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Old Aug 24, 2012, 9:20 AM   #11
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Are you saying that the Canon 100 isn't good with its AF, so don't get that one?
I'm saying that it's not as good as the slightly more expensive entry level Canon dSLRs, but if you won't be shooting moving subjects, then it probably won't matter.

BTW, another strike against the 1100D is that it only has a 12MP sensor. With everybody else selling 14MP, 16MP and 18MP dSLRs, all with better image quality, the 1100D represents a significant reduction in utility and usability in order to save a little money.
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 9:25 AM   #12
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I would like to shoot fast moving things, animals,birds sports, as well as macro. Not too bothered about portraits and landscapes but more landscapes than portraites and they are just family ones.
What camera do you use and why plus what dslr did you start with and why?
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i started out with a pentax K20D a very good camera, i bought quite a few lenses with it, after about 10 months i got my hands on a nikon D90, i couldnt believe the difference, the nikon felt better to hold, the menus seemed more logical and the auto focus was far superior, now dont get me wrong theres nothing wrong with pentax and the end result was very similar, ive taken some really good photos with the pentax, but the nikon just seemed to suit me better.
in the end i sold pentax and all the lenses and bought a nikon D90 and im much happier with it.
so what im saying is visit a camera shop and try out the different cameras or if you know someone with one ask if you can try it, can you hire them where you are? or if you buy one from the internet you get a few days to try them and you can still return them.
you never know maybe you will pick one up and fall in love with it like i did the D90
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 10:36 AM   #14
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Thanks, i did handle the nikon d90 but found it a bit heavy for me, otherwise i read it is a really good camera. It is so hard choosing a camera. My eyes are so strained reading reviews adn so confussed too,lol.
Hope to settle on soemthing soon though before i get brain frozen.
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I would like to shoot fast moving things, animals,birds sports, as well as macro. ...
I suggest you go with a Canon 650D, 600D or 550D. They're all more than your budget, however. If you can find something used or refurbished that comes with a warranty, I think you should consider it.

I would not recommend that you go with a two-lens-kit, since the Canon 75-300 isn't very good. That is, unless you want to immediately sell it on eBay or whatever. There are better lenses, especially for what you want to shoot.
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thanks, i will look at all of those ones.
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My first dSLR was a 6MP KonicaMinolta (Sony) 5D.

I now have a Nikon D90 with the vertical grip, 3 batteries, 2 chargers, a Tokina 100-300/4.0 (which I use almost exclusively), a Nikon 85/1.8, and a Nikon 50/1.8 (which I don't think I've ever used.)

I shoot sports/action/wildlife.
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This is getting expensive...lol...
Another "low-end" model to consider- if you like speed(which I do...) is Sony's SLT A37.
It has fast burst capability(in its class),decent AF speed,tilting LCD(which I find very useful),HD movie capability WITH autofocus and the in body image stabiliser as already mentioned. Yes,the viewfinder is electronic- but it's a pretty good one..!

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/so...t-review-19673
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Thanks Simon, whats the price of lenses like and batteries? It all adds up. Off to look at the link but still here,lol.
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The Sony A37 can use the 20+ year old Minolta lenses on the used market. Some very good lenses are available for good prices. The current lenses are either very good and very expensive, or cheap and not so good. The batteries for it are the same used in all of Sony's NEX cameras. Jessops has it for 99.99. BTW, there's no vertical grip/battery pack for it.
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