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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:48 pm 
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Hi all I currently use a Panasonic FZ150 and LX3, both of which I love but I really miss my old DSLR a Canon 30D and the lovely depth of field that could be achieved. I have decided to buy a DSLR again, I was all set to buy a new D3100 with kit lens for £269 then my dad threw a spanner into the works and said he was selling his D200 (too heavy for him) it's had little use 3000 shutter operations in mint condition and he is selling it with a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8 lens. He said price is negotiable around the £200 mark.

Just wondering what's everyone's thoughts, should I buy a 7 year old camera against a new albeit old model or should I get the 3100 as well? My dad has bought the D3200 which seems nice but out of my price range.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:42 am 
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Have you considered buying second hand from shops like camulet. You can get good priced bodies. A few weeks ago I saw a d3200 body at around £220. Ive seen d5100 for around 50 quid more. I myself have a d3200. I would recomend it. You have got to make your choice based on what you want from the camera.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:39 pm 
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Well, given that you say...

thepominlaw wrote:
...I really miss my old DSLR a Canon 30D and the lovely depth of field that could be achieved. I have decided to buy a DSLR again...

I would say go with the D200 + Sigma 17-70mm f2.8 (assuming that the lens is also in good condition and that your father won't sell it separately) because it's capable of DoF that's around 1/3 of the D3100 kit lens. e.g. assuming the same distance to subject (which, yes, will also result in different framing): at, say, 7 feet, 55mm, f5.6 the kit lens will have a DoF of around one foot, whereas at 70mm, f2.8 DoF will be around 4 inches.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:09 pm 
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Decided to go for the D200 and 17-70, he gave it me for nothing :-) couldn't refuse really......

My dad returned the d3200 and bought a d7100 instead.......I can dream one day it will be mine


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