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    Default Newbie needs help & rec!

    Hi all,
    I'm currently using Nikon P5100 & I'm still not satisfied with the effects. I thought it'd be better but who knew it wasn't as good as thought it is until I've tried it. Thus, I planned to get a slr by the end of this year. I want to get a secondhand one from clubsnap's buy/sell forum. I just do not know which is better & etc. I'm currently looking at Nikon D40x & D40. It is about $1188 at Best Denki if I didn't remember wrongly. Not sure if it is only body or with lens. Please enlighten me about lens. I know nothing about them!

    Let me know which is better or which do you recommend. Also tell me how much to save up!


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    Default Re: Newbie needs help & rec!

    For the price of $1188, I think it should come with the kit lens ... which is the 18-55.

    If you wish to know more about DSLR, check out the Equipment Discussions
    Enjoy the Shooting :cool:

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    Senior Member dennisc's Avatar
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    Default Re: Newbie needs help & rec!

    If P5100 doesn't satisfy you then a dslr may dissapoint. P5100 comes with spot metering, spot AFcenter weighted, multi, antishake, TTL, iso 100-3200 etc. From what I see its functions are good and if those cannot be utilised then you won't be able to utilise a dslr as well since its functions are almost the same.
    But then, if you really need to invest in a dslr the lens would cost a fortune. The kit lens set
    $1188 with 18-55mm you can take portraits, panoramic shots but you can't zoom too far. In fact you'll need a telephoto zoom lens, which would set you from a few hundred for a 3rd party to a few thousand more (even far more than the kit lens set).
    If your mind is set into jumping, you can get a 2nd hand D40 from buy and sell and invest the rest on tripods, bags, etc.

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    Senior Member Galdor's Avatar
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    I agree with bro dennisc. I thought P5100 is a pretty good cam and was considering getting one too.
    Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony

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    Default Re: Newbie needs help & rec!

    What "effects" are you after?

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    Default Re: Newbie needs help & rec!

    If you intend to a 2nd hand DSLR from B&S forum,
    look out for

    D70s - approx. $550
    18-70 kit lens - approx. $250
    ( Indicative price only, do yr own bargaining. )

    In my opinion , this combination is the best value for money.

    D70s is quite a powerful camera with many advance features that is no longer available in D40 and D40x .
    The kit lens 18-70mm has very good Image Quality. ( With this kind of price, its a steal ! )

    The noise is bit high on higher ISO setting. ( ISO 800 and above, due to older technology. ) ,
    but I can guarantee it is many many times better than any prosumer camera ( which produce junk picture with ISO 400 and above ) .

    When I first bought my D70s kit set 2 years ago, I dump all my prosumer camera forever ... and never look back.

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    Default Re: Newbie needs help & rec!

    Why don't you get the new Nikon D60 and it comes with Kit Lens.... I just bought it about 2 weeks back it cost about $980.

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    Default Re: Newbie needs help & rec!

    I'll recommend EOS 450D w/kit lens.
    Juicy 3.0" LCD and Live View
    Runs on affordable SDHC cards as well
    Also has a wide array of Lens to choose from.
    SE K770i, Nikon D80 Kit 18-135mm, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D, Sigma 28-300mm :sweat:


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