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Do you own a D-SLR camera? Got any tips/reviews for me? (I'm thinking about buying one) 

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140 deviants said Nope. No need/no money/...
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98 deviants said Yes, I'll tell you which one(s), which lenses & gadgets etc. and how I like it!
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80 deviants said No, but I wish - if I were to buy one, I'd buy...

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p0rkytso Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
some friend's of mine have these cameras and the quality is just absolutely beautiful. If i could afford it, i'd certainly purchase one! All the best for your decision making -_-
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assimilated Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I've got a 400d, have had the 300d, have a 18 - 35mm, and a 70-300mm zoom lens, I love them both. My one suggestion would be to ensure that you buy a uv filter that should live PERMANENTLY on your lenses (one per lens) this allows any scratches to be done to this and not your actual lens. Okay, another suggestion would be to buy several batteries even if they are generic brand type as you can never have too many batteries. I have three and even that doesnt last me a whole event sometimes.
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tsheva Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use a canon 350 and I love it. But I haven't taken many pics with in a a year or so and I miss that. I'd do some research between Nikon and Canon but also go to the store to see how they both feel in your hands, that's key. The lenses will cost you all of your disposable income if you let it but I got most of my lenses from Ebay brand new for much less.

Happy hunting!
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blue--magic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
i have a nikon D40 and i'm totally and completely in love with it!!! i'm not really a camera expert, and i've only had it about a month, but i would definitely recomend it.
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kikibaci Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
I've got a Canon EOS 450D, and it is very pretty indeed. I chose Canon instead Nikon as i had previously used a Canon SLR, so it was more intuitive for me.

I'd suggest you suss out both Nikon and Canon, you should find a preference for one or the other, both make great cameras, and are continually releasing better lenses. Make sure you try them out in store!

Other than that, the safe bet is the more you can spend, the better the camera, but if you aren't working as a professional photographer then i wouldn't recommend anything thats more than $2500AU (about 1250 euros i think?) just because most of the features would be unnecessary.

Good luck!
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cjbroom Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd love to give you advice, especially in return for the great CSS journals you make available to all of us here at DA... I used to sell D-SLR's so I am very very knowledgeable about them... I'm also what one would call a "gear head"... send me a note if you would like... I'm like a walking, talking DPReview... lol...
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CainKinris Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I'd like a Canon EOS 450D.
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Vanderdecken Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009   Photographer
Canon from me. A little expensive, but damn worth it. I got a 350D second hand from a friend and never looked back. The cameras have a weird notation - they're all the EOS series, and the model number ends in a D. The fewer digits before the model, the more professional (and expensive) it is. For example, their entry level is the EOS 1000D, while their best DSLR is the EOS 5Ds MkIII. I'd say a good starting point (cash providing) would be the XXXD series - the most recent of which is the 450D, the updated version of my 350D, in the same series. Good luck.
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bluem00n Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
I own a Nikon D40x and I am enjoying it tremendously. I own two lenses, the default 18-55mm and the 55-200mm and they are both marvelous. I'm not all that knowledgeable with camera equipment or whatnot but I'd definitely recommend it.
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goor Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ich habe die D50 mit Wechselobjektiv, bin mit ihr sehr zufrieden, wenig schnickschnak und gut zu bedienen und was noch besser ist sie liegt gut in der Hand und ist leicht.
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fantasio Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
btw. for canon cameras, there is an extensive / comprehensive page with reviews starting with the 300d, up to eos 5d and mark3, here: [link]
its a german page only,

bietet einige tips um mehr aus der kamera rauszuholen...

greets,
fant
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fantasio Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
still working with a 300d from canon, with 6,5 mp:P
but for stockusage its quite right and enormous cheap;-)

but if i had the money and could choose(i might stay with canon, because of the lenses) i´d buy a 50d, with 15mp;-)
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ciscotjuh Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I've a canon eos 350d with a 18-55mm ( standard) and a telezoom 55-200mm objective
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NanaPHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
ich hab ne Nikon D40x mit 2 Objektiven. dem 18-55mm und dem 55-200mm.
bin sehr zufrieden damit und als ich vor 2 jahren angefangen habe hats vollkommen gereicht.
jetzt hätt ich gern mal ne etwas bessere, wie die D700 oder so :aww:

was willst du alles damit machen?
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PinkaholiQue Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
I have Canon EOS 400D.
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aokpsycho Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i have a canon rebel xsi... I'm poor and wanted something professional but yet affordable. Canon seems to have the better electronic components and the variety of lenses and accessories are good and the variety of brands that make stuff for canon cameras is pretty plentiful. Personally, I would stick with either canon or nikon. I used to like Nikon more when i was shooting film, but I feel happier with canon for digital
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summerjasmine Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
I'm a Nikon shooter all the way. For me it's easy to navigate and provides good quality work. Right now I have a Nikon D60 I really love it, but I'm hoping to upgrade to the D90. The great thing about Nikons is that their body style hasn't changed so no matter the model you can use any lens made by Nikon. It's great with saving money. (My photography teachers swear by Nikon.) The best advice I can give is to shop around when looking for a SLR. You can find great deals, if you take the time to look. Hope that helps. :D
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kmil60 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
My first dslr was a Sony A100.. i loved the colors and the fact it was very lightweight.. but the autofocus was slow and it had noise since ISO 400. For this one I own a 18-70mm and a 75-300mm SAL lens, as well as two Minolta 3500xi flash units.

Now I recently upgraded to a Nikon D300.. and i love it, its very fast, and it renders great quality images at every light situation. I've paired it with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 (which work great together), a Sigma 18-50mm, and a Vivitar 285 hv flash unit.

I've also had the experience with Nikon d40 and Olympus models, but i havent used them as much to give you a proper review.
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SalsolaStock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I only have Nikon experience so...

I use a Nikon D50 which has been a solid camera even though I've put it through quite a lot. :XD: If I was replacing it now in the same price range (around $500 US) I would go with the D60. It is good bang for your buck. I would not recommend the D40 because...

A. It lacks an internal focus drive motor which means many auto-focus lenses would be manual focus only on the D40.
B. It lacks bracketing, which is very useful to have.

If money were no object I would splurge on the D90, but for now I'd rather have a solid body and then splurge on some nice glass (lenses). The lenses make an incredible difference. Mine were kit lenses and have a great range but sacrifice light. I would recommend pricing the best lenses for the type of photos you think you will be shooting and make that a significant consideration on your budget.

Oh, and I warn you, once you start on this road it never ends. No matter what you get, you're always going to be looking/dreaming about your NEXT bit of kit. :D But it's really fun. ~Wee
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pendlestock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009   Photographer
I'm getting a Sony Alpha because it's less than half the price of the Canon 450D and doesn't feel like it'll snap if you breathe on it.
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I'd think twice before getting a Sony. Nothing comes cheap without a reason ;)
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pendlestock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009   Photographer
:shrug: Every review I've read has been very positive. I'm not a photographer, all I need it for is RAW format.
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Yes but I recall a stock artist who was very displeased with her Sony DSLR camera, I can't remember her name but you should be careful
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pendlestock Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009   Photographer
Meh, I've known people have endless problems with Canons too - =bypass2020 has had loads of issues with his.

I don't know anyone personally with a Nikon so I couldn't comment on those :) What I mean is, every single brand of anything elecrical will have pleased and displeased, lucky and unlucky customers.
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pulbern Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not very good with tips but I've got a Canon 40D that has been nothing but a joy to use! I've got a 28-135mm, and a Lensbaby composer lens. I'm really wanting to get a macro lens but haven't gotten around to research on them..
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rimete Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009   General Artist
The biggest myth is megapixels, so don't fall into that trap. The bare minimum for a dSLR to get a quality photo is 6MP (point and shoot is 10MP) - so after that the rest more of luxury.

One point that it does come into play, that if you shoot at a higher resolution lets say 12MP, it allows you to over-shoot a little more and then crop in post process vs tight crop in camera.

If the output is to internet and standard print size's again - not an issue. If you plan to shoot for a magazine then megapixel count is a concern.

As far as make and model, that becomes a very opinionated area - but I have used in my gallery a variety of dSLRs, primarily Canons but also I have a few shots from Nikon D40/Olympus e420.. they all yield excellent results.

Your consideration is optics, since that is what will cost the most in end. So whatever body you with look at the lens line-up and costs.

Some nice thinks - The Nikon D series is backwards compatible with manual focus line as the Olympus is also (Pentax mount). Autofocus is great but nothing beats fast glass and fixed focal lengths, and with the trend go toward digital - used manual focus lens are fairly inexpensive.

So depending on price range the quality will be very close in the same price brackets. Things that cost money that you might/might not need:High FPS/faster shutter speed (1/8000) etc start adding the cost up.

Don't know if that helps but there are some great sites like [link] that will really help more then any person here.

Hope that helps you some.
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znow-white Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Have a canon 350D with kit lens (kit lens is crap)
We have just got a cannon camera house 40D ( was going to ge th e 50D but someone was impatient) with sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5
Havent played with it yet.
Not much help am I :giggle:
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snakeartworx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Currently, I'm suing the Panasonic DMC-LS2, which is a quite nice compact camera, but I consider to buy a Canon D1000, which is not so expensive and has very good ratings. I know, it is not the same as EOS 1 DS Mark III, but the question is, for what kind of photography You need a D-SLR? For many years I was using the good old russian Zenith with lots of filters, lenses, etc, but it's really hard to process the negatives nowadays. I've bought DMC-LS2 and for my purposes it's ok.
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anna-earwen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I have Canon 350D, it's a tasty camera, and easy on budget. It's very solid, you can safely buy a second hand camera and have no trouble with it whatsoever. I am also a proud owner of the 100mm Macro lens and totally loving it :heart:
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arphot Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I've only ever had the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Had it for a couple years now and I'm still learning. As far as recommending lenses, I can only say that a 50mm (nifty fifty they're dubbed) is a cool lens as part of your arsenal. It's a personal thing, I think, when choosing your lenses as it depends on what type of photography you'll be delving into.
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Here are some results with my Pentax K10D and no need for postwork on any of my photos, the quality still overwhelms me:
kit lens: [link]
200mm: [link]
Macro lens without external flash: [link] [link]
Macro lens with external flash: [link]




For best quality, lighting is fundamental so I would invest on an external flash, especially for macro photography.
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
It's not an easy choice as there are many great cameras to choose from. I have a Pentax K10D which I am very happy with. I was tempted to get a Canon due to its affordable price and Nokia but after reading many reviews I decided upon a Pentax. I am very happy with it and do not regret buying it. If you can afford a more expensive camera, I would go for it successor: K20D.

Here are some reviews:
[link]
[link]
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joannastar Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a canon 400D and I'm really happy with it. It came with an 18-55mm kit lens, and I bought a 60mm macro lens too. I find the controls straight forward, and I'm happy with the photos I take with it :aww:
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mEtZGERbRauT Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Also ich hab eine Canon EOS 1000D seit letztem Monat, find ich ist eine sehr gute Einstiegskamera.. mit einem EF-S 18-55 IS Objektiv ;)
Der Preis war auch recht lohnenswert dafür.
Hatte vorher zwischen der Nikon d60 gschwankt.
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The-Elven-Priestess Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I just bought a Nikon D60 kit that came with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens along with an 8 gig memory card a week ago ($600.00 total-Sam's Club). I have an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, a remote, and an extra battery on it's way ($200.00-Amazon).

So far I'm completely impressed. So much so I bought the extra accessories from Amazon. I studied Canon, Nikon, and Olympus before I settled on the D60. It was just enough to boost my photography to the next level for me, but not more than I needed-not wasting money was a huge deal breaker for me.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
I've got a D70s and a D80 and we're looking at getting the D90, all Nikons. I can't fault the range and the new sensors they have introduced in the D90, D60 and D40(x) are superb.

I'd highly recommend the D90 if you can afford it, and if you get a kit version the lens they include is also an excellent choice for a starter. I'd also get a UV filter and polariser as starting kit, they can make all the difference and are not going to break the bank :)
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm leaning toward the d90, but nothing's decided yet (gonna be a few more months till I have the money + I still need to go into a store and actually play with the cams ;))

I found more than one kit for the d90 with different lenses -- 1) F-S DX 18-55 mm VR 2) F-S DX 18-105 mm (and two more that are pricier). the difference between the two options price-wise is a little under 50€ (so maybe 45 pounds), which lense did you mean?
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katjeya Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I own the Nikon D60 with the Nikkor 18mm-55mm lens and love it. It is a truly wonderful camera.
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IslandDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
I've got a Canon Rebel XTi, XSi and a Nikon D90 - All 3 are AMAZING cameras. I use my XTi for daily photography, use it almost every day. My Nikon i use more for professional shoots etc, and my XSi I use variably between the two, depending on what kind of shooting I'm doing. I love the Nikon for action shots as well, as the shutter speed on it is INTENSE. It all dpeneds on what kind of shooting you will be doing, and personal preference.
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TheImperfectImpala Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I have a Nikon D60 and i love it! I would advice you to go with either Canon or Nikon, and find something that best suits your budget :aww:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: I will - any special plus-points for the d60?
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LawrenceDeDark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I want one too :D
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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LawrenceDeDark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I had my hands on a D90 and almost bought it, but was unsure about letting that much money go without knowing if I was really making a good choice. :o

BTW, I was told the Rebel XTi eats batteries up fast. I think it was Nico who told me that.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: it's quite the money to spend if you're unsure. I won't have the money for a few more months I'd say, but I just love finally being able to theorize about actually getting one. plus I wanna be prepared to snatch it once I do have the money saved :D
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LawrenceDeDark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I found the process overwhelming and gave up :B I'll be very interested in learning what you decide. :)
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:paranoid: I'll probably end up deciding with my gut as usual :giggle:
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bl0emetjE Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Canon 400D with kitlens, lensbaby and 50mm f1.8 portrait lens so far! I love my camera! For me its just perfect! But I havent got enough money to buy all this lenses and stuff, but the ones Ive got are really nice for a not really expensive price!
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thanks for the feedback!
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bl0emetjE Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Very welcome!
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