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Maybe all you photography buffs can answer a few questions..

I want to buy a camera.. I was leaning between a few that crossover between advanced digital and SLR digital...

Why and why not?

I'll be a leaner and do have resources to learn, but please point me to good resources as well... I enjoy photography a lot , but I haven't really started taking any

I'm looking for something that will give me good depth, amazing macro focus ( I want people's faces and hands to tell stories ), and quite a user friendly camera... not something that I'll end up breaking in two months

The two advanced digital cameras I was looking into ...

Panasonic DMC-FZ50K
Sony DSC-H9

the SLR Digital i was looking into was an....

Olympus E-410


It really comes down to those three, I like the Sony i had a few moments with that one then with the panasonic i like the hot shoe and the option of manual focus ... then the olympus .. its an slr...i have the potential and patience to learn

Those are my only options due to advanced pricing I may recieve ... The olympus e-410 with lens ( not just body ) i got for a little over 400

also if you know any good resources , please let me know. Thanks!


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Re: Maybe all you photography buffs can answer a few questions..

If I were you, I would pick a lower level Nikon or Canon DSLR. That way, as your experience grows you can buy lenses that fit your needs better, and you shouldn't have to upgrade the body until you are ready. But, it all depends on your budget. You can get a kit from either manufacturer for around $500 - $700 depending on which model camera you get and all that jazz. The crossover type camera is ok if you never intend to do much with photography, but if you're like the rest of us, once you take a few beautiful shots you will be addicted and you will only end up selling that thing in a few months, probably less.

If you want to compare cameras back to back go to www.dpreview.com


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model numbers?


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Re: Maybe all you photography buffs can answer a few questions..

I would get a Canon Rebel XT or XTI

here is a link to newegg.com, they have the XT's for 550 with a free 1 gig card.

Clickie

Here's a link to bhphotvideo.com where they have the XTI for 600, no card but with a kit lens

clickie

If you want Nikon, I would get either a D40 or D40x (yes, they are different)

Clickie

If price isn't a problem there are better cameras on the market than the ones I've listed, but if you don't want to spend 2 G's on a camera, those would be an excellent place to start.


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Re: Maybe all you photography buffs can answer a few questions..

If you really need to go low price then I would go with the Oly E-410, even a 4/3rds format camera is going to give much better quality pictures then an advanced digicam.

Advanced digis have some advantages over the basic p&s digicams. Generally they have longer telephoto ranges...but how often do you need a 300 or 400mm (or longer) equivelent zoom...with an SLR or dSLR where you can tripod mount something, maybe, on a digi...probably never really. They also sometimes go wider then normal p&s digis...I've seen as wide as 28mm (almost unheard of on p&s), though 35mm still seems to be the standard 'widest'.

A lot of p&s digis have built in manual control (so you can change the aperature, shutter speed and ISO manually), just like most advanced digis do, so its not like one can teach you much better then the other. Both have tiny format digital sensors (the advanced digis are basically as small as the p&s digis).

All an avanced digi generally buys you is a larger LCD screen, longer zoom range (most P&S do 35-150, 35-220 or very rarely maybe 28-220mm equivelent, advanced digis sometimes have as much as from 28-600mm equivelent), maybe longer battery life and possibly a slightly higher quality lens.

Even if you never get another lens for it the E-410 with the kit lens is going to manage better pictures then an advanced digi and is going to be a better learning tool (easier to use the manual settings).
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looks like im goign with a d40x , thanks guys


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Just make sure you get the d40x kit with the two lenses.

If there is one bad point about the d40x it is that the autofocus motors are in the lens, making them very expensive when you decide you want to go to the next level.


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[quote author=myork link=topic=99440.msg2016793#msg2016793 date=1201064547]
Just make sure you get the d40x kit with the two lenses.

If there is one bad point about the d40x it is that the autofocus motors are in the lens, making them very expensive when you decide you want to go to the next level.
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i cannot stress this more. if you buy a d40x you are VERY limited to which lenses you can purchase. they have to be AFS lenses. its def a good starter DSLR, but dont get too attached because chances are, you'll want soemthing more versatile in less than a year.....


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Re: Maybe all you photography buffs can answer a few questions..

well, right now I have an accomodation of employee pricing on all the nikon stuff so im actually getting the d40x for 499 and the lenses for me are running pretty cheap too i'll see what i'll find ( i get the d40 for 430 so said 70 bucks why not )


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