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    My missus is looking to sell her 350D with 18-55 IS lens, spare battery and shoulder bag, although I'm not sure what she wants for it... @Dos_Box if you're interested I'll email her now and ask her price

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    350D was a brilliant camera, highly recommended.

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    Look at second user Canon EOS 30/40 or 50 (which I've got, solid magnesium body)

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    Got another vote for the 350D. I have one and it is producing some fantastic shots. As for the megapixel argument, I posit that the more pixels, the better the zoom quality, and that's it. If you are a crap photographer, all the mega/giga/tera pixels in the world wont help you out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Got another vote for the 350D. I have one and it is producing some fantastic shots. As for the megapixel argument, I posit that the more pixels, the better the zoom quality, and that's it. If you are a crap photographer, all the mega/giga/tera pixels in the world wont help you out!
    Better digital (i.e. false) zoom, yes, but that's simply because you can perform a tighter crop and still maintain acceptable quality. Optical zoom (the type your lens provides) will be no more affected by MP count than any other element of the camera.

    It's worth mentioning that a 5MP dSLR will take significantly better quality photos than a 5MP smartphone as it has a much larger sensor.

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    Sorry, I should have made that distinction, you are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYK-IT View Post
    Look at second user Canon EOS 30/40 or 50 (which I've got, solid magnesium body)

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    Or the original D60 which was nearly £2K new, but can be had today for peanuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    I have a Canon 350D which is an 8 megapixel camera. Still works well for me. MBP Photographic are selling second hand ones for about £100. www.mpbphotographic.co.uk - Used Secondhand Canon EOS 350D. You don't get a lot of the fancy features that more modern cameras give you like telescopic LCDs and video shooting but it's still a respectable still camera which gives you full control over all of the important bits. The only disadvantage it has would be in low light situations, newer cameras will give better results there.

    Pair that up with their 18-55mm IS lens which has a good reputation for the price and you've got yourself a nice cheap starter kit www.mpbphotographic.co.uk - Used Secondhand Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. That's £64

    If you want to get fancy, a 50mm prime lens is always fun too
    www.mpbphotographic.co.uk - Used Secondhand Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

    I would prefer to buy from a shop like mpb or the one that @AJWhite1970 recommended than from Joe Q RandomeBaySeller, it reduces the risk of getting a dud and places like those will give you a warranty.

    /edit If you still have Canon lenses from your 35mm days that you're planning to use, make sure that they're EOS mounts rather than the old FD mounts. EOS lenses will fit, FD ones won't. The easy way to tell is to see if the lens has autofocus or not.
    I have done work for these chaps in the past - they are pretty good and know what they are doing.

    With regards to the camera's I haven't got a clue tho!

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    Some good advice and links their guys, keep 'em coming.
    I've had a good offer of a Canon from one of the members, so we'll see how that pans out

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    Never forget the golden rule. Hold the camera you are planning to buy, never buy just from others saying it is good.
    If you do not like the feel of the camera (weight, shape, location of the buttons/wheels) then this will put you off using the camera.

    Years ago I used to have a Canon EOS600 (yes, non digital version) and it was a lovely camera. When I went to digital SLR (Canon stuff had long gone) I went with the Nikon D90 which felt wonderful. The Canons didn't feel right in my hands.

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    I've got a Nikon D3200 and it's great.

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    I'd also recommend a D3200, can pick these up for under £300 with a lense but you'r better off getting a different lense to the stock bundled one. You will struggle to find any one with a bad word to say against it http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/digital-sl...view-50008349/are great all round! Great for photography and video.




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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    My missus is looking to sell her 350D with 18-55 IS lens, spare battery and shoulder bag, although I'm not sure what she wants for it... @Dos_Box if you're interested I'll email her now and ask her price
    Thanks for the offer, I'm already talking to Sted about his D400 though

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondbill2k2 View Post
    I'd also recommend a D3200, can pick these up for under £300 with a lense but you'r better off getting a different lense to the stock bundled one. You will struggle to find any one with a bad word to say against it http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/digital-sl...view-50008349/are great all round! Great for photography and video.




    It's still a bit more than I'd be happy to pay. I'm looking at used as an introduction to DSLR's. Perhaps in a year or so I may want something better, but I am happy with Canon's and as a step-up think it would be my best route.

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