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Old Mar 28, 2008, 1:28 PM   #1
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Okay, well I used to be very much into photography in the days of film.

Had some cheap PS cams recently, but my main focus was video, my DV cams kept me quite busy, now I am wanting to go back to stills as well.

I'm at a loss as to what to get.

What's impoortant:
~I want a powerful zoom.

~I need to shoot in low light and have good results, noise drives me nuts
(concerts, indoor at home under mood lighting, night shots, etc)

~I like manual controls.

~Size of camera is really not an issue.

~Would like to spend less than 600.




Like the look of the Panasonic TZ3, with the zoom and ois, very happy with panny video cameras too.

Looking at the canon S3 and S5.
Impressive looking, not too too much cheaper than the lower end SLRs.
Is this one really worth the 300+$ in a larger looking body, or should I just go for a DSLR.

Canon EOS XT and XTI bothlook nice and resonably priced, would like to spend under 600 which is where the XTI lands.
Is the XTI worth it over the XT?

Should I be looking at other brands?
All I hear about is canon for stills and couldnt be happier with panasonic for video.

Thank you in advance!!!

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Old Mar 28, 2008, 2:38 PM   #2
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With your requirement for a high ISO capability with no noise or NR fine detail smearing, then you have to go with a consumer level DSLR camera. The Canon XTi is a good choice.

Ultrazooms will just not meet your requirements

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With your requirement for a high ISO capability with no noise or NR fine detail smearing, then you have to go with a consumer level DSLR camera. The Canon XTi is a good choice.

Ultrazooms will just not meet your requirements

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agreed. However, I would also add - you may still have some issues with any of the standard kit lenses since most will be f3.5-5.6. Not saying you cant get good low light shots. But it can be difficult - especially concerts and indoor mood lighting shots if people aren't posing (i.e. they're talking or whatever and likely to move).

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"In those cases anti-shake will only help you so much - your subject is likely to produce motion blur. To be successful you may need to buy some faster lenses (if you're looking at the xti. then the 50mm 1.8 is only $75 which might be good for casual shots but not long enough for concerts). So a warning that a DSLR alone might not give you what you want without an additional lens or two to give you faster shutter speeds.

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I had a feeling the ultrazooms wouldn't work, just really wasn't sure.
Thanks!

I will wait a few weeks til I can afford the XTI.

John, thanks.
I also had a feeling the lens in the kit wouldn't be perfect for my needs.
I'll use that til i get familiar with the camera, then get another....
What would be a good low light & preferably IS lens, to look into that can handle concert shooting?
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What would be a good low light & preferably IS lens, to look into that can handle concert shooting?
well unfortunately it's another trade-off. There are no prime lenses with IS that would fit the bill. So, you either go with bright primes to get higher shutter speeds (beneficial to stop motion blur) or use zoom lenses with IS but with a max aperture of 2.8

But the other issue you have to deal with is - what distance will you be?
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