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11-01-2004 04:50 PM  13 years agoPost 1
dariof

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I am looking to purchase a new digital camera. I would like one with interchangeable lenses as well.

I want what is considered the "best" made. However, the best does not necessarily denote "most expensive." If the best is the most expensive, then so be it.

I know some will ask what am going to be doing with the camera....well, I want to take incredibly crystal clear pics, both indoors and out. It needs manual modes for the creativity photography offers; it also needs auto modes for those moments when I'm too lazy to be creative.

My background: Head the Photography department high school and college. Developed my own color and B&W prints for years. Won a few photograpy awards here and there.

I went digital a few years ago, but with a small 1.1 megapixel Olympus..just point and shoot.

I want my digital system to now rival my 35mm film system.

I know there are some astutely diverse people here on RR. Your suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks...

Best Regards, Dario

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11-01-2004 05:15 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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The two that are most recommend within reason (i.e. not $1500+) are the Canon EOS Digital Rebel and Nikon D70. Both are digital SLRs. And both accept most of the newer lenses from their respective manufacturers.

Personally I like the Nikon better. It has more features, and I've just preffered them in general. However, there is a number of articles online that show you how to enable most of the features of the more expensive Canon EOS 10D on the Rebel. It was also published in an article in PC magazine a month or two ago, "Hack your gadgets." Or something to that effect. So then it really becomes brand preference, as the Rebel is a little bit less expensive.

Of course you can always aim higher, but it gets pretty pricey.

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11-01-2004 06:30 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Steamer

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EOS 20D - take a look at the reviews. It's only been out a couple of weeks. A friend of mine ordered one from overseas and it's sweet.

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11-01-2004 06:31 PM  13 years agoPost 4
prebres

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I work at a newspaper where we have been all digital for five years. We have gone through maybe 100 point and shoots in that time, but the three original Nikon D1's we bought are still going strong!

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11-01-2004 06:35 PM  13 years agoPost 5
PaulH-MA

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If you want a DSLR that is truly the "best" in virtually every way, take a long hard look at the Canon 1Ds. This 11.1 MP beauty has an image sensor that is the same size as a normal 35 mm film frame. When you attach a lens, it will not have the 1.3x or worse, 1.6x zoom effect that every other DSLR camera on the market today suffers from.

Your second best choice would be the Canon 20D. At 8 MP it has a 1.3x zoom effect which will affect your lens selection. But, at 1/4 of the price of the 1Ds, it may fit your budget a bit better and leave enough money left over to buy lenses.

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11-01-2004 06:36 PM  13 years agoPost 6
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Isn't the zoom effect on the 20D a multiplication factor of 1.6? Not sure where I read this - I could be wrong.

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11-01-2004 06:53 PM  13 years agoPost 7
PaulH-MA

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You're right; my bad. The 20D does have a field of view crop of 1.6x.

If you really want to go for broke, the Canon 1Ds Mark-II was just announced. It has 16.7 MP!

There's also a wireless transmission option for the 1Ds Mark-II that would make it very useful for heli photography. It's going to retail for the same price ($8000) as the original 1Ds.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/canoneos1dsmkii/

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11-01-2004 07:46 PM  13 years agoPost 8
rroback

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Cannon really does put out top quality equipment, and I'm sure you'll be really happy with any of their options. I have an EOS D30 (one of their first common, as in not professional, d-slr's) and I'm very happy with it. I've used it numerous times to print posters of up to about 17 x 20 inches, and with cropped parts without added resolution via photoshop etc.

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11-01-2004 07:52 PM  13 years agoPost 9
GregKRC

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If you don't have any Canon or Nikon equipment already I would get the Nikon D70 for the $1000 price range then I would get the Canon 20D for the $1500, the Canon 1D Mark 2 for the $4000 range and finally the 1Ds Mark 2 for the limitless budget.

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11-01-2004 11:05 PM  13 years agoPost 10
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Those Nikon and Canon cameras are great cameras. However, I just bought a Sony F828, so far it is a great camera. Other than not having interchangable lenses, it does a great job, crystal clear pics, ease of use, (3) media storage options, 8 meg, and you can find them as low as $599.00 if you look online. A lens for either the Nikon or Canon will cost that much...Just my .02...
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11-01-2004 11:52 PM  13 years agoPost 11
jerrythercpilot

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I recommend Cannon 20 D here if you can afford the $1500.00 price tag.

I bought mine about a month ago and the 17-85mm/f 4-5.6 image stabilized lens. At 8.1 Mega pixels the photos are AWESOME and can be printed at 8.5 by 11 w/ very littl evidence they were digital shots.

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11-03-2004 06:08 AM  13 years agoPost 12
fitenfyr

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Here
All you ever wanted to know about Digital cameras and didn't have time to ask.

http://www.dpreview.com

My vote Nikon, but buy what you have lenses for unless it is Minolta then you are out of luck.

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11-03-2004 06:13 AM  13 years agoPost 13
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I vote Nikon as well. I've seen a couple of reviews, and none of them like the included lens of the Canon 20D nearly as much as the Nikon D70's lens.

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11-03-2004 07:11 AM  13 years agoPost 14
JWBurns

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There is a reason Canon continues to exceed all others in the industry.

The D70 is in no way comparable to the 20D. The d70 is a fantastic camera for the price. Yes, I do agree that the supplied lens with the 20D (EFS 18-55MM) is not all that great, but understand that it's a $100 dollar lens and you do have the option of buying the camera without it. It is however a good all purpose lens.

For my 20D, I purchased the $800 dollar EF 17-40mm USM lens which is worth every penny in conjunction with the 20D. Expensive? Yes. But for my application it's worth it.

I'm printing at 13x19 and am extremely impressed with the phtographs this camera can produce.

Now if you want the best, take a look at Canon's EOS 1DS Mark II (16.7 megapixel) or EOS 1DS (11.1 megapixel) The 20D will be backup to my EOS 1DS that I have on order.

Purchase what suites you, review and research which camera will be right for you. You'll be happier in the long run.

Jason

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