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Old Apr 29, 2014, 11:43 PM   #21
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I think the bottom line is that you aren't going to find a bad DSLR, and the performance in low light will beat film hands down.
Since you are not invested in lenses from any particular maker, you can be free to choose what fits your hands and your style.
Considering the type of photography you mentioned, you should think about image stabilization to help with camera shake at longer exposures. There are basically two kinds - lens based, and body based. In both, motion sensors detect camera movement and compensate (somewhat) by shifting either where the image falls on the sensor (lens based) or moving the sensor to be where the image is (body based). Each has its proponents. Both help with blurriness from camera shake, and give you a couple stops or more of leeway. My view is that the difference is primarily economic, in that the body based systems will stabilize every lens you have, and not have to pay extra for the feature when you purchase a lens. (others have different opinions)
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Old Apr 30, 2014, 9:09 AM   #22
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If you are not changing lenses have you given any thought to cameras like the Panasonic FZ-200? With the exception of the interchangeable lens everything else you might want should be there. For less than your $1,000 budget a very nice kit could be assembled.
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If you are not changing lenses have you given any thought to cameras like the Panasonic FZ-200? With the exception of the interchangeable lens everything else you might want should be there. For less than your $1,000 budget a very nice kit could be assembled.
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+1 from me too
Today's superzoom cameras were not around in film-camera days so they are a new item for you to consider

All the knobs & buttons of the dSLR but a fixed and very powerful zoom lens attached to a quite nice camera body

The FZ200 uses a Leica designed lens that from personal experience [with my old FZ30] outperformed the Sigma lenses on my Pentax

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Old Apr 30, 2014, 6:12 PM   #24
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I agree that the Panasonic FZ200 is a fine camera, but the advantages a 'Full Frame' dSLR has over an APS-C dSLR, an APS-C dSLR has over a bridge camera in spades, even one as good as the FZ200, and especially for what ellenhall says she wants to shoot.
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