Best Amateur Digital SLR (under

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by newcamz, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. newcamz

    newcamz Guest

    Hi Folks,

    Steve says that the following are the best Amateur Digital SLR (under
    $1,000)


    Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
    Nikon D70s
    Canon Digital Rebel XT/350D
    Pentax *ist DS2
    Olympus E-500 Evolt
    Nikon D50


    Do you agree?


    Camera Enthusiast
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    newcamz, Jul 23, 2006
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    Joan Guest

    That's only part of the story. What about the lenses?

    --
    Joan
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joan-in-manly

    : Hi Folks,
    :
    : Steve says that the following are the best Amateur Digital SLR
    (under
    : $1,000)
    :
    :
    : Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
    : Nikon D70s
    : Canon Digital Rebel XT/350D
    : Pentax *ist DS2
    : Olympus E-500 Evolt
    : Nikon D50
    :
    :
    : Do you agree?
    :
    :
    : Camera Enthusiast
    : http://newcamz.blogspot.com
    :
     
    Joan, Jul 23, 2006
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  3. You can get the e-500 with two lens kit for under US$1000.
     
    Brion K. Lienhart, Jul 23, 2006
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  4. I agree with the first two, and own both.

    The Maxxum 5D is especially great if you already have a closetful of Maxxum
    lenses, which I do. But even if you don't, it is one nifty camera -- and its
    Anti-Shake system is something very worthwhile that the competition doesn't
    have (so far). There are tons of Minolta AF-mount lenses out there at
    reasonable prices, and every one of 'em automatically becomes image
    stabilized on the Maxxum 5D.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, Jul 23, 2006
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    RichA Guest

    Gee, and I thought you were the "expert" begging people to go to his
    "how to buy a DSLR" website? Why the question then?
     
    RichA, Jul 25, 2006
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  6. newcamz

    AaronW Guest

    For Canon, you might start with:

    Canon 350D
    Canon 50/1.8
    Canon 20-35/3.5-4.5
    Canon 70-300/4-5.6 IS
    Sigma EF 500 DG

    And upgrade to:

    Canon 50/1.8
    Canon 85/1.8
    Canon 135/2
    Canon 300/2.8 IS
    Canon 1.4x
    Canon 2x
    Canon 17-55/2.8 IS
    Canon 70-200/2.8 IS
    Canon TS-E 24/3.5
    Canon MP-E 65/2.8 1-5x Macro

    http://digitcamera.tripod.com/#slr
     
    AaronW, Jul 25, 2006
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  7. newcamz

    Joan Guest

    Hehehe, I'm in the Nikon camp.

    BTW how do you upgrade from a 50/1.8 to a 50/1.8? I guess it wouldn't
    cost much.

    --
    Joan
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    : Joan wrote:
    : > That's only part of the story. What about the lenses?
    :
    : For Canon, you might start with:
    :
    : Canon 350D
    : Canon 50/1.8
    : Canon 20-35/3.5-4.5
    : Canon 70-300/4-5.6 IS
    : Sigma EF 500 DG
    :
    : And upgrade to:
    :
    : Canon 50/1.8
    : Canon 85/1.8
    : Canon 135/2
    : Canon 300/2.8 IS
    : Canon 1.4x
    : Canon 2x
    : Canon 17-55/2.8 IS
    : Canon 70-200/2.8 IS
    : Canon TS-E 24/3.5
    : Canon MP-E 65/2.8 1-5x Macro
    :
    : http://digitcamera.tripod.com/#slr
    :
     
    Joan, Jul 26, 2006
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  8. newcamz

    AaronW Guest

    Maybe:

    14/2.8
    50/1.8
    85/1.8
    135/2
    200/2 VR
    1.4x
    2x
    That's the point. It is good enough to be useful even with the most
    expensive lenses.
    http://digitcamera.tripod.com/#slr
     
    AaronW, Jul 27, 2006
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    Ken Ellis Guest

    Canon 20D (you didn't say you want's a lens with it)
    cheers
    ken
     
    Ken Ellis, Jul 28, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    From that point of view they are all fairly equal in capability. Each
    company also offers a range of lenses from crap to great with Canon and
    Nikon having the most versatility in lenses ... although only a few
    percent of Canon/Nikon owners have the better lenses and will buy more
    in the future.

    A true "amateur" wants better features than those offered with the
    cameras above, esp. more manual controls on the camera body (not in
    menus). The cameras above are really sophisiticated P&S system cameras
    rather than what a real amateur wants.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 30, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Whole cows, Batman!

    What's your definition of amateur, Alan?

    And what's your idea of an amateur camera?
     
    Bill, Jul 30, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    I find myself wondering what you are considering manual controls
    on the camera body (not just in menus) which the D70s does not have? I
    have the D70 (not 's'), and I find that pretty much everything which I
    want to change frequently can be changed without diving into the menus.
    There are a *lot* of multi-function buttons on that camera, and as long
    as you steer clear of the "Auto" mode, you've got excellent control.

    Granted -- it takes some time before all of these shortcuts
    become easy to find. You have to *use* them to fix them in your memory.

    I speak only of the D70(s), because I have no personal
    experience with the others listed.

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jul 30, 2006
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  13. Going by memory I can only think of one, the only menu feature that should
    have been placed on the outside of the D70 is selecting between AF-S and
    AF-C. Other than that little nuisance item (for me) the D70 is a great
    camera.







    Rita
     
    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jul 30, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    A good point. I can certainly agree with that -- and that is
    one of the reasons why I want a D-200. I got accustomed to that with
    the digital-converted Nikon N90s which I used before the D-70.

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jul 31, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    "Amateur" to me means seriously dedicated to photography, but not for
    revenue.
    Maxxum 9, EOS-1N, 1V, F5 ...

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 31, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I was going to mention that the D70 (s) are pretty good in those
    respects (manual controls), so yes, I agree with you. The Maxxum 7D is
    probably the "best" in this respect in the late crop of 6-8 Mpix cameras
    with the D70(s) a very close second.

    Regrettably, Sony's first DSLR is a Maxxum 5 upgrade and not the wished
    for (by Minolta lens owners) Maxxum 9 class camera we "amateurs" want.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 31, 2006
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