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I am just doing as instructed and introducing myself
I have finally decided to upgrade to a DSLR from point and shoot and film (in my distant youth) having spent months saving up for kit and researching (reviews and the forums here) and thought it was time I registered and recorded my thanks for the help that this site has been in that research. Most of the questions I might have asked I found asked and answered already on here and I am 90% sure what I am going to buy.
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Quote: I am just doing as instructed and introducing myself
Nice to see Newbies doing as they are told - that'll soon change!! Now take a seat and enjoy...............don't expect to leave any time soon!!
Hi Dave and welcome - - My name is Fran and I am an EPZoholic!
Hope your computer chair is really comfy!
Anyway - - do tell - - what are you going to buy, then??
Quote: Anyway - - do tell - - what are you going to buy, then??
A drink for all the nice ePZ members that have greeted Dave?
Welcome Dave. Watch out for Fran, she's mad!
Oops too late she's spotted you.
Quote: Watch out for Fran, she's mad!
Wondered how long it would take, Cheryl!
Well someone had to warn Dave.
Hi all and thanks for the warm welcome.
I pretty much decided on the sigma 10-20 and 20-50 lenses. My dilemma is which body. I am umming and arring between the 40d, 50d (but not at the current price) or possibly the d20. My local jessops have kindly offered to let me have a play with them and print the results to help me choose but any advice/comments would be welcome. I should say I am looking for kit that will let me take landscapes primarily.
I mostly do landscapes, David, and so does my other half Paul (sut68). We both have opted for a Canon with the Siggy 10-20mm lens - - not forgetting the grads!
Anyway, if you opt for a Nikon, you must have a beard and wear sandals with socks!
But, being honset, it's really a personal choice - - go and handle them and see which one feels "right"
Well Fran, I think the canon is most likely as the price with cashback is appealing. Grads are for the future I think once I have mastered the basics
That's exactly what I did, Dave, not sure where you are based, but another top tip is to get out on the meets if you can. Learnt more at the ones I've been to than in any books
Don't listen to her Dave the beard is not compulsory!
Seriously though the best option really is to try out a number of cameras, and don't just restrict yourself to Canon and Nikon, try the Pentax and Sony options as well.
Probably the most important advice is make your own decision and take your time - don't be rushed by salespeople saying things like "oh I'm not sure how long this offer will be on..."
Buying into any system is generally a long-term commitment, so you want to get it right for you first time if possible.
If you have concerns about some of the options you could always start another thread, so you can make sure you are armed with all or as many of the appropriate questions as possible.
Welcome and I hope you enjoy the site, sure we sometimes have a strange sense of humour on here and we take the mikey out of each other, but normally it is all in good taste.
Looking forward to you making a decision and posting some shots.
That's great advice csurry and to an extent why I have not bought already. I am anxious to get it right first time. I like the look of the pentax k20d and it is now around my budget price. My point and shoot is a pentax and I have had some good shots from it. Having to manually set everything in poor light is what has inspired me to upgrade to a DSLR, well that and wanting a wider angle. All my film experience (albeit long ago was with pentax cameras too and since the two lenses I have my eye on are sigmas it is a real option. The downside is that at jessops who appear cheapest for the body, both the lenses are significanty more expensive with the pentax fit and the only battery grip/remote I can find is their own and pricey too.
The decision is close though, maybe tomorrow as my indecision is rapidly being outweighed by my desire to be out there taking photos
Im in Bradford Fran (not the most photogenic of places - but some great victorian architecture). I think the meets are like the grads a little way off, when my questions are more technical than "where is the on/off switch?" and "will I get better pictures if I take this lid thing of the lens?"
Does any of your local camera shops run courses / seminars ? May be worth checking out
I've booked myself on a course run by a local ( 3/4 an hour drive) camera shop to learn all about a particular brand of digital camera and their system.
Apparently it includes a hands on session so I may, possibly, in the not too distant future have a digital image to upload
Why I have done it ? .. bowed to pressure from my epz "friends"
JJGEE I am not sure about my nearest shop, two minutes away, but I haven't found them very helpful on other matters as they seem to only sell the sumsung dslrs (nowt wrong with that I know as it's basically the pentax iI am considering) but not much use if you want an impartial opinion. Samsung sent a pro along to demonstate their products recently but I was on holiday at the time. I might have a google though and see if there is a course not too far afield.
Hi Dave, don't worry about feeling out of place on any of the meets, my first question was very much along the lines you outline
Haven't got much further now, either!!!
If you're looking at the Pentax, check out Neil's javam PF, he's even written an EPZ article about using Pentax for airshows.
Don't think he'd mind if you sent him a Private message or left a comment on his PF asking his opinion, either
Anyway, whatever you get, enjoy, I look forward to seeing the first upload
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