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Old Jun 3, 2010, 7:36 AM   #21
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but I needed the extra budget to buy a bigger lens so I went for a cheaper body. Plus my husband has a canon so in the future it would be nice if we could joint purchase lenses that we could share, plus he can help me get to grips with my camera!
All are excellent reasons for making the choice you did.
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Old Jun 3, 2010, 7:42 AM   #22
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well like i said before, since I'm beginner I'm not really sure. Just my environment, anything I find interesting really. Buildings, landscapes, sunset/sunrise shots. I want something that will do good in low light and that can focus properly on small things (for close ups) That's my main criteria hope this helps
For most of what you say, any dSLR would work well. The close ups will be easier with a stabilized system. Pentax and Sony have the image stabilization in the camera body, so all macro lenses, including third party lenses, will be stabilized. Sony has a better selection of new and used macro lenses than Pentax. Canon and Nikon put stabilization in the lens not the body, and stabilized macro lenses are rare and expensive. Canon only has one, Nikon has two, and no third party lens manufacturers make stabilized macro lenses.

Based on what you want to shoot, I think a Sony would be your best choice.
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Old Jun 3, 2010, 8:42 AM   #23
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thanks for the suggestions everyone , I got my eyes sparkling for the Pentax kx at the moment though
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Well the Pentax Kx is a very good camera, you will just have to become a bit more create with Macro lenses. Sigma and Tamron both has Macro Lenses that fir pentax.

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sony and pentax are about the same with true macro lenses on new lenses. Like Sarah mention, with the pentax K-x, you can look into the sigma and tamron macro lenses or the 3 that pentax makes.
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Sony has three macro lenses: 100mm f/2.8, 50mm f/2.8, and 30mm f/2.8. Pentax only has two: 100mm f/2.8, and 50mm f/2.8 (though the 100mm f/2.8 is available with a weather resistant barrel or not.) And three out of four of Sigma's macro lens are available for either Sony or Pentax, but only one of Tamron's macro lenses is available for Pentax, while two are available for Sony and the third should be available soon. Plus, there are more macro lenses available on the used market for Sony than for Pentax.
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you forget about the da limited lenses, the 35mm 2.8 macro,

currently there is only 1 tamron macro that fits the sony. The new one is not out yet.
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you forget about the da limited lenses, the 35mm 2.8 macro,
You're correct. I did missed that one. Thanks for catching that.

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currently there is only 1 tamron macro that fits the sony. The new one is not out yet.
Tamron's SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro and SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro are both available for the Sony, while only the 90 is available for the Pentax. And, both Adorama and B&H are selling the SP AF60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro for the Sony mount, even if it's not currently available.
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I did forget about the 180mm macro. I stand correct. But the 60mm is not available yet, but I guess they are pre selling it.
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But there are still more new macro options for the pentax, but they are very expensive.
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