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Posted: 12/30/2006 6:09:28 PM EST
We are looking for a really nice digital camera under 1000 bucks. Pick your favorite.

vmax84
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:10:55 PM EST
D70s. I'll post some sample pics from it in a few minutes.
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:12:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/30/2006 6:16:10 PM EST by brouhaha]
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:13:06 PM EST
Just the body or a combo kit?
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:24:48 PM EST
What are you looking for? A simple "point and shoot" type pocket camera? Or, a SLR with interchangeable lens capabilities? Do you plan on printing sizable enlargements? Or, will the camera be utilized basically to create small file sizes for "snapshots?"

Your intended usage will held determine what you need. Not much sense in buying more camera than you require.

.02 -
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:26:15 PM EST
All these were taken by me except the one with me, and the fish. With the Nikon D70s. I think it can be had for a few dollars under a grand now with the lense. I like it, and I'm an ameture, and I think these shots turned out awesome, and I have over 10,000 more just like em.

4th of july 2005

my baby, and her teddybear

Lightning 2005

Corpus redfish 2005

My wife at the range 2005
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:31:17 PM EST
SLR with zoom lens. Have a couple nice zoom lens from the 80's that fit our Pentax and Minolta 35mm cameras.......would these lens fit?

Want a camera that can tackle fast moving objects.

Thanks.

vmax84
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:34:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By vmax84:
SLR with zoom lens. Have a couple nice zoom lens from the 80's that fit our Pentax and Minolta 35mm cameras.......would these lens fit?

Want a camera that can tackle fast moving objects.

Thanks.

vmax84



I would definately reccomend the D70s. It has a 1/4000 shutter speed, and ISO from 200 - 1600. a pretty fast burst mode. Lenses are going to be your biggest cost by far with any camera. I'm partial to Nikon, but Cannon makes some good cameras too.
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:45:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/30/2006 6:47:43 PM EST by paddle3]

Originally Posted By TX_CO4:

Originally Posted By vmax84:
SLR with zoom lens. Have a couple nice zoom lens from the 80's that fit our Pentax and Minolta 35mm cameras.......would these lens fit?

Want a camera that can tackle fast moving objects.

Thanks.

vmax84



I would definately reccomend the D70s. It has a 1/4000 shutter speed, and ISO from 200 - 1600. a pretty fast burst mode. Lenses are going to be your biggest cost by far with any camera. I'm partial to Nikon, but Cannon makes some good cameras too.


For a SLR system with the capabilities you require, I would concur that Nikon is top shelf. TX_CO4's recommendation of the D70 is good advice. Furthermore, he's quite correct that lenses are going to be your major expense. ( Try Adorama, and B&H Photo in NY for discounted pricing on camera body and lens'. )

As far as your Pentax and Minolta 35mm lens working with a modern digital camera - I know that nearly every Nikon lens manufactured since 1977 will function with their new digital cameras. Perhaps Minolta and Pentax have also built in "backwards functionality" into their systems, too. It's worth looking into.

Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:49:02 PM EST
Thanks a bunch for the good info (as always!!)!!!

vmax84
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 6:51:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/30/2006 6:52:02 PM EST by DK-Prof]
Don't forget to check the Photography forums here on ar15.com!

www.jobrelatedstuff.com/forums/forum.html?b=1&f=121

Link Posted: 12/30/2006 7:00:38 PM EST
I would say anything in the Canon line. You can grow into it easy from a film to digital SLR to something larger. You also get the Canon L lens line along with others. See my thread in the photo forum.
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 7:22:53 PM EST
at that price, d70 - easily. (though i havent tried a d80 yet.) im honestly amazed at all it can do so well. arguably the most versatile slr ever produced. btw, i've been shooting a d70 all week with a 70-200 2.8 and that lens has exceeded all expectations.
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 8:22:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/30/2006 8:23:25 PM EST by Skibane]
For that kind of money, I'd recommend one of these...


...and one of these...


The Olympus E-10 currently sells for around $300 on the used market (original retail price was $1600). It's built like a tank - Aluminum/Magnesium body, integral AF zoom lens, IR remote control - A very nice digital camera with a SLR film camera feel.

Obviously, the other item needs no comment...


Link Posted: 12/30/2006 8:32:50 PM EST
My suggestion:

Go to KEH.com and get the Canon Digital Rebel for $325

Go to BHPhotoVideo.com and get the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens for $69.95

From the same site get the Sandisk 1GB CF card for $23.95

Spend the rest on guns and ammo.

Link Posted: 12/30/2006 8:40:59 PM EST
I would go for the new Nikon D80

You can get the body for less than 600
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 9:27:47 PM EST
On the Nikon camp, the D70s is now out of production, so is the D50.
The replacement: D80 with 10 Mpixel, which is a D200 light.
The replacement of the D50 is the D40, which is amazingly light for s DSLR, forst one to break the sub $500 price, gives the advantage digitals a run fot the money.

Canon have the 350 and 400 XTi

Other brand include Olympus E series which are pretty good, they do have a crop factor of 2 using their 4/3rds format.

Panasonic have some good sub $1,000 digital SLR, so are Pentax. One plus is Panasonic uses Japanese manufactured Leica design lenses.

I stay away from Sony, their Alpha sucks, did a poor job updating the Minota cameras.

Keep your eyes peeled on Samsung, which is partnering with Pentax.

The DSLR market is going to heat up and expand, with the low end DSLR challenging the price of the high-end P&S and advanced Digitals (without the shutter lag, slow AF, and a real view finder). I just bought a Nikon S10 for my wife, and it actually cost more than the Nikon D40 package!

The top three are still Canon, Nikon, and Olympus, with Nikon, for a long time sitting in the second place, over take Canon in DSLR sales in Japan this last quarter.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:00:17 AM EST
I have an Canon Rebel XT. With what little experience I have, Its all about quality glass when going SLR.

I'm Currently running a Canon 70-200 F2.8 USM L.

I would by a Canon 1Ds Mark IIn If I had the money.



Mark.

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 6:13:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By M-60:
I have an Canon Rebel XT. With what little experience I have, Its all about quality glass when going SLR.



+1

It is all about the glass. You can have the best camera in the world, but if you have bad glass infront of it you will get nothing out of it.

Also remember this: You are buying a system, not a camera. The lenses that you have will work longer than the body.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 6:17:14 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 6:18:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 8:33:26 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/31/2006 8:39:01 AM EST by leadnbrass]
I got an Olympus E500 kit for $689, its a two lens kit. Also just picked up a 35mm Macro, a new camera bag and a decent tripod...all total, a hair under $1000...

I'm happy with it thus far.


I looked at Nikons and Canons...I liked the way the Oly felt in my hands and really like the colors when shooting outdoors.

I'm a severe photo rookie but I am learning

The first photo I took...

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 9:40:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 11:25:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By TX_CO4:

I would definately reccomend the D70s. It has a 1/4000 shutter speed,


Actually the D70/70s have 1/8000 shutter speed The D80 went to a 1/4000
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:16:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By inzane123:
I would go for the new Nikon D80

You can get the body for less than 600



Where did you find the D80 for this?
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 4:27:01 AM EST
www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=679296

I dont know how real this price is but it came up when I googled the D80.
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 5:02:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 6:24:46 AM EST
The Rebel XTi has gotten very good reviews. So has the Nikon D80, although it's over $1000. It's all about the lenses, really. Go with the system that has lenses you like.
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 6:48:04 AM EST
Ritz still has some New, Old-Stock Nikon D-70s's around. I think the body only is $599 now. I am pondering buying a spare at that price. I love mine and can't imagine shooting with a different camera.

shooter
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 6:54:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By shooter220:
Ritz still has some New, Old-Stock Nikon D-70s's around. I think the body only is $599 now. I am pondering buying a spare at that price. I love mine and can't imagine shooting with a different camera.

shooter


I've heard the D80 is a much better camera.
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 7:10:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By RikWriter:

Originally Posted By shooter220:
Ritz still has some New, Old-Stock Nikon D-70s's around. I think the body only is $599 now. I am pondering buying a spare at that price. I love mine and can't imagine shooting with a different camera.

shooter


I've heard the D80 is a much better camera.


It may be an improvement in some ways, but the D-70 allows the buyer to buy a couple lenses and come in at $1000. The D-80 blows the budget. I haven't tinkered with the 80 yet, but I did tinker with the D-200 before I bought my D-70s, and I couldn't rationalize the price difference for my use.

shooter
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 7:37:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By shooter220:

Originally Posted By RikWriter:

Originally Posted By shooter220:
Ritz still has some New, Old-Stock Nikon D-70s's around. I think the body only is $599 now. I am pondering buying a spare at that price. I love mine and can't imagine shooting with a different camera.

shooter


I've heard the D80 is a much better camera.


It may be an improvement in some ways, but the D-70 allows the buyer to buy a couple lenses and come in at $1000. The D-80 blows the budget. I haven't tinkered with the 80 yet, but I did tinker with the D-200 before I bought my D-70s, and I couldn't rationalize the price difference for my use.

shooter

There is always the D40, which with the current technology, surpasses the D70. Only drawback is it have to use AFS lenses, which is most of Nikon's zoom lenses, and one macro. The rest of the primes uses manual focus, but then, by the timne a photographer wants a prime lens, he or she would have outgrown the D40.
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 8:23:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By leungken:

There is always the D40, which with the current technology, surpasses the D70. Only drawback is it have to use AFS lenses, which is most of Nikon's zoom lenses, and one macro. The rest of the primes uses manual focus, but then, by the timne a photographer wants a prime lens, he or she would have outgrown the D40.


Just a curious question, in what ways does the -40 surpass the -70? Have they upgraded the focusing system? The light meter? I don't follow these things too closely anymore, but am curious as to what the justification is for this claim.

shooter
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 6:45:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/3/2007 6:46:39 AM EST by leungken]

Originally Posted By shooter220:

Originally Posted By leungken:

There is always the D40, which with the current technology, surpasses the D70. Only drawback is it have to use AFS lenses, which is most of Nikon's zoom lenses, and one macro. The rest of the primes uses manual focus, but then, by the timne a photographer wants a prime lens, he or she would have outgrown the D40.


Just a curious question, in what ways does the -40 surpass the -70? Have they upgraded the focusing system? The light meter? I don't follow these things too closely anymore, but am curious as to what the justification is for this claim.

shooter

As technology mature, technology improved and become cheaper. D40 benefits from development and improvements from D2X, D200, D50, D2Xs, and D80, which is the replacement of the D70.

Starting from:
Better firmware, it is always improving
Better ISO performance, D70s is good to maybe ISO400
Wider ISO range, D70 limits at ISO 1600, D40 is a limit at ISO 3200 with boost
Updated AF system that (sadly) works only on AFS and AFI lenses, elminated the AF-D screw drive
Lighter camera, more compact, but still Nikon's legendary handling over the Canons
Bigger LCD screen, 2.5" versus 2" screen
Slightly more powerful build-in flash, but I don't use it other than the CLS commander

I started with a D-70, which is a legent by itself, but it have been almost 3 years old, and DSLR technology have leaped and bound due to competitions.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 9:03:00 AM EST

SLR with zoom lens. Have a couple nice zoom lens from the 80's that fit our Pentax and Minolta 35mm cameras.......would these lens fit?


Vmax is your zoom lens for the Minolta an alpha mount (auto focus camera)? If so Sony's camera can use those lenses. I believe Pentax mount has really changed K mount, and can be used with their cameras, but it may or may not autofocus.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 9:40:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/3/2007 9:52:06 AM EST by Torf]
If $1000 was my budget, I would hit the best price on a D70s that I could find, and spend the rest on a 50mm F/1.8D lens. Between an extra battery, and CF card, and circular polarizer, you will be under the $1000 mark, and on your way to a more flexible lens.


Nikon D70s Body Only $499
Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D 120
EN-EL3e Extra Battery 36
4G Sandisk Extreme III CF card 135
Circular Polarizer 75
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TOTAL $865


Even though the D50 and D70s has been eclipsed by innovation, they are still very highly functional cameras, and are not going obsolete anytime soon. Even in 10 years, they will still take some very good pictures at a very low image cost. My cousin still makes money with her Canon 10D. Even though my Canon S80 is far newer and had 2 more Megapixels than the 10D, her camera takes far better pictures.

Nikon lenses are generally backwards and forwards compatible, so they will outlast the body.
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