HELP!! in buying a camera

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  1. ben lloyd

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    Hi guys I'm looking at buying a new camera. My old one got lost and my insurance paid R.6000 out so that is the price range that I'm looking for more or Les Can some one give me some advise before i go out and get one.:whistling:
     
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  3. crispin

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    ben for that range you can get a very good kit of a digital slr

    that will be body and a lense or two, be perfect for being able to point it at something, auto everything , focus and bang off photos.

    then once you use it you can start learn ing about the changing of shutter speeds, appatures etc etc and get better with it.

    also if kids or wife etc dont know how to use it, they put it on auto stuff and all comes out fine.

    i personally LOVE cannon. the 400d, 450d is where i would suggest you look.

    nikon are also brilliant, but for my mind you get better quality lenses and glass in cannons entry level cameras and thus i would go cannon 450d with a kit lense:)

    also! now you dont have to kill those kudo you can do a green safari and just take a pic:)
     
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    also you want something with a decent battery in it, rechargable, and with large memory storage. I have a 2 gig flash card inmine and after three or four days taking pics thats full. 1 gig is normally plenty, but i am a little japanese when it comes to eating sushi.....i mean taking pics:)
     
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    Good advice there from Crispin, Ben.

    I have owned a normal "manual" Canon SLR, an analog Pentax (35 mm film - still have this one), and now a Nikon D40. I am VERY happy with the Nikon D40 so far. I only short some NICE DECENT lenses..... I only have the "standard" telephone 18mm to 55mm lense that I got with the Nikon D40 body.

    As Crispin said - any one of the Canon or Nikon's will make you very happy.

    Perhaps try and get at least 3 lenses (if you can) - one with a DECENT macro facility (for taking pics of your tank, or any other tiny crittes up close), one "midrange" lense (like the "standard" telephoto lenses that you get WITH your camera), and a decent long range telephoto, ie a 300mm or 500mm zoom lense....

    Then you are "set for life" ;)

    Good luck on your decisions. BTW: You can try the following web-site: Buy Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, Lenses & Accessories in South Africa.
    The are camera specialists, and ship all over the country as well....

    Prices are not bad - they have some insane specials some times... Else - Makro?
     
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    both cannon and nikon are dollar based pricing so you often dont get much difference in pricing.

    of note though ben, you DEF want to get a body AND lense. Some guys try sell body only, but the standard kit lenses are GREATLY discounted, so they try keep these then sell them later on at a higher price.

    you want that 55mm lense with the body:)
     
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    Thanks guys that is what I'm looking for something with a good lens and stand and good mega pic like in the ranges of 8.1
     
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    ben if you get a good body you can build into the range of lenses you get. I have just brought a 100mm macro lense and thats awesum, but took me five years to be able to afford it. trying to get an all in one sort of camera without manual focus will seriously limit you down the line
     
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    when you talk of a good body you mean the camera whiteout a lens
     
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    hi ben ...have a look makro is currently running a special on D 1000...printer etc nifty camera, more AF points that nikon, cheaper lenses due to Af mechanism and a good 10 megapixel range, also very easy menus ...will take a pic of my new lionfish and post ....just to show
     
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    GAME is selling the Canon 1000d SLR 55mm lens for R7000.00
    and then there is the new SANYO movie camera with 9 mega pixel and is 1.5M water proof.selling for R3000.00
     
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    same price at makro...bought 1 yesterday....saw the sony in thailand earlier this year and underwater capabilities is not that great...you can always look at a waterproof housing for your cam....i bought one for about 500 $$ a few years ago for my old nikon 35 mm
     
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    so which one will be better Nikon or canon when it comes to AVAILABILITY for accessories in Africa
     
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    Ben, i use Canon. The body of these abovementioned cameras are all more or less the same at entry level-settings etc- if I was you, I would get any of the 2, but do invest in a good macro lens, a good zoom at least 300mm, and definately a fixed focal lens at least 125mm. You will always use these 3 all over. Try and stick with same brand lens as camera, ie, do not buy sigma cause they cheaper and they fit.And try to get lenses with good rated "f-stops" as well as image stabilisers built into the lens- helps a lot if you have a babelaas or standing in front of a lion... Lol
     
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    cannon:)
     
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    OK so AM going to get the one that GAME got on special thanks guys
     
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    Check with Incredible same camera but with bag and 2gb card and it is cheaper, you don't need the other camera do you?
     
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    Ben - in the end you alone have to make the decision.....
    JUST A FYI - Focal AF points makes NO difference! I found that my ABSOLUTE best pics were when my Nikon D40 was in COMPLETE MANUAL mode...... then AF does not come to play at all anymore... then, it's down to the quality of the lense, and the quality of the CMOS sensor (in DSLRs)......

    I agree with Sean_K - the better the lense quality, the better the pictures!

    The body gives you absolute photographical control - but the lense determines the overall end photo quality.....

    BTW: The number of pixels (megapixels) have NO (ABSOLUTELY NO) bearing on photo quality. Human eyes cannot detect ANY DIFFERENCES past 2 to 3 megapixels. ONLY when you want to print your pictures to e.g. A3, A1 or even A0 sizes, the high megapixel camera's makes a difference..... the overall CMOS sizes are still the same..... the amount of colors are still the same....

    The MAJOR difference in digital cameras comes in when you looking at the following:\
    - picture/color bleeding
    - black color sharpness (shadows)
    - true appearances of coloration
    - color richness without bleeding

    My idea of a decent digital camera these days equates to how well the DSLR can handle macro photography! And how well I can manually set the shutter speed and aperture sizes!
     
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    Ben just spend the extra R2k and get the 450D, i recently got one and i`m very happy with it indeed :p

    Now just "saving" up for the macro....
    Canon EF 100mm f2
     
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    You can throw all your money into a camera and still take crappy pic's, as the camera can only save what is coming though the lens.

    My2c is buy a good SLR camera and a even better lens.
     
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    agree 100%
     
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