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==Basics==
 
==Basics==
Entry level cameras include the Canon EOS350d, Nikon's d50 and the Olympus e500. A lot of the comparisons at this stage are really like for like with it being down to personal choice of camera feels the best for you, or what interface you like more, and most importantly, battery life. Each have similar specs and their output quality is not something you will be limited to any time soon by the body itself, thus leaving some to say that another choice should be based on the number of available lenses and their cost. It is important to remember that even the top camera and lenses won't produce a top picture if you don't know how to use them properly.
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Entry level cameras include the Canon EOS-350D (aka Digital Rebel XT), Nikon's D50 and the Olympus E-500. A lot of the comparisons at this stage are really like for like with it being down to personal choice of camera feels the best for you, or what interface you like more, and most importantly, battery life. Each have similar specs and their output quality is not something you will be limited to any time soon by the body itself, thus leaving some to say that another choice should be based on the number of available lenses and their cost. It is important to remember that even the top camera and lenses won't produce a top picture if you don't know how to use them properly.
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==What manufacturer?==
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You can't really go wrong with Nikon or Canon. There are a number of others out there too and more on the way. Olympus are good but are using a new format of sensor (four-thirds) and have a limited range of lenses available. Sigma have promised lenses but have yet to produce. Other 3rd party manufacturers (Tamron, Tokina) will hopefully follow suit in the near future. Sony are the new comers to the SLR business but their technology is re-badged Konica-Minolta who sold to them not too long ago. Sony and Pentax have a large range of lenses available to them, including 3rd party.
  
 
==Things to note when choosing==
 
==Things to note when choosing==
* Package deals (body + lens) can be good starting points but can also hinder your shots later on. Buy the best bit of glass you can afford.
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* One of the most important things to realise is that the body is not as important as you may think. Buying a €5k camera body and putting a €200 lens on it is a) stupid, b) insulting to the camera and c) not going to get you shots much better than what you'd get on a €500 body.
* Wide range lenses, such as 18-200mm, do provide more choice without switching lenses, but they can over amplify and problems with the lens too. Two lenses to cover the range will normally work out cheaper and give better quality.
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* Glass is incredibly important. Keep this in mind when buying lenses. When your camera body dies or you decide to upgrade, the glass will be coming with you (unless you switch from Canon to Nikon, or similar).
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* Package deals (body + lens) can be good starting points but if you are very interested in photography you will grow out of these.. Buy the best bit of glass you can afford.
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* Wide range lenses, such as 18-200mm, do provide more choice without switching lenses, but they can over amplify and problems with the lens too. Two lenses to cover the range will normally give better quality, even if they cost a little more.
 
* Tripods/bipods/monopods do help a lot with giving better shots, especially when using zoom lenses.
 
* Tripods/bipods/monopods do help a lot with giving better shots, especially when using zoom lenses.
 
* Polarising Filter is almost a must if you plan to shot outside a lot, especially if near water or other 'shiny' surfaces.
 
* Polarising Filter is almost a must if you plan to shot outside a lot, especially if near water or other 'shiny' surfaces.
* Fast and large memory card is a must. You don't want to get stuck without for that "must-see" shot but if you run out of space, you run out of luck. Double check the cards write speed as it will help if you shot RAW or shot in muli-shot mode.
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* A large memory card is a must. You don't want to get stuck without for that "must-see" shot but if you run out of space, you run out of luck. The fastest card out there might seem like the best idea but don't blow your money as your camera might not be fast enough for it. Generally the highest up models are the ones that really test a memory card.
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==Lens review sites==
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* [http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_surv.html#top1 - Bjørn Rørslett, Nikon/Nikkor only (in general)]
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* [http://www.bythom.com - Thom Hogan, another Nikonian]
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* [http://www.imagepower.de - Michael Weber, yet again a Nikonian. Only a few items reviewed]
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* [http://www.fredmiranda.com - Reviews of many items, all user reviews though - can be good, can be annoying]
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* [http://www.photozone.de - Many lens reviews on different mounts, very good for 3rd party lenses and getting better all the time]
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==Photography fora==
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* [http://www.nikoncafe.com - Large community, quite friendly, lots of gearheads (can be a bad thing I guess) **]
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* [http://www.cafecanon.com - Canon version of the above. Same people run it, smaller so far though.**]
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* [http://www.nikonians.org - Yes, Nikon again. Pretty big, not the friendliest forum software though.***]
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* [http://www.fredmiranda.com - General forum, no specific manufacturer. *]
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For sale sections:
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  * - no restrictions
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  ** - requires 25 posts, or more
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*** - requires silver membership or better (a fee is involved)
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_SLR Wikipedia Digital SLR]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_SLR Wikipedia Digital SLR]
 
* [http://www.cnet.com.au/digitalcameras/cameras/0,39036184,40002103,00.htm CNET - Choosing a DSLR]
 
* [http://www.cnet.com.au/digitalcameras/cameras/0,39036184,40002103,00.htm CNET - Choosing a DSLR]

Revision as of 09:10, 16 August 2006

Basics

Entry level cameras include the Canon EOS-350D (aka Digital Rebel XT), Nikon's D50 and the Olympus E-500. A lot of the comparisons at this stage are really like for like with it being down to personal choice of camera feels the best for you, or what interface you like more, and most importantly, battery life. Each have similar specs and their output quality is not something you will be limited to any time soon by the body itself, thus leaving some to say that another choice should be based on the number of available lenses and their cost. It is important to remember that even the top camera and lenses won't produce a top picture if you don't know how to use them properly.

What manufacturer?

You can't really go wrong with Nikon or Canon. There are a number of others out there too and more on the way. Olympus are good but are using a new format of sensor (four-thirds) and have a limited range of lenses available. Sigma have promised lenses but have yet to produce. Other 3rd party manufacturers (Tamron, Tokina) will hopefully follow suit in the near future. Sony are the new comers to the SLR business but their technology is re-badged Konica-Minolta who sold to them not too long ago. Sony and Pentax have a large range of lenses available to them, including 3rd party.

Things to note when choosing

  • One of the most important things to realise is that the body is not as important as you may think. Buying a €5k camera body and putting a €200 lens on it is a) stupid, b) insulting to the camera and c) not going to get you shots much better than what you'd get on a €500 body.
  • Glass is incredibly important. Keep this in mind when buying lenses. When your camera body dies or you decide to upgrade, the glass will be coming with you (unless you switch from Canon to Nikon, or similar).
  • Package deals (body + lens) can be good starting points but if you are very interested in photography you will grow out of these.. Buy the best bit of glass you can afford.
  • Wide range lenses, such as 18-200mm, do provide more choice without switching lenses, but they can over amplify and problems with the lens too. Two lenses to cover the range will normally give better quality, even if they cost a little more.
  • Tripods/bipods/monopods do help a lot with giving better shots, especially when using zoom lenses.
  • Polarising Filter is almost a must if you plan to shot outside a lot, especially if near water or other 'shiny' surfaces.
  • A large memory card is a must. You don't want to get stuck without for that "must-see" shot but if you run out of space, you run out of luck. The fastest card out there might seem like the best idea but don't blow your money as your camera might not be fast enough for it. Generally the highest up models are the ones that really test a memory card.

Lens review sites

Photography fora

For sale sections:

  * - no restrictions
 ** - requires 25 posts, or more
*** - requires silver membership or better (a fee is involved)

Links