View Full Version : Which DSLR for first timer

25-10-10, 08:38 PM
Hi all

I've decided to get back into photography after coming into some money and wondered which would be a good DSLR to buy. I previously had a 35mm minolta slr and recently bought a fuji f70exr as a compact.

My budget is between 1000 - 1500 and that can include accessories too. I'm looking to take portrait, landscape and sports/action shots so maybe a good alrounder

Thanks in advance for your help


26-10-10, 08:07 AM
Hi I did the same this year myself and went back into the SLR world after not having one for several years. Looking at your budget you can get a good setup.
You could be looking at sometjing like Nikon d90 or Canon EOS550d both option will allow your budget to get a lens or two. Portrait you could go for a prime lens, but th sports and land scape you will need something like a 2.8 70-300 range which will be expensive.
What I did was get a short list and go to shop and try them. my short list was the olympus e620 canon EOS550d and the nikon d90. My choice was the canon. Good luck

27-10-10, 08:32 AM
The Canon EOS 550D is an incredible camera, so I would recommend choosing this DSLR. But with your budget I would get the body only and then buy the Canon 15-85mm IS USM lens as your everyday lens. Then with the money you still have left over you could get the Canon 430EX II flashgun to add to your kit. This would be an incredible package!

Let us know what you go for

27-10-10, 10:37 AM
Is it not worth considering the two newest - canon 60D and nikon D7000 (when it comes out) ?
or is an established model better for my level? I really want to see this as a long term investment and for whichever I choose to see me through the next couple of years adding accessories along the way but the body staying the same. and as I've read once you buy one brand you tend to stick with it so I'm really torn ...
so far have tried both D90 and canon 550d and liked both. lol it seems one always has something the other doesn't.

27-10-10, 11:23 AM
The most important thing to remember is that it is all about the lens. If you splash out on a great DSLR body but do not leave any money for a good everyday lens then you will suffer. Plus the 550D is better than the D90 anyway.

27-10-10, 12:17 PM
What you need to do is go to a shop and try them that might give you a better idea on how they feel in your hand it makesa big difference. This year canon has bought out the 550d and 60d nikon has the d7000 and d3100 so you would be getting a new model with the 550d.

28-10-10, 12:14 PM
My only concern with the 550 is the fps.
Also what lenses should I be looking at? Jessops have got bundles with a tamron 70-300. Is that good?

Blitz Photography & Prod
31-10-10, 06:09 AM
My only concern with the 550 is the fps.
Also what lenses should I be looking at? Jessops have got bundles with a tamron 70-300. Is that good?

hi Jadegirly2k

i have the Canon EOS 500D and the tamron 70 to 300mm not the best lens as i brought my gear from jessops over a year ago were i had the 18 to 55kit lens & the tamron 70 to 300mm
but Like you have said what you intend to shoot sports you will need a lens f2.8 like wave said
and going on the fps of the 550 have you not looked at the 7D i know its double the price of the 550
but jessops have a good price on that on there wed site 7D with 18-135mm zoom lens then you got a good cam body a good starting lens and for the price every body should own a 50mm f1.8 prime lens by canon then all you would have to get then is a say 70 to 200 f2.8 lens and sigma do a nice one
as im getting my self the 7D as my 2nd body for taken faster frames then my 500 cant handle

hope this is help full russ :)