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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:18 pm 
Hi all

I am currently on a trip around the world that will last me a year. I have just completed my 4th month and have so far relied on my "old" Canon Ixus 860 IS. Since I started my trip I have heavily used the manual settings and feel like I have reached a point where I just want more from a camera than my current Ixus can offer. Since this is probably a "once in a lifetime thing" I have decided that I would like to take better pictures of places I will probably never visit again. I didn't get a DSLR before I started the trip because I didn't want to carry the extra weight (and potentialy another bag) but I have now changed my mind.

Because I am at the moment in Korea (which is one of the countries still great for buying cheap electronics [especially if you have korean friends]) I have decided that it is now or never to upgrade to a DSLR.

I have been reading a few reviews but honestly I am none the wiser. So far I have figured out that it is less about the body and more about the lenses that counts. I want to get a entry level / beginners modell but it seems where ever I look different cameras are recommended.

I would really appreciate some input from you guys on what would be a great first DSLR for me.

As I am on a trip I am mainly looking for a camera that will handle landscape well and portrait's are not that important. I am also looking for something that handles low light situations well for early morning, late evening or night in the city shots. Also I am pretty annoyed on the (in my opinion) extrem long time it takes my Ixus to actually take that picture. Since I am travelling long, I am on a budget. So I can't spend enormous amounts.

[edit:] I don't care about shooting videos and can deal without live-view.

So far I have a few favourits.. for example the Canon T2i, the Pentax K-x and the Nikon D3000. But maybe I should broaden my search or one of those won't cut it for my purpose?

[edit2:] I am planning to go for a first look tomorrow and just to hold a few of the cameras to see which one feels good in my hands.

Thank you very much in advance for your input and help!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:31 pm 

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The 550d is the most expensive of the cameras and in my opinion the best. However hold as many cameras as you can in the store and see which ones you like. Also remember that for the same price as the 550d you could get the d3000 with another lens. Maybe a wide angle lens if you want to take landscape photos.

Camera: Canon 550D with battery grip
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
Accessories: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 head, Canon 430ex II speedlite, Lowepro Nova 180AW and Lowepro Pro Runner 450AW

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