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toastie
09-01-10, 03:39 AM
hi

i'm off to NYC in 3 weeks and i'm on the hunt for a camera for under 300 (preferrably cheaper so i can afford some accessories) which can take professional looking photos. i'm looking for something which can handle dark settings and do good closeup shots.

please advise!

Barney
11-01-10, 09:12 AM
I'm afraid that professional results come from the photographer not the camera so no matter how much you spend, the picture will only be as good as your eye and technical prowess will allow.

What kind of camera are you looking for? Compact or DSLR? Your budget isn't all that much, even for a compact.

As a travel camera, I don't think you can go wrong with a Panasonic GF-1, but then you'd be paying 550 for that with the kit zoom, more if you want the superb 20mm f:1.7 prime.

The alternative might be a Panasonic LX3. You can see the 'professional results' a capable photographer can get from one here. (http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/popup/lx3_bruce_gallery/index.html)

It is a little more than your budget though. Amazon price - 330 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/PANASONIC-Lumix-DMC-LX3-Including-batteries/dp/B001DT02BY)

Mike Lowe
11-01-10, 03:48 PM
I'm afraid that professional results come from the photographer not the camera so no matter how much you spend, the picture will only be as good as your eye and technical prowess will allow.

What kind of camera are you looking for? Compact or DSLR? Your budget isn't all that much, even for a compact.

As a travel camera, I don't think you can go wrong with a Panasonic GF-1, but then you'd be paying 550 for that with the kit zoom, more if you want the superb 20mm f:1.7 prime.

The alternative might be a Panasonic LX3. You can see the 'professional results' a capable photographer can get from one here. (http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/popup/lx3_bruce_gallery/index.html)

It is a little more than your budget though. Amazon price - 330 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/PANASONIC-Lumix-DMC-LX3-Including-batteries/dp/B001DT02BY)

LX3 is a great camera. One of its 'issues' is its limited 24-60mm (2.5x) optical zoom though. Depends on your style as a photographer and what you intend to capture, but I know some people will find this limiting (I personally find it quite fun to fix a prime lens to a DSLR and make do with that a nothing more. :))

Barney
12-01-10, 02:17 PM
Although 24mm is quite wide for a compact, so it's swings and roundabouts really.

toastie
15-01-10, 12:45 AM
thanks for the advice.

i have my eye on the Canon G11 which is about 260 in the US.... i wanted a D40 but it's virtually impossible to find one now for less than the RRP or hasn't been refurbished.

the D3000 is about 60 more... for an absolute beginner, do you think it's worth paying the extra, or just stick to what i'm confortable with?

can you recommend any filters for the G11?

Fen
15-01-10, 07:19 AM
If you buy in the States your warrenty will not be valid in the UK if anyting goes wrong.

Also, it won't give you time to learn how to use the camera before you want "professional results"