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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-22-2008, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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DSLR Camera sensor format and body selection questions

This one's for all you photo buffs out there.

I've reached the point where my point-and-shoot Cannon SD850 is the limiting factor in my picture taking. I do mostly landscape and still shots, with the occasional action picture (cars, airplanes, mountain bikes etc). My old man can get me a deal on any Olympus equipment, and I really like the combination of Live View, sensor cleaning, and image stabilization all built into their bodies, but the 4/3 format and lack of lens support from other manufacturers kind of scares me. I have almost picked up a Digital Rebel XT or XTi on multiple occasions, though in a moment of weakness drooled over a Nikon D40 as well. Budget is a significant factor for me (in the lens as well as body department) as well as durability and weight, as I intend to take this equipment with me (likely in a Pelican case) when snowboarding and mountain biking.

So basically I'm looking for some feedback regarding the 4/3 format, body choices, intended use, etc. Since I love taking night pictures of my car, ISO sensitivity will of course be a big factor. I know much of that can be helped with a decent tripod though.

Thanks for the collective wisdom!

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Re: DSLR Camera sensor format and body selection questions

If you want good ISO performance, stay away from Nikon in that range of cameras. Get an XT or XTi, a used XT can be had for $320 in mint condition. I had one and it was a great camera. I've since upgraded to a 5D for my wedding photography.


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Re: DSLR Camera sensor format and body selection questions

I have I think a fairly early model of Canon EOS rebel, and It's great though I do find it a touch noisy in low light even at iso 400, with extended exposures for example. I'm sure that's improved in newer cameras, but do try to find out if the low light performance is to your liking.

For lens selection, try to get a zoom that covers at least some wide angle as well as tele. The kit lens then was an 18-55. Nice wide angle but useless on the tele. Then I had a Tamron kit with a 28-80 and a 70-300. The 28-80 is an OK all-rounder and the 300 was great but so annoying to have to change lenses all the time. I ended up with an 18-200 Promaster which I love and is about the only lens I use. $$$ though. So unless you're wanting an overly fast lens or supreme optical quality, Do think about a wide range zoom.

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Re: DSLR Camera sensor format and body selection questions

i have owned a digital rebel and now a D40x. the rebel i found hard to look through the viewfinder with glasses on. the d40 is a lot easier for me. This is something very piety, but it made or broke my buying decision.

the nikon body is also a lot sturdier than the rebel. stock lens for lens, they are about equal. either or has a lot of aftermarket lense options that you can choose from. I have played with some canon telephone lenses with self stabilization and they are SCHWEET!

the canon can also be easily firmware hacked to get additional features, such as shutter locking. i havent hacked my nikon yet.

my vote is for nikon if you wear glasses though


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Re: DSLR Camera sensor format and body selection questions

So no one has any experience with an Olympus SLR eh? I was hoping to get some feedback about that manufacturer as well.
Thanks for the info about the Nikons and Cannons though! Adds some rounding to hear first hand reviews from you guys

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you know what me, blam & mark are gonna say. lol.


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Yeah but none of you have told me WHY you don't like Olympus!

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i dont like their point and shoots. i'll tell you that much. i got a canon because of the availibility of used equipment and the good reviews.


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i used to have an olympus point and shoot about 8 years ago. no complaints. lol if your going dslr, i would stick with either canon or nikon.

if you can get a deal, its worth a try though. worst case scenario you re-sell it on ebay and get something different. dslrs go for good coin on ebay.


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I have a Nikon D80. Not that it helps you any, I just like to brag.


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