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Old Jul 22, 2010, 6:13 PM   #161
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Pentax K-x
Sony A450
Canon 1000D
Nikon D3000

Which one would be the best choice?
Hello Koolpc

Have you ever played 'pin the tail on the donkey'?

Like your friends on the other forums, I use a Canon
and my natural inclination is to recommend this brand.
However, out of your list, I would probably choose the K-x.

The Canon and Nikon on your list are bottom of the
range models. If you compared the K-x to other cameras
in the same class like the Canon 450D and Nikon D5000,
my choice would be more difficult.

You know it really doesn't matter which one you choose.
If you buy a brand new DSLR from a reputable maker, you
will probably get what you pay for. A good fit-for-purpose
(haven't we been here before?) camera that will produce
excellent images. If you buy a cheaper model, you can
use it to learn about DSLRs. After a year or so, you will
be in a position to decide if you want to sell it on and
upgrade to something better. Once you invest in more
expensive kit, you are effectively married to that system
forever because it will cost you a fortune to change to
a different system.

The best bang for your buck (pound) is probably your
original choice of the Sony A230. If you can stretch
the budget a bit further, the K-x looks like a nice camera.
My own preference would be the Canon 450D because
it has such a large range of new and used lenses
available. Nikon have a good range of lenses too, but
many of them won't work properly on lower end
Nikons like the D3000.

Ultimately, you will have to make the choice. None of
us will drag you down to the shop and buy it for you.
Well, actually, I think Sarah just might if you don't
make your mind up soon
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 6:19 PM   #162
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The 2 kit lenses are actually very good, and cover a very good range. But if you were going with 1 lens, the canon 18-135 is a good range on a crop body. When I carry 2 lenses I carry the canon 28-135 ant 70-300, but that is me. Wide angle is not as important for what I shoot. But I would go with the sigma 18-250 on the pentax and the tamron 18-270 for the canon. They are more versatile lenses the 18-135.
Do i have to look for some special letter etc to signify it has image satbalization (If going for a Canon mount)
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 6:25 PM   #163
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sigma OS
tamron VC
canon IS

stabilized lens do cost more.
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 6:25 PM   #164
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Hello Koolpc

Have you ever played 'pin the tail on the donkey'?

Like your friends on the other forums, I use a Canon
and my natural inclination is to recommend this brand.
However, out of your list, I would probably choose the K-x.

The Canon and Nikon on your list are bottom of the
range models. If you compared the K-x to other cameras
in the same class like the Canon 450D and Nikon D5000,
my choice would be more difficult.

You know it really doesn't matter which one you choose.
If you buy a brand new DSLR from a reputable maker, you
will probably get what you pay for. A good fit-for-purpose
(haven't we been here before?) camera that will produce
excellent images. If you buy a cheaper model, you can
use it to learn about DSLRs. After a year or so, you will
be in a position to decide if you want to sell it on and
upgrade to something better. Once you invest in more
expensive kit, you are effectively married to that system
forever because it will cost you a fortune to change to
a different system.

The best bang for your buck (pound) is probably your
original choice of the Sony A230. If you can stretch
the budget a bit further, the K-x looks like a nice camera.
My own preference would be the Canon 450D because
it has such a large range of new and used lenses
available. Nikon have a good range of lenses too, but
many of them won't work properly on lower end
Nikons like the D3000.

Ultimately, you will have to make the choice. None of
us will drag you down to the shop and buy it for you.
Well, actually, I think Sarah just might if you don't
make your mind up soon
Thanks.

Well, i don't think i will go the Sony route now. I know i can get the A450 for 299 but i wasn't happy with the feel of it.

I have held the other 3 and liked them all.

The Pentax K-x is a stunning camera and i am not too sure about the D3000 so that leaves me with the Canon 1000D or the K-x.

The 1000D is an older model. It has got great reviews too, just like the K-x. I am at a crossroads now and i really don't know which way to go.

Asking the same questions on various forums / camera shops gets just as many views!!

I really do like Canon but can't afford a 450D new. I don't want 2nd hand. I want to be able to return the camera if faulty etc.

I am aiming to go buy a DSLR tomorrow. Which one? That is still being deliberated on.
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 6:27 PM   #166
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If you do shoot some action the 1000D is not as good for that type of shooting. The AF is not as good and the 450D aka XSi
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Koolpc,

If you do not have any specific that you shoot or thinking of going pro, the lens issue is not that important. For general photography, the 2 lens kit, and a FA 50mm 1.4 fast prime is what I recommended to my brother. It covers action, long reach, wide angle, and the 50 1.4 for low light action. If you were to go with a smaller kit, the sigma 18-250mm and the 50mm 1.4 would be my pick for the pentax, and the 18-270 and the ef 50mm 1.4 for the canon.

For canon, it would be a bit more, the 1 kit lens, the 70-300mm IS, and the 50 1.4 would be what I would have recommend to my brother for his general need with action.
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 6:44 PM   #168
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Just got to choose the camera now!

At least i have got my choice down to 2:

1000D

K-x

Not bad after 167 posts in this thread!

As they both take the same cards, what would you recommend? This one ok:

Kingston 8gig Class 4 SDHC

Haven't got a clue about memory cards! Same as Cameras i suppose!

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if you shoot in burst or going to use HD video. Get a class 6, transcend are very good, and not to expensive. Class 4 will buffer lag quickly when in burst mode, and with hd not recording fast enough will cause the video to stop.
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 6:50 PM   #170
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And i guess class 6 will be a good all rounder too? For any situation etc?
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