DSLR for $1500


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nivlac

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Hiya Gurus,

I'm to purchase a DSLR for my dept (so 2nd hand equip is out).... and we got $1500 budget

Would appreciate if the gurus here can advise on a preferred setup:

1) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended Flash + Tripod
2) 350D/400D (w/o kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended flash + tripod
3) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended Flash + Tripod

Usage of the camera:
Indoor: Events, classroom training, studio shots, etc
Outdoor: Carnivals, roadshows, etc

*Am open to Nikon DSLR too... :)

Thank you in advance
 

lsisaxon

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Hiya Gurus,

I'm to purchase a DSLR for my dept (so 2nd hand equip is out).... and we got $1500 budget

Would appreciate if the gurus here can advise on a preferred setup:

1) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended Flash + Tripod
2) 350D/400D (w/o kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended flash + tripod
3) 350D/400D (w kit lens) + recommended lens + recommended Flash + Tripod

Usage of the camera:
Indoor: Events, classroom training, studio shots, etc
Outdoor: Carnivals, roadshows, etc

*Am open to Nikon DSLR too... :)

Thank you in advance
D40X kit + SB-600 + tripod.
 

Rashkae

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Your budget is very tight for B-new equipment. A good flash will already cost 300+. A good tripod, another 150-250. You may need to settle for a low-end Nikon D40/D40x.
 

GilbertGoh

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i would suggust a good P&S like S3IS or G7 with flash. 1.5K too low
 

nivlac

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Doesnt have to be a super flash one that does the job should suffice. would tat cost that much?

I presume the breakdown:

DLSR - $1100-$1200
Flash - $100
Tripod - $100
 

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why don't you check out the price guide at the nikon and canon forums and then budget a more realistic amount for the equipment you need?
 

Rashkae

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Doesnt have to be a super flash one that does the job should suffice. would tat cost that much?

I presume the breakdown:

DLSR - $1100-$1200
Flash - $100
Tripod - $100
That's VERY optimistic for a flash.
 

lsisaxon

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Doesnt have to be a super flash one that does the job should suffice. would tat cost that much?

I presume the breakdown:

DLSR - $1100-$1200
Flash - $100
Tripod - $100
Then you might as well use the built in flash. Flashes (even 3rd party) with compatible TTL functions are not cheap.
 

Rashkae

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why don't you check out the price guide at the nikon and canon forums and then budget a more realistic amount for the equipment you need?
Actually, come to think of it...

Budget in the Pentax forum. A LOT cheaper than N or C.
 

Rashkae

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Try this:

Pentax K100D w/ 18-55mm $1080 w/o GST
Pentax AF-360 FGZ P-TTL Flash $310 w/o GST
Tripod - $100
 

nivlac

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Okie spoke to my "tech" guy... he knows more abt cameras than me...said not to buy tripod.

Suggested to only purchase DLSR(w/ kit lens) + Tele-Lens + Flash (if got $ remaining)
worst case scenario, dun buy flash n tripod... only lens+body


Is this still out of the $1.5k budget range?
 

Rashkae

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Okie spoke to my "tech" guy... he knows more abt cameras than me...said not to buy tripod.

Suggested to only purchase DLSR(w/ kit lens) + Tele-Lens + Flash (if got $ remaining)
worst case scenario, dun buy flash n tripod... only lens+body


Is this still out of the $1.5k budget range?
Tele-lens can set you back a bit as well...

Go for Pentax. If you get a Nikon D40, you need to shell out lots of $$$ for a AF-S or AF-I tele lens. With Pentax, you might be able to fit it in by skipping the flash.
 

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pentax k100d dual kit (18-55 and 50-200) for under $1500 is possible.
 

dorts

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Olympus E-500 Dual Kit (14-45mm , 40-150mm) all under $1000. I believe you can get a flash and a tripod if you want to. :D
 

longko

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If you are considering Pentax, then this might be it;

K100D kit 18-55mm - $860 OP
DA 50-200mm - $350 OP (need to check again)
AF360FGZ flash - $330 CP

Total $1540 (But you'll save more on future lenses)
 

lsisaxon

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Tele-lens can set you back a bit as well...

Go for Pentax. If you get a Nikon D40, you need to shell out lots of $$$ for a AF-S or AF-I tele lens. With Pentax, you might be able to fit it in by skipping the flash.
Is there a need to get more lenses? If not, the 18-55 and 55-200Vr are budget lenses which gives great result.. so why not D40X?

If the flash and the tripod are nont important, then the D40X kit with an additional 55-200VR lens, should still be under $1500, can take you a long way.
 

lsisaxon

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Olympus E-500 Dual Kit (14-45mm , 40-150mm) all under $1000. I believe you can get a flash and a tripod if you want to. :D
This would be a good deal. I didn't know the prices for Olympus has come down so much.
 

Rashkae

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Is there a need to get more lenses? If not, the 18-55 and 55-200Vr are budget lenses which gives great result.. so why not D40X?

If the flash and the tripod are nont important, then the D40X kit with an additional 55-200VR lens, should still be under $1500, can take you a long way.
Because the Pentax is a better deal for that price (you get a flash too). And VR is built into the body, no need to buy VR lenses.
 

lsisaxon

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Because the Pentax is a better deal for that price (you get a flash too). And VR is built into the body, no need to buy VR lenses.
Does it work as well? I have never been impressed with Pentax even until now. :) But if so, it is a good deal as well.
 

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