Whats the best SLR for the best price?
I am new to SLR's but I don't want the entry level, aside from the $2,000+ ones what do you suggest. And of course where is the best deal.
Simple advice from a wedding & portrait photographer is to go beyond the Canon Rebel or Nikon D3000 series. Get into the prosumer cameras and you will be much happier in the long run. Personally, I'd go with a Canon 50D or Nikon D90 right now as a beginner SLR. You get a lot of your manual controls out on the buttons and dials, rather than having to navigate electronic menus to get there. The cameras have much better intelligence built into them, too, so your exposures will be far better than the entry level SLRs.
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Though everyone here is probably going to start singing about canon or nikon right away (which are fantastic companies, don't get me wrong -- my little powershot point-n-shoot is top rate), I must put in props for Olympus. My e-510 is an OUTSTANDING camera and was the only camera, when released, to ever out-rate the comparable canon at the the time (the rebel xti) and was a couple hundred less. They're definitely worth looking into if you really want to explore all of your options in the dslr world. The only reason olympus isn't as big as canon or nikon is because they don't really advertise. Though I will admit the only drawback is you're a little more limited with lenses than canon or nikon..........read more collapse
I have been a film photography hobbyist for thirty+ years. Develop and print in my own darkroom, etc. I was ALWAYS a Pentax guy. So when it came time to move to DSLR, I researched the heck out of all the brands. The one I kept coming back to was Canon, a brand I despised for reasons I cannot recall. I ended up buying an XS kit with an 18-55mm Image stabilized (IS) lens, and a 70-300mm non-IS lens. I added a 55-250mm IS lens to the purchase. The whole lot set me back $729.00 shipped from Abe's of Maine. Their reviews were not the best, but the transaction went smoothly, but took about two weeks. I then sold the 70-300 on ebay for 115.00, thus giving me a great setup for just over six beans. Add in a couple haze filters and a circular polarizing filter for a total under 650.00. Have not been disappointed. Great camera, fits a mans hands (unlike some of the lower Nikons made more for soccer moms)plastic body is lightweight.read more collapse
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