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Old Apr 15, 2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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I want to purchase a DSLR. I am totally new to photography other than a HS class that I took about 10 years ago. My interest in it stirred up after my friend showed me his camera, a Canon 7d. I have no intention to purchase that expensive of a camera. I want something that I won't have to replace in the next 3-5 years. I was looking online that find out which type of photographs that I was interested in and it turns out to be landscaping, outdoor/travel, Action/sport shots. I am looking everyday and everyday I am certain that I want this camera and then I change my mind the next day. I really do want it soon, so that I can have it before I go on vacation to use the camera. I am going to Hawaii around July/August of this year. I have mulling over the: Pentax K-X, Canon XSI, T1i, T2i, Nikon D5000. The full HD video recording is cool, but I don't think I will need that and plus the T2i is so new, there is no discount on it. Then on the other hand the XSI is kinda old already and will probably be out of production soon. So far, I have gone to shops to try out these camera to see how they feel. I have yet to find the K-X though, which may help sway my decision.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 11:20 AM   #2
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Welcome to Steve's!!

It's a big decisions and never an easy one as you are not only choosing a camera but also a system that generally you will stay with.

One thing that would be sensible (to me) is if you are close to your friend the go Canon as you can switch/share kit from time to time. I have lots of friends who like to borrow some of my lenses and flash.

Landscapes are a doddle, any of the cameras will do fine in that regard. Action and sports can be the issue as it is more specialist so getting kit that will help you in this area is a good idea. What sort of things are you thinking? I know that might be hard to tell as you are just starting out but if an idea that can help us put some suggestions forward (and scare you with some of the options for the future).
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 11:32 AM   #3
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well to answer your question, I really don't know. When I say that I like those action and sport shots, it because they look cool capturing the quick motion on camera. But I really aren't sure where I would have opportunities to capture them. I don't have any children ,so I wouldn't need it for league games. I think mainly it would be used for family events, capturing portraits, camping trips, definitely vacation trips, night shots of the city, etc.

thank you for your help, I hope its not too confusing cause I these choices is confusing to me.
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It's fine for me, I've got enough cameras, you are the one choosing LOL.

Any dSLR is going to cover the elements that you describe pretty OK. However reading what you are saying possibly it might be worth asking this question. Do you want something as big as a dSLR or for convenience would something like this work better http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...l1-review.html ??

One of our best shooters here uses one to great effect and the size means it will go more places with you which can be ideal in the city at night, trips etc.

A few links to what it can do in the right hands and with the correct processing.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/hd...s-shadows.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...1-day-2-a.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...l1-thread.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/la...erie-dusk.html

I'm not trying to push you to go this way, I don't use one myself but there are some major benefits to a small form factor camera. If it is a no then that's fine, but worth checking.

I'm about to head out to shoot a wedding but hopefully others will be able to chip in.
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Mark,

You were saying you were inflating Hard, now you are doing it even more. LOL those are great photos.
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