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02-05-2008 04:56 AM  11 years ago
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ez2bgman

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Digital SLR cameras
I would like some opinions from you guys.

I am looking at getting my first Digital SLR camera very soon. I spent hours doing some research on them last night and I think I have settled on one. I am not a professional and have no desire to pursue that either. I will be using it mainly for my hobby (r/c helis of course) as well as for family functions, airshows, the kids, etc. From my requirements, I know that I need a relatively fast camera with good ISO characteristics, a nice buffer, and a relatively low crop factor (or focal length multiplier etc.).

I am fairly certain that I am have decided on the Canon EOS 40D. It seems to have all the features that I currently need as well as many more that I can learn. I know there are lesser cameras that can do what I am looking for, but just like with r/c heli equipment, I like to buy only once. If the Canon EOS 40D will allow me to do more as I gain experience with it, than this is what I am looking for.

Does anyone have experience with the EOS 40D? What other cameras would you guys recommend that are comparable in features and quality to the EOS 40D?

Thanks for your time.
Gary
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02-05-2008 05:15 AM  11 years ago
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I started THIS THREAD mid last year, it may answer a few of your questions.

I think the guys gave me some great info there.
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02-05-2008 05:30 AM  11 years ago
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I'm sure you will be delighted with it. All the Nikon/Canon offerings are excellent.

As everyone always says, spend plenty of money on glass, rather than the camera. You say you need a good frame rate, and in this respect the 40d is the cheapest camera that will meet your needs. But if you didn't need this then I would suggest the 400d and spending the remainder of the money on L-lenses. There are some cheap F4 70-200L lenses (unstabilised) that I would strongly recommend.

The only thing I would like out of a camera would be a bit more waterproofness than the canon consumer ones offer - at least on paper. Even in this respect I gather the 40d has some improvements over my 5d.

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02-05-2008 05:47 AM  11 years ago
Stet

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The canon is the best choice because if you upgrade the body the lenses are universal. And their lenses are excellent, especially the "L" glass.

Can't go wrong, unless you can spend a bit more on a 5D who'se price has dropped $1000 since I bought mine
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02-05-2008 06:14 AM  11 years ago
dav_bon

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I bought the Canon 40D, 17/85mm, 10/22, 60mm macro, 430 flash, manfrotto tripod and a lowepro slingshot 200 bag just before xmas. Its a great camera. mainly shooting in raw now.
The hard part is coming up with the good shots.
I am also learning photoshop as I now realize that thats what really makes the shots.

Spend some time on Flickr and have a look at some of the great work on there.
Good luck.
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02-05-2008 07:43 AM  11 years ago
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I really like my Rebel XT. The Canon IS lenses are great but be ready for some sticker shock. I have the 100-400mm F4.5 IS zoom lens, it cost more than the camera body (and more than any of my helis too!) but it's worth every penny! It takes really nice ground to air shots!
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02-05-2008 04:55 PM  11 years ago
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I have always liked Canon, that is all I own. The lenses are fantastic. I have 3 point and shoot, and a 10D, soon to get the 40D and a couple of (old) film SLR's. Which the lenses still work on the digital SLR. Can't go wrong with Canon.
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02-05-2008 05:02 PM  11 years ago
GMcNair

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The 40d is a good choice, it should serve you well for many years to come. Not knocking Nikon, because they're great too. But Canon may yank my CPS status if I don't tout them. Seriously, that's plenty of camera for what you want to shoot. And if you intend to do much outdoor action work, I highly suggest getting the battery grip extension. Your hand will fatigue quickly without it. One other suggestion...spend money on quality glass, and stay away from Quantaray and Tamron stuff. As you grow into the "hobby" you'll see what I mean. Buy right, cry once. There's a reason Canon and Nikon glass maintains a 90% resale value.
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02-05-2008 05:14 PM  11 years ago
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If you go Nikon, do not buy Nikon's DX line of lenses. It's bull$hit!!! Once you step up to the full frame Nikon D3, thd DX line of lenses is worthless! Well, if you go with the Nikon D300, then the DX lenses will do you fine. You can't go wrong with the D300, it's a great low ISO performing body.

I shoot with both Nikon and Canon so I don't get into the Nikon vs. Canon debate . Different tools for different job.

I love my Nikon D3 though
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02-05-2008 07:35 PM  11 years ago
Andy from Sandy

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Has this been posted before?

http://www.dpreview.com/

Very good site. It does all the usual camera tests plus user's opinions.
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02-05-2008 10:30 PM  11 years ago
phil p

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look at the pentax K10d or the new K20d. (10.2 Mpixel / 14 Mpixel) You get a heck of a lot of camera for your dosh, and a zillion lenses fit it. (The pentax primes are really good.) Also its environmentally sealed, lots of o-rings etc so you can use it in the rain / on the beach with no worries. Shoots JPEG or RAW, all the usual modes, rapid shooting ( 3 or 5 frames per sec can't remember which. 100 - 1600asa. Good as a Nikon D40x but without the daft lenses with built in autofocus motors. I was a Canon user for years, got a K10d last year and can't fault it.

For less $ the Samsung GX10 is a rebadged K10d with different firmware.
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02-05-2008 11:23 PM  11 years ago
ez2bgman

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Thanks for all the replies. I was also told to wait a few months on the Canon XSi. This looks like another good choice as well.Gary
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02-05-2008 11:44 PM  11 years ago
GMcNair

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It just occurred to me that Sony is a great option too. The reason I suggest it is because it has image stab built into the camera, not in the lenses, so you can get that feature in any lens you shoot with. Sony bought Minolta's camera line, and their new a700 is a sweet machine. Friend of mine has the a100 and the a700, and both shoot great images.
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02-06-2008 02:17 PM  11 years ago
jadams

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I bought a Canon 30D, it is a great camera. More fetures than I will ever need. Make sure you buy it with the IS lens, I have the 17-85mm. Check online retailers like new egg or BH photo, plus canon usually has very good rebates.
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02-06-2008 06:39 PM  11 years ago
Chris

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Gary

Have you had a look at the Canon PowerShot S5 IS

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/c...4&modelid=15207

I have used this camera and the results are superb.

Also I do not have to carry all the different lenses etc.

Worth a look

Chris
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02-06-2008 10:01 PM  11 years ago
Spitfire_mk5

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For heli's you really need 200mm on a 1.6x camera bare minimum (assuming your standing next to the pilot, if your futher back this will be too short for close-ups). 300mm is a better length for helis, so look for a lens at that can get you there. If you want to chase plankers or at full scale airshows 400mm+ works better -- depending on your lenses you can get this with extenders.

Something like a 70-300, 70-200, 300 prime,400 prime, or a 100-400 would be my recomendation for a heli photography lens. Avoid EF-S glass if you want to go full frame in the future or use lenses on a film camera. Have fun.
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