If you do consider a 2nd hand 30D(which is priced ard the same price as 400D),it will outperform the entry level series.
i guess alot gotta do with the fact they were in the red before hoya took over so hopefully things improve soon. i was considering pentax but that was one reason i did not.
you could consider the oly e510 too with its twin kit...
coming from canon camp(entry level 400D though)personally i prefer oly's images over canon's direct from the camera ... and again its personal preference.... only complain.... no vertical grip and only 3fps....
oh yah, its IS really works and has saved me lots of shots....
Last edited by blurboiboi; 28th November 2007 at 09:01 PM.
to TS.... go to sitex and have a feel of all the cameras... dun be pressured into buying from the salesman..
go and try out all 3 cameras first... better still, bring your memory cards there and take some pics and go home and see the quality for yourself,
but this is dependent on the camera setting (like sharping etc) and also the lens that you shoot with....
the feel of the camera is very important... you are using it, so you should feel comfortable with it...
this is a big decision, as it involves quite a bit of investment, which will likely include more lens and accessories...
so, think carefully.... cheers
do note that i'm a k100d user, and in fact i would even recommend that to the TS, but i guess everyone is too busy chasing megapixels these days
for a primary landscape shooter, i think you will safely say that the af speed is not important. so it depends on what you want. like i've said already, every system has its compromises. you pick and choose what you can live with and what you cannot live with. if you are going to tell me that the two most popular brands are the best possible because a lot of people use them then let me laugh my head off. in a way it's a vicious cycle, as far as i can see. certainly they have their merits, i do not deny that, but to me, they are overrated.
Last edited by night86mare; 29th November 2007 at 01:48 AM.
For berrune, you must understand that kit lenses are junk, the only kit lens that I would consider to be good is the 14-50mm on the L1/Digilux 3. My basis for saying this is that you will not be considering upgrading anytime soon if you use this package, but I don't mean this package is what you should be looking at.
Regardless of whichever of the 3 cameras you get, there is a likelihood that you will feel the need to upgrade your lens plus a good tilt/swivel flash, this is where you will need to focus on when you buy a DSLR. I say this because most kit lenses are not sufficiently fast for low light photography, and the image quality will often become an issue for users after a while.
List out the cost of getting the 3 bodies without the kit lenses, add a good lens with a focal range where you would most likely likely use 90% of the time, and a tilt/swivel flash. This is where you will most likely be headed to. Do this comparision and the choice becomes clearer.
BUT if you think that you can live with this or that shortcoming, then any camera is good enough for you.
Last edited by flipfreak; 29th November 2007 at 09:32 AM.
Pancake lenses allow for unobtrusive shooting simply because camera and body combo is really small. That's an advantage for up close candids or when you want to carry a compact setup.
The K10D is really a lot of camera for the price. The in-body image stabilization, weather-proof construction and tons of features put it far ahead of the other two cameras mentioned. It is a very solid camera feel and handling wise. Any wonder why it has garnered many awards.
However my personal suggestion is not to buy it locally, because the K10D is currently selling for USD620 for body alone. And this is before the current USD100 rebate for US residents. So if you can get someone to buy it from the US, you will save a lot of money. Warranty wise, you can apply for an international warranty.
Sadly local prices haven't come down. The other option is to get someone to buy it from HK, which is a little cheaper. The Pentax kit lens is definitely better constructed compared to that offered by Canon and Nikon. Lens availability wise, it is definitely getting better.
if shriro will honor the warranty for the body, it is definitely worth getting overseas. only worry is the condition of the camera when it gets here and the efficiency of shriro in aftermkt service.
sdm lenses focusses faster than the pentax lenses than uses the in camera body motor that focusses, and it gives a less pronounced feel of the lens moving back and forth, so you won't think that the camera is hunting. contrast and texture is also important, as well as the type of auto focus options selected.