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    Default Re: Camera Recommendation for a newbie

    my recommendation is to buy a used cam, either D70 from Nikon; 350D from Canon; E300 / E500 from Olympus or any other DSLR that cost you about 1K. From there, you can then explore what are the things you really want or is most important in a DSLR. Then, you can sell away the cam and get the camera system that most suit your requirement.

    If you happen to find out that DSLR is too complicated / expensive a hobby, then you can always sell away your cam losing only few hundred bucks..

    Just my 2 cents worth

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunghk View Post
    my recommendation is to buy a used cam, either D70 from Nikon; 350D from Canon; E300 / E500 from Olympus or any other DSLR that cost you about 1K. From there, you can then explore what are the things you really want or is most important in a DSLR. Then, you can sell away the cam and get the camera system that most suit your requirement.

    If you happen to find out that DSLR is too complicated / expensive a hobby, then you can always sell away your cam losing only few hundred bucks..

    Just my 2 cents worth

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    Hi graphicz,

    I think you shouldn't be wasting your $$ on a used camera now and have to get another higher end cam later. If you seriously think of taking up photography, u should just get the best you can afford and start on from there. No point spending $1K or less now and then upgrade again in a few months time.

    I guess the best right now which is within your budget should be the Nikon D80 body and one good zoom lens.I recommend the Nikon 18-70DX as an affordable (aro $450) and reasonably good zoom lens.

    The d80 allows you to grow your skills into it and this should easily last you for a few years.

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    Ya, i agree with georgeswb completely. Don't waste money on 2nd hand stuff. If you want to play around 1st, just borrow from someone.

    I'm buying the D80 & the 18-70DX lens as my starter, maybe this month or next.
    This is a good starter combo.
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    My $0.02 worth:

    Yes and no.

    Depends whether u have the money or not. If loaded...can test this photography hobby...
    if not, better try first... at the lowest cost as possible.

    Interest is interest.. sometimes is a impulse purchase... see ppl have, i want to have also...

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgeswb View Post
    Hi graphicz,

    I think you shouldn't be wasting your $$ on a used camera now and have to get another higher end cam later. If you seriously think of taking up photography, u should just get the best you can afford and start on from there. No point spending $1K or less now and then upgrade again in a few months time.

    I guess the best right now which is within your budget should be the Nikon D80 body and one good zoom lens.I recommend the Nikon 18-70DX as an affordable (aro $450) and reasonably good zoom lens.

    The d80 allows you to grow your skills into it and this should easily last you for a few years.
    actually i dun quite agree on the above.

    first, not everyone knows if he is seriously going to take up photography and may have his equipments ended up sub-utilised.

    secondly, it takes months to actually get to know a camera well. it is uncommon to upgrade a DSLR after a few months for a newbie, apart from some guys who upgrades zealously and is rich enough for that. of cos, i would say, if a veteran who is shooting film for long enough, have high expectations, and can learn fast, should consider a mid-level to start with becos the entry level may not satisfy his demand of control.

    retrospectively, we will look at the better stuff, and that i will agree with you. but not everyone ended up that way. i'm using a nikon D50 for a year and would be thinking of upgrading to a D200 or its equivalents in probably another years time, but i would still think that it is not a wrong choice of me starting with a D50, for that i have learned from this device, make use of it during its good life span and give me the feel and know how of selecting my next device more comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graphicz View Post
    great...think with the lens will be better..
    so just like that i can start with alr?
    2.5k

    400d
    18-55
    75-300
    50 f1.8
    tripod
    bag
    abit more card and batt
    perharp consider a mount flash...
    and a good close-up filter too...

    well.. with this arsenal you can probably have a feel of photography all round.. then decide heading to your field of interest...

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    ok..i'll think through it..maybe i'll just borrow and try out some b4 i buy it first i guess..

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    For entry level, I recommend the Leica M8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linsey View Post
    For entry level, I recommend the Leica M8.
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