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Looking to buy my first SLR...Any Reccomendations?!

RoxyMoo 7 17 England
9 Jun 2010 11:12AM
Dont have a huge amount of money to get one, but I want a good one...
What make etc should I be looking at?

Thank you

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Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
9 Jun 2010 11:18AM
Hi Claire. Looking at your portfolio it would seem you like close up (macro) and landscape. Most DSLRs are good, what costs are the lenses! I have an Olympus E600 small and light but, the lenses are not the cheapest (but very good). Both Canon and Nikon have a good range of lenses and are supported bt third party manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron. I would consider the Nikon D5000 and the Canon 500d both are around the 500 mark though with kit lens. If that is too much the Nikon D3000 is a cracking camera at about 375.

RoxyMoo 7 17 England
9 Jun 2010 11:23AM
Yeah that is the sort of photography I am into so they sound ideal..Had seen the Sony A230 which in argos is actually reduced to 269 at the mo, but not sure if thats 'too cheap' if you get me...
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
9 Jun 2010 11:25AM
The Sony is a fair camera but I am personally not struck on the styling, handling or build quality, it's a good price though! Sony have today just released a repalcment for it so you will see more 'deals' soon. What sort of money do you want to spend?
RoxyMoo 7 17 England
9 Jun 2010 11:27AM
My friend got it a while back and cant rave highly enough about it(she does portraits tho) and said its very simple to use etc..

Im looking at around the 350 mark max(Which I know its not alot of money for an SLR) but am hoping there will be some good deals about.
User_Removed 11 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2010 11:29AM
You can get a used Canon 450D for slightly less than that. Super little camera.
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
9 Jun 2010 11:32AM
You can get some good deals for that money. Don't get me wrong the Sony isn't a bad camera, it's just opinion. What about the Canon 1000D, another good starting camera look HERE
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
9 Jun 2010 11:36AM
I think you need to look one purchase ahead as well. What I mean is, when you get DSLR you WILL want to by another lens, be it a macro or wide angle, look to see how much they are for your possible DSLR purchase.
RoxyMoo 7 17 England
9 Jun 2010 11:38AM
Have been looking at bundles, so will consider that thanks.
Oh the canon one looks pretty good thanks....
I am sure I shall have fun shopping for one. Thank you for your help x
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
9 Jun 2010 11:40AM
Happy shopping!
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
9 Jun 2010 12:03PM
You would be wise to have a closer look at the " Pentax K-x " .......Superb specifications......Smile

Fantastic reviews from all over the planet.....Smile

A brand name that is synonoumus with SLR Photography, They also produce fine lens.

Lots of third party options for Pentax, Unlike Sony.....Where you can't even use a 3rd party " Speedlight/Flashgun " without some exotic adapter at silly prices.....Sad

I would certainly put the Pentax at the top of my shopping list......Grin
mondmagu 8 75 Ireland
9 Jun 2010 2:38PM
Hi Claire,I bought the EOS 450D bundle about a year and a half ago from Jessops and have been very happy since.If you can stretch your budget a little, I would recommend this or the Nikon 3000/5000 instead. You will get a great selection of lens to add on in the future which is a big advantage over the Sony models.
Ideally I would suggest to make a hit list of models you might buy and get your hands on them to try as different models fell different in your hands i.e. too big/too small/too light/too heavy etc.
Either way, enjoy your selection and happy snapping!!

Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
9 Jun 2010 3:00PM
Better make it a Nikon. GrinGrinGrin
User_Removed 11 2.1k 7 England
9 Jun 2010 3:05PM

Quote:Better make it a Nikon. GrinGrinGrin

That implies there are other brands, which we all know there are not.
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
9 Jun 2010 3:07PM
I must have a chat to myself, seem to be losing it. Smile

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