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What SLR should I buy?

jaecat 10 29 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2008 3:46PM
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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ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
28 Feb 2008 3:48PM
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.
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
28 Feb 2008 4:07PM
You might want to keep an eye on this thread too - I asked a similar question earlier today Smile
'my' thread
jaecat 10 29 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2008 4:17PM
thanks for that folks.i have just found your thread cattyal,great advise thanks
mansoor 14 11 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2008 4:19PM
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 Smile ) 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. Smile u already have 2 great lenses. may be get a telephoto too.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
4 Mar 2008 6:58PM
Take a look at my posting here
squodge 11 123
5 Mar 2008 3:42AM
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?
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Mar 2008 9:09AM
The new Olympus e420 and 25mm pancake lens just announced looks good.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 5:40PM
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.
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
13 Mar 2008 8:41AM
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.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
13 Mar 2008 9:44AM
410 twin lens kit 399

Would leave enough change for a lensbaby and a couple of memory cards.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
13 Mar 2008 10:38AM
Here`s a couple bliba


There`s now been a film made using one

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
13 Mar 2008 11:08AM
Yeh I believe there`s been a few commercials made using them. Lensbaby.com is the place to go to get a better picture.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
19 Mar 2008 10:00PM
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.
keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2008 10:43PM

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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