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    Hi, can someone help me in choosing a camera?
    Whether SLR or DSLR?
    And what brand(s) to choose?

    I have some experience in photography since I joined some press conference competitions me being a photojournalist contestant. (i used a normal camera and came up 13th place.)

    And since now I'm in college, I want to go back to my hobby of photography(although my skills kinda rusted)

    Please help me..

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    Start with a PnS.

    As for "what camera brand", there is no answer, just 1000+ threads that already cover the "What camera to buy?" question, which you can research with a search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabuzz View Post
    Hi, can someone help me in choosing a camera?
    Whether SLR or DSLR?
    And what brand(s) to choose?

    I have some experience in photography since I joined some press conference competitions me being a photojournalist contestant. (i used a normal camera and came up 13th place.)

    And since now I'm in college, I want to go back to my hobby of photography(although my skills kinda rusted)

    Please help me..
    what is a normal camera? Are there any cameras in the market which are not normal?
    [maybe the Nikon D3, coz it's a WOW camera!]
    Anyway, your choice of camera depends on a number of factors, including:
    1) Budget (how much are you willing to spend?)
    2) Size (any size restrictions? Big is ok? Or must it be small?)
    3) Function (need a lot of controls? or simple is best?)

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    Zerocool:
    the not digital cameras that uses film, that's what I used for the contest.

    as for the camera, no limits, as long as the camera itself is best.

    By the way what's a PnS?
    Last edited by ninjabuzz; 10th August 2008 at 04:19 PM.

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    PnS = Point & Shoot

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    So what's the difference between DSLR and PnS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabuzz View Post
    So what's the difference between DSLR and PnS?
    Price and Perceived Performance.
    Pns cameras are your daily compact cameras.
    DSLRs come in huge and bulky, but offer a wider range of equipment upgrades(lenses) in time to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabuzz View Post

    as for the camera, no limits, as long as the camera itself is best.

    By the way what's a PnS?
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabuzz View Post
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    as for the camera, no limits, as long as the camera itself is best.

    By the way what's a PnS?
    You do know that with the best camera, the photographer is still responsible for creating images, right?

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    i am so sad, a college student can afford the best camera, while i can only......
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabuzz View Post
    Hi, can someone help me in choosing a camera?
    Whether SLR or DSLR?
    And what brand(s) to choose?

    I have some experience in photography since I joined some press conference competitions me being a photojournalist contestant. (i used a normal camera and came up 13th place.)

    And since now I'm in college, I want to go back to my hobby of photography(although my skills kinda rusted)

    Please help me..
    Hi there,

    Like other CSers suggested, really depends on your budget, what features you may need and also very crucial the range of lenses that the particular brand could offer.

    I used both SLR and DSLR...and I still like the SLR coz I am so used to it. But lately, I have been trying out DSLR, and I must say it is a hell of bad experience Guess I am such an idiot when come to setting up the digital camera.

    But once the DSLR was set up, it served me well and to my taste.

    I like the simplicity of Olympus E-510/520 and it is economical too.

    I also like the Canon EOS 350D (bought it second hand) as it resembled my old EOS 1N, 5 and 100 SLR. So, I can 'feel' better with Canon. You can try the EOS 450. Good camera and light too. And there are also many second hand lens available.

    Recently, I switched to Nikon D300, D80 and D70 due to work requirement. I like the D300 the most. So versatile although it took me sometimes to set it up. And I also like the range of lenses available.

    However, all brands are good to me. As, I used all of them. I do not belong to certain 'religious' or 'cult' followers of particular brand.

    As long it helps me to capture the right moment, it is a good camera to me.

    Don't believe ? Take a look at my Flickr site http://flickr.com/photos/ramdiboy/

    I bet you can't tell which camera I used
    Last edited by ardaan; 10th August 2008 at 09:27 PM.
    Mio Cade flickr

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    hi ninjabuzz,
    since you ask for help to choose a camera...

    Lets narrow the scope down to DSLR only.
    Since your mentioned you are begineer.
    My proposal is buy a entry model (eg. Nikon D40, Canon 400D) from used market.
    They have enough function for you to "trial and learn".. before you decide your next step.

    Use the entry model, after 10,000 shots, you will have the answer!!

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    only you will know the answer as to what you really need.

    you can start anywhere, from dslr to prosumer to p&s

    just so long as you're sure what you NEED, that is more important than what you WANT.. too often the two are mixed up

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    just so long as you're sure what you NEED, that is more important than what you WANT.. too often the two are mixed up
    well said, we usually get what we feel we need , but not necessarily what we really need.
    Judging that you're serious about getting back into photography, i suggest a DSLR.
    Say a mid range one should be sufficient for you.
    Not necessarily a first hand one, perhaps a secondhand one would even be suffice.

    Brand wise, it's really hard to say, my advice - go to Best or Harvey or Courts etc , try try try try try find one that you're comfortable with haha

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    I suggest you try the Sony DSLR cameras. Many people find them to be very user-friendly and intuitive. Plus, they have anti-shake built in, and you can use all old minolta-mount AF lenses too.
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    My cousin said that a Canon 450D is a good DSLR camera to start with.
    What do you say?

    Since I already undergone PnS during my highschool and gradeschool years,
    I prefer to start now with a DSLR.

    to ardaan:
    I really liked your pictures. What camera did you use?
    SLR or DSLR?
    Last edited by ninjabuzz; 11th August 2008 at 01:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabuzz View Post
    My cousin said that a Canon 450D is a good DSLR camera to start with.
    What do you say?

    Since I already undergone PnS during my highschool and gradeschool years,
    I prefer to start now with a DSLR.
    All entry-level DSLRs are a good place to begin. But make sure you try it for yourself instead of just blindly buying. There are many people who regret buying based on impulse, poor advice or brand name once they try the cameras from other makers.
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    Default Re: I'm a beginner(not totally a noob)

    Try the camera out in the store before buying it right?
    Another one, since I have used SLR camera's before, does it give the same quality picture as that of a DSLR?

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    You can never go wrong with either Canon or Nikon. Sony, Pentax also not bad but in the end, it's still the photographer that makes or breaks a photo. Even a handphone camera can take good photos if you know how to.

    Suggestions is to go down to a shop and try it out the different make. See which one fits nicely to your hands. Select a few models and go back to do more research. Also you would need some lens/extra batteries/CF card/Bag/Flash/Tripod/Etc to go with your new camera so add this into your budget.

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    Yeah I'm doing research about what to buy.
    Reading every detail of the cameras and the output of the pictures.

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