Is 1500 all you are going to spend? ie will you have additional budget to spend in the future?
May I suggest you take a long term view and not just buy what seems like the best value at this point in time...
Example... pentax looks like it's going to give you the best value for money right now but I hate to see the day when you realise that there are certain focal length / lenses that you would like to have but these are not available for pentax mount... regret regret... sell sell.... then buy a nikon / canon.... that will cost you even more $$$$
besides there are other things that you might not be aware of regarding these 3 brands... ever wonder why you see so many big white lenses with a red ring at the olympics? or why so many wedding photographers use nikon....
no such thing as don't have the budget for a canon... a 350d with kit lens is $11xx... ef 75-300mm $280... If i were you and I only have 1500 then i'd rather get just the canon cam + kit + cheap telephoto than to get the pentax + tripod + flash.... you can always buy the tripod and flash nxt year when you have the budget....
Last edited by lsisaxon; 4th May 2007 at 05:25 PM.
Yeah, boss says i can buy what ever i need!!
1) 400D + kit lens [Confirmed]
2) Canon 55-200mm tele-lens [Is this gd?]
3) Flash (approx $300) [Can someone recommend me a suitable flash for tat price?]
seriously u should consider a dv cam for that kind of budget
Sometimes, just wondering if a DSLR is really needed.
S$1500 is definitely a very tight budget to play with, especially if tripod and flash
is to be included. The equipment must be new somemore.
Some prosumer cameras may even do a better job at a much lower budget and still
left some cash for accessories.
If DSLR is a must, start with just the 400D kit first.
Use it for a while, and soon you will know what is most needed.
Then spend the remaining cash on that.
Personally I will choose a D40 kit because it left me with more money to play with.
Yes, it don't have a AF motor and a limited choice of lens. Anyway, I also
don't have extra cash to buy more lens now. I can always upgrade
to a better body when I have the budget
The EOS 400D weighs 510g, while the Pentax K100D weighs 560g.
Reading your aforementioned statement, i would interpret it as "400D feels lighter than K100D because it's like a cheap plastic toy"
Does that mean anything below 560g feels plastic toy to you? if that's the case, the following camera would feel even more plastic to you as they are even lighter than the 400D.
Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D)
Olympus EVOLT E-500
Samsung Digimax GX-1S
Got a chance to play with Sony's DVD Camcorder before. I would say you'll get better quality using DV camcorder, process and convert to DVD using a PC. But of course you'll lose the conveniences DVD based camcorder would give you