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| p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Help choosing a new camera (Unfortunately, I dont have much time) |
I have a budget of around $1,000 for the camera and the lens.
Ive been told that its not the camera as much as it is the lenses,
Yeah, the camera has to do with features like continuous drive speed, the beauty of the JPegs it converts in-camera, tracking, noise handling (ISO), digitizing resolution, and so on and so forth. Lenses are probably more important given that so many of the current camera models are so similar to each other in most aspects having to do with IQ. For what I think you're doing I would much rather have a $200 camera body and an $800 lens than the other way around - Which is what you will end up with if you go for any of the suggestions here so far. Most kit lens are fairly bad. And the ones that aren't "bad" aren't really good either.
If you want AF, a good lens option, and a DSLR I think I would buy used with your budget. Maybe one of the Sony cameras with an older but awesome Minolta brand lens. AF performance won't be spectacular but it won't be much worse than any of the new low-end cameras being suggested either - and way good enough for most things. I didn't price all those camera bodies but I think you can get any og them for like $250 and under. That will leave you the $750 for an awesome used zoom or a very good new one.
ive been having trouble finding information about the lenses on those two products. I had trouble getting colors to stand out when taking pictures on my old pentax, along with trouble getting both the ground and the sky to come out well it photos, I know this is mostly my doing, but...
If you like this idea then maybe start a new thread for "Best used DSLR under $300?" and "Best UWA DX Zoom Under $800 (mount type)?" I guess maybe something like this here for the lens tho? - Reviewed here.
...ive heard a lot of people say that the colors seem more vibrant with canon slrs.
Yeah, I've heard that too. After looking into it I've found it to be complete crap! It's fanboy talk. You know you're dealing with an inexperienced fanboy when you hear remarks like "Man those Canon colors are simply gorgeous !" or something to that affect. Best advice here; humor them and move on.