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Check out the new Alpha NEX series from Sony. The best of both worlds..

Yep that and the Micro-Four-Thirds sensor based Olympus Pen EP-L1, the Panasoinic Lumix GF1 are very good alternatives to POS cameras for consumers who don't like the size nor don't want the more advanced options of the DSLR. But they are not cheap either. They are very closely price to entry level DSLRs.

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Just saw the thread and saw to keep you guys posted. With the D90 I was planning to get finally I decided to get the body with a 18mm - 200mm Nikkor lens. The whole lot with the 8GB ultra fast card, Hoya filter and a bag came roughly around AUD 2000. There is already two D90 in the family with my cousin and uncle and was waiting to get this. Any one has the latest price of a D90 body or the lot with the lens in SL?

131.5k at CMB ELEC with kit (18-105) lens.

That's the cheapest I saw.

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Yep that and the Micro-Four-Thirds sensor based Olympus Pen EP-L1, the Panasoinic Lumix GF1 are very good alternatives to POS cameras for consumers who don't like the size nor don't want the more advanced options of the DSLR. But they are not cheap either. They are very closely price to entry level DSLRs.

The sony is actually pretty pricey for a digicam. the NEX-3 was going for around 80k at the agents and a couple of k's less in BK when I recently checked up on it for a friend. It comes standard with 18-55 with 18-200 optional. Also I've seen pics on the net of large SLR size lenses mounted on.. beats the purpose IMHO.

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ahh

i like portraits. but I like landscape much more!

If I'm doing serious photography, my main theme would be nature (wonder how close i can get though)

I like to have that wider DOF just for that, but then again i love the close ups of insects n animals.

With my P&S, i used to use the flash a lot to snap those exciting moments which would be done in a flash...

used it to great effect to take silly moments of ppl to bug them later on :D

Ah. Well, this is the problem. SLRs are specialist tools. Very flexible in that it can be spec'ed the way you want to do what you want, but each spec is a specialized application. At least, thats when it is delivering the finest quality. When you try to spec it for "do-it-all" quality drops.

But this might not matter, you notice such things only when you blow things up really large.

So unless you are concerned with the quality, a good superzoom P&S would probably suit. Stuff like the Canon SX30 IS. Very flexible. Huge zoom range. Pretty good quality. Maybe mount it with a 270EX flash, its quite a decent performer for getting pics that'll wow people viewing it at facebook size.

And I'm not just saying this without believing it. Some of my favorite pics were taken with my old S2. Thats why I still have it.

Follow the links :)

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Reflections by Preveen, on Flickr

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Blue-Tailed Bee Eater by Preveen, on Flickr

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Sri Lanka White-eye by Preveen, on Flickr

That covers the portraits and the nature parts :) The SX30 is the latest generation of this camera. That portrait is straight out the camera, BTW. Not something I added effects to later, the sepia is in-camera effects.

Of course, if you know what your doing and want manual control, then there are more advanced P&S's that will give it to you without breaking the bank. The Powershot G series for example.

Manual control + quality becomes what you want -

Then comes the changeable lens stuff like Micro Four Thirds, NEX range etc.

Then the crop factor DSLRs. (I am here :) ) APS-C and APS-H

Then the Full Frame SLRs.

Then the Medium Format cams that will take you to about 50MPx.

Cost increases at each level of course. And the tools get more and more specialized. Then they start doing just a few things very well, but can't do the others.

Like I said above, to do what you want, tho not at SLR quality, a SX30 IS and 270EX combo will cost you maybe $500 at most.

A minimum SLR kit to do the same (assuming new) will be 1000D, 18-55, 55-250, 270EX (Not recommended, but put in to keep costs down. Recommended - 430EX II) will probably stretch you closer to $1000. And still not approach the zoom range on that P&S, that stretches to around 800mm equivalent, IIRC. You might need to add something like a Sigma 150-500mm to come close. Which will cost $1000 by itself, and I'm not too sure it will AF properly.

In the end, it's all about the light, not about the equipment. If the light is good enough, you can get brilliant shots by accident. :)

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Like I said above, to do what you want, tho not at SLR quality, a SX30 IS and 270EX combo will cost you maybe $500 at most.

A minimum SLR kit to do the same (assuming new) will be 1000D, 18-55, 55-250, 270EX (Not recommended, but put in to keep costs down. Recommended - 430EX II) will probably stretch you closer to $1000. And still not approach the zoom range on that P&S, that stretches to around 800mm equivalent, IIRC. You might need to add something like a Sigma 150-500mm to come close. Which will cost $1000 by itself, and I'm not too sure it will AF properly.

In the end, it's all about the light, not about the equipment. If the light is good enough, you can get brilliant shots by accident. :)

Peri, the zoom's you get on those semi pros are not all optical, its partially digital, which means its just cropping the centre and rezising it, which you CAN do with even a basic entry level SLR.

If he goes for a something in the range of SX30 he's getting neither of what he wants. For the next year or so he wants mobility and ease of use. IU cant exatly pop a SX30 in your pocket, it'll require carrying a camera bag all the time. And in one year whne he wants to start some serious photogrpahy he wont have all the benifits of a SLR either.

So, may i re-recomend the buy a P&S (it'll cheaper +u dont intend to use it for too long) for now and then upgrade to a SLR in a year.

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Peri, the zoom's you get on those semi pros are not all optical, its partially digital, which means its just cropping the centre and rezising it, which you CAN do with even a basic entry level SLR.

If he goes for a something in the range of SX30 he's getting neither of what he wants. For the next year or so he wants mobility and ease of use. IU cant exatly pop a SX30 in your pocket, it'll require carrying a camera bag all the time. And in one year whne he wants to start some serious photogrpahy he wont have all the benifits of a SLR either.

So, may i re-recomend the buy a P&S (it'll cheaper +u dont intend to use it for too long) for now and then upgrade to a SLR in a year.

the SX30 is 35x optical. Thats 24-840mm equiv, optical. And then there is a bit of digital tacked on, 4x. Even the S2 was 12x optical and 4x digital. Can go to 48x and get a terrible picture :)

Tho you might be right about the rest. In which case, I change my recommendation to the G10 (or G11/G12 if you want). No zoom for wildlife tho.

But there is just no getting around it, Wildlife on SLRs is an expensive hobby. Doable for under $1000, but it depends on luck and factors.

But if your ok with this sorta result

http://preveen.multiply.com/photos/album/29/Yala_Bundala_Ella_Trip

Then its ok.

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SX30 has 35x optical zoom.

Here's one I took handheld. I'm an amateur still learning full manual control.

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SX30 IS with Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro conversion snap-on lens. (screen capture of 720p video - Kalu Kadia)

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For your needs Canon PowerShot G11/G12 is a better option I think. Latest G12 is available for around 500$ including shipping on eBay. If you order through EMS shipping you can get the camera paying very little amount as tax.

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The moon is fantastic for a handheld shot at that zoom level.

35x zoom is equivalent to 630 mm !! :mellow:

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Preveen have you got your 60D yet? I am Thinking of trading in the 40D for it..

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Preveen have you got your 60D yet? I am Thinking of trading in the 40D for it..

This week, as soon as my pay arrives. Got a good cash only offer from Metro. Hopefully by Saturday

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Preveen have you got your 60D yet? I am Thinking of trading in the 40D for it..

The 60D is not in the same family as the 40D, and more importantly it's not a direct successor to the 50D. I would rather keep the 40D and trade up for only a 7D.

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The 60D is not in the same family as the 40D, and more importantly it's not a direct successor to the 50D. I would rather keep the 40D and trade up for only a 7D.

Officially it is the the successor to the 50D, but was not quite what was expected. It was positioned by canon to fill the large gap between the 550D and the 7D. Its a completely different camera. It's got the same auto focus system as the 50D,

You know what madmax, i see your point. I was thinking it would be a cheaper option to the 7D but it has a few drawbacks. Firstly it doesnt take Compact flash, no magnesium body but loved the fact that it has the swivel display and the inbuilt flash trigger. I guess the 7D would be the better option. I was initially thinking of getting another 5dii, so i have the 24-105 on one and the 70-200 on the other, would make wedding photography much much easier. the price gap between the 7d and the 5dii is little so have to rethink this now. having said all this I love the 40D still!

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Officially it is the the successor to the 50D, but was not quite what was expected. It was positioned by canon to fill the large gap between the 550D and the 7D.

It's not the successor to the 50D, Canon will continue to offer both the 50D and 60D in parallel.

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It's not the successor to the 50D, Canon will continue to offer both the 50D and 60D in parallel.

In uk and europe the 50D is discontinued. So are they still selling the 50D in US? Must be ex stock.

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The 60D is not in the same family as the 40D, and more importantly it's not a direct successor to the 50D. I would rather keep the 40D and trade up for only a 7D.

Of course it is. Tell me one thing the 40D has that the 60 doesn't bar the body (and they make guns outta polycarbonate plastics these days, so its not lacking strength. Look up the Glock). Its not the same plastic as the XXXD. Polycarbonates are used to make bullet proof glass, and the Canopy of the F22 Raptor. You don't think they'd put a flimsy bit of plastic on the worlds premier fighter plane, do you? You know why the 40 and 50 had Mag alloy instead of iron? To save weight while keeping strength. You know why the 60 is polycarbonate? Same Damn Reason!

There is only one reason to get a 50 over the 60 if your upgrading. If you want a heavier camera. To do that, miss out on the new metering system, the new sensor and the host of file size options, the improved ISO performance, the superior noise control? And the on board wireless flash controller? That's the new toy I'm most looking forward too.

And don't say CF cards, no one complained when the XSi moved to SD from CF. This is inevitable. Even the 1DsIII (which I was shooting with yesterday) has dual slots, one accommodating SD. Side note, I have a burning desire to get a battery grip... The 1DsIII is awesome. And the nutter is selling it :(

It's not the successor to the 50D, Canon will continue to offer both the 50D and 60D in parallel.

Fraid it IS the successor. Officially announced by Canon, who has a greater say about their products than the fan boy community. So :P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_60D

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It's not the successor to the 50D, Canon will continue to offer both the 50D and 60D in parallel.

Please observe

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e024801e8288

Designed primarily for advanced amateurs, the EOS 60D replaces the EOS 50D and boasts a broad array of new features that make it easier for photographers to add personal creativity to their images.

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Of course it is. Tell me one thing the 40D has that the 60 doesn't bar the body (and they make guns outta polycarbonate plastics these days, so its not lacking strength. Look up the Glock).

Since you asked, how about 1.2 extra fps?

:P

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Since you asked, how about 1.2 extra fps?

:P

To be expected. The resolution has gone up from 10 to 18mpx. Thats a lotta data.

And again, if thats a reason to call the 60 not a successor, then the same reasoning would apply to the 50, wouldn't it? Its also slower than the 40. :P

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To be expected. The resolution has gone up from 10 to 18mpx. Thats a lotta data.

And again, if thats a reason to call the 60 not a successor, then the same reasoning would apply to the 50, wouldn't it? Its also slower than the 40. :P

I personally believe that the 40D is a better camera/deal than the 50D, but thats just opinion.

I was merely answering your question peri (on stats, not opinion) :) hehehehe!

Tell me one thing the 40D has that the 60 doesn't bar the body

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I personally believe that the 40D is a better camera/deal than the 50D, but thats just opinion.

I was merely answering your question peri (on stats, not opinion) :) hehehehe!

I'd actually agree on that opinion dude :) Thats why I didn't upgrade when the 50 came out. 50D defenders forget, but a lot of reviews did point out the 40 had superior IQ. It might have fallen short in some areas, probably ISO control and such, but... The 50 didn't represent a significant improvement over the 40. Few tweaks here and there. Yes an upgrade, but not enough to justify moving from a 40. The 60 on the other hand, is significant progress. New sensor design, new view finder, new metering, new control set, new video mode, new wireless flash controller, improved battery, improved processor, improved ISO range, improved noise control. Even new lighter construction. Huge improvement.

Lots say the 7D is what the 60 should have been. I'd say the 60 is what the 50 should have been. :)

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thanks a lot Peri...

forget the portability..

now I'm seriously considering the Canon Powershot SX30 IS :D

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