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Old Dec 14, 2005, 2:16 PM   #1
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I own and usea PanaFZ-20. I wish to upgrade to DSLR for the sheer pleasure of getting noise free/ low light photos. Canon D350 seems to be the toy for me but I am not sure that I will survive the shock of discovering ' DUST ON SENSOR' after paying for the camera with an armand a leg.

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1) How serious is the problem, and how often can it occur for any DSLR?

2) How about buying the camera with 18-55 mm lens and never taking the lens off? I mean using the camera for high quality portraits and landscapes without much zooming? Does this usage encompass enough area of photographic enthusiasm to justify the price? Will not taking the lens off ensure no dust on sensor?

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Old Dec 14, 2005, 2:23 PM   #2
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I went to a Rebel XT from a Panasonic FZ 20 and was a bit afraid of the dust factor, too, this being my first slr of any type. It hasn't been a problem at all for me. I've cleaned it a couple of times and it was very easy. I've been extremely happy with the switch. You will want more than the kit lens to compete with what you can do with the FZ 20, though.
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Old Dec 14, 2005, 2:57 PM   #3
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Thanks a million! It's a releif to know that it is not as big a problem as it is made out to be.

Well, I do not want to part with my remaining arm and leg :blah:so for the time being I will satisfy myself with taking high qulity indoor portarits and high quality outdoor landscapes ( is 28 mm good enough for moderate landscapes?). I will use my FZ20 for those distant captures.
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I'm assuming by 28mm you mean the 18mm times the 1.6 crop factor. If so, yes, I believe it will be quite adequae for that. From what I've read, the kit lens works best at 28 between F8 and F11.
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Which add on lens do you use with your RXT? I have read some good remarks about EF-S 17-85 mm.
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Old Dec 15, 2005, 3:00 PM   #6
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And what do you do to remove dust from sensor? And one more thing, is it possible to get dust on the sensor inspite of using only a single lens which remains mounted all the time?
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And one last thing.Is equivalent of US$1000 for the camera+ kit lens + 2yr warranty, a good price?
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I wouldn't bother with the 2 year warrantee.

B&H has the camera for $804 ($50 rebate) for the XT with lens.

With another $20 for shipping, and maybe $60 for a 1gb compact flash card,

and you'll be golden!

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