!!!!Hello group!!!!my 1st post,,,,need some advice on a digital camera pleasr read inside

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Parky, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. Parky

    Parky Guest

    need some help with my choice
    Nikon 5700,Minolta A1,Canon EOS 300D(do i get a good lens with this 1??)
    Fuji S7000(yet to be released-end of oct)

    currently have a Canon ixus 2mp which i found to be amazing when i first
    started using it,then a friend wanted something like it,ended up getting
    the Fuji S304 3mp
    the diference in quality just blew me away

    If anyone can advise me with their experience i would be very gratefull

    my budget is £800,i have looked at the Nikon D100,Canon EOS10,Fuji S2 Pro
    if they did a lens to go with the later 3 they'd sell millions
    is it possible to get by with 1 lens as a good allrounder in the starter
    pro section,what lens to use

    so i'll just have to sit outside the pro door just yet
    and wait for some good advice..#:)
     
    Parky, Oct 12, 2003
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    chad Guest

     
    chad, Oct 13, 2003
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    cvt Guest

    On Sun, 12 Oct 2003 21:42:54 +0000, wrote:
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    My personal prefrence is the 300D, ordered one for myself.
    have a look at www.dpreview.com for some good reviews and side by sides.

    I have only used consumer level digital cameras before, and thought they
    were all crap, until I got a sony dsc-f707, and then seen the quality of
    the canon in reviews. personally, I think the 300D is extreme value for
    money!
     
    cvt, Oct 13, 2003
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  4. whilst I can't say that I'm an expert, I'd go with the Fuji.

    my finepix 2800 has done me proud (the shortcomings in my pictures are
    really down to my own inexperience, but some output shows the camera to be
    first class).

    Prod
     
    paul roderick, Oct 15, 2003
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    You can buy the Canon EOS-300D ("Digital Rebel")
    bundled with a 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 zoom (from Canon,
    good lens), which of course is the equivalent of a
    28-80 in the 35mm world. The lens will only cost you
    an extra $100 (no, you will NEVER get a genuine
    Canon zoom for such low price...)

    That is the absolute *best* DSLR deal around.
    (This is actually a very UNBIASED opinion:
    consider that I'm a die-hard Nikon user who
    owns a D100 and 3 Nikon film SLR bodies and
    who's never bought anything from Canon...:) )

    For the upper range, you may consider a Sigma
    70-300 DL Macro Super, the best of the budget
    tele zooms, really sharp for the price. I got one
    on EBay for only $114 (brand new.) I bought it
    just for kicks, I assumed it was mediocre at best,
    instead I was surprised by the very good optical
    quality. If you stop it down to f/8 and only use it
    in the 80-270 range, it will produce very sharp
    pictures, approaching the quality of pro lenses.
    Oh yes, with your DSLR, it will become a
    105-450 with a 200-300 zoomable macro
    (basically unheard of in 35mm...)

    My .02, as usual.
     
    Paolo Pizzi, Oct 16, 2003
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    Oops, sorry, I meant 300-450 zoomable
    macro.
     
    Paolo Pizzi, Oct 16, 2003
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  7. Parky

    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    That is an excellent question I get very often.
    That depends on what you use your camera for.
    If you don't print (let alone blow up) your pictures
    and basically display them either on a computer
    or tv screen, the new breed of "hyperzooms"
    are excellent lenses, encompassing all typical
    ranges. There is an all-out war between Tamron
    and Sigma for this very lucrative segment of the
    market. Both produce 28-300 zooms whose
    quality and features (aspherical lenses, special
    multi-coating, internal focus etc.) were unthinkable
    even a few years ago. Yes, of course, such zooms
    are compromises but, like I said, you won't see
    most of their faults when you display your photos
    on a screen, or even if you print them on 6x4
    paper.

    So, what are the trade-offs of such "all-in-one"
    solutions? First of all, they're not as sharp as
    zooms with a smaller excursion, let alone as
    primes. Secondly, they do have the typical
    distortion issues of long zooms, although you
    will only notice such problems when you shoot
    buildings or any other subject with straight lines.
    But, like I said, these are non-issues, unless you
    want large prints. Also consider that there are
    some excellent Photoshop filters (some of which
    even free!) that can take good care of barrel and
    pincushion distortion.

    The Tamron 28-300XR goes for about $350
    online (EBay vendors etc.), while the Sigma
    28-300 Compact Hyperzoom ASP-IF costs
    considerably less (around $210 online.) Considering
    that picture quality is about the same (the Tamron
    has a slight edge on the tele end while the Sigma
    wins by a slim margin in the 28-70 range), I believe
    the Sigma offers a better deal. The Tamron lens,
    however, is lighter and uses a smaller filter size,
    which can be a definite advantage when you're out
    on vacation and you want to pack light.
     
    Paolo Pizzi, Oct 16, 2003
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