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Old Dec 21, 2010, 1:11 AM   #1
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Default Graduating to DSLR...but which one is best?

Ive had a Panasonic FZ38 now for close to a year, and feel perhaps the time has come to try and upgrade to a DSLR.

Ive been looking at the following:
  1. Nikon D7000
  2. Canon T2i
  3. Pentax K-R

I'm just wondering, which one will give the same range of zoom I enjoyed with the FZ38? I shoot wildlife shots, and landscapes and family. I know I will have to buy extra lenses, but which system should I adopt given I'm starting out, and wont change brands once I start buying lenses. And how expensive will this exercise be? Ive seen some zoom lenses that cost more than 4 cameras! LOL!

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Old Dec 21, 2010, 6:34 AM   #2
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The Panasonic FZ38 has a zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-486mm. On the Canon, you'd need lenses with focal lengths of 17mm to 304mm to get the same angle of view. On either the Nikon or the Pentax, that would be 18-324mm. These are all easily acheivable (approximately) with reasonably priced lenses.

Those are all very good cameras. How did you narrow your selection down to just those?
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Tcav, I wanted to have 3 different brands to choose from, so went with the top two i.e. Nikon and Canon, and then went with an "outsider" with the best feedback on forums/photos posted. Pentax seems to be this third company.

As for models, I chose the latest models for each.
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The k-r and t2i are not at the same level as the d7000. The Canon 60D and the pentax k-5 are more inline with the d7000. They are closer in price to the d7000.

The K-r and T2i are more inline with each other in price and preformance
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The k-r and t2i are not at the same level as the d7000. The Canon 60D and the pentax k-5 are more inline with the d7000. They are closer in price to the d7000.

The K-r and T2i are more inline with each other in price and preformance
Thanks for that info. Then which Nikon is in the same league as K-R and T2i?
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... Then which Nikon is in the same league as K-R and T2i?
I'd say the D3100, but it depends on the features and performance you're looking for.
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maybe d5000 is a closer match I would go and look and try them all
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nither the d3100 or the d5000 are as well featured as the t2i or k-r. But the d5000 is more on par then the d3100 with features
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Then it looks like its between T2i and K-R.
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Since you want to shoot wildlife, the selection of long lenses for Pentax is pretty lean. There's Pentax' 55-300, which isn't bad, but Canon has better lenses, though they cost more. Canon also has some longer lenses. Sigma makes some longer lenses for both Canon and Pentax, but they're stabilized, which makes them expensive, which is wasted on the Pentax since Pentax bodies are already stabilized.
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