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Old Aug 26, 2010, 9:39 AM   #1
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Hi friends,

Help me get one of these, they're in sale now untill 30.08.

I am not a professional photographer; but I'm deeply interested in photography last days.

What I want to shoot is:

Portraits, Landscapes, Nightshots, Macros and HDRs.

I also would like to have video but it's not a real problem.

Nightshot performances are important for me.

I'm in love with HDR photos so I would like to have some that I created.

Sharpness, blurred background and VIVID colors are so important in the pictures for me.

Sony Alpha A500 + 18-55mm + 55-200 mm + bag = $860

Sony Alpha A550 + 18-55 mm + 55-200 mm
= $870

Pentax K-x + 18-55 mm + 50-200 mm + bag 50250 + SDHC 4 GB = $790


Nikon D5000 + 18-55 AF-S DX II +55-200 AF-S DX = $920


Which one would you chose from these?

Which one is the best for what I described?

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Old Aug 26, 2010, 1:04 PM   #2
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My choices are:

1. Sony Alpha A550 kit
2. Sony Alpha A500 kit
3. Nikon D-5000 kit
4. Pentax Kx kit

The Pentax Kx kit does not have the much better 55-300mm lens. The 50-200mm lens is only so-so. The A550 kit has the most/best features that really counts and includes two good lenses, as does the A-500 kit.

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i would agree with what was suggested by Sarah as you have listed your choices.

if you could get the Pentax with the 55-300 instead, it would give you the video and the best high ISO (low light) capabilities. but with the 50-200 as Sarah mentioned, that lens isnt up to par.

Did you look into Canon. The Canon T1i with the 18-55 IS kit + 55-250 IS would be a good option as well. You get video, and both of those lenses are quite sharp for the price, and the t1i is a very capable camera.
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Thanks for your posts.

Canon is much more expensive then the others in Czech republic.

Only the 1000D is cheap and got no idea about it.

Sony A550 sounds the best bu Nikon D3100 makes me think of it.

But I am worried will D3100 also have problem in IQ just as the Panny's FZ100 because both cameras are providing FULL HD video. I read something like that somewhere but not sure about it.

D3100 with 18-55 VR is really cheap for me but the delivery date says 30.09.

I still don't know what will I do... If Sony A550 would provide video recording that would be great but...
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I don't agree. For HDR, bracketing is a big help, but Sony dSLRs have the least useful bracketing capabilities. They do offer DRO (Dynamic Range Optimizer) and Auto HDR, but if you really want to do it yourself, the Sony is a bad choice.

Also, the Nikon has the fewest autofocus macro lenses to choose from.

So I'd put the Pentax K-x at the top of the list. I'd skip the 50-200, though, and go for the 55-300 instead.
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As I wrote earlier, if you can get the Pentax Kx with the 55-300mm that will change its priority. It will be better than the Nikon D-3100 or the Sony DSLR's.

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Old Aug 27, 2010, 3:21 AM   #7
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From all those above as mtclimber and TCav adviced I decided to buy Pentax K-x.

But I saw one more great camera as one of our friends adviced me to buy canon.

Now I have to chose from this 2 camera: Pentax or:

Canon EOS 550D + objektiv EF-S 18-55mm IS


Prices are the same..

This is my last question.

(sorry if you get borred of my questions)
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The Canon 550D is a fine camera, and does video very well (for a dSLR.)

For night shooting and probably macro as well, it doesn't have image stabilization in the camera body, so stabilized lenses will be bigger, heavier, more expensive, and rare. With Pentax (or Sony), large aperture lenses (for low light and/or "blurred background" shallow depth of field) will be stabilized.
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I agree with TCav-

My decision goes with the Pentax Kx due to the in body image stabilization.We are always here for extra questions.

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