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03/13/2005 06:52:20 PM · #1
What camera would you people recommend for about $1000 (less than that is always good)? I'm looking for a good SLR. thnaks for your comments
03/13/2005 06:53:03 PM · #2
Canon 350D XT with the 50mm/1.4 lens.

Killer combo!
03/13/2005 06:57:02 PM · #3
Originally posted by terje:

Canon 350D XT with the 50mm/1.4 lens.

Killer combo!


I don't think you can find that combo for a $1000. Maybe the 300D with that lens.
03/13/2005 07:03:21 PM · #4
B&H Canon 350D

Others are out there.
03/13/2005 07:12:40 PM · #5
Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by terje:

Canon 350D XT with the 50mm/1.4 lens.

Killer combo!


I don't think you can find that combo for a $1000. Maybe the 300D with that lens.


Maybe not, but it's a killer combo. He should go the extra mile. :-)
03/13/2005 07:12:51 PM · #6
ok great, thanks guys. now all I have to do is get some money!
03/13/2005 07:25:53 PM · #7
Originally posted by weska54:

ok great, thanks guys. now all I have to do is get some money!


People think you need an imagination to be a good photographer. They're right. Figuring out how to pay for all the junk you just have to have is where the imagination comes in.
03/13/2005 07:28:46 PM · #8
I'm getting ready to hit the break even point. I will have made enough profit in the next couple weeks to cover everything I have spent in the last 2 years or so.
03/13/2005 07:34:10 PM · #9
The Rebel XT (350D) with kit lens lists for $999. Probably find it a for a bit less than that. It should be on dealers shelves the 20th of March. The Rebel XT appears to be the most bang for the buck currently available. There is a preview online at //www.dpreview.com
03/14/2005 02:14:00 AM · #10
mine is a peach and a half (sony dsc-f828)
03/14/2005 02:19:40 AM · #11
congrats on your earnings John -so many of us pay a hefty price to continue our photography, i find it great that you have been able to pay off all your expenses.

i would suggest a 300D combined with some lenses if $1000 is all you can spend, because although a kit lens or 50mm would be great, you may want to have a variety of lenses. by going with the cheaper dslr, you'll be able to save money for other lenses! i managed to snag my 300D kit used, plus battery grip for $600.. sold the battery grip and it was essentially $520 for the used 300D kit. granted, that was quite a good deal at the time (and may still be, but i'm not sure) - and i did make sure to check out the camera and some test shots first in order to verify its functionality.. but if you don't need the extra megapixels and features of the 350, the 300 would be a good alternative.
03/14/2005 05:31:51 AM · #12
I'd start with the Canon Digital Rebel XT with kit lens, and add a 1 GB CompactFlash card and a spare battery. Total package cost is 1114.97.

-Terry
03/14/2005 05:42:17 AM · #13
Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

I'd start with the Canon Digital Rebel XT with kit lens, and add a 1 GB CompactFlash card and a spare battery. Total package cost is 1114.97.

-Terry

don't forget an extended warranty...you'll be amazed at how fast a year goes by ;-)
03/14/2005 05:49:12 AM · #14
I tend to prefer insurance to an extended warranty. If you already have homeowners or renters insurance, you should be able to add a personal articles policy to cover your camera with no deductible for about $30/year.

-Terry
03/14/2005 05:52:33 AM · #15
I´d go for the 300D and 28-135 IS lens, $575 @ stop4camera for the 300D and $395 for the 28-135 IS

that makes $970, don´t think you´ll get a better combination then this for <$1000
03/14/2005 06:20:27 AM · #16
Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

I tend to prefer insurance to an extended warranty. If you already have homeowners or renters insurance, you should be able to add a personal articles policy to cover your camera with no deductible for about $30/year.

-Terry

but will that cover the sensor, losing pixels, deep-down factory cleanings, and failing shutter mechanisms? i'm just trying to balance out the pros and cons, costs and benefits.
03/14/2005 06:43:27 AM · #17
Originally posted by DanSig:

I´d go for the 300D and 28-135 IS lens, $575 @ stop4camera for the 300D and $395 for the 28-135 IS

that makes $970, don´t think you´ll get a better combination then this for <$1000


Do NOT, I repeat do NOT shop at Stop4camera they are one of the multiple online bait & switch scammers
03/14/2005 10:03:39 AM · #18
Originally posted by skiprow:

Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

I tend to prefer insurance to an extended warranty. If you already have homeowners or renters insurance, you should be able to add a personal articles policy to cover your camera with no deductible for about $30/year.

-Terry

but will that cover the sensor, losing pixels, deep-down factory cleanings, and failing shutter mechanisms? i'm just trying to balance out the pros and cons, costs and benefits.


Sensor damage and lost pixels are highly unlikely, and factory cleanings usually end up with the camera coming back with as much dust as it went out with. This leaves the shutter mechanism, which as I understand it costs about $200 to replace -- my recommendation not to order the plan was based upon the OP's budget, which I was already stretching with my recommended package.

With that said, if another $50 can be squeezed into the budget, you can get a 2-year-service plan, bringing the total cost to $1164.96 (note this plan does not cover abuse/acts of God (see FAQ and Terms & Conditions) - but that's where insurance comes in.

-Terry
03/14/2005 10:05:02 AM · #19
Originally posted by DanSig:

I´d go for the 300D and 28-135 IS lens, $575 @ stop4camera for the 300D and $395 for the 28-135 IS

that makes $970, don´t think you´ll get a better combination then this for <$1000


You'll never see the camera at that price, unless you buy the accessories that are supposed to be in the box in the first place, bringing the price well above the normal price.

-Terry
03/14/2005 10:25:09 AM · #20
well.. I didn´t know that stop4camera was a rippoff.. but the same combo costs just under $1100 at BH and I KNOW they are trustworthy couse I bought most of my gear from BH without any problems.
03/14/2005 10:29:03 AM · #21
Originally posted by DanSig:

well.. I didn´t know that stop4camera was a rippoff.. but the same combo costs just under $1100 at BH and I KNOW they are trustworthy couse I bought most of my gear from BH without any problems.


True enough, but I still think he's better off starting with the Rebel XT and kit lens, and adding lenses as he can afford them. It's a lot more camera for the money.

-Terry
03/14/2005 11:08:36 AM · #22
Rebel D300 with kit lens is $698 at //www.buydig.com and they're also reputable. :)
03/14/2005 11:45:16 AM · #23
Originally posted by mavrik:

Rebel D300 with kit lens is $698 at //www.buydig.com and they're also reputable. :)


True enough... but again, the XT is a lot more camera for the money, if he can swing it.

-Terry
03/14/2005 12:06:25 PM · #24
Very true - but for the extra 300, that's a 75-300 Tamron AND the 50mm f1.8, 2 spare batteries and a mem card. Put that with the Rebel and the kit lens and one battery & charger and that's a heck of a kit.
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