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Old Oct 10, 2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default DSLR and lens solution for a budget?

If my budget was $700 or so, maybe a little more is there any dslr kit or camera and a lens (even an older model) that could satisfy my wants and needs of:

- Great indoor/ low light photos
- Mostly intimate upclose detailed portraits of people and pets
- Outdoor landscapes or pictures of a location.
- Very little zoom capability (at the most if I'm standing on a balcony, zoom just enough so the railings don't show) so 2x or 3x?

I was looking at some superzooms earlier but I'm not convinced they are the right camera for indoor portraits. And I don't need video.
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Old Oct 10, 2010, 1:02 AM   #2
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Pentax K-x with the 18-55 and 55-300 is about 689, the 50-200 is around 612. The longer lens is the sharper lens, but the k-x is a great low light camera. It will shoot well to 3200iso and good at 6400iso. If you only want 1 lens the camera is 499 with the 18-55
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PS these are amazon prices, and are excellent for all the performance you will get from it.
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But I don't think you need the telephoto zoom at all.

You can get the K-x with 18-55 only for around 540, and could soon add a Sigma 30mm f1.4 for around 440. Okay, it takes you over your current budget, but you can wait for a few months. Don't buy a lens you don't need just for the sake of it.
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Old Oct 10, 2010, 7:24 AM   #5
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Another option is a Canon T1i with a kit lens or a Canon T2i if you can stretch your budget a little.

I've heard the Pentax is nice too.

Always nice to have options!
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Another possible solution: Purchase the Sony A-500 body ($400) and the Sony 18-55mm kit lens ($130) at Amazon and you have everything on your list and money for a camera bag and accessories as well.

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Old Oct 10, 2010, 11:18 AM   #7
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I have often heard with a dslr that once you make a choice, the choice of lenses dictates your loyalty to the brand. I have never heard of Pentax before so I wanted to look at a more reliable company such as Canon or Nikon but Sony is something that should still be around. Thank you for mentioning that solution mtclimber. Are there any other possible solutions?

A friend mentioned instead of a kit lens, I should get a 18mm large aperture lens as my first one and use it for everything. Would that be a good idea?
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I'd probably buy the kit lens for the camera you choose, as it usually doesn't add much to the cost of a kit when bundled with a body from a camera manufacturer, and it would give you some framing flexibility. Frankly, a large aperture 18mm lens would probably be the least likely lens I'd ever buy for a dSLR.

Then, after you've used it for a while, you'll be able to make better informed decisions for more purchases if it's limiting you in some way.

B&H has the Sony A500 kit with a lens for $539.99:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...0_12_3_MP.html

They have the Pentax K-x with a lens for $530.95 (cart price):

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...gital_SLR.html
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http://www.pentaximaging.com/about-us.aspx?p=history

Pentax has been a well respected company for many years. Canon and Nikon are the most recognized names but not the oldest by any means.

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Frys Electronics has the Song A500 with 18-55mm kit lens for $499 if you have a store closed by. It not, you can get it online from them and payshipping.
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