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Which Digital SLR Camera?


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I am looking to move up into the digital SLR camera world. My main use will be photographing wild life.

I would like one with a good zoom lense.

My budget ranges from £300 to £400.

Can anyone please offer suggestions. I have seen the Sony A290 but would welcome advice.

Thank you.

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morddwyd

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I recently posted a similar thread

click here

I was recommended the Canon 1000D which I bought, but I have not yet used it so I can't give any recommendation.

In your particular case, where the lens is your main criterion, I would select the lens first, then compare the bodies to go with it!

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Border View

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Thank you for responding. Unfortunately the Canon is a tad above my budget. Its £400 including the lense.

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bremner

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I was one of those who recommended the Canon 1000D to morddwyd.

I bought it a couple of months ago and have found that it takes very good images and is easy to use with a good manual....

....and it is still £369 at Jessops with the IS lens, well within your budget.

Amazon have it with the non IS lens at £343.70 click here

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Border View

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Thanks bremner - will have a look. Must admit I have had the old 35mm film Canon 1000F and like Canon.

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morddwyd

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Still £349.99 at Currys

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bremner

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The Currys one is the non IS lens and it is shown as unavailable

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hssutton

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Unfortunately the lens on the camera mentioned above(EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6) would be totally useless for wildlife.

At a minimum you will require a 300mm lens, but preferably longer. My 400mm lens is often to short for a lot of wildlife. These big lenses can cost several £1000s.

Although the DLSR route is probably the best, but taking into account your budget maybe this or similar would be a better bet click here Or if you can find a seller this one click here

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hssutton

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I hit the response button before finishing.

The Sony A290 is a very able camera, Sony loaned me the previous model for 3 months to do a review and I must say I was plesantly suprised at the quality of the images and also the ease of operation (just a little to lightweight for me though)However a suitable lens is still the problem.

Warehouse express have this lens on sale, Tamron 70-300mm f4/5.6 DI LD Macro (Sony fit) The pair would cost around £400.

Have you any particular form of wildlife in mind? For birding there is an altenative method called digiscoping click here

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Border View

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Many thanks for responding everyone. It looks as though quite a bit of research is going to be needed before I splash the cash. I am leaning towards the Sony A290

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QuizMan

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As an added benefit, any Minolta AF lens will fit the Sony so you may be able to pick up something secondhand later in that regard. This is because the anti-shake system is in the camera with Sony, not in the lens as applies to some other DSLR's.

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