Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:56 am Post subject: Re: Nikon P90 or Canon SX20IS or Sony HX1 ??
Good to know you have decided to buy a DSLR and sorry if the previous posts have confused you. Also would like to add that I find the kit lens inadequate personally, but there may be many out there who find it more than adequate. Very subjective. Kit lenses work pretty well in good sunlight. its in lowlight they start failing.
Regarding Cannon v/s Nikon, i wont advise anything specific.. Do your research and compare the features yourself. Go to the shop and hold both cameras in your hand and check what feels better. Compare pictures these cameras take. Then decide for yourself. A nikonian will mostly advice Nikon and a Cannon user might ask you to buy a Cannon. Put in a bit of hardwork and decide yourself.
Regarding lens options, I can only talk about the Nikon system. The best focal length to have IMO would be atleast 18-200, i.e. if you want a bit of telephoto with wide angle. But that may stretch your budget. Start out with 18-55 and upgrade later.
Anyways, Possible combos in descending order of cost that come to mind:
1) Nikon 18-200 mm VRII (D300 kit lens) - Most expensive option
2) Nikon 18-55 + Nikon 70-300.
3) Nikon 18-105 mm VR
4) Nikon 18-55 (D3000/D5000 kit lens) + Nikon 55-200. 1/2 the price of option 1.
You can get tamron/sigma 70-300 or others for much cheaper than the Nikon 70-300. If you buy one without VR/IS it will be very cheap. But i dont advise telephotos without VR/IS.
If you have stolen a bank or have won a lottery, you can buy the Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 + 70-200 f 2.8 VRII.
Btw if you want to check out the 18-105 or the 18-200 call me. We can meet up on the weekend and i can show you.
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Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:52 am Post subject: Re: Nikon P90 or Canon SX20IS or Sony HX1 ??
My point wasn't to compare 2 products. It was just to put the point clear on the difference between a PS and a DSLR for a given budget.
When it comes to fish photography, i really don't think we do need a VR zoom lens. Since most of the fishes are going to be atleast over 2" and a 18-55 Kit lens can almost get as close as touching the nose of a fish, you still can come out with all the details whereas any zoom lens needs atleast 2.8 ft inbetween. So both leading to almost same result with fish photography. Also talking about cheap zoom/macro lenses without VR, it still possible to get good clicks. Again comes to what you can do. You can always use ISO sensitivity, flash & shutter to balance the stability of your hand. Most pics of my fishes are taken with a Sigma 70-300, hand held.
The bottomline is, without taking a cheap lens/entry level DSLR to its limits, you will not need a costlier lens/camera.
Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:39 pm Post subject: Re: Nikon P90 or Canon SX20IS or Sony HX1 ??
I have researched about the entry level DSLR from both canon and nikon and found out a few points highlighted by most sites D3000 doesn't have a live view whereas 1000D has one and secondly D3000 has 11 point focus compared to 7 on 1000D. How much does it affect the performance for cameras if we miss live view or more focus points (guess live view might be reqd to click a snap over our eye level as in raising hands still able to know whats coming on frame but not clear about more focus points)
Joined: Jun 13, 2005 Posts: 1901 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:36 pm Post subject: Re: Nikon P90 or Canon SX20IS or Sony HX1 ??
Very well said Maulik!
Madhu, those are golden words
A DSLR would be my recommendation since it does not limit you in any way (lens, lighting,etc)
Glass quality rules supreme more than the body itself. Most of today's entry level bodies are pretty good.
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