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    hey, a little help here ? :D

    hello chaps.
    I love taking photos but the only cameras i had were compact non pro thingies so i decided to buy a DSLR. I can't choose one. I don't have enough experience or knowledge. I stopped on these:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

    I've also seen some models with so called Art Filters. As I said I'm a newbie and i just love photos well colored with all sort of effects and things. I'm asking for your help, please.
    Tell me all you think about this cameras, any other ideas.
    Price should be under 350 - 400 e.

    The one with art filters is this:
    http://www.olympus-europa.com/corporate/1696_3242.htm

    Tell me if I'm goofy and I silly insist on these art filters.

    Cheers guys!

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    Re: hey, a little help here ? :D

    Those are not DSLRs. They're just bulky versions of compact cameras.

    Get the base model of Canon or Nikon DSLR with the kit lens and you'll be happy.

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    Re: hey, a little help here ? :D

    Quote Originally Posted by hydrocarbon View Post
    Those are not DSLRs. They're just bulky versions of compact cameras. Get the base model of Canon or Nikon DSLR with the kit lens and you'll be happy.
    Agree - have a look at the great entry level DSLR - Nikon D3000 - small, neat, packs a punch, greta images - a real winner

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    Re: hey, a little help here ? :D

    Usually I would advice - for 400 bucks you'd better take entry level DSLR than compact camera overstuffed with unnecessary features.

    But... If you hate idea of taking bulky and heavy camera everywhere with you, if you don't want to be infected with photo bug, and if you are actually okey with photos you take now, I say - stick to $300 - 400 compacts which are more than suitable for taking pictures of watches for that site, and more. I was impressed with quality of pictures and overall build of Panasonics...
    I have Nikon D200, this is pretty serious and HEAVY thing. Often I prefer my wife's compact camera if we go just out.

    And you ask about filters... Can't say don't take them. It is always challenging. But very often guys overdo with different sorts of effects which break good picture. See what I mean? In 9 from 10 cases it is better not to use any effect.
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    Re: hey, a little help here ? :D

    A great resource for comparing digital cameras is http://www.pbase.com - I agree that the cameras you are looking at are probably not as good as an entry-level Nikon. The Panasonic appears to have a fixed zoom lens that is not interchangable. Some Nikons are great... look into the D90 and D80, as well as the D3000 noted above. Costco has great prices on some of these models, and they are certainly worth looking into.

    Remember, "SLR" means Single Lens Reflex... usually incorporates the ability to see through the actual lens, when a mirror in front of the digital chip (film plane in the old days) flops up out of the way during exposure. I know, this is not the technical way to describe it. I once had an Olymups C-8080 wide zoom. While I liked the camera as I moved up into higher megapixels (this one had 8), the image was not a "SLR" view but a little video screen in the viewfinder that reproduced the image. Thus taking away from the real acute visibility sometimes needed.

    The Nikon and Canon lines both have great entry-level DSLR's.

    Best!

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    You can pick up a copy of Photoshop Elements for an inexpensive price. Lots more options/ effects than a couple art filters. Normally speaking, those art filters are not the best quality. I only use a circular polarizer or a graduated ND filter, both are pretty expensive pieces. I've not had good results with cheap filters.

    If you are serious about going DSLR, I'd suggest getting comfortable with the general operation of the camera before experimenting with more complex techniques.
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    What about an Olympus E-PL1? I saw them on sale for under $499 recently, pretty decent IMO...

    Here's a link to a preview:http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympusepl1/

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    Re: hey, a little help here ? :D

    A great all around camera just below dslr level is the Canon G11. Still a point and shoot but with full manual, aperture and shutter priority capability. Nice 5x zoom lens. IQ (image quality) from what I've seen so far is the best in the p&s category. It's sized between a small pocket camera and small dslr. Priced around $500 US retail but is starting to be discounted. I've had the "G" series from Canon (F7-11) for years and they have been outstanding as a backup to my dslr's.

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