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Old Jul 18, 2009, 1:30 PM   #11
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My current camera is a Canon Powershot A710 IS. I've had it for 2 yrs. I think it does a good job(if I do my job) but I want to get even better shots.My favorite subject to photograph are my dogs. I've been saving for this day. I know someone who has a Nikon D70,bag,battery,charger,lens,memory card & he has offered to sell it to me for $500. He hasn't used it much,he prefers his P&S. The 6 mp is why I hesitate. But in reality I know a DSLR with 6 MP makes a beautiful photo.I would not get a warrenty. I'm having a hard time with understanding the DSLR lens ranges. I know how close & how far I can be from my subject & get a good shot with my current camera. But I really have no idea how far or how close I can be from my subject with a DSLR & a 18-55 lens or 18-135. My other alternative is a Canon SX10 IS or Nikon P90 superzoom.I also like to take video clips & edit them with my still images into a cute movie.Here is a photo I recently took & pretty typical of my style.

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Hi Sue-

Congratulations, that is a great photo that you posted. Personally I would shy away from the D-70 from your friend. The D-70 is old technology that is well past its prime.

I would feel much more relaxed to hear that you were seriously considering the Canon XS with the 18-55 mm kit lens. The XS with kit lens is selling for $(US) 520.00 with free shipping at www.buydig.com, a very respected internet retailer. You would have a great, up to date camera, with a full guarantee.

The 18-55 mm kit lens that comes with the Canon XS is an excellent kit lens and it has IS. You are probably wondering what that translates to in 35mm terms. It is a lens that covers 28mm to 82mm. It will focus closely enough to do macro or close-up shots, and to even act as a portrait lens.

The Canon XS has 10mp, while the almost comparable Nikon D-40 has only 6mp and their kit lens does not have VR/IS.

Just 2 cents worth from a digital camera instructor.

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Old Jul 18, 2009, 9:15 PM   #13
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Thanks Sarah, I will add the Canon XS to my short list. Good price on buydig,I'd have a bit of change left over. Enough to also buy another lens or superzoom camera.
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A logical add on lens for the canon XS would be the Canon 55-200 mm lens. It is reasonably priced and very sharp.

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Old Jul 19, 2009, 4:23 PM   #15
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A logical add on lens for the canon XS would be the Canon 55-200 mm lens. It is reasonably priced and very sharp.

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Old Jul 20, 2009, 5:55 PM   #17
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Thanks, I am making notes as I go along & reading posts & looking at photos in the photo sections,& learning about lens's. I have my short list of cameras I am interested in & will be going to check them out sometime this week.
Nikon D90
Canon Rebel XS (2 lens)
Nikon D5000 (now a bit wary since it has a pending recall)
Canon SX10 IS (only if the DSLR cameras don't work out.)
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Hi Sue-

Your list looks like there is a debate going on regarding the Nikon System versus the Canon System, could that be the case? How big a factor does budget play into this decision, as the Nikon D-90 is on the pricey side of the ledger. We head out on another teaching contract on 07/27, so if there is any help or info I can supply please let me know.

I will throw out some ideas. If they help, that is fine. If I am a bother, just tell me to knock it off. My feelings will not be hurt in any way at all. www.buy.com has the Pentax K-2000 camera with the Pentax 18-55mm kit lens for $(US)461.99 with free shipping and a full 1 year guarantee and IS built into the camera body. The Pentax K-2000 kit also includes an Pentax AF-200 external flash. The Pentax 50-200 mm lens is now selling for around $(US)180.00. So for $(US) 641.99 you would have a great little DSLR camera with lenses covering in 35mm terms 28mm to 300mm.

How good is the camera? Well I own one and I have attached a sample photo for you.

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OK, Sue-

One little photo does not tell the whole story. Here is a crop at 100% that show s that the camera is really doing a good job. The lens used here was the Pentax 50-200 mm lens.

Keep in mind that with the IS built into the camera body on the Pentax K-2000, that one ups the Canon XS which only has more expensive IS lenses, and no IS available in the camera body.

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Hi Sarah,
Yes, there is a bit of a debate in my mind between Canon & Nikon. They are both great cameras,although I have always favored Canon. Some of my friends have Nikons & are very pleased with them. There's also a debate in my head over even splurging on a DSLR. I want it,but I don't need it. I originally was saving for a Canon Rebel(very popular),until I read about the D90. Then I started saving for that one. Then I decided the D5000 would be OK & a little less expensive. Then I decided to get a Canon Rebel & be done with it. Then I decided to just get a superzoom,but the picture quality(no better than my little powershot) just really doesn't do it for me.So I went back over my short list & I still really want that D90 but I'm still $200 short. I guess I'm trying to get the camera I will be happy with next yr as well as this yr. I can't afford to buy a new DSLR camera whenever the new next best model comes out. So,my budget is a factor,but it's not the deciding factor on this one camera. I do appreciate your input & am taking all into consideration,you're not a bother at all. If I don't get the D90,I'm going for the Canon Rebel & 2 lens's you suggested. I really like the video mode feature of the D90,especially since the video is an AVI file. That tips the scales for me. I use that feature quite often with my Powershot. Just have to decide if it's important enough to spend the extra bucks. The Pentax looks great,thanks for suggesting it.Sure hope I make the right choice. I'll try to let you know what I ended up with before the 27th.Thanks so much for your input.
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