DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
 

DPChallenge Forums >> Photography Discussion >> Need new camera!
Pages:  
Showing posts 1 - 13 of 13, (reverse)
AuthorThread
03/07/2006 04:50:32 AM · #1
Hi Guys, I was using a Canon IXUS 300, and I thought was a great little camera, loved the big 2 inch LCD screen! But unfortunately it was only on loan and now I am without camera, and I feel very naked indeed!
I am looking to buy a new camera, but so way can't afford a Digital SLR (which I'd love by the way) I'm looking to spend about AU$700-800 on a camera, then buy the extra's (spare batteries, printer, SD cards etc), what would you guys recommend? I was thinking of going for the Canon IXUS 700, as I know the camera. Is there something better that I'm unaware of? Let me know your thoughts please. Thanks in advance!
03/07/2006 05:34:40 AM · #2
Awww come on, no-one got any suggestions for me?
03/07/2006 05:41:37 AM · #3
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 looks good. Everyone that has used that range has been impressed. The pictures I have seen from it are excellent. There is a good bit of manual control possible and the reach of the zoom lens is great. I dont know what camera prices are like in Australia but converting to USD makes it look like this will fit your budget.
03/07/2006 06:25:19 AM · #4
As suggested the Panasonic looks great, they also have the LX-1 and FZ-7 which you can evaluate. If I couldn't afford a DSLR I think I'd be looking at one of the super zooms, most manufacturers seems to have them.
Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Samsung... I think most of them are pretty good these days.

Håkon
03/07/2006 06:48:33 AM · #5
Agreed on FZ-30. Although my pictures arent the grand examples what it can do, it certainly makes good pictures and is fast to use and has more SLR-feel in it than most competitors.
03/07/2006 07:36:43 AM · #6
Actualy you can afford a digital SLR for that price range. I picked up my Canon 350D for about that price with the 18-55mm kit lens. I'm pretty happy with the camera. But then again it is my first digital SLR so how could I not be?
03/07/2006 07:48:34 AM · #7
Originally posted by tristalisk:

Actualy you can afford a digital SLR for that price range. I picked up my Canon 350D for about that price with the 18-55mm kit lens. I'm pretty happy with the camera. But then again it is my first digital SLR so how could I not be?


Actually, it's Australian dollars.
03/07/2006 08:20:52 AM · #8
I would strongly recommend the FZ20 over the FZ30. The lens is significantly better on the 20 and the noise is better too (outside of Noise reduction).

The FZ20 and 30 are great largely because they use a manual focus ring. This gives a type of control that is unavailable with other cams.

I still find it hard to really lock focus in most situations where I need it when using an EVF, but I would imagine that it would be MUCH better if using a ring focus. It's my biggest regret with going for the S2.

The only other regret I have is the FZ20's f/2.8 constant aperture lens.

I wish I had seen that one coming. I would seriously consider picking up a FZ20 if I came across one second hand.

Of course, the S2 IS is great, especially because of the batteries. I can shoot in excess of 700 shots with it with a set of 2500 mah AA batteries. I carry an extra set too. That was the primary reason I went S2 IS. I was left powerless too many times with the S30 (even with 2 batteries).

There's also a new Panasonic 10x zoom camera coming out that should also be pretty good in both price and abilities. Not quite the FZ30, but not terrible for the price.

If you can't afford something, the second hand market is definitely the way to go.

My theory is that if I want a price, I'm going to have to wait.

I would guess that if you made a choice and then started combing the 2nd hand markets, you will probably find something. Give it a month before you lock into something. You will also get whatever money you can save in that month added to your price too.

If you don't find anything, buy what you want new. If you can find a way to go DSLR, you seriously won't regret it. There's so much they can do that a P&S can't.

#1 recommendation for second hand mix on a budget:

Canon Rebel 300D Plus 18-55 kit lens (and buy the Sigma 70-300 APO later). You should be able to find something like this for around 700-750 AU$. You might have to watch www.fredmiranda.com and your local yahoo classifieds as well. The 70-300 will set you back around 300 AU$.

#2 recommendation (actually this offers WAY more bang for the buck, but it's probably harder to find and may work out a bit more costly)

Konica Minolta 5d plus 18-70mm kit lens (also buy the Sigma 70-300 later for telephoto). If you can find this and it's near your budget, put a down-payment. It's going to work out as a tremendous money-saver. Whatever lens you end up using will have AntiShake (AS). The Sigma 70-300 is like 300 dollars AU, but the Canon 70-300 IS (by means of comparison) is closer to 850. Optically there isn't a huge difference. Is AS worth it? You bet. You might be able to work something for around 800-900 AU$. Heck, you can get the full kit for like 25000 NT$ here which is like 1050 AU$.

Heck, if you wanted to really go crazy, you could get the "Bigma" 50-500mm lens and make everyone around you green with envy as you shot at an equivalent of 750mm with AS for only $1000 USD.

Will Konica Minolta become a pain in the butt system because they sold to Sony? Doubtful. Sony would be stupid to ruin their strongest card. Plus, they have committed to something like 7 years of support for the system minimum. Likely, they will cook up something new and exciting within the next half year to year that will bring this mount right back into the running.

If you are worried that 7 years of support is a short time in the Digital Camera world, remember that 3 years ago, the D30 was $3000 US. Now it's worth $300.
03/07/2006 08:30:31 AM · #9
Originally posted by Aryella:

can't afford a Digital SLR (which I'd love by the way) I'm looking to spend about AU$700-800 on a camera,


I know the Pacific Peso ;) doesn't buy a lot at the moment but if you can stretch your budget to A$800 - A$900 you should be able to get a Nikon D50 from Hong Kong. People like DigitalRev and HKSupplies on Ebay are pretty reliable.

Roger
03/07/2006 09:21:18 AM · #10
FWIW, the Nikon is a fine camera, but the KM 5D eats it for value in the long run (ie after buying a second lens).

You could get a 5D with kit lens, a 50mm f/1.7, a 100mm f/2.8 macro and a Sigma 70-300 for the price of a Nikon 100mm f/2.8 VR without a camera.
03/08/2006 05:27:39 AM · #11
Thank you so much to all of you that answered my post, I'm going to print that out now and keep an eye on Ebay etc and see what I can get. I expecially thank you Eschelar for your time and post!
03/08/2006 02:19:24 PM · #12
Originally posted by Aryella:

Thank you so much to all of you that answered my post, I'm going to print that out now and keep an eye on Ebay etc and see what I can get. I expecially thank you Eschelar for your time and post!


when buying on ebay remember to check their feedback rating and any hidden costs. I would hate for you to get caught out.
Digital Rev are on ebay and i have bought from them before, it took about 11 days for my flash to get here. All up i saved around $200 buying it this way rather than in the stores, and that is with customs taken into account.
Good luck!
03/08/2006 02:30:05 PM · #13
I just moved to an Oly, Evolt, but have had the Panasonic FZ-20 for a good two years now, and I tell you, that's my baby. LOVE that camera. I did my first real shoot with it, and it's now my backup. There just aren't enough good things to say about it. Panasonic is HIGHLY underrated in the camera dept., if you ask me.

Oh, and as far as stretching your $$ a bit if you can. I'd have to recommend the Olympus Evolt. Check it out on dpreview. I think you'd be really pleased with it. I just bought mine for a little over $800, with two kit lenses, 14-45 and 40-150. If you're looking to add to it later on, the glass is generally more $$, but totally worth it imo.

Message edited by author 2006-03-08 14:36:26.
Pages:  
Current Server Time: 09/17/2021 04:16:02 AM

Please log in or register to post to the forums.


Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2021 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 09/17/2021 04:16:02 AM EDT.