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Entry Level DSLR

Discussion in 'Photography' started by allyally2k, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member


    Does anyone know the best time to buy a DSLR, like are they cheaper at a certain time of the year?

    Also which should I get...I've been looking at the Canon 1000d, Canon 450d and Sony 350.

    And should one buy a 'refurbished' camera from ebay or second hand or just go brand new?!

  2. berry

    berry Active Member

    Aarlev's camera seems to do the business, check out his India photos
  3. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Ok first question - have you got any kit already?

    Why no inclusion of Nikon cameras/lenses, I personal think these are the best make in the SLR field, having used Minolta (now Sony), Canon (briefly) and currently using Nikon.
  4. Greg

    Greg Active Member

  5. Greg

    Greg Active Member

  6. charles

    charles Senior Member


    I use a nikon d40, which is about as entry level as you can get, i think it was about £300 with 18-55 lens.

    I bought it to take clinical photos with macro lens/ring flash but later realised that a nikon (only compatible auto focus at time) macro lens costs about £500-£700 due to the auto focus mech being built into the lens rather than the camera body it is ten times more expensive to buy fully auto lenses; which in turn defeats the object of buying a cheap cam in first place so in hindsight I would have spent extra on a decent cam. So anyway i bought a cheaper lens which is manual focus only on the d40. It works but sometimes would be nice to have auto focus!

    Sorry a long reply but basically my point is check the little details before you buy an entry level cam as dependiong on what you will be using it for, it may end up costing you more

  7. Music To The Eyes

    Music To The Eyes Senior Member

    I would definitely recommend getting a Canon or Nikon. I've heard good things about Sony and other brands, but there are so many more lenses available for the main brands, both their own and from third party manufacturers (Sigma, Tamron etc).

    You could have the Canon vs Nikon debate all day long, which just shows that they are both a good as each other. Personally I favour Canon as they are generally slightly cheaper and give the same results as a Nikon in my opinion. You wouldn't be disappointed in either brand though, and I must say the colours are nicer from Nikon.

    I would go for the 450d - it's worth the extra money over the 1000d. Look out for cashback offers too - Canon run them all the time.
  8. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

  9. sarah

    sarah Member

    I've got a Nikon D60 - which i think is around £400. I love it so much!
  10. charles

    charles Senior Member

    was that body only or with a lens? as seems cheap
  11. sarah

    sarah Member

    It was body and lens, and i got a special deal - another lens free. So i got two lenses and the body for £399!

    Just looked on Jessops website and is still the same price but no extra free lens. Just the one :(
  12. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    charles, nikon have just updated the low end (and the d80 to the d90) with the d5000, still without the integrated motor though unlike the original d50 :(
  13. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    Thanks guys...that's a big help.

    Cheers Greg - yeah I looked at the a200 it seems pretty good - have you got any photos up on here from this camera?

    Thanks for the advice Charles!

    I am definitely drawn more towards the canon 450d, I've got £340 saved so will have to wait a bit to get the extra if I want that one, but it seems as tho' it's worth it.

    Your photos are great Glen, particularly like the one of The Sage :up:
  14. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Here you go -

    Those are mainly just point & click, auto focus, does help when the scenery looks like a postcard!! Also that random photo of my cat you saw in the other thread was a quick photo with auto focus on.
  15. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    ooooh nice...great pics, looks like an amazing trip, oh yeah the one with your cat is class!

  16. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    Just purchased the D60 from Amazon! *excited*
  17. sarah

    sarah Member

    Yay you'll love it!!
  18. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    Hope so, i hadn't really looked at any Nikons but i picked it up in pc world the other day and it just felt right lol! Have you got any of your images from this camera up on here?
  19. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    Posibbly a bad time to buy a camera at the moment, new ones seem to have shot up in price like everything else. grrr...
  20. tim

    tim Senior Member

    i've literally just bought a canon eos 1000d. ameeezin

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