Like Tree4Likes

Buying first DSLR: advice needed

Reply
Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast
  1. #11

    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    9,658
    Quote Originally Posted by temajie
    Thank you for your advice on 4/3 cameras but I think I am ready to go into the DSLR world
    What do you think of the Canon D550 vs Nikon D5100?
    And do both brands have similar lenses in terms of quality? Actually how do I know whether a lense is good or not?
    Canon vs Nikon should be decided on which ergronmic approach you prefer, and you can only decide that by personally playing with them in your hands. Looking at specs is pretty secondary for what your stated usage is.

    Lenses- you can generally rely on more expensive = better in the lens world. Or anything with a big fixed apeture (2.8 or lower) is likely to be good. And expensive. And heavy. There are an absolute crapload of very exhaustive lens reviews out there on the net too which will help you identify some of the less expensive gems if cost is a concern.

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    3,378

    temajie

    Both Canon and Nikon bodies and lenses are fine pieces of kit. Unless you are a professional photographer (as must be our own DavidTC), the difference between the bodies and the kit are negligible.

    For DSLR photography, I use a Sony a330 (but not very often. Like VJ I prefer film photography). The output from that compares to any Nikon or Canon equivalent or better from my friends and fellow camera enthusiasts. People (especially here) get so hung up about the very latest models and make decisions based on what a professional would choose. They forget the simple art of taking good photos. My advice is find a good deal on a multiple lens package and go for that. Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony - they're all great.

    vinyljunky likes this.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    80
    Quote Originally Posted by luckycat
    My advice is find a good deal on a multiple lens package and go for that. Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony - they're all great.
    Do you know a place where I can find a good deal on a multiple lens package and that I can trust (I won't go to TST resellers)? Thanks.

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    18,618
    Quote Originally Posted by temajie
    Do you know a place where I can find a good deal on a multiple lens package and that I can trust (I won't go to TST resellers)? Thanks.
    This guy is a bit of an authority on Hong Kong shops, and photography:

    Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong

    Personally I did visit the shops he mentioned here, but I was not that impressed with the service at a few of them and ended up on Hong Kong island in one of the shops on Stanley Street (just below LKF). There, they had the model I wanted in stock, were friendly and genuine and the price was only 100 HKD more than the best price on Roland's blog.

    I ended up getting a Canon EOS-600D which is a mid-range DSLR - but I also added a Canon EF 28m f1.8 fixed lens, which I absolutely love. My primary purpose for this camera was to take indoor portraits of my family, and it has excelled - can take no-flash photos even in twilight. It is quick and accurate (and very quiet) to focus, plus you can flick it to Manual Focus if the auto does struggle.

    For prices on multiple-lens deals - my guess is you won't find many great deals. Margins are very thin and if you are paying for good lenses then the margin the dealer makes is trivial compared to the cost of a lens. You might do better looking in the 2nd hand market to pick up a variety of lenses at lower cost.

  5. #15

  6. #16

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    3,683
    Wing Shing in Mongkok and Digitalrev in TST are shops you can go to. But you can also try to bargain at the chain stores (Broadway, Fortress) if you know what you want, or at least ask for some free accessories like memory card, spare battery etc. if they are reluctant to give a discount.

  7. #17

    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    6

    Canon EOS 50D

    Hi All,

    I ventured in to the beginner DLSR about two years ago, and put some serious research in to purchasing my first and subsequent DSLR...

    Camera No 1 was the EOS 450D, fantastic starter, 3.5 frames per second, and an ISO speed of 1600, which gives generally good results with the stock lens (18-55 mm)

    I upgraded about a year ago to a second hand EOS 50D, which had significant improvements, especially at the shutter speed end (ca. 7 fps), high ISO (but caused graininess). This is by far the best camera I have used, or tried out over the past year, and produces razor sharp pictures at lower ISOs (up to 1600)

    The best pictures I have taken so far with wither camera, is with a 50mm prime canon lens, it's the f1.8 aperture, and you can pick one up for about 100 euro, so shop around...

    Another excellent website that you can cross compare features is Digital Cameras: Digital Photography Review, News, Reviews, Forums, FAQ, and select the compare cameras side by side feature...


  8. #18

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    858

    you read the lens reviews.

    one other factor to consider when choosing between the Canon and Nikon camp is, what do most of dslr friends use? The ability to borrow equipment is under-rated.


  9. #19

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    7,350

    Based on you backround and uses - don't buy a SLR.
    Get a new pro-sumer compact or 4/3.


  10. #20

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    3,378
    Quote Originally Posted by TigerSun
    Get a new pro-sumer compact or 4/3.
    What (I think) TS is suggesting is the micro 4/3s format. Not the 4/3s format (which is something else entirely, and, in essence, SLR format)
    TigerSun likes this.

Reply
Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast