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post #21 of 27
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get the sony.
It will work fine for your current goals/needs of a DSLR, and as you said you will change bodies if you get more serious about photography.

Plus sony's (or pentax) are great to have for canon v. nikon shoots. Sony =

(See joeyl's nikon girl )


On another note either canon or nikon will provide similar choices to pentax or sony and have much larger lens line-ups so you won't need to upgrade the body to try different lenses.
Why not just get a body now that you can mount good glass on later? A good friend of mine has a Rebel XSi, which is an old entry-level model from Canon (costs $300 for the body alone now), and she still gets fantastic photos out of it. She regularly mounts L-lenses on it and has never needed to upgrade her body.
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*Raises hand* I shoot with an XSi, and regularly shoot L glass. Check my flickr, you can still get good stuff.

Though I think I broke my XSi Saturday morning during a sports shoot. Still trying to dry it out...
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post #23 of 27
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So... are we saying then, for a complete beginner, the Sony A290 for £285 is pretty good?

Remember that if I really do get into this hobby I will be buying a better DSLR in the future so I don't need lens compatibility/Choice.
Personally, I would pass on either the Sony A290 or A390. They didn't get stellar reviews (as I said, Sony isn't all the way there yet). If I were to get a Sony entry-level DSLR, it would be the Alpha SLT-A33 or SLT-A55.

I agree that a Canon 1100D or Nikon D3100 would be the best choices. I say that not just from the quality of the bodies, but from the availability and selection of their lenses and accessories.

Sony and Pentax have great DSLR's, some of which equal Canon and Nikon in performance, but their lens and accessories are often difficult to come by or sometimes non-existent.
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Think I'll be going for the D3100, Thanks for all of the replies guys.
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post #25 of 27
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Why not just get a body now that you can mount good glass on later? A good friend of mine has a Rebel XSi, which is an old entry-level model from Canon (costs $300 for the body alone now), and she still gets fantastic photos out of it. She regularly mounts L-lenses on it and has never needed to upgrade her body.
Well that statement was made in reference to the OP's,
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I don't care about lens compatibility as I will only buy new lenses if I really get into this hobby and at that point I would buy a new camera anyway.
If you read further down in my reply, I made the suggestion to go canon or nikon for the larger lens lines-ups.

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Why not just get a body now that you can mount good glass on later?
I would argue that it is a bit ridiculous to suggest sony doesn't have good glass considering many canon and nikon users prefer to buy zeiss glass anyway. And zeiss as you know offers a great line of sony lenses.
post #26 of 27
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Think I'll be going for the D3100, Thanks for all of the replies guys.
Nikon makes great camera's and I think you will be happy with your choice.

Sadly, Sony is getting slammed somewhat undeservedly on here. It actually is a great alternative to canon and nikon for users like you who are upgrading to DSLR as a hobby.

Will the image quality be better or worse then the sony... and enough to justify the cost? Compare the models head to head and judge for yourself. Check out
http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM


Again, the nikon is great. I would buy a d3 right now if I weren't so heavily invested in canon glass already, but sony may just be the right choice for you...
and their lens line-up isn't as bad as this thread may make you believe. I don't have the uk link but check out http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...ategoryId=3770
post #27 of 27
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I like this idea guys, so the question is, what cheap body will the best lenses fit?

I presume it would be best to go with canon or nikon for future compatibility with lenses.
the general 'rule of thumb' for new phtoographers is to get the cheapest DSLR you can get, cause lenses are what makes a good picture.

now, the real question on choosing a system is what you want to shoot and how much money you think you will spend on it. if you just plan to shoot vacation photos or just as a step up from a PS then it really doesnt matter which system you choose cause they are all good and all have good normal lenses.

but if you know you want to do some specialized shooting, say >1:1 macro then you need to start worrying about available EQ. but keep in mind these specialized lenses are expensive (canon mpe65 ~1000usd and a ring flash is 550usd).
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