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Hello LJ friends

I have another random question for my lj friends list if anyone is interested in giving some input into the subject.
Hey, this makes me want to put a poll together. Hmmm. Maybe later today. Hmmmm..

So,where was I? Oh yeah, if you knew someone who was looking to buy an new dSLR camera in the six hundred to one thousand dollar range, which camera direction would you steer them in?

Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Other?

What do you love about your dSLR that made you fall in love with it and have to have it?
Was it the motion stablizer? The sonic cleaning sensor? The lenses? The physical size (does it really count)? The mega pixels. The 'shoots RAW'? The 2 1/2 inch LCD? Brand loyalty? The sales clerk behind the counter was cute and suggested the camera s/he used? What was it about your camera that made you buy it?

What would you rave about on your dSLR to convince someone looking for a camera that one like yours was the one to have?

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semijocund
Apr. 26th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Ohhh...my favorite topic!!

I'd recommend the Canon Rebel XSi (AKA 450D). It's in your price range and the reviews of it are good. I'm not sure if it's for sale just yet (it releases sometime this month I believe) so it's the newest one from Canon. If you're looking for a little cheaper, you can probably find the Rebel XTi for cheaper now that this newer model is out.

I love my Canon. I've only ever shot Canon, so I'm obviously a bit skewed. But, I love the ability to change lenses depending on what I need to do. I've never had hardware issues and the lenses (even the cheap ones) work well. I'm pretty rough on my equipment, and I've been pleased with how its holding up. The menus and layout of the buttons on the camera just make sense to me.

The most important thing when buying dSLR stuff is actually the lens. Spend more on the glass and you'll get better photos. That's why I'm considering just sticking with this midrange camera (for me it's the 20D now, maybe upgrading to the 40D) and worry more about getting good lenses and lighting equipment.

It also depends on what you plan on shooting. I work a lot in low light so I need something that is good at high ISO. If you're going to be doing a lot of outdoor and rugged shooting, you may actually want to spend more on the body so it will hold up better. If you're going to be doing a lot of indoor/portrait work, lighting will be useful to have.

I'm not sure if that answered your question or not. I could ramble for hours on camera stuff *g* I'm such a dork. If you need help, let me know! :)

kittehkat
Apr. 26th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Can I just lamely put seconded? Because I don't have anything else to add.

Blame Maggie for this journal invasion, btw. :P
chootoy
Apr. 26th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Well, hello kittehkat. Nice to meet you.
Any friend of Maggie and Glock is a friend of mine!
Mind if I friend you?
I just popped in and watched 'tie shopping' video you posted.
I don't post a whole heck of a lot [just call me lurker] so I won't be littering the place with too many useless posts.
kittehkat
May. 6th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
Oh, definitely! Finally looked in my inbox! Ha. How embarrassing.
chootoy
Apr. 26th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
This is an AEWSOME review of a camera I was just holding at the local camera store. (that and a NIKON D40 and a Pentax and an Olympus) Oy, I've heard really good things about the Rebel XTi recently (and I like the price now that the XSi's hit the scene. There's a one week back order on it at this local store.

Okay, so you give the Canon a very enthusiastic thumbs-up! That's good to know.
Can I ask you 2 questions? One about Canon's claim to having a dust cleaning system built-in. Have you actually used it and have you been happy with the results? And the other about the whole 'image stabilization'. Does it really work?

Thanks again for giving me such a great view of the camera from a user's point of view. It's helped tonnes!
semijocund
Apr. 28th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I have not used the dust cleaning system. I know a lot of photographers that clean their own sensors. But, I don't have very steady hands and that's not something I want to mess up. There is a local camera shop here that will clean the sensor for $20. I usually do it at least once a year (although I should probably do it more). But I switch lenses a lot, so your experience might be different.

I only use one image stabilization lens...and it definitely works. It allows me to hand hold my camera where, in any other situation, I'd need a tripod. Dpending on what you're shooting...it can be a huge help. However, it may be something you'd never need.

I'm glad I could help. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)
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