DSLR or Proconsumer?


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Not sure if this question has been raised before?

Working along the budget of about 1k+, looking for a gift for a photogragher buddy of mine.

Right now he carries a ixus60, 'retired' from SLR long time ago after busy with work. Currently hinted his interest in going back to photograghy again.

What will make a good gift?:bsmilie:
 

BinGx

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hi,

since ur budget is ard 1k+ why nt buy a DSLR for him? since u mentioned he's a SLR user b4. it shd work fine for him to use a DSLR nw. u can try AlanPhoto or Cathay shops.

maybe olympus E-500 is good..my friend's using it. it feels great. much better thn prosumer grip. =P

jus my two cents worth of comments. ;)
 

Jaycelim

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Do note that the kit lens that comes with the DSLR is usually not a good lens. Your friend will end up buying more lens, flash, filters etc... that will add up more than the initial cost. So u might want to ask if your friend want to invest after that or not.
 

Pablo

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hi,

since ur budget is ard 1k+ why nt buy a DSLR for him? since u mentioned he's a SLR user b4. it shd work fine for him to use a DSLR nw. u can try AlanPhoto or Cathay shops.

maybe olympus E-500 is good..my friend's using it. it feels great. much better thn prosumer grip. =P

jus my two cents worth of comments. ;)

I agree totally with BinGx here.

At the price you mentioned I think you could get the E-500 with the 2 lens kit.

A very worthy camera and lens combo.

Cheers :)
 

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It's a common misconception by newbies that 1K+ is enough for a DSLR system.

Olympus DSLRs which have an image sensors much smaller than the APS-C size? Yes, smaller and easier to handle. But before anyone jumps to buy, better be familiar with the big disadvantages vis-a-vis the usual DSLRs with APS-C size sensors.

Read this DSLR for newbie thread written by Zoossh : http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=245883
 

Rashkae

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Honestly... Get him a Sony H-5 or Canon S3IS.
 

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d40 is just nice for your budget. :thumbsup:
well, at least for the 18-55 and d40 itself...
How much would that put me back? Will he be able to use his old slr lens with this combo?

Canon S3 was something I was looking at too :) price wise?
 

Rashkae

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How much would that put me back? Will he be able to use his old slr lens with this combo?

Canon S3 was something I was looking at too :) price wise?
On a D40, you only can use AF if you have the higher-end Nikon AF-S or AF-i lenses. So the D40 with it's kit lens may be cheap, but additional lenses will quickly bankrupt you.
 

michhy

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may I suggest you dont buy a camera for him?

if he is a serious photographer in the past, he probably knows his stuff, and if you just go and buy him some camera that he doesn't like, it'd be a bad situation because he'd be forced to use the camera, but yearning for something else. I think cameras are a rather personal thing for most photographers. if you're buying for casual shooters then it's different.

just my opinion.
 

Zaknafein

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may I suggest you dont buy a camera for him?

if he is a serious photographer in the past, he probably knows his stuff, and if you just go and buy him some camera that he doesn't like, it'd be a bad situation because he'd be forced to use the camera, but yearning for something else. I think cameras are a rather personal thing for most photographers. if you're buying for casual shooters then it's different.

just my opinion.
totally agree :thumbsup:
and he probably wont sell the camera even if he doesnt likes it since its a gift
 

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totally agree :thumbsup:
and he probably wont sell the camera even if he doesnt likes it since its a gift
double that..If a serious photographer he would find the way to manage to get one..don't waste your money on this..Hope it helps..
 

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may I suggest you dont buy a camera for him?

if he is a serious photographer in the past, he probably knows his stuff, and if you just go and buy him some camera that he doesn't like, it'd be a bad situation because he'd be forced to use the camera, but yearning for something else. I think cameras are a rather personal thing for most photographers. if you're buying for casual shooters then it's different.

just my opinion.

Strongly agree with the above.

Although many people yearns to own a DSLR, I'm put off by its size, weight and care needed to maintain the system.

Different people have different needs and preferences.
 

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