$700-800 for a used camera like 500D is too much imo.
Thought its a good camera, imo there has been a leap in terms of sensor performance and noise reduction algo since that (sadly within a year)
For $798 you can get a brand new Pentax Kx with a 18-55mm kit lens. The camera does come with great high iso JPEG quality that in fact slightly better that a D90 (even with the same sensor)
Sample picts @ISO3200
Kx - http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...XINBI03200.HTM
D90 - http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...90INBI3200.HTM
500D - http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...IINBI03200.HTM
The camera is backward compatible to all older K-mount lenses, so no confusion to older (ie. cheaper while as good) lenses not being usable.
Any body from canon, nikon, pentax etc will do fine, just rmb u are buying into a system, not just a camera and lens. Choose your 1st step wisely...
And screw the zoom if possible... Get a prime!
Playing with M43.
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Sony a7R | Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4
http://www.shadefotoworks.com - Automotive Photography
i think best for you to think about whether you will stay in this hobby for long, or will you be running off to something new soon.thats what you should decide first before the camera. liked for me, my dad enjoys photography. so if i dont like, or sian liao, i can always pass it to him
TS, get an affordable 450D/1000D and share lens with your sis. When you find that you need more, then upgrade from it to something more advanced like 50D/60D(rumoured to be on its way)
probably advisable to get canon so you can discuss/ share equipment with your sis.
btw, good lens on an entry cam can make wonders..crap lens on high end body can make crappy image...anyway, how crappy can a dslr sensor be right...confirm much much better than a compact/prosumer.
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RGB Metering & Focusing.
if not then you have to think carefully what will you be willing to keep and use frequently.. getting a huge zoom like 18-200, will you be willing to lug it around? or more comfortable with just sticking to the kit lens small, lightweight, good enough to use everyday.. or a tamron 17-50 f2.8 good IQ, good aperture, suitable for daily use, for portraits etc...
500d + 18-55 + 55-250 equals TA ~ DA. go holiday alr
Now I am using the 7D, but I still like my trusty 1000D, which allows me to prop myself and difficult angles and take shot with one hand as it is a lot lighter than the 7D.
HDR picture taken with 1000D with efs 10-22mm in Jan 2010 along moscow river. I took the pictures in RAW format and a lot of details are capture with a 10MP sensor.
What u may really want to invest is a very good tripod and a shutter release cable...
A couple years back when i was surfing this forum, i remember someone showing an awesome photo produced by a canon L lens...on a EOS 300D body.
Canon EOS 30D , EF 17-40mm F4L USM , EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS
Unlike D90 which have built in screw drive in body - the lenses are smaller and cheaper without motor (e.g. 50mm f1.8 =$200 only!)
Pentax K-X also have screw drive in body - but their 50mm comes in f1.4 (tiny but cost $560). They don't come in f1.8 though.
Read up the lens price first.... price guides section.
So I was at Vivo just now and I dropped by the Canon shop and spent about 30mins there playing with the DLSRs..tried the 1000D 500D 50D and 7D..haha! Well..I'd really love the 50D but it's way off my budget..even for used..somehow I din like the way the 1000D felt in the hand..so i spent alot of time trying out the 500D and it's pretty similar to my sister's 550D..tried all the different modes with my limited knowledge and of cos with the LCD can't really see the full effect for the pics but I must say I really like them..hmm..the body only 500D is going for slightly over $1K..wonder if it'll be cheaper at AP or SLR or MS Color?
Price guides section:
Maybe my facts are wrong but that is based on what I know and I had no intention to mislead and was just sincerely trying to give advice. I don't mind if you correct me if I am wrong but I think you should not imply that I am either intentionally or irresponsibly giving wrong advice.
A580| A300|18-55|55-200|18-250|50F1.8|30F2.8 Macro|35 F1.8|
I didn't like the grip of the lower end Canons too, which is why I bought something else
Just wondering, is your sister willing to lend you her camera for 3 weeks?