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Old Oct 16, 2009, 4:08 AM   #1
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Hello guys,

I'm finding it hard to decide on which camera to buy after narrowing down to a set of 4 models with some offers on BH. Please help me choose any 1 among this or suggest anything else if you have in mind.

1. Canon 450D (black) kit - $626
2. Nikon D3000 kit lens + 55-200 mm lens - $629
3. Sony A230 kit lens + 55-200 mm lens - $599
4. Sony A230 kit lens + 75-300 mm lens - $619

I would use it for outdoor shooting as I travel quite a lot. I would also like to use them while I go on wildlife tours and zoo visits. I am confused if i should buy a good camera system or a good lens? These offers are quite tempting and confuses me even more as i keep looking at it.

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Old Oct 16, 2009, 5:26 AM   #2
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The jury is still out on whether the Nikon D3000 has an autofocus system fast enough for sports/action/wildlife, so I would set that one asside for now.

Sony's 75-300 isn't very good, so I wouldn't consider that choice.

Sony's 55-200 is very good, but it isn't very long. If you can live within that range, that would be a good choice. But if you need the extra range, I'd go with the Tamron 70-300 Di LD instead. That would be $500 for the body and kit lens, plus $170 for the Tamron, and that might put you over budget.

The Canon is nice, but you didn't include a long lens. Again, unfortunately, Canon's 70-300 isn't very good, and the Tamron would be a better choice. Also, of the three camera bodies you've listed, the Canon has the best autofocus system for what you want to do.

BTW, Sony's 55-200 is basically the Tamron 55-200, and if you can live within that range, the Tamron is available for all the cameras you've listed, and it's cheaper than their 70-300 Di LD.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 10:18 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum-

TCav has given a lot of good information. Personally, I would opt for the Canon XSi with a Canon 55-250mm lens. Both camera and lens have received very good reviews. Yes, it will take a bit more $$ to begin, but the photos captured will be the constant dividend.

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I would have to agree with TCav's concern about the range, if you really are doing wildlife photography, 200mm isn't all that much, really

TCAV, when you say a lens "isn't very good," what do you mean, exactly? In the case of the Canon, would there be an alternative which IS good, that would take you to the 300 mm, or is that the only lens they make which zooms that far? Or an alternative manufacturer FOR the Canon?
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I would have to agree with TCav's concern about the range, if you really are doing wildlife photography, 200mm isn't all that much, really

TCAV, when you say a lens "isn't very good," what do you mean, exactly? In the case of the Canon, would there be an alternative which IS good, that would take you to the 300 mm, or is that the only lens they make which zooms that far? Or an alternative manufacturer FOR the Canon?
The inexpensive OEM lenses in this range are soft at the extremes and suffer from chromatic aberration. The Tamron 70-300 Di LD is probably the best lens in that range for up to twice the price. Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax all have lenses in that range that are a lot better, but they're significantly more expensive. The Canon 55-250 IS that mtclimber mentions is very good, reasonably priced, and it's stabilized. If you've got a Canon dSLR and can live without the 250-300mm focal length, it's the lens to get.
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I think the OP should consider a different system altogether. TCav pointed out the limitations of each of the options in discussion. So, if none of the four is a winner, might as well move on to something else. Olympus offer a nice kit (either E520 or E620 depending on the budget) for a very reasonable price. The Zuiko lenses are very good and the 2x crop factor turns a 70-300mm into a 140-600mm, which is more than long enough.
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Actually, the Canon, and possibly the Sony, should be able to handle the wildlife shooting that the OP wants to do, and do it better than the Olympus systems.
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