Chose digital SLR

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by dimidimi, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. dimidimi

    dimidimi Guest

    Hi everybody,

    I'm an amateour outdoor photographer and I would like to bye a digital
    SLR, but I'm confused to choose the proper one for me. Could You,
    please, help me in choosing between?

    1) Nikon D70, D70s, D50, D100
    2) Canon Digital Rebel XT
    3) Canon EOS 20D
    4) Canon EOS-300D
    5) Pentax - IST DS
    6) Sigma - SD10
    7) Olimpus - EVOLT E3002
    8) Something else around this price?

    Thank You very much!!!
    dimidimi, Nov 23, 2005
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  2. Most of the above are really good cameras. You also might want to wait a
    while and check out the Nikon D200 which should be available early next

    I have a 300D and a 20D and like them a lot (the 20D is a lot faster and
    easier to use).
    Charles Schuler, Nov 23, 2005
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  3. Don't even think of #6.
    Randall Ainsworth, Nov 24, 2005
  4. dimidimi

    Paul Rubin Guest

    I think you should cross off #6 and 7, as too limiting. Same with the
    D50 from #1. I'm not so familiar with the Pentax. The D70 and D100
    are no longer made but you might get a used one of either. Between
    the two I think the D70 is better in most ways, and priced about the
    same. The D70S is almost the same as the D70. The EOS 300D (#4) is
    obsolete and I'd get the Rebel instead. The 20D is the best camera on
    your list but it's the most expensive. If you can afford the 20D, you
    should also think about the Nikon D200.

    Frankly I think you should limit it to Nikon vs Canon. That's D70
    vs Rebel XT, or D200 vs 20D. It seems to me that with Nikon you have
    more options for wideangle lenses, and maybe more traditional
    controls. But I haven't used Canons much.
    Paul Rubin, Nov 24, 2005
  5. I agree, don't even think of #6 unless you want to produce high quality
    images for the type of photography you like.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Nov 24, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    Unless he's planing on using the kit lens, then I'd cross off 2,3,4 and even
    1 is questionable.. Notice his sample shots are all done in bright
    daylight.... People forget most people buying these don't have the extra
    cash to buy a "decent" lens in addition to the camera kit and expect the
    supplied one to work OK. IMHO the canon kit lens is "too limiting" as it
    only is close to decent stopped WAY down so you end up with a lens that
    works OK at 1 or maybe 2 fstops.
    Stacey, Nov 24, 2005
  7. dimidimi

    Chris Brown Guest

    ....and that type of photography includes portraits of the mysterious
    cheese-people. ;-)
    Chris Brown, Nov 24, 2005
  8. dimidimi

    Bill Funk Guest

    The 18-55 EF-S lens certainly isn't an "L" lens by any stretch, but
    it's a lot better than you make it out to be.
    But then, your dislike for anything Canon colors your judgement.
    Do you even have an 18-55 EF-S lens?
    Bill Funk, Nov 24, 2005
  9. Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Nov 24, 2005
  10. dimidimi

    Monty Bonner Guest

    Wont give you purchasing advice, I personally like Nikon D70s or wait for
    the D200 so you have lots of room to grow.

    However, before you purchase you need to determine what type of photo's you
    plan on taking the majority of the time. Then decide which camera will meet
    those requirements, and by the model one step higher up the food chain, so
    you have something to learn about and get good at that won't be out of date
    in 6 months.

    Lens - thousands of books on the subject, again how you will use camera,
    sports, nature, animals, people, etc, each lens has a specific purpose which
    it was designed for. I like the Nikon D70s Kit lens, good glass, but it's
    not good for outside zoom shots, so I have to have another lens for those
    type of situations. The zoom lens in not good for close up inside shots, so
    the kit lens works ok. However, and I believe the most important part,
    learning how the camera operates and all the various settings make things
    look different is more important in the beginning than which model and what
    lens. I have had my D70s for two months, and most of the shots I take with
    it I am personally not happy with. I also don't leave it in the auto mode.
    I keep it in the aperture mode and am trying to learn from there.

    So don't get brand specific until you figure out how it will be used, then
    try different models from different manufacturers until you find one that
    feels good to your hands and the controls are right for your style of using
    it, then you can purchase and start to learn how to use it. Give yourself 6
    months to feel good about the shots you take, unless you are already a
    semi-pro and understand, all the variables which go into taking good

    Monty Bonner, Nov 24, 2005
  11. dimidimi

    Skip M Guest

    Don't tell me you can't see the yellow skin tones in that shot? Even the
    shadows are tinted yellow.
    Or was that your point, that the Sigma does produce yellowish skin tones?
    Was that what the image was made with? Because there's no EXIF included...
    BTW, that's one pissed off looking child...
    Skip M, Nov 24, 2005
  12. dimidimi

    Bill Guest

    The only two I would not recommend would be the original Rebel/300D and
    the Sigma SD10, unless you're looking for a low priced start. But since
    several others are much more expensive, I would presume you can afford
    newer models.

    Do you have more information on what you want to do with the camera?
    Nikon D70 and D70s questionable? Are you serious? Have you used these
    cameras and the 18-70 lense?

    Currently the Nikon D50 with the 18-70 lense is one of the best deals
    available. The D70s with the 18-70 is also a good deal.
    Sometimes that is true...but the advantage of SLR is interchangeable
    lenses, so a user can always add more and better lenses as they grow
    with the camera.

    If a user doesn't care to improve the image quality, then any other
    lense is likely a waste of money, as is a DSLR.
    The original Canon 18-55 needed to be stopped down to f/8+ to become
    sharper and I wouldn't recommend it. But the newer 18-55 version II
    works fairly well wide open, and for new DSLR users it works well enough
    to help them learn what they do need for lenses.

    Have you actually used these cameras and lenses, or is this just some
    type of brand-snobbery?

    Granted neither 18-55 are the sharpest lenses, but neither are they the
    worst. And for less than $100, what more can you expect...I've seen
    worse from lenses costing 2-3x as much from several different brands.
    Bill, Nov 25, 2005
  13. That's accurate color when he's in the sunlight. He's not pissed off, just
    a clown when there's a camera around. The Sigma at times produces yellowish
    skin tones but not on a consistent basis. Most of my shots have good
    skintones, not yellow and not too pink like I've seen from some others.
    Strange that there's no EXIF info, can't explain why.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Nov 25, 2005
  14. dimidimi

    Stacey Guest

    Yea right.. Again; MAYBE stopped way down it's useable but then you have 1
    maybe 2 fstops to choose from..
    Stacey, Nov 25, 2005
  15. dimidimi

    Stacey Guest

    If you looked at this guys work, he's far from a "new user".
    Yep, the canon lens isn't much better than a coke bottle bottom. And while
    the nikon kit lens isn't awful, it not a great performer either.
    That was my point.. Given it sounds like he is probably on a tight budget, I
    maybe wrongly assumed the quality of the kit lens might matter to him?
    Stacey, Nov 25, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    I've noticed that in portraits taken with SDx cameras, when the skin
    tones are what I think is right, the whites of the eyes have a blue
    cast to them, as does anything else that's supposed to be white.
    To me, that indicates a color correction to reduce the yellow cast
    that these cameras tend to produce.
    Maybe it's just me, but that's what I see.
    Bill Funk, Nov 25, 2005
  17. dimidimi

    Bill Funk Guest

    Whatever you say.
    How much experience do you have with one?
    Bill Funk, Nov 25, 2005
  18. dimidimi

    Bill Funk Guest

    Do you want to be taken seriously?
    It doesn't seem so.
    Bill Funk, Nov 25, 2005
  19. Hmmm...on the color and yellow are opposites

    You know, I can't believe that Sigma continues to market their crappy
    digital cameras. There's so much better out there for much less money.
    Randall Ainsworth, Nov 25, 2005
  20. dimidimi

    Bill Funk Guest

    Yes; to remove yellow, add blue. Or, remove yellow, the image turns
    Bill Funk, Nov 25, 2005
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