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Old Sep 16, 2010, 9:17 AM   #21
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When purchasing a used DSLR camera, you will see them advertised at "body only" as well as with a lens, that is usually the kit lens, generally an 18-55mm lens.

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but stay away from the "value kits" that include tripods/cases/filters/other random stuff as it is usually of very low quality.

just get the body with the standard kit lens. get your accessories individually.
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right now i am interested in a compact super zoom but while bying a dslr i will keep your advice in mind. I had another problem, do you think that the lack of a thumb dial make a big difference in the lumix fz35?
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right now i am interested in a compact super zoom but while bying a dslr i will keep your advice in mind. I had another problem, do you think that the lack of a thumb dial make a big difference in the lumix fz35?
Nope, not for the type of shooting you intend.
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just my thought, but i wouldn't have thought a compact megazoom camera would be as good a learning tool as an entry level dslr. while it would have more reach, it would have lower iq and generally more and menus, which is more frustrating than a dslr. keep in mind you can get a longer lens in the future with the dslr.

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right now i am interested in a compact super zoom but while bying a dslr i will keep your advice in mind. I had another problem, do you think that the lack of a thumb dial make a big difference in the lumix fz35?
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I looked into getting a 'Magazoom' myself but went for a DSLR in the end as for me it would be a great way to learn photography and also grow with it by being able to buy more lenses etc.

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Your most cost effective solution would be to purchase the Panasonic FZ-35, providing you live in the USA. The extra $100.00 you save can be used for needed accessories.

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The price gap on Amazon (today) seems way too narrow between the FZ-35 (Today back up to $314.88, up from $299.99) and the FZ-40 (Today down to $367.53). I understand the difference between the two may not be worth $100, but how about $50?
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Thanks for that info on the latest prices. IMO at a $50 price spread, I would go for the newer FZ-40 model.

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The price gap on Amazon (today) seems way too narrow between the FZ-35 (Today back up to $314.88, up from $299.99) and the FZ-40 (Today down to $367.53). I understand the difference between the two may not be worth $100, but how about $50?
i would go with the fz40 then as well. image quality looks pretty similar, plus the fz40 gives you a more versatile zoom and from what i hear, great handling.
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i think in my list to the fz40 has snatched the top position from its predecessor fz35 after this news
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