Advice on camera and lens purchase

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by John Clarke, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. John Clarke

    John Clarke Guest

    Hi all,

    SWMBO's birthday is coming up, and I want to buy her a (film) SLR to
    replace her point-and-shoot camera which she's outgrown. I already
    have Canon gear, so going Canon for her makes sense because then we
    can share the flash and lenses - yes, we will be able to share, mostly,
    without fighting over them :)

    I was hoping to get the body plus a 28-105 or so zoom lens for less
    than $1500, but I don't like any of the choices in that price range, so
    it looks like I'll have to spend a bit more (say $2000). I'd rather
    spend the extra if that's what it takes to get something that's well
    built, will last and she can grow into.

    All of the cheap bodies (EOS 3000, 300 and 300V) are almost entirely
    plastic and feel rather fragile. The EOS 33 feels much more solid and
    is probably what I'll go for.

    As for the lens, well, I'm not impressed with any of Canon's sub-$500
    zooms. The only one I haven't yet seen is the new 55-200, but I don't
    expect it to be much different from the others. They've been built
    down to the lowest possible price. Apart from feeling like they'd fall
    apart if you so much as breathed heavily on them, AF is *very* slow and
    often hunts, and they're all front-focusing which make using a
    polarising filter awkward to say the least.

    There's not much between these and the L series starting at around
    $1500, and they're out of my price range. The only two are the 24-85
    USM and the 28-135 USM IS.

    The 24-85 is OK (not great, just OK), but 85mm just isn't long enough.
    SWMBO's point-and-shoot has a 38-135 lens and she tends to use the long
    end of the range more than the wide end.

    That leaves the 28-135 USM IS. I haven't yet found a store that has
    one in stock so I can have a good look at it so I have no idea what
    it's like. The reviews I've read are mostly complimentary, but I'm
    still not going to shell out $800-odd without getting my hands on one

    Does anyone have any advice for or against my choices? Are there other
    bodies or lenses I should consider?


    John Clarke, Oct 7, 2003
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    Miro Guest

    What about just buying the 300D digital body ? Maybe a 35mm prime to go with
    it ?

    You did say share ....... why not buy them stuff that isnt the same as yours
    Miro, Oct 7, 2003
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  3. John Clarke

    John Clarke Guest

    I suggested that, but she wants film. If I was going to buy a DSLR I'd go
    for the 10D.


    John Clarke, Oct 7, 2003
  4. John Clarke

    redbears Guest

    If you are in Melbourne, check this out...

    CANON EOS 30, 28-135mm IS USM, Tokina 19-35mm, lowepro backpack, uv, circ
    pol and other filters., EC $1650ono (0439)437534 Coburg

    Might get 'em down a couple of hundred!
    redbears, Oct 7, 2003
  5. John Clarke

    Miro Guest

    Kind of reminds of this bloke that bought a Kingswood just when the
    Commodore first came out.

    I think it's that time of the decade !
    Miro, Oct 7, 2003
  6. I bet that the HZ Kingswood is going better today than the VB Commodore
    is..... You know, I can't remember the last time I saw a VB Comode on the
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Oct 7, 2003
  7. John Clarke

    Miro Guest

    Yeah and back then a guy was telling me how fantastic the Nikon F2 AS was
    with the MD attached. I think I can barely bench-press two of those.

    Would you like to be driving a Kingswood in 3 years time ?
    Miro, Oct 7, 2003
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    Glen Guest

    Hey - I saw one today! Wish I had my camera...

    Glen, Oct 7, 2003
  9. Miro,
    It is amazing how many of these are still around in Asia, and still
    being used (by touts taking photos in tourist places in Asia, for

    They were built like the proverbial brick shit house.
    Flatulent Dingo, Oct 7, 2003
  10. John Clarke

    Miro Guest

    Wasn't there a thread on the F3 Nikon press camera about a month ago ?
    Miro, Oct 8, 2003
  11. John Clarke

    John Clarke Guest

    Thanks, but I'm in Sydney.


    John Clarke, Oct 8, 2003
  12. John Clarke

    Gavin Cato Guest

    For once I agree with Miro. And think of the money you'll save not feeding
    it film all the time.

    Gavin Cato, Oct 9, 2003
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