i have $2000 to spend.

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by mikaels, May 19, 2004.

  1. mikaels

    mikaels Guest

    I'm in the market for a new digital camera, i have a dcr-pc100 video
    camera but with only 1 meg stills, a lot of great shots are to live
    life viewed well only on my PC...so to this new one. i am not a serious
    photographer but do like having a decent kit and with a couple of tin
    lids (kids) want something with a decent zoom for those candid shots, i
    have $2000 to spend want more manual setting than a point and shoot can
    offer, but don't want the hassle of separate lenses that an SLR comes
    with......any help from anyone with an idea would be great.
    mikaels, May 19, 2004
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    me Guest

    At that price I would look at a Canon 300d 18/55 lens or a Nikon D70
    with an 18/70 lens DSLR and enjoy the benefits of a larger sensor and
    something respectable that you will have to expand upon.

    (My preference would be the D70 Nikon which is more expensive)
    me, May 19, 2004
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    [PCHELP] Guest

    you can 'flash' upgrade the 300D to 10D functionality for FREE...
    www.dslrpro.com , so depends on how much your going to pay, also the canon
    lens are usaly cheaper (i have the d70 myself)
    [PCHELP], May 19, 2004
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    Justin Thyme Guest

    SLR's aren't really that much hassle - if you leave the lens it came with on
    it, then you can think of it as a normal camera. An advantage that DSLR's
    have is that the viewfinder is a true optical viewfinder through the lens -
    the non-SLR high end cameras have an Electronic View Finder (EVF), which
    does show what the lens is seeing, but they perform poorly in bad light -
    with an SLR if you can see it with your eye, you can see it in the
    viewfinder. SLR's don't allow you to frame your photo using the preview
    screen on the back, but with most cameras if you are in sunlight you can't
    use the screen either. Personally, with $2k to spend i'd look at the canon
    eos 300d.
    If you really still don't want a DSLR, I'd look at the Nikon 8700 or Canon
    Powershot Pro, or one of the big Sony's (F717? can't remember the model).
    Justin Thyme, May 19, 2004
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    dnas Guest

    He said he didn't want a DSLR.

    Some suggestions:

    Canon Powershot Pro 1 8Mpixel, 7x zoom(28mm - 200mm equiv)
    Nikon Coolpix 8700 8Mpixel, 8x zoom (35mm - 280mm equiv)
    Olympus C-8080 8Mpixel, 5x zoom(28mm - 140mm equiv)
    Sony F-828 8Mpixel, 7x zoom(28mm - 200mm equiv)

    All of these are in the $1600-$1800 AUD bracket in Australia.

    And a cheaper one(about $1000):
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 4Mpixel, 12x zoom (35mm - 420mm equiv)
    dnas, May 20, 2004
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    [BnH] Guest

    I would recommend you to get the Minolta A1 [or A2 when they are out]

    Excellent range [28-200mm],
    Vibration reduction feature or Anti Shake in Minolta terms :) [ 1/15"
    handheld .. or less if you are healthy :)] ,
    Fast response

    and many more ...

    have a read http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/konicaminoltaa2/ for more info

    some said .. its much better than F828 and CP 8700.
    I personally will compare this one with Canon Pro1.

    [BnH], May 20, 2004
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    Patrick Guest

    $2000 is a bit more than you need. With kids I would buy the Olympus C-8080
    for it's speed and "better" image quality at high ISO setting (very useful
    for indoor and moving kids. It also got a "Highly recommended" from

    So about $1450 + $320 for 2x512MB CF cards + and extra battery at $30 =
    $1800.... Well you can always send me the $200 left over to make it to your

    Patrick, May 20, 2004
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    Brent Guest

    Just a note, the hacked firmware for the 300d doesn't turn it into a 10D, it
    only unlocks 5 out of 17 custom functions ->

    Ability to select the size of the embedded jpeg in raw files
    Shutter release w/o CF card
    Flash exposure compensation.
    Flash Sync speed in Av mode
    Exposure level increments
    Brent, May 20, 2004
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