we purchased a Canon EOS400D with an 18-55mm lens for the school a few years back from Dabs. Got 3 x 4Gb memory cards with it . Should have splashed out for a camera bag too. I use the built in flash and have never (yet) felt the need to go for an external flash. Already had a tripod.
This unit has been working extremely well; some good photos produced and no problems experienced. Bought a 55-250mm lens to go with it which gets used for Sports Day and some presentations in the main hall.
The output gets used on the school website, intranet, VLE, digital signage units, wi-fi photoframes, screensavers, the occasional press release, school literature and more recently in support of a planning application. I now take the staff photos for ID cards with it.
It only gets used by myself and one of the techs in the same office so expecting it to last a reasonably long time.
For general student/staff use we have a mix of cheapo compact digital cameras and FujiFilm DSLRs. Some staff have iPhones and we're just gearing up to using these for school trip updates/blog photos.
I love my Sony A200, well built and sound... Does the job and does it without a complaint.
I have also head good things about the budget Canon.
Last time I checked the budget Nikon didn't have autofocus, so maybe a problem if younger kids are using it.
p.s just checked on amazon and this years does.
Review for this years budgets - http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Ca...pha-A230-12497
I'd highly recommend it... photo was taken at 18mm with the stock lens and D5000 straight out of the box to give you an idea...
You could add the 55-200mm VR later too maybe http://www.camerabox.co.uk/product1.... AF-S DX IF-ED
hi guys gonna go with the nikon. So i thought id enfd this thread with a question...
does anyone know where i can pick this bad boy up....
Jessops stocked it for a while - £16,995. It's got two stabilisation motors in it, one for normal stabilisation, and one to remove the vibration caused by the camera shutter...
It's the Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8/400-1,000mm F5.6 EX DG if you want to google - the statistics for it are amazing...(available in Canon and Nikon fit!)