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Please help me choose


ladysue 5 14 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 10:42PM
I am looking to buy my first DSLR, (though I'm old enough to have used an SLR that took film). I went and looked at some DSLR's and found most too heavy as I am disabled and have arthritis in my hands. There were 2 in the shop that I held and could probably manage, a Nikon D60 and an Olympus 520.

I have looked online at their specs and reviews but I dont understand all the technical terms. One of the things that is important for me is that there is something that compensates for hands shaking a but sometimes. The other is that I read something about the Nikon not having automatic AF and you would have to do it manually ( sorry this is probably not exactly what it said0. Can anyone explain and help me choose which camera would be best for me. Oh and I wont be able to buy any other lenses for a while so I need one with an Ok kit lens supplied.Thanks Sue

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User_Removed 7 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 10:46PM
Hi Sue, I recently had a student turn up with an Olympus E-410 and I was quite impressed with both its capabilities and its lightweight compactness. The lens wasn't brilliant but that can be corrected.
ladysue 5 14 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 11:23PM
Thanks Chris.
I am not sure if the 400 range has image stabilisation. I will try to check that out
Sue
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 11:25PM
Sue, if your hands are a bit shaky, then Image stabilisation is what you want, though Nikon call it vibration reduction. I cannot think of a digital SLR out there that will not autofocus, so I think you have duff data there.

Have you thought about contacting the disabled photographers society I have met a couple of their members and they may be able to offer good advice.

If weight is your concern, then yes the Olympus range could help. But you may be better off with a bridge camera or a compact like Canon's G10. SLRs tend to be a bit heavy.

Have you thought of Panasonics G1, it can change lenses, and is smaller and lighter. It can also take the Olympus 4/3 lenses.
rowarrior 6 4.4k 9 Scotland
26 May 2009 11:40PM
John I think the D60 is one of the Nikon's that doesn't have AF built into the body so only takes certain lenses that will autofocus
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
26 May 2009 11:51PM
The 520`S ok and now pretty cheap, the supplied kit lenses are pretty good as they go.

Have you seen the new 620 with the tilting screen ?

The G1`s Ok but I`m just guessing you might find it a little too small and fiddly, something to think about with your hands.

As for the IS, I found it works extremely well.
ladysue 5 14 United Kingdom
27 May 2009 12:20AM
Thank you all for your comments. I have looked at the G10. It didnt appear, as far as I could see in the shop, to have much more flexibility than my Canon point and shoot. I really want an SLR as I want to be able to choose settings more than I can with my point and shoot ( for example it was windy today and the flowers I wanted to photograph were blowing around but I couldnt choose a fast shutter speed).

The Olympys 620 is out of my price range ( around 400) unfortunately. I will look at the panasonic G1.

I am aware of the DPS. I may contact them soon but I think they are having some problems at the moment.

Do you need to have autofocus? Or is it easy to focus manually? Does anyone know how good the Nikon kit lens is please?
Thank you
Sue
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
27 May 2009 12:28AM
To add detail, the Nikon will autofocus the correct lenses, and it will focus the kit lenses.

I am not aware of any problems with the DPS. Seriously talk to them 1st, as they may also have modifications for cameras to make them easier to use. If you get no reply let me know tomorrow and I will call one of them I know.

Do you need auto focus, well it depends, sometimes is my answer. For things that move it is handy. But I often manual focus.

and you forgot to mention the 1000D and 450D from Canon, they come with an IS kit lens. And lets not forget Sony and Pentax.

In general kit lenses are of a uniform standard, they will not be the best, but they are generally better than what you get in compact cameras. And again before we can discuss technical features, we ought to know what you want to do.

The G10 has a range of manual features, so you can directly control the lens and shutter. To my knowledge it is just as controllable as an SLR.
cliffez 5 139
27 May 2009 7:12AM

Quote:I am looking to buy my first DSLR, (though I'm old enough to have used an SLR that took film). I went and looked at some DSLR's and found most too heavy as I am disabled and have arthritis in my hands. There were 2 in the shop that I held and could probably manage, a Nikon D60 and an Olympus 520.

I have looked online at their specs and reviews but I dont understand all the technical terms. One of the things that is important for me is that there is something that compensates for hands shaking a but sometimes. The other is that I read something about the Nikon not having automatic AF and you would have to do it manually ( sorry this is probably not exactly what it said0. Can anyone explain and help me choose which camera would be best for me. Oh and I wont be able to buy any other lenses for a while so I need one with an Ok kit lens supplied.Thanks Sue



I would not normaly get involved in 'which camera' advise, to many far more experienced (experts) on here. However, I have just looked up a review her on the Olympus 520:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2008/07/01/Olympus-E-520/p1

Very good non technical write up with mention of the 'on board IS', 'Image Stabilisation' within the body, I would have thought a definite plus in the circumstances, few entry level cameras carry this feature? Normally extra with more expensive and heavy lenses!

The review also mentions the lens quality as 'good', I like the live view facility, again not often seen at this level in DSLR's, and some nice compensation features as well. All going to make a very usable camera for someone with the problem described.

Personally, the Olympus looks like it ticks all the boxes, and me a Nikon man . . . lol

Enjoy your new camera 'Ladysue'.

Cliffez
Henners88 5 204 United Kingdom
27 May 2009 10:31AM
Hi Sue, my Canon EOS 1000D is very light indeed.. Possibly the lightest I have held, and this can be bought with an 18-55mm Image Stabilisation lens... Some of the Sony's are light also but they tend to be on the big side...

Good luck anyway

Henry Smile
camay 7 122 3 Scotland
27 May 2009 1:50PM
Dixons tax free shops at the UK airports are selling the Panasonic G1 for 375, if you could find someone going on holiday .... I know someone else who changed from Olympus to the G1 because of arthritis, very happy with the new purchase.
Lynne
gaelldew 7 277 United Kingdom
27 May 2009 2:32PM
I'm somewhat as you are Sue arthritic and I've found the Nikon VR helps me certainly with my D80.
ladysue 5 14 United Kingdom
27 May 2009 4:09PM
Thank you to everyone for your advice. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness on here. I am not rushing into this so I will look at all the options you have suggested and try a few more in the shops before buying.
Sue
nhearle 6 4 Wales
28 May 2009 6:14PM
apparently "Pentax" make cameras Wink

image stabiliasation in the body (meaning it'll work on any lens), very good kit lenses, huge range of compatible lenses, and very competitive on price....

just a thought
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
28 May 2009 8:33PM

Quote:Personally, the Olympus looks like it ticks all the boxes, and me a Nikon man . . . lol


I would second that, been using Nikon for about the past 20 years Smile

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