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Old Aug 9, 2011, 5:38 PM   #1
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My mate is thinking of buying a DSLR and he likes the Canon 1100D. He said he would like to buy one but body only and buy a 50mm with it.

Is the 1100D a good camera for the price? It fits his budget and he said he has handled it in Jessops and quite liked it.

It has some nice spec but not sure what to say. Any guidance would be great. Ta

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Old Aug 9, 2011, 6:43 PM   #2
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It looks like a capable entry-level DSLR. Most of the usual review sites
including Steve's have reviewed it. Comments have been generally positive.

I might be inclined to buy one of the previous models like the 550D or
even the 500D because they have a larger LCD screen with a much
higher resolution. However, the 1100D looks like a lot of camera for
a very reasonable price.
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Old Aug 9, 2011, 9:00 PM   #3
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yeah.. if t2i(550d) at the same price range as 1100d i would recommend 550D. It has 1080p video with manual control,more megapixels 12 vs 18, higher iso, 4 times more lcd dots and has a lot more features and generally a better built quality.1100d in my opinion feels very plasticy
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heres is another vote for the 550d but it looks like there is a lot of difference in price here so yes the 1100d is a god buy
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He also liked the Nikon D3100 but so far the Canon 1100D has had better reviews
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He also liked the Nikon D3100 but so far the Canon 1100D has had better reviews
Canon vs Nikon vs Sony vs Pentax vs Olympus has always been
a dead-end subject on forums like this. You only have to look at
some of the previous X vs Y threads to see how pointless it all is.

The two cameras you mention are at the bottom end of the
Nikon and Canon DSLR ranges. Both are fit-for-purpose - you can
expect to get high quality images from both cameras.

Get your friend to draw up a list of the features he requires.
There are a few obvious things that will be on everyone's list.
Good image quality, reliability, price, battery life etc....

There are a few less obvious features that might be important
for some users and less important for others. Sensor resolution (MP),
LCD screen size and resolution. Viewfinder size/quality/brightness,
weatherproofing, burst mode fps, features like exposure bracketing,
more specialised built-in features like panorama or HDR.
wireless shutter release, wireless control of external flash........

Once you have established exactly what you need, take a
look at the available options, read the independent reviews,
ignore reviews that are hosted by or controlled by the manufacturer.
Read comments from other users and look at the images they
post on Steve's and other forums. If possible, go to a camera
shop and handle the camera you are interested in. As the
performance of cameras in a given price range tends to be
more or less identical, the look, feel, size, weight and ergonomics
of the camera are often the deciding factor. With some of the recent
offerings from Pentax and Canon, your choice might even be influenced
by the colour of the camera body.
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Low light photography is important to him
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Low light photography is important to him
Then a DSLR is the best tool for the job. It doesn't matter that much which
one he chooses. Successful low light photography is largely a matter of
technique. Equipment is important too, but the camera body is the
least important item. A fast (large aperture) lens and a good steady
tripod will be very useful for shooting in low light.
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He has around 450 to spend and wants a prime lens and a body. Any ideas? He will be using it for all sorts of photography easpecially family indoors
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He has around 450 to spend and wants a prime lens and a body. Any ideas? He will be using it for all sorts of photography easpecially family indoors
That's a tight budget for a camera and extra lens. When you say a prime lens,
does he want a 50mm prime or some other focal length? The Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
'Nifty Fifty' costs about 100 or a bit less on-line. A used MK1 version or a
used Canon 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro would be a good alternative. These
are better built than the f/1.8 mk II version.

This leaves you with just enough to get an entry level camera like the
Canon 1100D. You can get the American T3 version fairly cheap on eBay.

You could get a Nikon D3100, but you would have less options for
a prime lens.

Pentax K-x or K-r with kit lens and try to find a used Pentax prime
lens.

Or your old favourite, the entry level Sony DSLRs with a
used Minolta prime lens.
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