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What camera?

Jun 11, 2012, 18:23
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What camera?
I'm going to take a wild guess and assume that there's a fair few people here who know a bit about cameras. I'm planing to buy myself a new digital camera and am looking at spending around £200 to £250 - sorry but I've no idea what that is in euros, dollars or any other currency. I've already got an old Olympus OM1 with a 210mm zoom lens and was hoping to get something that's in the same sort of league - picture taking wise - as the old Olympus, it's a great camera but a bit of a headache having to use 35mm film and getting it developed and whatnot.
Any hints and tips on what's a good buy and what's not will be appreciated, cheers.

Oh yeah, I want something with a viewfinder. A screen's okay when looking at the picture I've just taken but I prefer the old fashion way when hunting down the target.

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Jun 12, 2012, 17:48
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RE: What camera?
Thanks for the info. Sounds like I should take a look at the entry-level DSLR. I'll check out the second-hand market as I'm never one to turn down a bargain and see at the same time if I can sell my old Olympus, It's pretty much an antique these days so someone might be interested.
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Jun 15, 2012, 17:16
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RE: What camera?
Quote:Your old Olympus is worth 10$....

That don't surprise me, great old cameras but yesterdays technology.
I'm stunned by the cost of cameras, some going up to two grand, way out of my league, but I've been looking at the second-hand market and am pretty sure I'm going to get a Cannon or Nikon as they have the widest range of lenses. Bit more research though before I choose one.

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Jun 15, 2012, 17:35
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(Jun 15, 2012 17:16)caz Wrote:  
Quote:Your old Olympus is worth 10$....

That don't surprise me, great old cameras but yesterdays technology.
I'm stunned by the cost of cameras, some going up to two grand, way out of my league, but I've been looking at the second-hand market and am pretty sure I'm going to get a Cannon or Nikon as they have the widest range of lenses. Bit more research though before I choose one.

But maybe the 210 mm zoom is worth keeping, maybe you can find a digital body that has an Olympus mounting.

On the other hand, just been talking with a friend, back from holiday, and his all-singing-dancing-very-expensive SLR digital would not take a photograph because for some reason it could not focus. Solution was - turn off the automatics.

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Jun 15, 2012, 19:13
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RE: What camera?
I was a former 35mm guy that made the switch over to digital a couple of years ago. I started with a good used Canon - the Rebel XTi (at least that's what it's called in the US. It might be the 400d in the UK. I bought a decent Tamron zoom. In practice with zooms, you open up the sensor to dust less. I think that the body was around $250 and the lens was maybe $100. Both were used.

I don't think that I could have gotten a better starter. I eventually bought a couple of better lenses, flash, etc. A year or two in, I wound up buying a much nicer body, but all the lenses, etc. were usable and now that body is my backup.
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Jun 16, 2012, 17:32
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RE: What camera?
Thanks for all the tips guys. I'll have to have a look and see if there's a body that's a fit for my zoom lens, it is a Tamron so worth hanging onto I guess.

I had a look at reviews for the 400d but the mostly said it was old now and that I would be better of with a newer model. With that in mind I decided to buy a Canon EOS 1100D. Thought I'd go for a new one, treat myself, and push the budget up to £360 in the process, that didn't happen. By the time I'd bought a memory card, zoom lens and carry case as part of a bundle the cost would be £500. If I didn't buy the extras at the same time as the camera but bought then later then the price of the extras would double. The sales girl talked me out of buying just the camera and said I should go away and have a think about it, how cool was she.
So now I'm stuck again. Basically dazzled by all the specs of the newer cameras, even if I don't know what half of them do, and reluctant to double my original budget.

Ho hum, life's never easy.

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Jun 17, 2012, 10:18
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Thanks for all the tips, Ofnuts. It's hard to know which one to buy as I'm not that clued up about all the gizmos and gadgets on offer. I'll have a look around the Canon forums and check out the +++D series as they sound like the best bet.
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