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Old Nov 12, 2010, 9:15 PM   #1
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Hello all

I am 33 years old and I am just tired of all compact cameras... I want to buy my first DSLR camera, take good photos and even win competions ...Here are my factors:

1- how simple or difficult the camera is to use is not an issue. I learn fast.
2- I don't want a camera which will be going to get tired of in 1 year or so and want to change...I want it to last around 5 years before I have to change it for new features.
3- I am going to shoot all kind of photo. portrait, sport, field, my girlfriend...everything
4- I need a lens (or pair of lenses) with a range of at least 18-200 ... although lower than 18 and higher than 200 is desirable
5- video recording is not a decisive factor, although it would be good to have. But for example if a camera has external mic or not can't really affect my choice very much, as I have pro video cameras for that.

my budget is: 10 000 swedish crowns = 1500 USD ... but i don't need to spend all of this :-p ... i can save some for a good case/tripod/flash memory too.

I have considered these cameras:
Nikon D3100
Canon 550D
Canon 500D
Sony Alpha 55
Pentax K-x

vibration reduction is important for me, but do I really need it with a lens less than 55 mm?

The kit prices here:
Nikon D3100, 18-55 without VR: $ 750, with VR: $870
Nikon D3100, 18-55 VR + 55-300 VR: $1200
Canon 550D, 18-55 IS: $1050
Canon 500D, 18-55 IS: $870
Pentax K-x, 18-55 + 55-200: $870
Sony alpha55, 18-55: $1250
Sony alpha33, 18-50: $1050

so...

I will really appreciate it if you guide me through this, as I have been searching and reading for about a month now and haven't been able to decide... Please feel free to recommend whatever camera you think is best for me, even if not in the list.

Best Regards
Edwin

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Old Nov 12, 2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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Where are you shopping from? I picked up a T2i off Amazon, 2 lens kit for $850 roughly. Actually 1 lens kit + 1 free lens. They had T1i in the promotion as well, til Nov 24 I think. Not that I'm recommending it specifically, I'm too novice to recommend anything...
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I live in Sweden, Stockholm...can you please share the link?
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what do you like to photography, if action, the canon because of the better AF system. For low light the pentax.
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Here is the link, and good luck: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-T2i-Digi...9625131&sr=8-1
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I'd be inclined to go for a camera above entry-level if you want it to last for 5 years.

Have a look on pixmania.com, which I think has a Swedish site.

There are some very good Nikon D90 deals around at the moment because it is end-of-life. I think a D90 + 18-200, or a D90+ 18-105 + 70-300 will both come in at around your budget. And the latter kit includes two very good lenses!

I'd much rather have a D90 than any of the cameras on your list; it is far more robust as well as having a much better feature set.

But even more than that, if you can stretch a little more you could have a Pentax K5, or Nikon D7000.
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for about 1500 dollar, you can get the canon 60D. It is a pretty nice camera, nicer then the. Better weather resistance body. Good burst rate for action. It can control off camera flash, full HD video, and the metering of the 7D.
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For $1500 I would suggest looking at the Nikon D7000 too. It completely wipes the floor with most of the cameras you listed. Look here for a review: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d7000.htm
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you are not getting a lens with the d7000 for 1500 dollars
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Thanks a lot for kind replies...ok...we forget about my mentioned cameras, and we stick instead to more powerful cameras which you mentioned... so:

- Canon 60D
- Nikon D7000
- Pentax K-5

I might add also D90, but isn't it a bit outdated? otherwise i can get a bit cheaper deal on that than above three options.
These three cameras are at least $500 above my budget, but I can imagine myself investing so much in order to get something decent, now that I am buying...here are some links to the best possible shop in Sweden, with reasonable prices compared to other shops in sweden...please have a look at the name of camera and lenses. As for the prices, every 1000 swedish crowns is $150. So that you have an idea how much is price difference. Rest of description is in Swedish, but you know already all of them I am sure:

http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010469612.aspx

http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010470935.aspx

http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010484359.aspx

http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010469876.aspx

you can even have a look at other cameras with different lens options in the same or close price range here:

http://www.dustinhome.se/ProductList...&CurrentPage=2

Please guide me through buying my camera, I really appreciate it

regards
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