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Old 10-21-2009, 02:01 AM   #1
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Im looking to buy a new cam and a telephoto lense.

Im looking at either

Olympus e-520
Nikon d60
Sony A300

From what Ive read on Steves Digicams I cant seem to really find a good pro/con for me to make a decision on.

Any advice?
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:19 AM   #2
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If you don't have a problem with used check ebay and craigslist for a D70s or D80. They are hundreds of times better than the D60. Or if it could possibly be in your budget take a look at the D90. The features and options of those are tons and tons better than what you listed.
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:23 AM   #3
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I guess I should also add
1) What do you plan on using it for
2) How much do you know or want to learn about photography
3) Are you interested in even using the features that you would get from an SLR that you couldn't with a high end point and shoot
4) Are you going to shoot in manual mode?
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:27 AM   #4
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Hrmm... I really didnt want to spend too much as this would be my first.

I have a point and shoot but some of the pictures I took while hunting are lose so much in depth and color.

here are a few of those pics



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Old 10-21-2009, 03:35 AM   #5
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We ended up with the Sony A300. It was not our first choice at the time but my wife had a lot of cash invested in Minolta lenses and Sony is the current carrier of the Minolta base. It's a nice camera and we don't at all regret buying it though. I can't really compare since I'm the novice who points and clicks while my wife does all the shutter speed adjusting and manual focusing and stuff but she claims she can do everything she wants to do with that camera and we were happy with the price.

 
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:52 AM   #6
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i shoot semi pro. model photography mostly, some weddings, bands, and other crap that i don't really like to do, but pays, lol. i've shot nikon exclusively for over 15 years.
get a nikon d80, get a couple nikkor prime/fixed lenses for what your needs are, and never look back. plenty big enough, plenty of everything. there's way more expensive cameras out there, way more pixels, blah, blah, it's not needed. it's just ub3r camera geeks flexing their sensor muscles.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:35 AM   #7
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i liked the pentax cameras for their weather proofing. But ended up with an A100 because the price was right. then found out the image stabalization was busted and sony wanted $250 to fix it. f' them. So now half the pictures get taken off frame. Be very carefull with used, and even new for that matter. They cant really be fixed apparently.

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Buy a camera from a camera company. That narrows your list to two. Personally I would pick the Nikon over the Olympus, and a Canon over both. If you are just usnig it for general photos 8mp is more than enough.

 
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Buy a camera from a camera company. That narrows your list to two. Personally I would pick the Nikon over the Olympus, and a Canon over both. If you are just usnig it for general photos 8mp is more than enough.
I am a Nikon guy but don't overlook Sony or Olympus. They both make really good cameras. Sony uses Carl Zeiss glass which in my opinion is the only resonably priced lenses that can compare to Nikkor.
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Hrmm... I really didnt want to spend too much as this would be my first.

I have a point and shoot but some of the pictures I took while hunting are lose so much in depth and color.

here are a few of those pics
In that case you might want to look into a higher end point and shoot. Many people just think that SLRs take better pictures. That is not entirely true. If you just take both of them out of the box and shoot in auto settings then you will be much happier with a point and shoot. On the other hand though if you are interested in learning about photography and another hoppy then by all means go SLR.
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