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I have been using a Minolta A1 for about a year and a half but am getting bored. The depth of field, lack of ability to change lenses and general tedium of what is otherwise a great camera - for beginners - makes me want to move to a more pro cam like the Canon EOS. The trouble is which one should I go for. I want something that's gonna last and at the same time is gonna be a fun learning process, give great results and doesn't feel like a 10 pack of ciggies in my hand. I had a look at the 350 but I hated the feel.
If anyone can give first hand advice etc I would be most greatful. 800 is about my limit. I have a friend at Canon that can get a 25%.
Thanks in advance,
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Quote: which one should I go for
Neither, get a Nikon! Don't go for cheapness, go for quality >
Just out of interest why. I have read some pretty poor revues about Nikon. I've read some great reviews about the EOS 20D. Which Nikon and why?
The 20D is a fabulous camera, it's no-wonder that you've read good reviews (out of your budget though).
Where have you read poor reviews about Nikons? I can't say that I've seen any. Don't write them off, handle some different DSLRs (including Pentax and Minolta). You may find that one suits you better.
If you would like a Nikon I have a D1X available as I moved over to Canon yesterday - I have struggled to get accessories, lenses etc for my Nikon.....hence the change.
I will say Nikon do produce some very good reliable cameras but the 20D is fantastic.
20D is gettable for that price if you buy internationally.
Or, with a 25% discount. Doh!
well.. the 20D is great, but don't forget that you will not take any pictures with the camera only, you will need a lens and a compactflash card
but the 20D gets the highest reccomendation everywhere, even from many nikon users
Cheeper option, if you like the technical stuff to do with the 350D and don't want to go up to the 20D is to try the 350D with a battery grip, I've read that helps with the feel?
With a budget of 800 try to get a used 10D and some lenses and memory etc. It all adds up
GET THE 20-D
then save up for some good lenses flash etc, you can allways add to a good camera
Shame about the feel of the 350D isn't it - you either love it or hate it. try it with a battery grip, however the price would not be far short of the 20D anyway.
I am going to be contreversial here. If you have a limit of 800 - then have a look at the 300D. Still a good camera, and bigger than the 350D. You should be able to aford the camera AND CF card, AND a lens or two.
I often use my dad's 10D and it is absoloutley great. It produces cracking images, and is solid without being heavy! Isn't that what you are after?
We have just got a Canon EOS 3 and it is also brilliant, so it looks like the mid-range canon SLRs are what you are after.
ld get the 300D new and some lenses. The 20D looks good too. The D70 with kit lens and cash back must be tempting though. Too many choices. Try them and see what you like.
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