night86mare is a pentax user. This is one of his threads.
true, there is some post-processing and filters involved. But the point here is any camera, be it Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, etc. is capable of producing quality pictures in the right hands. So don't worry about how seemingly (less) popular a brand is.
I see the others have answered your questions about the camera stores.
Last edited by nic67; 18th August 2010 at 03:09 PM.
hi guys, sorry, some doubts have just flow into my mind,
1) every how many month or so, should i send my DSLR for a service check?
2) any recommendation from guys for cheap and trustable service centre for DSLR?
should be that's all for now. thanks.
Each camera brand has its service center in SG, it's stated on the warranty card and also online. They have fixed prices fort defined activities, see online.2) any recommendation from guys for cheap and trustable service centre for DSLR?
There are a few shops offering services as well. But only the 'branded' service centers will have spare parts to replace faulty components.
Just happened to read this thread and wanted to contribute some of my thoughts as a newbie
I have used Sony alpha, Nikon and currently pentax systems. To be frank, there is no such thing as which brand is better. I went through the same process as you and hence I try to hands on as many different system(specific models)as possible and then determine based on my budget and what I need.
1) what is your budget? You got to take into consideration the lens you will be getting(Typical 18-55mm kit lens offer only approx 3x zoom and entry level dslr usually does not have video function), the accessories like cleaning kit, dry cab, tripod depending what you like to shoot. This will be your bottom line "damage". My initial budget was 1k but because i like wildlife shots, I realised that for me to get good pictures, this is far too little to get anything decent. You got to plan a little ahead and roughly gauge your needs. Trust me, this hobby consumes alot of cash haha.
2) What specific function do you need in the dslr? Like for me, i need my camera to be able to cope with low light shots and not too ex in terms of price. Kx fulfill these two pt better than my previous a330 not to mention that it has a additional video function. Some prefer to have a big grip or are used to a certain system handling, like some of my friends are die hard canon user due to the fact that they like the design better than any other system. I urge you to go showrooms to try or try out your friends dslr or if you have narrow down, try to rent and play with it for a day.
Try to google and read as much review as possible. For me I also check the BnS section. This helps me to gauge the prices of lens for the particular system and what is the availability as i am a budget shooter. Some system like canon and nikon have plenty of users, so u can buy sell easier while brands like pentax has a much lower user group so second hand stuff might not be that easily available.
Do look around and narrow down your search. Ask those Dslr users around you, I am sure they can give a clearer picture(hands on too) in helping you decide!
Eg. D100, D70, D50, D40. All in the same generation. All ISO capabilities (and sensors) are identical.
Eg. D200, D80, D60, D40x. All in the same generation. All ISO capabilities (and sensors) are identical.
Eg. D300s, D300, D90, D5000. All ISO capabilities (and sensors) are identical (except for D300, it is a slightly different sensor. ISO same though). Nikon got lazy here, and in the D3000, they just reused the sensor from D60/D40x
It is this misconception you have, that many others also have, that makes them think a D300s will have better ISO capability than a D90 or a D5000. Boy.. they are so wrong.
It is not a definite that all manufacturers will cripple their entry level cameras in ISO. There are so many other areas they can differentiate their product on. If you ever used a D300s and a D90, you will understand why and how they can still differentiate between models while they are using the same sensor with same IQ and same ISO performance. They differentiate in build, functions, compatibility with advanced accessories, controls and speed of operation. Not IQ or ISO capability. But you are partly right that some companies are starting to do so (like Sony). But not all brands are doing the same. Maybe it is the start of a new trend, since price competition is so strong, that brands just want to push out super cheap entry level cameras that they used sensors from the previous generation. But then again a company like Pentax will come out with the Kx to totally dispell that notion, and "spoil the market" with a high performing entry level camera, with colors to boot too. It is like chess.
Last edited by daredevil123; 19th August 2010 at 06:05 AM.
Each topping the others at different points in time. Isn't that like chess?
Functions : look for something you need.1. what is the functions or specifications that is important to look out for or comapre when purchasing a DSLR? (i.e what is the main function or specification that is important for a DSLR camera?)
2. which brand is better? canon or nikon? what are the difference?
3. how to look after a DSLR?
4. any gentlemen out there can recommend me a decent DSLR a) without any budget? b) with a budget of less than $1k?
Brand : Also, brand makes no difference.. it is what brand CATERS to YOUR needs.
Look after : Buy a UV filter to 'protect' your lens, and put your lenses and body into a dry box/cabinet..
Recommendation : With no budget, anything can be bought, it's a matter of preference when no budget is concerned.
But with a budget of less thn 1k,
2nd hand : Canon EOS 40D with kit lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) = ~$800.
1st hand, abit hard...
7D gripped, 17-55/2.8, 18-135/3.5-5.6, 50/1.8.
i just went down to megatex at expo hall 5b yesterday and tried out the nikon d3000 and d5000 and canon 550d, de image capture by canon 550d is freaking brilliant. and to me what i had tried, canon seem to me more easy to operate rather than nikon. i intend to tried canon 1000d and 500d, but their 1000d spoilt and 500d ran out of battery. but what the seller said about 1000d is that this camera is for primary and secondary school kid. while he said 550d is for beginner. lolx. but to me 550d is kind of ex. damn sad.
I once overheard a Canon salesman telling this lady about the functions of a 550D, and he told her that only Canon has live view...
I had my Sony A550 in my bag at that time, I almost wanted to take it out and show the lady the live view from A550 and tell her the salesman is talking crap...