Please choose a digital camera for me!

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Steve Evans, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. Steve Evans

    Steve Evans Guest

    Hi all,

    I've been fighting against the inexorable tide of digital cameras and
    always stuck with 35mm film until I saw some samples from recent
    hi-end digital cameras and have to say I was very impressed. So I've
    thrown in the towel and decided to finally go digital. The problem is
    I know nothing about digital cameras. I need a steer to the model that
    would fit the following description

    second-hand price 1,000 to 1500 pounds for a 2 or 3 year old model in
    SLR not rangefinder
    Quality, robust feel. None of your Chinese plastic crap.
    Reliable but with good spares availability if need be.
    Ultra sharp, high resoltion images.
    Nice bright zoom lens with fast and reliable autofocus
    Aperture priority; shutter priority and Full manual override facility.

    I'm thinking maybe something that was popular with press/professional
    photographers a couple of years back.
    Any suggestions?


    Steve Evans, Oct 18, 2004
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    Whatevah Guest

    being a stupid "American", I don't know the conversion rations for
    dollars to pounds. Have a look at the Canon D30, D60, and 1D.
    Similarly, look at the Nikon D1.

    They accept all current lenses that their film-based sibling use.

    I know that Canon's D30 and 1D were used by photojournalists, and so was
    Nikon's D1.

    After a quick look on, I see a Canon 10D currently at £575.
    Perhaps, you should expand your search for the Canon 300D and 10D, and
    on the Nikon side, the D100 and D70.
    Whatevah, Oct 19, 2004
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    Alex Guest

    It fits all of your criteria as long as you don't define "resolution"
    as "pixel count":

    The Canon 1D (4 MP) will give you the equivalent resolution as a Canon
    10D (6 MPixels). Ultra fast, ultra reliable, the best autofocus
    available, built like a tank (weather sealed and all that), and you
    can find a used one for what you're asking for. The 1D is a 1.3x crop
    camera (vs the 1.6x crop of the 10D, 20D, DRebel and vs Nikon's 1.5x
    crop cameras) so you'll have more options for any wide angle shots.

    I would recommend Tamron's 28-75 f2.8 lens to go with it. But, if you
    want to get super-fast autofocus, you can't beat Canon's L lenses such
    as the 24-70 f2.8L. But the cost difference is huge: 370$US vs
    1170$US. Only you can say if the difference is worth it.
    Alex, Oct 19, 2004
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    Owamanga Guest

    Ignoring the 'No Chinese Plastic Crap' pointless restriction on your
    requirements list (you CANNOT find a DSLR that doesn't have some
    plastic on it, and who cares where the plastic comes from - it is
    truly a great material), why on earth are you wanting a 3 year old
    digital camera when technology in this area is moving so fast (this is
    the equivalent of asking for a 30 year old SLR).

    The advances in the last 3 years are huge as are the price-performance
    ratio which works in your favor if you buy a current model.

    1,500 ukp eq approx $2,600 USD

    Nikon D70 ($950)
    Cannon Digital Rebel ($750), 10D($900), 20D ($1500)

    ...spend the rest on speedlight, lenses, CF cards and a plane ticket to
    somewhere nice.

    Take the D70 for example:
    True flash sync to 1/500 sec.
    3fps for up to 144 shots.
    6.1Megapixel CCD (high dynamic range) sensor.
    1000 pixel 3D metering.
    Power up in 1/10 second and virtually NO SHUTTER LAG.
    25 custom features/options (camera behaves the way YOU choose)
    118,000 pixel polysilicon backlit LCD.
    2000 photos from a single battery charge.

    They just couldn't do that 3 years ago - for any price. Sadly, you'd
    probably skip it due to 'Chinese Plastic'...
    Owamanga, Oct 19, 2004
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