Hi, I've been labouring over this for a week now...reaching the endgame
I'm buying my first DSLR. I'm working and living in Thailand so it's not that cheap for me to buy photo gear
I went round a bunch of shops today...here's the best options as I perceive them:
(prices converted to british pounds at the end of the message : )
1) Nikon 40x (it's the only D40 I've found in Thailand)
18000 baht (body only) ... (add about 30,000 for VR 18-200)
(no bag or memory card etc...but the owner will give me discount when I have the cash in her face...I'll get it for about 46,000)
Total price 47,000............( or could get a kit lens for much less)
2) D60 w/kit lens 19,000 (Bag, 4GB card etc...)
Total price 19,000...
2(a) D60 kit plus 18-200VR (it's 30,000 maybe a bit less)
Total price: 49,000 ................but 2 lenses.
3) D90 with kit lens 18-105 (bag etc..)
Total price: 45,000
4) D90 with no kit lens but VR18-200 (bag etc..)
Total price: 54,000
5) Canon 500D - has ok vid 720p 30fps - body only -
with Tamron 17-50 f.2.8 lens
and Canon 55-250 Zoom lens
The guy in the recommended very reputable and cluttered pro-style shop understood my reservations (those I'd read about online) about the stock 500D lens and personally recommended these two as being well sharp and having optimim coverage for my needs...(includes 4GB card ...bag etc...)
Total price: 49,400baht
He also said the service for Nikon Thailand is really bad if things go wrong with your camera...he's experienced it a lot he said...he said from his customers' perspective Canon is a better deal..and is cheaper.
He did concede that Nikon product wise is Number 1 but Canon also Number 1 (!) but fix things with no questions asked...
...19,000 baht is 344 British pounds
...45,000 baht is 813 British pounds
...49,000 Baht is 886 British pounds
...54,000 baht is 976 British pounds
Basically I can afford any of the packages but obviously want to get VALUE... image quality and portability are primary concerns...
is Ken Rockwell to be believed and I should plump for the basic one...D60 kit (I can't find a D40) or should I bite the bullet and go for D90?
Or perhaps I go for the Canon 450 like on the Melbourne guy thread?
Although tempted by the latest technology, I am generally a minimalist for the sake of portability.
Is having 3 autofocus points a problem?
...I thought the point of having a DSLR was be more creatively involved yourself (for me it is why I am upgrading from PnS) ..and of course better images.
Any thoughts on the options above would be greatly appreciated.