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Which Digital SLR Camera?


Border View

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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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rkhan19

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sorry that post seems messed up. My recommendation is the Sony Nex 3. Also, I did another quick google search and found the nex 5 within the top end of your price bracket so you should look into that as well. I dont own the nex 5 so dont want to mention much about it other than to mention it is is (obviously) the next model up from the nex 3 :)

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rkhan19

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how about the Sony <a href="click here
">Nex 3</a>, it is perfect for those moving up from a normal point and shoot camera because it is not much bigger than a point and shoot camera. Sony lenses are also very good (I dont think they are the best but they are very good).

I had a quick look at Comet and they are selling it for £329 and I assume it will be even cheaper when bought from an online only shop so it is well in your budget

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hssutton

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If you have Canon EOS lenses for your Canon EOS 1000F 35mm camera they will fit the Canon 1000D £335 click here


However if any lenses you have are third party ones it's very possible that they will not work

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Border View

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Many thanks everyone for responding.

So much information to take into consideration. I am not an experienced photographer. I currently use a Konica Minolta Z3 which was one of the last made before the company closed and Sony took over.

I also have an old Canon EOS 1000F 35mm but have not used it for a while. You tend not to use film cameras once you have found the convenience of digital.

Now that I am retired and have more time think its probably time to attend photography classes. That was I will move out of the automatic point and shoot mode.

Again thank you for your advice and comments.

Regards - Borderview

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donki

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Would you think about going down the second hand route? A 40D would cost you about £350 (that price would be for a pristine boxed one) and is a quality camera, much better build than the 1000D, higher burst rate and better noise handling capabilities. Ive had mine for about a year and wont be upgrading anytime soon. I have used it for wildlife and airshows with some great results.

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Al94

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Not SLR but I am getting fantastic results from this Canon with 35x zoom click here

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QuizMan

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Also, were you aware that because of differences between sensors on SLR's and DSLR's, the quoted lens zoom range should be multiplied by 1.5 on the Sony? So for example a 70-300 zoom equates to 105-450 on the Sony DSLR. The downside is that the standard 18-70 kit lens that comes with the camera is really 27-105 - not so good as it sounds for wide-angled photography.

Please don't ask me to explain the technicalities because I cannot. I have a basic Sony A200 with a Minolta 70-300 lens and they work well together.

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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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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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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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