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Need some help choosing.


5 Dec 2012 9:26PM
What camera should I buy for getting into photography? I will have around 200-250, maybe 300. I want it to be open to plenty of upgrades i.e lenses. Not much more to say, i'm a beginner but want to get much better! Thanks.

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KNS 5 106 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 11:48PM
To be honest, if you want lots of upgrade potential with a relatively small budget you are best looking to the second hand market. There are generally lots of Dslr's around on ebay and so on - you could also take a look on the for sale pages on this site.

Shops, such as London Camera Exchange hold lots of SH stock, and offer 6 months warranty.....

In terms of wha camera to buy, probably better for you to look see what you can find, within your budget, and then seek advice....
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 12:59AM
For new, I would say the Panasonic G3 - Jessops have a deal on for 287 smackers at the moment

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/G%20coded%20stock/products/Panasonic/DMC%20G3%20Compact%20System%20Camera%20with%2014-42mm%20Lens%20-%20Ex-Demo%20and%20Used%20Stock-87919/Show.html?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-Gcodedstock-_-all-_-all&ovc=&gclid=CNTFyaDJhLQCFQWnnQodGjAASA

The camera is relatively small which means you are more likely to take it with you and the image quality is excellent. And quality is as good as any 'normal' DSLR.

If you want a specialised DSLR later on the G3 will still make an excellent 'second camera.'
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
6 Dec 2012 1:16AM

Quote:For new, I would say the Panasonic G3 - Jessops have a deal on for 287 smackers at the moment


That would be a good starter camera or how about the EPM1 now its been replaced buy the EPM2 they can be very cheap.

The twin lens kits if you can find them are superb value for money.

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/82927/show.html?cm_vc=PPZ1

Or the Nikon J1 twin lens kit

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/nikon/1-j1-compact-system-camera-10-30mm-30-110mm-lenses-in-black-82701/show.html?cm_re=Home-_-PanelCSC-nikon1-_-291112
oldblokeh e2
3 925 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 7:20AM

Quote:For new, I would say the Panasonic G3 - Jessops have a deal on for 287 smackers at the moment

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/G%20coded%20stock/products/Panasonic/DMC%20G3%20Compact%20System%20Camera%20with%2014-42mm%20Lens%20-%20Ex-Demo%20and%20Used%20Stock-87919/Show.html?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-Gcodedstock-_-all-_-all&ovc=&gclid=CNTFyaDJhLQCFQWnnQodGjAASA

The camera is relatively small which means you are more likely to take it with you and the image quality is excellent. And quality is as good as any 'normal' DSLR.

If you want a specialised DSLR later on the G3 will still make an excellent 'second camera.'



I've used one. Cracking images - absolutely dreadful user interface. Sad
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 9:22AM

Quote:absolutely dreadful user interface

As a matter of interest, compared to what? I find the GX1 is really intuitive - not as easy as buttons on my 7D but then again it does not have the real estate to put that number of buttons.
oldblokeh e2
3 925 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 9:44AM
I use a Nikon D90. I had to use my wife's G3 at a school concert on Monday. The EVF was dreadful in those lighting conditions, being smeary and laggy, never mind far too contrasty. The buttons all did something different depending on what mode you were in. Because the controls are so crowded together it was far too easy to accidentally press something that either did something unexpected or changed the mode. Take the scroll wheel, for example: in aperture priority mode it normally allows you to select the aperture, but if you press it, then it changes to setting exposure compensation, and it's far too easy to accidentally press it. Then there's the flip-out screen. What a pain that is. If you need to chimp -- and many of us do from time to time -- then it gets in the way when you are using the EVF. The EVF is just not adequate for quickly reviewing a shot.

We're going to sell the G3 as my wife has the same problems, perhaps even more than I did, with accidentally pressing buttons.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 9:49AM
Which is why it is important to handle cameras before buying. I recognise the thing you say but on my GX1 they don't bother me - the form factor (small size) is a pay-off I am willing to accept for its functionality.
oldblokeh e2
3 925 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 9:58AM
I hear what you're saying and. yes, we handled it before buying, but the problems didn't really emerge until we really started using it.

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