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scouting around for a dig SLR, need input.

I was talking to Ally about the night/low-light shots she takes, and it really made me miss my days of the Canon A1. I've got the itch to find a dig. SLR.

I want something that's 5-8 megapixel, because i'm not doing any professional stuff, nor intend to. just something that i can make decent 8x10 prints if I really wanted to.

I want something that has good shutter control. Idealy, i'd like something that can accept a shutter release cable (or whatever the dig equiv is, like i said, last real camera i had was an A1). Long exposure capability is a must.

good day-light focus speed. I hate it when i try to take a picture of my dog, and the camera just sits there trying to focus (though it won't be much of a problem with manual focus, but still, nice to have the option when i feel like being lazy).


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Re: scouting around for a dig SLR, need input.

Since you're already a Canon man, it's time to go either Digital Rebel XT or XTi! The XT is 8MP and the XTi is 10MP, and you can pick up a new XT for like $450.

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-...681&sr=8-1

Not compatible with the old FD mount lenses, in case you still have any of those lying around, but there are literally a s**t-ton of EF lenses out there, so plenty of options once you get tired of the kit lens (probably around 5 mins or so ). That was my first DSLR, and I remember it fondly


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Re: scouting around for a dig SLR, need input.

i'm not fond of telephoto lenses.. unfortunately, the wideangle /fisheye are all "first born" price range..

yeah, ally was telling me about her 350D.

if you want a 30+ second exposure, how do you control it on the 350D?

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bulb setting


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[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=112684.msg2338184#msg2338184 date=1211587111]
bulb setting
[/quote]yeah, but you'd have to actually HOLD the shutter release button down on the camera body. that's what i was asking about.. on the A1, i had a wire release hookup over the button, but i'm pretty sure the DSLR doesn't have that..


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Oh yeah, there's a cable release available for the Rebels


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[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=112684.msg2338224#msg2338224 date=1211588317]
Oh yeah, there's a cable release available for the Rebels
[/quote]PERFECT!.. that's what i wanted to know..


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There's a wireless one, too. Don't know if you can do a bulb exposure with it though, as it's line-of-sight.


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Re: scouting around for a dig SLR, need input.

yah my 350D (rebelxt) has a wired cable release that has a lock position so you can to long exposures.


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Re: scouting around for a dig SLR, need input.

yea the rebel series are great bang for the buck. The rest depends on the photographer and the lenses.

Most of my work on my website ( Http://www.Wizno.com ) was done with a Canon Rebel XTi. And some of it with a Sub-DSLR camera (A panasonic Lumix DMC-F30).

I usually prefer to take pictures at night, hence my choice of the D SLR.

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