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post #1 of 12 Old 08-17-2006, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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recently i have found one of my passions is photography. i can do some things with photoshop just playing around, but i want to get a camera thats really nice so i can get some professional looking pictures. i plan on take classes when i get into college, but i want to get something and play around with it and learn stuff about it. Anyone have any good camera's under $1,000 that take professional looking photos?

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You don't need a great camera to take professional looking photos. Me being a Canon guy, will suggest a Canon Digital Rebel. It is a great digital single lens reflex(DSLR) for beginners. It is what I learned on when I started getting into digital photography(I do still use my dad's old Canon AE-1 and shoot film though ). I now shoot with a Canon 30D. Chances are though...its not something you'd be able to afford. At 1500 dollars for a basic package(body, battery, and 18-55 lens) its a little pricy for your average joe photographer. I do think a Canon Digital Rebel would suit your needs well Remember don't need an amazing and expensive camera to take great photos

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I use an Olympus SP500UZ 6 MP and it takes some fairly good pictures. Here's a few... (EDIT: The camera, with a case and a large memory card [can't remember the top of my head] cost me between 500 and 600)

The bridge in the background is ~3 miles away, and you can just about count the beams.

These pelicans were flying by pretty quick, so I adjusted my shutter speed, and it turned out pretty good.

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Nikon D70 or Canon 350D. If you get the 350D, please get it in black. Silver is lame.

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It's either Nikon or Canon... You'll have people suggest either of them for you...

And if you're not going professional, I wouldn't waste the extra $$ for the D70.

I picked up a D50 deal at my local Costco for $800. It came with the body, a standard lens (I believe it's like 17-70 or something...) and a 70-300 zoom lens, a carrying case, a memory card and some other random junk.

I bumped right up to a 2 gig card so I can shoot in RAW mode and get a bunch of shots without having to constantly switch cards (I also have a 1 gig, a 512 and a 256 that I carry with me) and I picked up a spare battery, in some cases it wouldn't hurt to have 2.

Even with grabbing the 2 gig card and 2 batteries, you'll still be under $1,000 and you'll have a decent setup that'll take nice pics.

I'll also give the Canon Rebel a ++, a good friend of mine has one and it shoots nice pics too.

All comes down to what brand you prefer.
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Here's a good site that gives great reviews on cameras:
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I'll tell you right now not to buy a Nikon D50. It's a comlete pile of garbage. The D70 isn't a professional camera as much as it is a high-grade amateur camera (a smaller, more inexpensive, and slightly more powerful version of the old D100). If you're not going to buy the D70, get the Canon 350D (Rebel XT). I'm a Nikon guy, but there's no way in hell I'll watch another person buy a D50.

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I think Nikon makes great stuff. That's what my Aunt uses and she has won a bunch of awards for her pictures for National Geographic.

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when you get into slr's or dslr's you shouldn't buy into a body. you should instead buy into a lens system. i know it sounds dumb, but trust me. once you accumulate a good collection of photography equipment, you're gonna spend way more on lenses than anything else. so buy into the lens brand that you think is best.

that way, if you start out with a pro-sumer body and pay around $600 ish and that lasts you for a few years. then you want a body with more features. so what's gonna be a BIG factor? yup -- what body will all of my high $$ lenses work with? and they don't make any "universal" lenses that fit different brands. so don't even try that

so i won't say go with canon or nikon or whatever, but instead, look at the lens lineup for each brand and see what you feel will best suit your needs and level of monitary commitment.

that being said, i went with canon.

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