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    Default New to photography! Recommend me a camera!

    Yeah, maybe this is a sudden interest, probably because I have finished My Os and now looking for a new interest to endure the holidays~

    I want to learn photography,as it can become one of my personnel interests.
    As a guy, I think I'm more into DSLRs.
    But with a limited fund, so will most probably get a 2nd-hand one.
    Anyway, can you recommend me one DSLR in my budget range?
    My fund is like.. 300-600, body with lens, basically everything included.
    So I have been eying on a few models, namely Nikon D40, D40x, Canon 300D, 350D,400D.
    Because I can find some good offers in these models.
    I will be an amateur photographer and most probably not needing some high-end ones.
    Give me some comments please?
    And thanks!

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    Hello, NotAtheory.
    Firstly a warm welcome to you.
    As a sudden interest, it is probably good not to dump too much money.
    Within your budget, perhaps a second hand 300D with a second hand kit lens.
    Check out some of the shops around Peninsula Plaza/Peninisula Shopping centre that sell second hand cameras.
    This way, you can come face to face with a seller who can advise you.
    Better for you as a starter.
    My opinion.

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    Look for 2nd hand entry level cameras. A lot of BBB virus going around, so these entry level cameras are being let go at amazing speeds.

    I suggest a 2nd hand D40x or D60 kit. Very easy to use and easy to get great pictures out of them. too bad I sold my D40x kit already, within your budget too!

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    Thanks for the advice!
    Maybe I will head to peninsular plaza tmr to check out the prices n stats of these 2nd-hand DSLRs.

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    Why not consider the Sony A230. You just need to stretch your budget a bit and you can get a brand new cam with kit lens and comes with build in stabilizer?

    http://www.sony.com.sg/microsite/dsl...promo:featured

    You would be able to get a better price from the usual recommended shops.
    Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor View Post
    Why not consider the Sony A230. You just need to stretch your budget a bit and you can get a brand new cam with kit lens and comes with build in stabilizer?

    http://www.sony.com.sg/microsite/dsl...promo:featured

    You would be able to get a better price from the usual recommended shops.
    Oh yes! the A230 is an awesome deal now.

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    Yeah it's a great deal, but a total of 699+230=829 is beyond my budget.. haha, attractive though.

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    Hello, welcome to CS
    Take the shot!

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    if u hv limited funds, avoid the entry level cameras of Nikon, like the D5000 and below.

    Reason is because, besides not having image stabalizer (so u need to pay more when buying lens to have build in lens stabalizer), these entry level Nikon DSLR dont even have build in focus motor in their body, so u have limited lenses to choose from, and also those lens will cost more than their similar counter parts due to having the motor in the lens body.

    Getting a DSLR with build in stabalizer and focus motor will save u money in the long run.

    With $600, u can either get a brand new Sony A230 with kit lens, or a 2nd hand A330/A300 which only cost $500+ (dont overpay for it, brand new A330 with kit lens only cost $800).

    PS: If u r buying brand new A230 with kit lens, do NOT buy from Sony style as the RRP is $699. Buy from retail shops, the price will be $600.
    Last edited by android17; 9th November 2009 at 12:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAtheory View Post
    Yeah it's a great deal, but a total of 699+230=829 is beyond my budget.. haha, attractive though.
    Huh? Where'd you get that math from?

    The A230 plus kit is about 600-630 in most shops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Huh? Where'd you get that math from?

    The A230 plus kit is about 600-630 in most shops.
    The additional $230 is the promotion package thing.



    I think I would head down to peninsular first and check out the prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAtheory View Post
    The additional $230 is the promotion package thing.



    I think I would head down to peninsular first and check out the prices.

    Nope, the additional $230 is the extended warranty which is totally optional. The camera with kit lens alone is about $600+ as mentioned by bro Rashkae.
    Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAtheory View Post
    I think I would head down to peninsular first and check out the prices.
    Only ask at Cathay Photo if you go down there.
    Alpha

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    Just to add, the extended warranty comes with a free 50mm f1.8 lens which is extremely good. But if u don wan the extended warranty u can still purchase the lens another time, at around $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by android17 View Post
    Just to add, the extended warranty comes with a free 50mm f1.8 lens which is extremely good. But if u don wan the extended warranty u can still purchase the lens another time, at around $200.
    Less than 200 actually if you ask properly.
    Alpha

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    The A100 and A200 are going off 2nd hands at an amazing price, just last few weeks someone sell a A200 + Kit lens for $330!

    A200 is a very good cam, i would say, better than the A230/330 which grip is horribly uncomfortable!

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    Lenrek sold his a200 for $200, I was too slow else I sure grab from him and keep it as a backup body T.T

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    Dun want to pour cold water.. but do read up a bit on DSLR..
    If this is only a passing passion, w/ limited budget, do stick w/ a PnS or prosumer

    Unlike PnS, which basically is maintenance free & can help u to capture a great variety of photography interest(although not the best quality), a DSLR is almost the opposite

    Maybe,
    U need to buy dry cabinet to prevent fungus in ur DSLR body & lens
    U need to buy a bag to contain ur DSLR & lens for outing
    U need to buy filters
    U need to buy tripod
    U need to buy flash
    U need to buy different lens for different fields of photography (many which will easily cost more than ur DSLR body)

    All the above cost $$, are you prepared to make the commitment ?
    If the answer is yes, welcome to DSLR

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    Default Re: New to photography! Recommend me a camera!

    Sorry TS to bring this thread up for u...
    as for me, I too into DSLR and my budget is just like yours.
    As I am going overseas next mth, that's why I could not get a high end dslr.

    I have done some searching, I am currently checking on Sony A230 and A330
    however I was told by people that Sony wx1 is good too however it is not dslr.

    I am kind of lost. Aren't sure which to go for.

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