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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-04-2006, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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After frustration with trying to take puppy pictures with a sort of middle-of-the-line digital camera (shutter lag, and all), I've been looking at SLRs. I have done 35mm photography since I was in High School so the Canon 5D which has the same sensor size as the focal plane on a 35mm looks very interesting. I've looked at the Nikon D200 and it looks pretty nice but the 5D seems like it would suit my old school knowledge better. Any opinions??

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Tom, if you had the 5d, you could do EVERYTHING. I thought about getting one as a back up, I have a 20d for that now.

A full frame sensor is great! The 20d does not have that, but my 1ds does.
I say if you had a canon before, stick with it, and if you had Nikon before thats ok too.

Both the cameras you mentioned are great. The money is also in the lenses, if you have any from film days, they may work with the digis.

If I had to have ONE camera, I would look into the 5D. Combined with an external flash you can take any shot you want.

If you want to do any outside shots and you dont want a 5d or better, I would go Nikon. From experience.

Ill help you any way I can! With good equipment, it makes it sooo much easier!
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Yeah, The last 35mm I have is a Canon so their teminology from the film camera to the digital translates. Also with the full sized sensor, lens focal lengths don't require on the spot math to figure which lens does what since the same focal length lens for the 35 does the same thing for the 5D. Unfortunately the Canon lenses I have are not electronic focusing so they will still be of limited use.
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post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-05-2006, 06:38 PM
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Melissa - I'm still waiting for that 'Best Affordable Camera' list...
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Tami do you want an slr where you can change the lenses or a point and shoot?

Also if anyone ever wants to read about cameras and how they do,

www.dpreview.com is a great site.
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A Kodak easy share is what I have, too Tami. I feel your pain. LOL
It got such good ratings, but I just loathe the little thing. The software that came with it totally messed up my computer and I had to have it repaired. Plus the camera itself is practically useless if you are more than 10 feet away from your subject. I have to get a new camera!!!!!
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I want to zoom in quickly and be able to take one picture right after another without waiting several seconds for the camera to 'get ready' again. I need to take outside shots during baseball games, ropings, cattle shows, and just the dogs playing around. But I also need to take inside photos at the same livestock shows, and at dog shows. Of course just family pics in the house during holidays, etc.
Okay Melissa, what camera do I need for all that? I just need to hire a photographer, right?
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Ok Im think I need to know a budget, ecspecially when you get into slr's.

Keep in mind, you can go anywhere from 500-10,000.

IF I were wanting a camera to do what you are describing Dawna, and I was on a budget...( Meaning Im not a photographer) I would look at a used Nikon D100. I had that camera and it was great. It would sell for 2,000 without a lens. I think you can get it for 600-800 now which includes a good lens. You can also look at a Nikon D70 or a Canon 30d.

If you want a point and shoot, you are just going to have lag. Maybe some of the fixed lens Nikons might be ok, but they are still 700+.
The new Point and Shoots are getting better, but not for rodeo and low light situations.

I can make a better list later, but I would seriously try to find a used D100 or a simialr camera. You dont need a brand new one. Some people trade theirs in when anything new comes out. I only traded mine in because I needed to make 30x40 photos from it.
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Thanks so much Melissa! Now I know where to start. 600-800 is a good price range for me. Even up to 1500 if that included some extra lenses, etc.
Thanks again!!!!
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Dawna,
I just told Tami this also. Nikon is releasing a new camera tomorrow. People think its going to be a d80. Its going to be in your price range, and its going to be 10 megapixels. There should be details on Nikons page tomorrow.
www.nikonusa.com
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