View Poll Results: Which first d SLR should I get???

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  • Low entry like D40 / 400D, later then upgrade to better one.

    44 42.31%
  • Jump straight to mid range like D200, 30D, save upgrading money

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  1. #41

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    how confident are u in photography?
    If u think can do quite well and stay in the hobby, go for dslr.
    Dont be like me, regretted getting S5700.

    But if you dont have the faintest idea about photography, cant compose good pics, dunno how to shoot in manual, i think you get a prosumer 1st.
    D7100,SB910,17-50/2.8OS,105/2.8VR,85/1.8D,2xE-M1,O60/2.8,12-40/2.8,35-100/2.8,14-42,LX100

  2. #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Just make sure you don't pass the halfway mark.. It would probably mean that you have more equipment than you needed.
    Then I'm ok, I can pack most of the contents in my dry cabi into the Slingshot 200AW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drakon09 View Post
    Then I'm ok, I can pack most of the contents in my dry cabi into the Slingshot 200AW!
    You two are far too concerned with decorating your home with cabinets instead of photography or helping this poor newcomer to choose his first SLR.

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    I bought a 400D a couple of mths ago.....it is good for beginner like me initially but after a few mths i hope i haf bought a 30D instead.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teegongkia View Post
    I bought a 400D a couple of mths ago.....it is good for beginner like me initially but after a few mths i hope i haf bought a 30D instead.........
    same here, i bought 400D in dec and upgraded the cam in jul cos i want to have a better cam to achieve better shots.. n it realli makes alot of differences.. =) no regrets for me to change the camera, n buying the 400D

  6. #46

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    Get entry level. The rest of the money buy lenses and other accessories. When the successor of the mid range is out, buy again.

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    rent a cam n test them out before buying? =)

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    got $ buy canon 5D lor. mi using REBEL XTI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Potter View Post
    ... I afraid that after some time upgrade, then have to sell D40 at a lost ... but also means that if I give up on the hobby, I have lesser lost.
    i think you need to drop the hope to saving back all money, as technology moves. even if there are certain aspects that lasts longer, e.g. glass technology, there are other aspects that changes a lot all the time - and these are all combined in the same device. so when new cheaper models come out, old models drop in price.

    so far, only the high end products with a larger market will hold their price, e.g. the canon L lenses, or good products that is in shortage, e.g. nikkor 18-200mm lenses.

    you buy anything, the period you use it will cost a fraction out of it. although unlike compact cameras, DSLR hold a longer lifespan and is still very usable even after 3-5 years. compact cameras are worthless after some time. DSLR still can fetch more than half price after 3 years. but you WILL still have a loss.

    you dun have to upgrade so fast. optimally play your DSLR till there is really a limiting bottleneck from the camera itself.

  10. #50

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    My take: if buy now, buy Nikon D200 or Canon 5D or Canon 30D. If buy end of this year, buy Nikon D300 or Canon 40D or Canon 5D. If weight is a concern, buy Nikon D40x.

  11. #51

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    Most of your money will be spent on lenses rather than the body.

    I spent $800+ on my Pentax K100D kit,
    So far on lenses 2 only already spent more than $1K

    Nothing about getting better or what, it's what you need. I don't need all those additional features on K10D or an upward model so why care, just be truthful to yourself, there will always be people trying to spread the BBB virus for whatever reason, be clear in your own mind

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    Invest on good DSLR. Beginner or not is important, cos u must have passion on photography before buying slr and enjoy shooting photos. =D

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    Ask yourself, do you usually do things with a passion initially, and later lose interest a short while later?

    I know many people would want to do what their peers are doing, but in fact not his/her own interest. If you aren't sure of yourself, go get an entry level DSLR first, and you don't have to feel ashamed about not owning a mid to high end DSLR. Give yourself 6 months to a year to really find out.

    If you're really in to it by then, either sell your current DSLR (though at a loss, probably the higher end one you bought would also have dropped in price), or if not, keep it as a backup. Note that by then, a newer model would have been available, and you can really tell yourself to take the deeper plunge to DSLR photography.
    Last edited by ultrazoom; 25th August 2007 at 04:16 PM.

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    get the d3x lol
    Nikon!
    flickr

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    Default Re: First dSLR - what to get???

    D3

  16. #56

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    who not straight to high end 1Ds or D2H/X
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  17. #57

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    i mean 1Ds Mk III or D3
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    after reading all these posts, I'm starting to have doubts on whether getting a dslr is the right time now. (I'm still doing digging up on the various dslr types and also doing comparison)

    but I agree to some of post in the earlier thread, to me photography is all about capturing that 'moment' in that split second. what made me gave up the normal point and shoot cameras is that with them you always miss that 'moment'. Then you end up thinking 'if only I have better equipment than this'.

    grab your point and shoot camera, go around taking photos. if you started cursing that you just missed that perfect 'moment' a number of times. then i tink go for better equipment. if you tink you can still go around taking photos with your point and shoot camera, then I tink you just keep that thought in your head - period.
    Last edited by cavemonkey; 26th August 2007 at 02:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavemonkey View Post
    after reading all these posts, I'm starting to have doubts on whether getting a dslr is the right time now. (I'm still doing digging up on the various dslr types and also doing comparison)
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    There is never a good time to switch to a different technology, whether it's a camera or a computer. Things change too quickly.

    I made my choice three years ago and, while there were moments when something else looked better, I'm still pleased with my choice.

    I believe that everyone feels uncomfortable, even days after the purchase, but I know it's difficult. When I bought my camera and two lenses, I left the shop terrified, having paid US$3000+ but I got over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavemonkey View Post
    after reading all these posts, I'm starting to have doubts on whether getting a dslr is the right time now. (I'm still doing digging up on the various dslr types and also doing comparison)

    but I agree to some of post in the earlier thread, to me photography is all about capturing that 'moment' in that split second. what made me gave up the normal point and shoot cameras is that with them you always miss that 'moment'. Then you end up thinking 'if only I have better equipment than this'.

    grab your point and shoot camera, go around taking photos. if you started cursing that you just missed that perfect 'moment' a number of times. then i tink go for better equipment. if you tink you can still go around taking photos with your point and shoot camera, then I tink you just keep that thought in your head - period.
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    "If there really were only one decisive moment, one would only ever take a single photograph of any subject."

    Roger Hicks

    Not true, it depends on what subject, and how good you are with using your equipment. Obviously P&S will be more limited, but that does not make them trash

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