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Old May 14, 2005, 9:10 AM   #1
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I currently own a Sony dsc-v1 and have been recently considering the purchase of a dslr (Rebel XT in particular). I'm strictly an enthusiastic amateur who enjoys the who digital photography experience.

Question: What's the real value for me to move up to a dslr.Know aboutthe technicalbenefits: more control,better low light photography at higer ISOs,faster camera performance ,etc. But I'm reallyinterested in hearing from anyone who's moved up from the same class of camera and wondering if they felt that the money was well spent and their overall sense of satsifaction with the move.

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Old May 14, 2005, 10:43 AM   #2
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IMO everyone will tell you they are happy with the move

Just don't forget to factor in the cost of the lenses (after the original purchase of the body)...!
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Old May 14, 2005, 11:08 AM   #3
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I just went from a Minolta A200 to a Rebel XT. And the most gratifying difference, besides the performance, is the "experience" of shooting with a dslr. It just seems to be more fun, because it's such a sweet piece of equipment. The way it feels, the way it sounds, the interchangeable lenses, and it's speed, just add to the overall experience, even if the images are basically the same as I got from my A200. (Although I often missed action shots due to the relatively slow shutter/AF response of my A200).

The one thing I do miss is being able to frame shots on the LCD. I am "left eyed", and has been awkward so far getting used to using a viewfinder. Plus, I used the LCD on my A200 to frame shots that were low to the ground, etc. Something I can't do with my XT.
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Old May 15, 2005, 12:04 PM   #4
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While I agree with what Chris said above about low angle framing, the bottom line is that my images with the DSLR, shot in RAW mode and postprocessed to the best of my ability have given me results that I simply failed to achieve with previous (Minolta and Nikon) Point and shoot cameras. For me, the bottom line was better image quality from the larger sensor and the ability to remove the lens and attach any number of things to allow me to shoot it 'my way'. In trade, I had to learn the new rules of operation that do change compared to the previous set. Nothing tires me more than posts that say there is something wrong with their new DSLR because it doesn't take pictures like their old model xxx. If you are willing to apply yourself to the process of making the best possible images, buy a DSLR (any brand - I like Canon).
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I went from a Fuji S602 Zomm to a Digital Rebel and it was a great move. The main reason for my switch was the ability to change lenses. I do a LOT of newspaper work and really found the change was a great help. I have a Sigma 170-500mm lens I just love this time of year for baseball/softball action. My advice, go ahead and move up. You will like it.
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Thanks for the input....will likely move ahead with the purchase based on what I've read here and elsewhere....nowto decidewhether to go witha 350d as originally planned (prefer the smaller size/weight, 8MP)or should I consider the d70s (prefer the dedicated focus lamp assist and kit lens)
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I also have a Sony V1 and joined the DSLR world a month ago, buying a 20d, 17-85 and 2 gig CF card. 3 weeks later, and after a bunch of reading, I didn't like the 17-85. Sold it on the FM forums, and now I have a 24-70L which is amazing.

I did the same thing you are thinking of doing, I was looking at the 350XT, but then decided on the 20D because of the build, and the 5fps. I shoot my daughter horse jumping, so the extra fps is important to me.

Here's a page with the Sony V1 and the Canon 24-70L on the same page. The V1 actually takes great pictures, they turn out sharp. But I've found the color on the Canon is much better. The pictures at the very bottom are the 24-70L

http://www.nogodforme.com/destiny2005.htm


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One more question.

Understand that post processing is a normal part of the DSLR experience....however just wondering for those situations where I simply want to print straightfrom the original image (eg. family events, etc), do the configurable settings onthe XT provide for simulation of the kind ofoutput one gets fromPoint/Shoot cameras.?
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I upgraded to a 300D about 9 months ago and would never go back, however, it's only worth the move to DSLR if you are going to buy lenses otherwise you could get very bored with the kit lens only. If you are not prepared to buy more lenses, a prosumer with a good optical zoom would be the way to go.
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as188,
Yes, it is my understanding that you can alter the sharpness/contrast... maybe hue and saturation to give you a very similar look to a P&S. It won't always look right for a given scene (you dialed in more contrast than the scene really needed) but it should work most of the time.

The only reason to do lots of post processing is if you're a perfectionist and want the highest quality shots all the time.

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