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Old Jun 18, 2009, 7:46 PM   #1
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hi to everyone
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after a new camera it is mainly for
photographing
clothes for
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and my reptiles i need it to have a good strong flash be quick to use have a good zoom i intend also to start taking photos of the wildlife around me so i
don't
just want a compact camera
Ive
got a budget of about 450
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pounds any help anyone can give me would be very much appreciated thanks forgot to say it must have live view due to suffering from a bad back

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Old Jun 18, 2009, 8:14 PM   #2
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An entry level dSLR with 'Live View', a kit lens, and an external flash will probably fit within your budget, but a telephoto zoom for your wildlife shots will probably put you over your limit. For shooting wildlife and your reptiles, you'll need a fast autofocus system. I think that narrows down your choices to the Sony A300 and A330. I suggest you go to a retailer and try them out.
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Old Jun 18, 2009, 8:23 PM   #3
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my local retailer at the moment has got these 2 on offer
Olympus E-420 14-42mm + 40-150mm Kit 379



Sony Alpha A300 + 18-70mm + 55-200mm Kit 399


Olympus E420 10MP DSLR Camera with Twin Lens 390

which one would people recomend
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I'd say the Sony, but you still need a flash. I'd also say that the 55-200 isn't long enough for wildlife, but may work for your reptiles.

The Olympus isn't stabilized and has a slower autofocus system.
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Worth checking out the way in which they handle. Im also looking for an entry level DSLR and found the Sony pretty chunky- it just didn't feel "right" in my hands.

I am just off into town to revisit the Pentax km. Currys have a two lens deal on at the moment. 379.98 for both 18-55mm & 50-200mm.

What digital camera gave the Olypus E-520 88%- what ever that means ;-) said the cons were highlight control and slow auto focus- worth having a go in a store.

I am probably going to go for that.

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/prod...Km+Twin/187926
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yes i looked at the pentax but its got no live view
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Worth checking out the way in which they handle. Im also looking for an entry level DSLR and found the Sony pretty chunky- it just didn't feel "right" in my hands.
I agree that how the camera feels is an important criterion, but when your other criteria narrow your choices down to one, then you must make due.
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Only the Sony's will focus quickly while using live view so is that is key your choice is limited.

Also using a long lens and live view without some sort of support is not going to be easy so a monopod is worth looking at.

Depending how bad your back is then I would question how much weight you will comfortably be able to work with so this is one of the rare times that I would suggest looking at a superzoom camera as a possibility and then add an external flash. If you are going to consider that route then it is best to start a new thread so that you get more views.
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