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Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:51 PM

Hi, I am about to purchase a new nikon for myself.

Going through some I found a coupon code

This is the camera I am 99% going with: LINK


But amazon will give me a 100$ coupon if I buy LINK


What do you guys/gals think

Worth it?

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Re: Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 07 September 2010 - 04:52 PM

I'm a Canon guy. Once you get invested in lenses, filters and accessories you are pretty much married to that platform. The body is cheap compared to the collection of lenses and accessories.
Do you already have Nikon lenses?

Started with a D60 (6mp) Did the job for me for years.
Then a 40D (10mp) still have it as my #2 camera. Still very happy with it.
Now a 7D (18mp and much higher ISO) and I am VERY happy with it.

18-200 I.S. lens
50-500 super telephoto
2x doubler
Plus density filters, circular polarizers, flash, remote, 90 angle view finder, blah blah blah

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Re: Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:15 AM

Thanks very much for your insight.


Basically I am trying to get a little more professional then a point and shoot.

That lesnse is no out of the question due to a new money issue.


Which camera would you suggest

Canon PowerShot SX20IS
OR
Nikon D3000


Links to both
http://www.amazon.co...I/ref=de_a_smtd

http://www.amazon.co...83912953&sr=1-2


The only thing I am worried about is the wide angled lens
I heard those are annoying to shoot with

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Re: Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:37 AM

The cameras aren't in the same class. The Nikon is a removable lens camera where you can buy other lenses for it. The Powershot is not. Normally I would stop there and say buy a camera with interchangable lenses because you can get more life out of it.

But the fact that the Nikon has inferior features on the body makes me shy away from it. It is lower resolution and lower ISO (light sensitivity). In today's world there is no reason to buy a DSLR that is only 10 mp and only 1600 ISO. These are the same features as my Canon 40D. If you want 10mp and iso 1600 you would be better off buying a Canon 40D on ebay. I was actually going to sell my 40D and all the accessories (battery grip and so on) in about 2 weeks for around the $750 mark (no lenses), if that helps you consider based on price.

Personally you might look at the Canon 50d if it is in your budget. If you go big now you won't be looking to replace it in a year. If it isn't in your budget to buy a 50d new, buying a 40d used is a terrific option. There are always people selling off last year's model to have this year's latest and greatest (the reason I'm selling my 40d).

http://www.usa.canon...cameras/eos_50d
It is 15mp and ISO 3200 with creative mode options of ISO 6400 and ISO 12800

SX20is: http://www.usa.canon...wershot_sx20_is
12.1mp
ISO 3200
Fixed lens
Zoom: 20x optical

Nikon D3000: http://imaging.nikon.../d3000/spec.htm
10.1mp
ISO 1600
Interchangable lens
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Re: Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:01 PM

Unfortunately my budget is not that high. Its fairly low because 1. I now have to get a new laptop keyboard and two I am using it for both fun and for a highschool class.


After what you have said about the two I am now in an even more difficult position


You have made the nikon seem very nice due to the lens, but I am now worried about the light


EDIT: What problems would I be running into with the low ISO?

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Re: Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:11 PM

If you are only on a high-school budget then something like this might be a good starting point:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...E:L:LCA:US:1123

It's everything but a lens: Spare batteries, really nice flash unit, remote cable, etc. for only $250.

Get a basic lens from ebay or your local pawn shop.

From there you buy a lens now and then as your budget allows. Next year you buy a new Canon body-only kit (like a 50d or 7d body-only) and all your existing lenses, flash unit etc. will work on the new body. Its a way to get started and work your way up, on a budget.
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Re: Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 08 September 2010 - 01:22 PM

Could you please explain the ISO thing a little more.
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Re: Camera/Camera Lens Combo Question

Posted 08 September 2010 - 01:48 PM

View PostMr Dylan, on 08 September 2010 - 12:22 PM, said:

Could you please explain the ISO thing a little more.


Dude... Google. There are a thousand sites about photography. There are thousands of "introduction to photography" tutorials out there.

http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Film_speed

The short version is ISO is the light sensitivity of your 'film'. In the digital world that means how sensitive are you setting the sensor to be? Higher numbers mean more sensitive. If you are going to be shooting at night you want really high sensitivity. If you don't have something really high you can compensate by keeping the shutter open longer. But that means you are subject to motion blur: Blur caused by the subject or the camera moving while the shutter is open.

You have to be careful with really high ISO settings because every little big of light gets picked up and become 'noise' in your photo. Having used the Canon's with high ISO options I can say I am VERY impressed with how well they DON'T add noise at high ISO settings. I'm not saying Nikon is bad at high ISO, only that I've never had one to play with.

I shot this photo of the Lulin comet from my driveway. All the settings are shown on the photo.
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