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    Digital SLR camera

    Wanting to get a decent digital SLR so it lasts etc, quite a few peeps are suggesting canons due to the motor being in the lens so if the motor goes u just replace the lens not the whole camera, am a complete n00b so any suggestions on both camera and lens??

    Will be using it for taking pics of our pets that are hard to get good pics of as they move around a lot ie running etc and have had a few compacts and want something a lot better now

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    If you get an SLR, it will be better for fast moving subjects. Even the cheaper lenses are often a bit "quicker" than their compact counterparts, and button-shutter delay is negligible. You might also consider "burst" shooting - that's standard on all good SLRs.

    I would go for Canon or Nikon. These are the best SLRs (unless you have mental money) and have thriving second hand lens markets (always good). Personally, I have a Canon 40D. You will find Linux/Windows like zealotry among some when it comes to Nikon or canon (I made sure my wedding photographer shot canon, for example...) but in all honesty neither of them have made a bad SLR yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    If you get an SLR, it will be better for fast moving subjects. Even the cheaper lenses are often a bit "quicker" than their compact counterparts, and button-shutter delay is negligible. You might also consider "burst" shooting - that's standard on all good SLRs.

    I would go for Canon or Nikon. These are the best SLRs (unless you have mental money) and have thriving second hand lens markets (always good). Personally, I have a Canon 40D. You will find Linux/Windows like zealotry among some when it comes to Nikon or canon (I made sure my wedding photographer shot canon, for example...) but in all honesty neither of them have made a bad SLR yet.
    I was looking at the 450D to start with but will hopefully be getting it from Curries as they do the buy now pay later option which I don't have any issues with paying inside of the time frame ie 6 or 12 months.

    However they don't seem to do the 450D but do have the 500D or the 1000D, 550D is a touch much as was looking at getting a tele photo lense , SD Card and a camera bag - everything else is included from what I can gather ref battery, power lead etc etc

    Going to get SD Card from Aria or somewhere that do them at a reasonable price - I presume the 500D is between the 450 and the 550 and the 1000D is a noob SLR camera ??

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    I think Jessops also offer some form of credit deal on a similar basis. May be worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Going to get SD Card from Aria or somewhere that do them at a reasonable price - I presume the 500D is between the 450 and the 550 and the 1000D is a noob SLR camera ??
    Yep, although the 450D is being phased out. It's been replaced by the 500D which has been moved down a peg by the arrival of the 550D.

    Have you also looked at the new Nikon D3100?

    I'd go and try both cameras before choosing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    Have you also looked at the new Nikon D3100?
    I use a D3000 at work - which the D3100 replaces - and it's excellent, especially for the price.

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    I am thinking of purchasing the D3000 myself, I have noticed it is on special in the Argos at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Educare_AV View Post
    I am thinking of purchasing the D3000 myself, I have noticed it is on special in the Argos at the moment.
    Nikon D3000 Lens Kit (18-55mm VR) from £334.00, UK Specialist Price Comparison Site, Camera Price Buster

    You can do better then £350.

    Just bare in mind the D3000 is a fairly out of date camera. It uses the same sensor as the older D40X and D60.
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    IIRC the 550 is quite a lot "better" than the 450. The 1000 is the baby of the bunch, but by no means a bad unit.
    I ended up with a 40D just because the 50D had been released, and I saw a 40D in PC world. Took an hour but I eventually got the price where I wanted it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    IIRC the 550 is quite a lot "better" than the 450. The 1000 is the baby of the bunch, but by no means a bad unit.
    I ended up with a 40D just because the 50D had been released, and I saw a 40D in PC world. Took an hour but I eventually got the price where I wanted it
    What do you mean by 40D and 50D as in 400D vs 500D or are 40D and 50D other models that canon do ?

    Will check out the Nikon 3100 but got suggested canon due to the motors being in the lense - not sure if this is the same as Nikon or not ??

    Will defo try them both out though

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    So in comparison if you had the choice of the D3100 or the Canon 500D which one and why as all this tech specs is confusing the heck outa me as I clearly can't take the Mega Pixels into consideration as there are a lot of other things
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    What do you mean by 40D and 50D as in 400D vs 500D or are 40D and 50D other models that canon do ?

    Will check out the Nikon 3100 but got suggested canon due to the motors being in the lense - not sure if this is the same as Nikon or not ??

    Will defo try them both out though

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    So in comparison if you had the choice of the D3100 or the Canon 500D which one and why as all this tech specs is confusing the heck outa me as I clearly can't take the Mega Pixels into consideration as there are a lot of other things
    1000d is entry level canon slr
    250-400-450-500-550 are mid level (lower number older camera) for what its worth mines a 400d and im happy with it its even pretty robust it survived a drop onto rocks that knocked me out for a few seconds with a minor mark
    40d-50d are professional cameras

    the diff between canon and nikon is tbh down to personal opinion as any feature one ahs the other copies. The only point i would make about nikons is you have to be a bit more careful with lenses on the newer ones i believe as they do some of the processing i think

    just be aware the camera itself is just the start then start adding lenses / tripods /. other guff and it soon gets expensive and once you pick a brand youre probably going to be stuck there

    megapixels is irrelevant as any dslr will take pics you can print out far bigger than you will ever need most of it comes down to feel i diddnt like the feel of the nikon the canon fitted my hand better so i went that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    1000d is entry level canon slr
    250-400-450-500-550 are mid level (lower number older camera) for what its worth mines a 400d and im happy with it its even pretty robust it survived a drop onto rocks that knocked me out for a few seconds with a minor mark
    40d-50d are professional cameras

    the diff between canon and nikon is tbh down to personal opinion as any feature one ahs the other copies. The only point i would make about nikons is you have to be a bit more careful with lenses on the newer ones i believe as they do some of the processing i think

    just be aware the camera itself is just the start then start adding lenses / tripods /. other guff and it soon gets expensive and once you pick a brand youre probably going to be stuck there

    megapixels is irrelevant as any dslr will take pics you can print out far bigger than you will ever need most of it comes down to feel i diddnt like the feel of the nikon the canon fitted my hand better so i went that way
    Mid Level one would be good enough for me - just out of curiousty how much are the pro ones ie 40 or 50D ??

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    i think it's rare these days to look at a DSLR purely for the purpose of snapping still photo's. The HD video capabilities appear to be just as important. I've read many a forum thread elsewhere which starts off promoising but then ends up tedious, on the merits of something called a panasonic lumix G1?? vs a olympus EP-1 vs the newer sony A55....and ofcourse such a discussion isn't complete without the canon's and nikon's with live view and HD video.

    for purists it's possibly down to canon vs nikon but i don't believe they are the only games in town. have a look on vimeo to see what the various cameras are capable of...

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    Bloody hell, 60D is "current" now - £825.
    Camera Price Buster - UKs cheapest camera gear <- might be useful.

    Screw tech specs. For a start-out camera you'll be fine whatever you get.
    1. Try holding the thing in your hands. Make sure it fits your fingers.
    2. Then go for one that feels right, and you can get a good price.
    3. Then ignore all forums for a week, and ignore "buyer's remorse" - it'll do you no good

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    Was watching videos I presume are recorded by the 550D and they look superb ( although you never know if it was recorded by the 550D or not )

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