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    If you can start from scratch all over again, with the benefit of your current knowledge, experience, etc.., which cam. body and lens (3 nos. only) will you get; under 2 conditions:
    a). "poor" man budget
    b). can meet most budget with your hard-earned cash, but try to save as much as possible.

    Though it might be a useful ref. ,esp for would-be buyers.

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    no budget was advised...its could be 1k~10k

    Nikon D200

    17-35

    28-70

    70-200

    I will not say its the best combo...but for me is just 17-35 and 70-200 will do if i have the money to buy...
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    followed by these?

    12-24
    105 VR mirco

    oops... didnt notice 3 lenses only...
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    on a student's budget of $300 a month i would get the following:

    1: canon 350d - about 800 now
    2: canon 50mm f1.8 - about 100
    3: canon EF-S 10-22 - about 900
    4: 550ex - about 400
    5: sigma 70-300 - about 300
    6: canon 85 f1.8 - about 500

    total damage: 4000, or about 13.3 months pocket money.

    i'm already halfway there...minus the 10-22 and EF85 f1.8

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    12-24 for landscape
    17-55 for walk-around
    70-300 for tele

    bonus:
    tc14EII for more reach

    alamak 3 lens only.....realli need 1 prime for low light haizzzz
    nvm above 3 will do

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    If i could start from scratch again, within my original budget, I would get Nikon D200 instead of 30D?? But if I still had to get 30D, then I would get a 70-200mm f/4L instead of this 55-200mm f4-5.6 USM I have. My other lenses will just be about the same. And maybe I'll get a Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8 instead of the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. I feel that I am lacking the reach. I'll leave the 18mm angles to the Canon kit lens.
    5D MII w/16-35L,Sigma 28-70&Nikkors(35f2,85f1.4,105f2.5,180f2.8ED)

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    Sorry, forgot to post mine:

    My 1st 3 lens Choice would be:

    D200 (alt. D80
    17-55 (alt. the tamron equiv.)
    18-200VR
    105VR (alt. tamron 90)

    If budget constraints, I will use the kit lens and quickly upgrade to 18-200VR and get a 50/1.8, and start saving...

    (I am an occasional shooter, an experienced novice, like keeping memories of friends and family members during gathering and travelogue.)

    (OVer the last 2-3 years, got many lens, many ex. ones some more, all end up resting in the dry cabinet.)

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    Lumix FZ50
    CS says, "We can't help you ignore yourself."

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    If I can start from scratch, I'll save up and then buy the best lens. Trinities & D200 for Nikon and L lenses & 5D for Canon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swhyge View Post
    If you can start from scratch all over again, with the benefit of your current knowledge, experience, etc.., which cam. body and lens (3 nos. only) will you get; under 2 conditions:
    a). "poor" man budget
    b). can meet most budget with your hard-earned cash, but try to save as much as possible.

    Though it might be a useful ref. ,esp for would-be buyers.
    With the current knowledge and desire for better quality pictures.
    Either get a PnS or go for the best Lens of either system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipin View Post
    If I can start from scratch, I'll save up and then buy the best lens. Trinities & D200 for Nikon and L lenses & 5D for Canon.
    Y not D2Xs...

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    D2H
    12-24 Tokina or Nikon
    50mm f1.4
    105mm VR Micro


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    Bec.......

    Quote Originally Posted by swhyge View Post
    If you can start from scratch all over again, with the benefit of your current knowledge, experience, etc.., which cam. body and lens (3 nos. only) will you get; under 2 conditions:
    a). "poor" man budget
    b). can meet most budget with your hard-earned cash, but try to save as much as possible.

    Though it might be a useful ref. ,esp for would-be buyers.
    Quote Originally Posted by jnet6 View Post
    Y not D2Xs...
    If got $$$$, time and can wait...... I'll go for the upcoming D3X (and maybe FF)!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipin View Post
    Bec.......





    If got $$$$, time and can wait...... I'll go for the upcoming D3X (and maybe FF)!!!
    Good 1, wait for D3X...

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    If I have to start from scratch and money's not in too bad a shape, I'd choose Canon 5D (only reason being its the cheapest full framed dslr) with 14 - 30mm zoom followed by a 80 - 200mm type of range lens.
    Buf if money is an issue, then I'd get a used D100 or D70s with the same type of lens range.

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    tell you

    never start from cractch again... too costly

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcn View Post
    tell you

    never start from cractch again... too costly
    Tell you, if can start, there won't be time exist.

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    if i were to start from scratch with my existing budget i would get:

    EOS 30D with 500mm f4 IS, 17-85 IS and 70-200f2.8 IS

    580EX and other acessories like 1.4x TC, Feisol Tripod and Wimberley Sidekick and Kangrinpoche ball head.

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    you can be right two


    Quote Originally Posted by jnet6 View Post
    Tell you, if can start, there won't be time exist.

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    Interesting question.

    Considering your two conditions, I would get:

    Canon:

    Body:
    EOS 30D (2nd hand possibly)

    Lens:
    17-40 f4L
    70-200mm f2.8L IS
    400mm f5.6L
    maybe a 50mm 1.8 thrown in since its realtively cheap

    Flash: 580EX

    Optional lens (if there's enough cash leftover): Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro

    Total pocket damage about 6k plus...

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