Low entry like D40 / 400D, later then upgrade to better one.
Jump straight to mid range like D200, 30D, save upgrading money
It depends whether you have the time (period) to slowly learn photograpy.
If you are young and abundant of time, start slow. Learn everything as much as possible at the "lowest cost"
The Buy and Sell section (B&S) is a good start. Buy things from there and you won't loose too much $$$ in your hobby. But beware of pitfalls:
- learn how to sniff out the good deas,from the bad ones.
Learnt the hard way yourself, just like me,
or get some experienced guy to be with you during deals.
- learnt to distingusih those genuine hobbyist from those who prey on innocent buyers
make some mistakes and learnt to be smarter in dealings
- you spend a lot of time in searching B&S but save a bundle too.
- being a hobbyis site. The B&S carry lesser risk, but doesn't mean no risk though.
- Next time, you know how to sell your stuff at lesser loss.
If you don't have time, don't like the idea of bargaining or afraid being cheated,
then buying new and high-end will be your choice. It is a one time deal and after that
less frequent need for shopping upgrades.
To use it well, you need to understand your gear, and when you understand your gear, you'll know what it can and cannot do. Once you know that, then you won't go forcing it to do something it cannot.
That said, in recent years the major manufacturers have been producing crap and more crap where PnSes are concerned.
But of course using a prosumer would usually dictate that you are more limited and constrained than compared to using a DSLR, with the precursor that you are adept at using both.
Agreed on last point, yesterday someone sent me a PM regarding prosumers and I went to read the reviews of the newer models from each manufacturer, like Panny, Sony, Canon, etc.. Nothing much has improved other than on paper. Some even deprove. I prefer my H2 based on what I see from the H7/9 reviews, ha.
Not that your typical consumer notices anything other than the number of pixels anyway; it is the easiest way to sell their rubbish PnSes.
Maybe now it should be change to:
"Jump straight to mid range like D300, 40D, save upgrading money"
Actually me decided on D200.. but after looking at the specs of D300.. i m willing to push abit more on my budget.. (if the different is not much eg.$500)
Alot of comment is given on spending more $$ on lens and not the body.. so still thinking should i spend eg. $2.7 (hopefully) on a body as a beginner?
Another thing is.. it is a good idea to buy it when it 1st launched..? eg high price and got prob in the 1st few batches..
i will be pairing it up with 18-200VR for its range.. so that i will know what focal length i need for my liking.. then i will upgrade to a better lens in the future.. Do u guys think is a good idea?
Wow what a big budget. please make sure i am the first one you contact when u get fed up with your new hobby.
Just bought my 400d less than 2 months, even after reading 3 books and the manual countless times (not to mention help sites), i am still learning something new everyday. and once in awhile i still flip back through the manuals. all this at the expense of shutter count.
my opinion is, if you are new, buy something from the entry level, then spend on eq (lenses, flash, etc). if your budget is 4k, and you blow it all on a good body, i m afraid you may dig out another 2-3k for lenses and flash. the BBB virus will attack soon after. so better get a 1k body, and spend 2-3k on lenses and flash. also never buy with kit lens
Then i think i wan a good cam to prevent future upgrade in 3-5yrs time.. (i hope..). I was thinking of D200, 18-200 and SB800.. but then suddenly the D300 come out.. so there is a change of plan.. anyway i m buying it slowly.. decided to get the cam n lens 1st.. later then flash n tripod.. as i maybe going to jap in the future.. maybe get it there? (izzit cheaper har??)
technology is only going to get better and better cameras will be out there later for more affordable prices so i say:
get a cheap (but good) one now, learn the skills and develop the interest. then when you really know and like the improvements in the new tech, upgrade.
just think about it~
-my 2 cents
Japan is a gd place to shop for cameras. pay by cash, u can get cheaper price. Reason is because SLRs are produced in Japan, u can save on taxes - import tax and gst. i save 700 on my body grip, i can save 250 more if i had bring cash there.
Japan is a must go for all photographers... +D DSLR bodies and lenses on display on the shelves for u to try out ~~
gd body is expensive, but it has better specs compared to entry level ones.. some users can take even better photos if they use a better cam than a entry level ones.
Simply buy what u can afford and need and beginner or not is no issue, as long user enjoy photography =)