Saw a Canon EOS D30 going in Buy Sell for about $650, perhaps you might want to look into that? Still a very good cam, images are silky smooth. Couple that with a 50mm f1.8 or one of the 28-300mm zooms, and you're set. Might need to stretch ur budget a bit to abt around $800.
You might want to take a look at this thread as well.
IF that is all you willing to spend...even if you managed to scrap together a body and len for your maximum expenditure of 700..what have you got left for the memory module????? DSLR don't usually throw in a memory module for nothing.....come to think of it...you can't even get a DSLR from less then 1000 or even 1500 for that matter.
You need to relook at your option if your money is tight.
I beg to differ. The D30 may only be 3.2 Megapixels resolution, but the CMOS sensor can produce relatively noise free and smooth-looking images, definitely beating any P&S prosumer cam hands down. Of course you can't compare 4-years old technology to today's latest crop of DSLRs, but the D30 still holds its own. D60 too. Just look at megaweb's gallery is testament to this workhorse.
If you can get the D30 that was posted recently in the B&S - that is body and built-in flash -$650 ?
Lens - 2 choices
50/1.8 Mk II at 120 (or around there)
- good lens but you only have 1 focal length that is short tele after the 1.6 factor
EFS 18-55 at $80 or so
- not exactly the most exciting or glamorous lens but at at least it gives you wide to short tele zoom (28.8 to 88)
- you need to do the modifications
And when all is done, you probably need the following essentials:
512MB CF (<$100) or you have have leftovers from previous digicams?
dry box (or tupperware with silica gel, if you are watching the $$)
leaning kit - cloth, blower, brush/lens pens
that fashion statement called a camera bag
And at some point of time - maybe an ext flash, battery grip, a seemingly never ending list :sweat:
DSLR is NOT for budget photographers. Even if u do manage to get the D30 at $650, u will probably need to get the accessories (long lens->tripod legs->ball head->memory cards->flash->...the list goes on.. My point is that DSLR bodies are cheap but lenses and accessories are expensive. Start saving now.
a) dslr = d30
b) lens = second hand, choose your focal range, lets take tamron 28-75 di 2.8 as a allround lens, 50mm f/1.8
c) cf card (512MB) x 2 $100
d) external flash (380ex or 420ex second hand).
probably everything can get under 1500 and you can do what most p&s does
its only when you want to do eg: birding, 1:1 macro that things start getting expensive (like cf tripods, magnesium ballheads, gimbals, more cf cards, portable storage, flash with higher guide number, flash power supply, macro lenses, telezooms, primes, filters etc)
ps: OOPS: budget 600-700 , cannot lah, cannot even go digital with the prices of eg: A75 = $400 already add in some cf cards, dust blower etc, already cutting things close.
that's the kicker...with a limited budget like that...lucky to get started with Film SLRs.
If new to this hobby... I don't see why there is a need to go the route of DSLR if budget is constraint. I see nothing wrong or "lose face" to use a film SLR. If I had more money and less hobbies I would still keep my film SLRs along with my DSLR. unforutnately I had to make a choice when I went digital. And I think this guy needs to choose too. Who knows what other constraint he/she had as well if already for now the budget is limited.