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    Hiya Gurus,

    I'm to purchase a DSLR for my dept (so 2nd hand equip is out).... and we got $1500 budget

    Would appreciate if the gurus here can advise on a preferred setup:

    1) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended Flash + Tripod
    2) 350D/400D (w/o kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended flash + tripod
    3) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended Flash + Tripod

    Usage of the camera:
    Indoor: Events, classroom training, studio shots, etc
    Outdoor: Carnivals, roadshows, etc

    *Am open to Nikon DSLR too...

    Thank you in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivlac View Post
    Hiya Gurus,

    I'm to purchase a DSLR for my dept (so 2nd hand equip is out).... and we got $1500 budget

    Would appreciate if the gurus here can advise on a preferred setup:

    1) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended Flash + Tripod
    2) 350D/400D (w/o kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended flash + tripod
    3) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended Flash + Tripod

    Usage of the camera:
    Indoor: Events, classroom training, studio shots, etc
    Outdoor: Carnivals, roadshows, etc

    *Am open to Nikon DSLR too...

    Thank you in advance
    D40X kit + SB-600 + tripod.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 3rd May 2007 at 12:36 PM.

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    Default Re: DSLR for $1500

    Your budget is very tight for B-new equipment. A good flash will already cost 300+. A good tripod, another 150-250. You may need to settle for a low-end Nikon D40/D40x.

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    i would suggust a good P&S like S3IS or G7 with flash. 1.5K too low
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    Doesnt have to be a super flash one that does the job should suffice. would tat cost that much?

    I presume the breakdown:

    DLSR - $1100-$1200
    Flash - $100
    Tripod - $100

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    a decent flash costs more than $100.

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    why don't you check out the price guide at the nikon and canon forums and then budget a more realistic amount for the equipment you need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivlac View Post
    Doesnt have to be a super flash one that does the job should suffice. would tat cost that much?

    I presume the breakdown:

    DLSR - $1100-$1200
    Flash - $100
    Tripod - $100
    That's VERY optimistic for a flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivlac View Post
    Doesnt have to be a super flash one that does the job should suffice. would tat cost that much?

    I presume the breakdown:

    DLSR - $1100-$1200
    Flash - $100
    Tripod - $100
    Then you might as well use the built in flash. Flashes (even 3rd party) with compatible TTL functions are not cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by galacticnick View Post
    why don't you check out the price guide at the nikon and canon forums and then budget a more realistic amount for the equipment you need?
    Actually, come to think of it...

    Budget in the Pentax forum. A LOT cheaper than N or C.

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    Default Re: DSLR for $1500

    Try this:

    Pentax K100D w/ 18-55mm $1080 w/o GST
    Pentax AF-360 FGZ P-TTL Flash $310 w/o GST
    Tripod - $100

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    Okie spoke to my "tech" guy... he knows more abt cameras than me...said not to buy tripod.

    Suggested to only purchase DLSR(w/ kit lens) + Tele-Lens + Flash (if got $ remaining)
    worst case scenario, dun buy flash n tripod... only lens+body


    Is this still out of the $1.5k budget range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivlac View Post
    Okie spoke to my "tech" guy... he knows more abt cameras than me...said not to buy tripod.

    Suggested to only purchase DLSR(w/ kit lens) + Tele-Lens + Flash (if got $ remaining)
    worst case scenario, dun buy flash n tripod... only lens+body


    Is this still out of the $1.5k budget range?
    Tele-lens can set you back a bit as well...

    Go for Pentax. If you get a Nikon D40, you need to shell out lots of $$$ for a AF-S or AF-I tele lens. With Pentax, you might be able to fit it in by skipping the flash.

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    pentax k100d dual kit (18-55 and 50-200) for under $1500 is possible.

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    Default Re: DSLR for $1500

    Olympus E-500 Dual Kit (14-45mm , 40-150mm) all under $1000. I believe you can get a flash and a tripod if you want to.

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    If you are considering Pentax, then this might be it;

    K100D kit 18-55mm - $860 OP
    DA 50-200mm - $350 OP (need to check again)
    AF360FGZ flash - $330 CP

    Total $1540 (But you'll save more on future lenses)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Tele-lens can set you back a bit as well...

    Go for Pentax. If you get a Nikon D40, you need to shell out lots of $$$ for a AF-S or AF-I tele lens. With Pentax, you might be able to fit it in by skipping the flash.
    Is there a need to get more lenses? If not, the 18-55 and 55-200Vr are budget lenses which gives great result.. so why not D40X?

    If the flash and the tripod are nont important, then the D40X kit with an additional 55-200VR lens, should still be under $1500, can take you a long way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    Olympus E-500 Dual Kit (14-45mm , 40-150mm) all under $1000. I believe you can get a flash and a tripod if you want to.
    This would be a good deal. I didn't know the prices for Olympus has come down so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Is there a need to get more lenses? If not, the 18-55 and 55-200Vr are budget lenses which gives great result.. so why not D40X?

    If the flash and the tripod are nont important, then the D40X kit with an additional 55-200VR lens, should still be under $1500, can take you a long way.
    Because the Pentax is a better deal for that price (you get a flash too). And VR is built into the body, no need to buy VR lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Because the Pentax is a better deal for that price (you get a flash too). And VR is built into the body, no need to buy VR lenses.
    Does it work as well? I have never been impressed with Pentax even until now. But if so, it is a good deal as well.

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