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Old Sep 21, 2006, 8:26 PM   #1
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Hi, I am looking to buy a camera to photograph wildlife. It must be under $1,000, and I'm looking for the best possible quality of picture. Do you guys know of any particular model/brands that I should look at? =\
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Old Sep 24, 2006, 1:07 PM   #2
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For best possible picture quality, you probably want a DSLR.

For value for money, keeping it under $1000, your best bets are probably Pentax and Olympus.

The Olympus E-500 dual lens kit might not be a bad place to start for about $720, but for best results you would probably eventually want to upgrade from the kit lens.


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Old Sep 24, 2006, 4:59 PM   #3
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Suppose I told you that you can take great pet photos for a whole lot less than spending $1,000 for a DSLR camera? Its true. Tell us a bit more about the kind of pet photos that you desire to take. Perhaps we can save you enough for some great accessories.

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Try a Pentax DSLR, for results like this shot in jpg mode. Camera and lens are less than $1,000 and with a K100D you get Shake Reduction built into the body.



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Old Sep 25, 2006, 9:02 AM   #5
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Give some examples of the types of wildlife you wish to photograph. That will drive the necessary requirements of any camera solution. This will determine whether a digicam solution exists.

Then it's a question of your expectations of the quality of the results. Your expectation of quality will determine whether their is an under $1000 solution that will meet your expectations.
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I also think you'd be very happy with a Pentax K100D. You can get the camera with a decent kit lens for around $580. That leaves you $420 for accessories like a really good telephoto zoom (a must for wildlife).
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Old Sep 29, 2006, 6:05 PM   #7
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"Tell us a bit more about the kind of pet photos that you desire to take."

I'm more interested in photgraphing wildlife, rather than domestic animals.


"Try a Pentax DSLR, for results like this shot in jpg mode."

Tom, thats one awesome picture there, wow.


"Give some examples of the types of wildlife you wish to photograph."
I'm pretty much game for anything. I would love to get a lot of action shots like that Heron photo. Also, I might do some meterology and astronomy photography


Question though, how do you guys think the Canon rebel XT compares to the Pentax K100D?


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that picture is awsome and amazingly clear
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