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    Default Limited budget and camera choice

    Hello everyone,

    I worry that posting such messages might be against forum rules. I wish it is not and I am not breaking the rules. Anyway here it goes.

    I have had 1000D and a A200 each for almost 1 year. Now I don't have anything (I gave them to my sister) except a Canon 50mm F1.8

    A- Now I have a budget of 1200RM-2200RM and want to get the most out of it.
    B- I can select one of the 3 below options or just buy a cheap body and a relatively better lense (like Tamron 17-50).

    I guess these are my options (I don't have brand preference, C or N , both are OK):

    D200-D80
    - The price for D200 is around 1900-2500 (sometimes 2200+ along with grip) on photomalaysia
    - The camera is likely to be very old (4-5 years perhaps)
    - D80 can be bought as low as 1500RM (body) and these are a bit newer.
    - The photo quality is exactly the same as D60 and almost the same as sony A200. All these cameras have the same CCD: D200, D80, D60, A100, A200
    - D60 has newer software but D200 and D80 have better body and more focus points
    - The group of cameras I mentioned have a photo quality comparable to Canon 400D and 1000D and a bit lower than 40D
    - You can have same photo quality with a D60, 1000D, 400D or even A200. And you pay 1000-1200RM with lower camera age
    - The whole trade off is about features and body, not that much about photo quality

    D90-D5000
    - The above two are 12M CMOS and one level higher in photo quality than the previous series with VERY much lower noise (ISO1600 has a noise equal to ISO800 on above cameras, i.e. 1-2 stop better light , or 1-2 stop smaller F on lense).
    - 700p Video on both
    - Used D5000 full (with kitlens) can be obtained around 1850-2200RM. Body only around 1600RM+ (with a few months of remaining WARRANTY), less age and higher photo quality
    - D90 used body is 1900-2200 (based on SC)

    550D
    - Uses a 18M CMOS with very much lower noise in equal ISOs. ISO3200 on this has the same noise of first class (i.e. D200 etc) with ISO800. So you can use a lens with at least 2 F stops smaller for same light.
    - 1080p video
    - Body is cheap plastic, and does not feel any comparable to above ones.
    - Body only costs 2100-2200 used with 2.5 YEARS! of remaining gurantee (new one has 2+1 years). I have a 50mmF1.8 lens , so I should pay only 2100 for now.


    The trade off is :

    Better body and Features + High SC and very old <---> Totally cheap body + Very new sensor and much higher photo and video quality


    What would you do with a 1200RM-2200 RM budget???!! I wish forum friends can help me a bit with the decision. And PLEASE do not refer me to read and like the reviews (I have read each one for at least 10 times.)

    I just need very PERSONAL opinions with a few reasons. That's more than enough for me and I'll appreciate it.

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    Hmm.... 99% of people on here are in Singapore. I'd love to help but I'm not familiar with what is a good deal in malaysia in terms of RM.
    Alpha

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    hello there. i would recommend you to get the canon 550D. due the best deal in term of price over specs. recently i've a friend in malaysia at penang who decide to buy which camera as his first dslr. and the result was the canon 550D. LCD screen were superb in clarity and tack sharp. i wouldn't recommend you to get nikon since its been for a while for their technology. and for price wise, my friend brought his camera for about 2700RM if i'm not wrong. its the best in its class. full HD video recording and pack lots of punches over the competitors. else, since you have mentioned of use of canon system and sony before, who not try to stick with these two brands? the sony's nex is really a good bargain for its price. ultra small, compact and its also utilize an aps-c sized sensor (which can be found on the typical dslr)

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    and you did mentioned that you still have your 50mm 1.8, right? then stick to canon. and get a good fast lens like the tamron. stick to canon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Badger View Post
    i wouldn't recommend you to get nikon since its been for a while for their technology.
    Huh??? Sorry, that's nonsense. Please give specific examples, and make sure you consider the wildfire success of the D90 and the new D7000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Badger View Post
    i wouldn't recommend you to get nikon since its been for a while for their technology.
    If you haven't held a D90 don't bash it.
    I dunno!!!
    It's banana-zero-neh. :)

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    Thanks everyone.

    I may wait for D90 to become a bit cheaper (due to D7000) and then buy one. It seems to have the better higher ISO handling along with a much better body and of course the in-body motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siamak View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    I may wait for D90 to become a bit cheaper (due to D7000) and then buy one. It seems to have the better higher ISO handling along with a much better body and of course the in-body motor.
    Yup, it uses the Sony A500 sensor. Good stuff.
    Alpha

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    Here's a new suggestion: D3100.

    Benefits:
    1. 1080p HD Video
    2. Light weight
    3. decent enough buttons for controls
    4. New EXSPEED 2 Processor, Newer sensor
    5. Kit only costs SGD$840 [Forex exchange rate puts it at RM1791]


    Downside is that there's no motor.

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