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    Hi everyone...

    I'm looking to get a DSLR soon. I'm relatively new to SLR but borrowed my friend's Canon 350D to try out a few times. I need some advice on getting an entry level DSLR.
    I'm more interested in taking portrait shoots and events. My budget is around 2k.
    Thanks.

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    why dont u ask your friend to recommend? all cameras can take portrait shoots and events.. it's based on your preference. go to shop to hands on..
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    Hmm..true, but are the Kit I or II lenes sufficient enough of should i just get a body with a 28-70mm lens for example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesthir View Post
    Hmm..true, but are the Kit I or II lenes sufficient enough of should i just get a body with a 28-70mm lens for example?
    Entry level cameras:

    Canon EOS 1000D/450D/500D/550D
    Nikon D3000/5000
    Sony A230/330/380
    Pentax K-x
    Olympus E-450

    Some cameras have kit I,kit II,kit III and IV.Please specify which type of camera you want...
    Last edited by cleonbus; 23rd May 2010 at 05:43 PM.

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    If say I go with canon 550D, should I get Kit I, II or the body + lens?

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    Welcome to CS
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    Welcome to CS

    Get what u can afford, 550D seems gd
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    550D Kit II [18~135mm IS]


    Has a decent range coverage without needing to spend any extra, still got spare cash for filters/flash

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    Thanks for all your suggestions...

    I was thinking of getting 550D body and a Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD lens.
    Else I think Noctis's suggestion 550D Kit II [18~135mm IS] is good too.

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    550D Kit II [18~135mm IS] is good

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    Hi Aesthir,

    Welcome to the club! Congrats on your decision to buy a dSLR and starting this journey of photography.

    First and foremost, before you consider what lens, eg 28-70, you want to get, you have to know what sort of photographic genre you want to go into. Examples, landscape, portrait, macro, night photography, events, etc.

    As you can see, I am not listing a complete list of different photographic genres. So, before you run, as babies go, we learn to walk. So I'd recommend you to get a kit lens, and Noctis has given a good recommendation, the 18-135mm lens, to go with the 550D camera body.

    Recommendations like that should be weighed carefully by yourself, because you are the one with the money and the one using the camera. Recommend you go down to the showrooms (not shops), like for Canon, its at Vivocity on Level 2 behind the Golden Village entrance, next to Challenger.

    Give yourself the benefit of touching and having a feel of the camera. I don't know about you or your hands ... yes hands. They will hold the camera. As such, if you have a big palm, the 550D may be too small for you and it will end up giving you a 'pain in the hand' syndrome. Yes, ergonomics ... just like when we buy our fly chair for your reading den, it has to be ergonimically comfortable for you.

    Should Canon not be right for you, there are other brands of camera, like Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Olympus, Panasonic and Samsung. But before I confuse you any further, go have a fitting of your new camera first before you buy.

    When you have decided, do your research on where are the best cluster of shops to buy such a thing from. Yes, Sim Lim Square is full of electronics shop, and they are full of sharks too. Do a search in Clubsnap on reputable shops that you should visit, and those that you should avoid like the plague.

    Until you have acquired your gear, your next step will be to acquire the knowledge to go with your new advanced technological wonder called digital (hopefully, SLR) camera. Dun buy things that you are not sure of, read the threads posted by previous newbies too, so you don't fall into the trap of being 'chapped like a carrot head' syndrome.

    Wish you all the best on this journey, and don't forget to post your questions, and most importantly, your pictures to share with us.

    Cheers mate!
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    welcome in! if u like canon. take 550D
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    Welcome to CS

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