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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:42 pm 
just sold my canon... and i WANT a new camera... but sadly im out of money, what under-400$ camera do you sugest i buy, it trully wont matter if it is a point and shoot.

i was thinking:
canon sx30 is
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
Sony DSC-HX5V (cmos)

some dslr, maybe...BUT since i sold my cam, im out of lenses and dont have money to buy camera+lenses... dslr would be an option only if it is used

so... please help me out!!

(a pic taken with my ex-camera :( )

hgstich by Alxgt, Flickr

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:09 am 
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Hi alxgt,

Sorry to hear about your predicament. As this is essentially a "what shall I buy" question I'll move the thread across to our Buying a new camera but undecided on brand? section but I'll leave a shadow behind in this section. Hopefully that will get you the best advice. Just a reminder that if anyone has anything to sell then it would break forum rules to advertise it here in this thread. But if you contact alxgt via PM I'd never know... ;)


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M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8, Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:36 am 
Hi alxgt,

no matter the budget or the circumstances, the answer to your question depends purely on what your priorities are in a camera...

To the exclusion of everything else, what is your number one priority?

If you answer that question, it's more likely you will get useful answers.

Cheers :-)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:04 am 
I don't know what you can get for that sum...maybe a second hand 450D the most. But if the camera is not an immediate priority,save money & buy later something you can really use without making compromises.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:16 pm 

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Id think about the Canon G11, new or used. Only if you are sure youll get more money (to buy at least a few lenses) it's worth it to buy a DSLR. If youre not going to buy many lenses (or just a 18-200) I think youre not going to get all the quality out of the camera, and then, you'd be better off with a good P&S (or EVIL).
If you want a DSLR though, few months ago the Olympus E-420 with the two-lenskit was around $420, NEW. Now it's not available anymore. Maybe your shop has some left. The used market is quite big here, if it's big too overthere the E-420 (or even other DSLRs) are much cheaper.



Panasonic DMC-FZ18, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Canon G5, Canon 350D, Canon 50D + BG-E2N
Tamron 17-50 2.8, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM,
Canon 18-55 II plus lots of Minolta MD/M42 lenses and bodies

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:33 am 
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If I were you, I'd certainly invest in a DSLR system, that will give you a chance to invest in some lenses. The Nikon D40 sells with the 18-55 for $400 these days, if you purchase one you'll have the opportunity to purchase some quality Nikkor glass in the future. Of course, there are also some compacts as you mentioned, and you can't forget the EVIL cameras. What are you looking for in a new camera?


Gear: 7 Nikon Nikkor AI-S and AF-S lenses, SB-700 flash, Nikon D7000, Nikon FM, variety of accessories

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:08 am 
im pretty lucky now :D found some money and now my new question is...

nikon d3100 or canon t1i...or rebel xs

LOVED the nikon and the t1i BUT if i go for the xs i could buy some lenses...



(and thank you so so so so much, i reaaaally appreciate it)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:17 am 
Less body, more lens generally provides the best bang for the buck vs IQ. The thing about Canon is that they add the extra features that are nice-to-have even at the entry level. Things such as auto-bracketing, remote control sw, dof preview, etc. are really useful features to have. My only beef about Canon, frankly, is that their entry level DSLRs just don't feel solid to me. On the other hand, the D3100 is a very nice camera -- and feels well built in the hand.

If you can find one - and if video isn't a bother for you -- try a Canon XSi -- there are still some around at the odd store.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:08 pm 

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I would get the canon 1000d with some lenses. Or you could wait for the updated version (1100d). But whatever you decide to do spend as much money on lenses as you can.

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Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
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