Entry level DSLR

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kbomb started the topic in Monday, 8 Nov 2010 at 5:36am

Hi guys,

Am going to get a DSLR pretty soon and need some adivce. I dont have a lot of cash to spend. I am looking at a few options which are;

Nikon D3100

Sony Alpha SLT 33

Canon 500D

I want to shoot a mix of Landscapes and surfing imagaes. Video is not high on the list. Image qulity is my main concern.

Thanks for any advice

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captainawesome commented Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 at 9:33am

have a look into a 30d, i've got one of them and it gos fairly good. you can see some of the photo's i've got with ithere (blatant self promo, haha)
or if you want something slightly newer you could have a look into a 40D, or even a 50D from DWI

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logger commented Friday, 12 Nov 2010 at 1:34am

i use a nikon D90, which, whilst not exactly entry level offers lots to progress with and great picture quality and function control.

If you can pick up a second hand body, and then the new 25-300 lens, you will be set for pretty much everything!

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logger commented Friday, 12 Nov 2010 at 1:35am

image examples here:

www.pommielogger.blogspot.com

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jaffa1949 commented Friday, 12 Nov 2010 at 8:11am

Very happy with the Canon 400D as my learning experience now that level is the 1000D I now have a 550D and I'm doing everything that you say you want to do.
A good piece of advice given to me was get a good basic body and buy extra good quality lenses.
DON'T go cheap on the lenses. Also compose your shots photoshopping can only cover so much in bad technique. FUg it just go have fun , no film cost to your learning curve.

I have opinions and sometimes i'm right

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two-dogs commented Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 at 10:02am

Bought a nikon 3100 as a chrissie present for myself and girlfriend. Did not have a big budget, so I was after a decent body coupled with a decent twin lens kit. Narrowed it down to the Canon 500 and nikon 3100. Both specs were very similar, but the nikon won out because it came with a 55-300mm lens.

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spongebob commented Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 at 10:57am

Just bought a Nikon D5000,jpeg's straight out of the camera are a bit ordinary,but the RAWs are brilliant when converted to jpeg in NX2.
Nikon has just released the D7000 & discontinued the D5000 so there should be a few cheapies around.Picked up mine for $599 with a 18-55mm VR lens ex floor display from Officeworks of all places.

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jacknaylor commented Monday, 6 Jun 2011 at 1:19pm

Canon 550D, with the tokina 11-16mm and the Sigma 70-300mm with a kit lens for everyday use. You are looking at $1600. I used my 550D on sunday and came up with this- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QXoMbDB8Zw

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kbomb commented Friday, 10 Jun 2011 at 5:05am

Thanks guys

I ended up getting the sony alpha 33 a couple of months back.
Am very happy with the images and ease of use. price wasnt bad either.

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del commented Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 at 9:50pm

550D with the 75-300mm for longshots and the 18-135 for all day general walk around..

cost about $1000 all up with current prices and deals available.