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Old 10-27-04, 02:51 PM
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please recommend a good digital SLR...

looking to upgrade to a digital SLR in the near future...

any recommendations?

not to sound cheap, but i want to stay certainly sub $1000 and preferably even less expensive...say $600-800 if possible.

can anyone help?

Old 10-27-04, 03:26 PM
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Canon's EOS Digital Rebel goes for around $800. < $1000 with lens and 1GB CF card. I haven't seen any for much less than that unless you're willing to accept a camera without interchangable lenses.

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Nikon D70. $999 or less for the body. Read all about it here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_...nikon_d70.html
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all of these SLRs come with just the body? you have to buy the lens seperately? (the don't come with even a basic lens?)
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You can buy a package with a basic lens or you can buy just the body.
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Many people are selling off their Canon 300D or Canon 10D to buy the 20D. You can easily obtain one for less than $700. You will still need a lens though. The Canon 28-135 IS is a good start.
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Originally posted by slateef
all of these SLRs come with just the body? you have to buy the lens seperately? (the don't come with even a basic lens?)
B&H Photo & Video has the Canon Digital Rebel w/lens for about $900
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the nikon just doesn't LOOK very impressive...i know, i know, who cares how it looks, just look at the pics it takes!

the canon looks better, more impressive...

anyway, thanks for the suggestions guys!
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Uh, the Nikon D70 is a better camera than the 300D. The 300D is a cripped version of the 10D.
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Originally posted by slateef
the nikon just doesn't LOOK very impressive...i know, i know, who cares how it looks, just look at the pics it takes!

the canon looks better, more impressive...

anyway, thanks for the suggestions guys!
Which Canon? If you're talking Digital Rebel, go to a store and pick them up in your hands. The D70 feels much more solid/well built. The kit lens that comes with it is very very good, as well. We bought one in early July and are very satisfied with it.

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Canon Digital Rebel!

It can be had for $719 before shipping and after $100 rebate.

http://www2.buydig.com/shop/product....u=CNDIGRBL1855

Awesome camera!
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Having biought a Digital Rebel recently (and proud owner of a regular, 35 mm Rebel) I can whole-heartedly recommend it...
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I think Canon's lens system is better than Nikons. Yeah, all Nikon lenses will fit any Nikon camera but there are lots fo lenses that aren't compatible for one reason or another, some have problems with the mirror hitting the back of the lens, etc. I'd go with Canon.
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Canon 20D
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If you can afford it, then I'd say go with the Canon 20D. Otherwise take a thorough look at the Nikon D70.
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I'm putting in a vote for the Nikon D70. Though it really depends on your budget. The D70 kit with a nice 18-70mm zoom lens is around $1300. Over your budget, but the camera is way more solid feeling than the Digital Rebel, and has a lot more capability.

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Moreso that which camera to recommend, if this is your first DSLR, I would look at which company / whose lenses you prefer, like shaun3000 recommended. Chances are you are going to want to buy the same brand down the road when you get ready to replace your camera because you don't want money you invested in lenses to go down the drain.

There are some that have both major brands, but it can get expensive that way.
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Originally posted by zuffy
Uh, the Nikon D70 is a better camera than the 300D. The 300D is a cripped version of the 10D.
So flash the firmware.

The Rebel, w/o lens, is now $799 @ Newegg. I have this camera and love it.
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Check out www.onecall.com too. We just bought a Digital Rebel for work with lens, an extra battery, a 1 GB 80x Flash Card and a UV filter for $1054 with $180 in rebates.

I haven't had a chance to try it out.
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Originally posted by shaun3000
I think Canon's lens system is better than Nikons. Yeah, all Nikon lenses will fit any Nikon camera but there are lots fo lenses that aren't compatible for one reason or another, some have problems with the mirror hitting the back of the lens, etc. I'd go with Canon.
I've got a 35mm Canon AE1 SLR. Are there any digital SLRs that can use the lenses I already have?
Thanks
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Nope, sorry. Canon completley abandoned that system in the mid-80s and replaced it with the EOS line. These cameras have compuiter controlled everything, from exposure to focus, a completley different lens mount, etc. In fact, the old FD lenses can't even be adapted to the EF mount found on EOS cameras due to the distance from the camera the lens would have to be. (except in a few special cases, but even that doesn't work very well)
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I sure wish we could use FD lenses, but we can't. I have an AE-1 with some nice glass that'd I love to still use.
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Originally posted by BigDave
I sure wish we could use FD lenses, but we can't. I have an AE-1 with some nice glass that'd I love to still use.
I've got a couple nice lenses as well. I love my AE1. It's lasted me for almost 20 years now (wow, I never thought about that before) and even though it could use a cleaning, the pictures it produces are still as good as they were in 1984/85
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The D70 seems to have a better designed/bigger memory buffer than the 300D, and therefore takes shots much faster. That's more evident in burst mode of course. Like others have said the D70 has a much better feel and build quality than the 300D. I'd pay the little bit extra for the D70.

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