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please help.. i love photography but have only used digital cameras before and feel its time to invest in a slr,but which one? i like to do close up work and arty stuff with my pictures.i have a budget of around £500.any advise would be gratefully useful.
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arty = lensbaby!
you want to be spending as much as possible on a good lens and less on the body.
I'd budget £250 for a canon 20D and £250 for a good lens.
I loved the 24-85 USM as a good starter lens, and it's in budget.
You might want to keep an eye on this thread too - I asked a similar question earlier today
thanks for that folks.i have just found your thread cattyal,great advise thanks
well.. it might not sound practical but i probably know what your are looking for in an SLR.
My advice would be
1. get a 350D without lens they are dirt cheap now days ( and in my opininon meter better then the 400D, please dont flame me ) 220 GBP on ebay..may be even cheaper..
2. Get the sigma 10 20 and later the 17 70.
250 + 170 GBP on a good bargain.
3. Later say 2 years from now when SLRs have movie modes, upgrade. u already have 2 great lenses. may be get a telephoto too.
Take a look at my posting here
Get a Nikon D40 [not D40X] with kit lens. It should be less than £300 brand new. Try Amazon, try eBay. For that price, you get a decent kit lens and the JPGs staight out of the camera are very good. With the spare £200+, get a SB-400 flash [about £75] and a lensbaby [about £75]. You still have £50 left... hmmm... a decent tripod?
The new Olympus e420 and 25mm pancake lens just announced looks good.
It would help us help you if you could indicate what type of photography you like.
A "new entry" within your budget is the Nikon D60 with 18-55 VR II.
If you want a wider lens range you need a bit higher budget or a "bottom of range" body leaving more for lenses.
I would certainly recommend a Canon 350D body only. They're pretty cheap now, especially with the launch of the 450D. Then put the majority of your money into a good lense.
410 twin lens kit £399
Would leave enough change for a lensbaby and a couple of memory cards.
Here`s a couple bliba
There`s now been a film made using one
Yeh I believe there`s been a few commercials made using them. Lensbaby.com is the place to go to get a better picture.
Nobody has asked if by SLR you mean film, and how many pictures you plan to take.
Only the very latest £750 plus bodies come close to film resolution - and you can buy a light used pro film body like a Nikon F100 for no more than £200 which will lick the pants off most similar priced second hand DSLR's for image quality.
That leaves £300 for some decent second hand lenses.
Lower depreciation on a film body, no cards to buy etc is often enough to cover a lot of film and processing.
Quote: have only used digital cameras before and feel its time to invest in a slr
does sound distinctly like a request for a film camera, but its in the digital cameras section, so I suppose dslr was intended.
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