Joined: Dec 28, 2004 Posts: 474 Location: Chicago, IL
Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 3:56 am Post subject: Re: Help Me Choosing A DSLR
When it comes to camera it all depends on how big your pocket is and most of the time not based on what you are going to do with it.
Few points before you think of a DSLR...
1. Â Are you going to shot in Manual Mode?
2. Â How frequently you use the macho shot?
3. Â How frequent is your night/dim light shots?
IMO, if your answer is NO to the first question and very less / No to the rest of the questions, forget about DSLR's and think of a high-end P&S camera. Â See the output Hayath gets from his Sony H3, right now you get Sony H9 for a good price.
Am sure you might have thought about all these before decide on going for DSLR's... if not, re-think. Â If you made up your mind, Canon and Nikon has best products in the market and you have a right choice. Â
All I can say is, go for a model based on your budget.
Joined: Jun 29, 2003 Posts: 7087 Location: Bengaluru, India
Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:59 am Post subject: Re: Help Me Choosing A DSLR
Tirtha Image sensors in DSLR come is 2 sizes.
APS-C which is about 2/3 the area of a 35 mm negative and Full Frame - exactly the size of a 35 mm negative.
Full Frame cameras are $ 5000 +, Nikon D3, Canon 1Ds Mk III
You will be buying the APS-C sensor camera. Go for the 10 MP camera. These cameras have more features than the 6 MP ones. with Some of the Nikon/Canon 6 MP camera you will not be able to use the modern lenses. Your camera goes out of date in 3 years. Lenses will last you 15-20 years.
More than the DSLR you need good lenses. The kit lens that comes with a Canon or Nikon DSLR is Edit. When you want to sell it you will get 2k for it no more.
For Landscape Photography buy a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. Cost Rs. 5000 - Nikon or Canon to begin with.
For Fish photography you will need a macro lens. They are expensive.
For nature (wildlife) you will need a zoom - again expensive.
The f stop of the lens is very important eg., f/1.8 , this denotes the largest aperture of the lens, larger the hole through which light can pass through, more light gets into the camera, and hence you can increase the shutter speed to get the same bright picture(almost, DOF being of little consideration). Higher shutter speed = faster lens.
Lens other than the 50 mm prime I mentioned with an aperture of f/2.8 or less will be expensive.
My DSLR Kit until now:
Nikon D 80
Nikkor 17-55 mm f/2.8 G AF-S ED-IF DX zoom.
Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 G AF-S ED-IF VR zoom
Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8 G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro
Sigma 50- 500 f/4 - 6.3 APO DG IF EX Zoom
This is going to grow, the Sigma will be replaced by a 500 f/4 prime lens when I can find one. The Sigma is a very slow lens, see the aperture at either ends of the zoom. I need a bright sunny day to use the lens.
This is the wrong place to ask about DSLR, you have people using Point and shoot and mobiles here.
Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: Help Me Choosing A DSLR
One little suggestion on camera body, you dont only buy the body, you buy into the whole system, so read a lot about the lenses. Modern bodies are all great,you wont regret buying any of them.Also, more importantly check for the availability of lenses from the system locally.
When you come to 2 or 3 options, go to the store and hold them in your hands, see how it feels, that makes a hell lot of a difference.
Coming to lenses,
You can't do landscape with 50mm prime because in an APS c sensor, it is effectively 75mm(nikon sensor, canon will be more) which is quite good for portraits.You need something in the range of at least 18mm(effectively 27mm) to start off.
For fish photos, no doubt macro is the best, but your pocket will bleed.If your budget permits, go for a macro only lens. The other option IMO is a relatively cheaper third party ~300mm zoom lens like Sigma. My Sigma 70-300MM is usable in good light condition, it is definitely not a stunner of a lens, but if you have good light, you can work with it with a little bit of expertise and patience.
See photo(open the photo) for an example of 70-300mm.(Ofcourse you can judge it as shameless self promotion )
This is what I have
Nikon D70 (I know it is obsolette, but I love mine)
A poor guy like me could afford this because I bought all of these over a period of two years from US while I was there , as they are a little cheaper there Â Â and I had to quit smoking to save for the flash Â
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Joined: Feb 24, 2007 Posts: 4066 Location: Miyapur, Hyderabad
Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 1:55 pm Post subject: Re: Help Me Choosing A DSLR
Thanks every one for your kind inputs.
@Madan Sir.... a great write up. It will certainly help me or any DSLR to choose a right camera.
@Thillu.. In W-5 I got few manual operation along with the inbuilt modes. I got excellent results while doing the Landscape Photography with it. But this time I really want to go for a manual operation.
@Hayath: Thanks again buddy. And you hit the bulls eye. My budget is within 30-35K. I will go slow, but will get the stuffs I need.
@Sujoy Da, Now am going through all these sites to compare the models. Very hard task to execute.
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