forward to the day I finally make the big leap of faith.

    Daniel it seems ur signal-noise ratio prediction didn't come true..

  20. #20

    Default Re: Newbie considering DSLR

    Hahaha.... leap of faith.. nah. Money come out can liao.
    Cya on fri! =)
    QX

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •