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06/28/2006 11:41:20 AM · #1
Hey people,

I am from Dublin and am going on a safari for my honeymoon. As you can imagine getting married is very expensive 22,000 expensive and I also want to buy my first semi pro camera and am considering the canon 30d or 350D any advise?
06/28/2006 11:49:38 AM · #2
go with Nikon! :)
06/28/2006 11:49:39 AM · #3
Your profile shows you already have the 350?!?! I'd say grab that 30D if you can, I know its expensive, but its a great camera. Not to say the 350 isn't a very nice camera. Only you can say how much camera you want to buy - and keep in mind, most of the money will be on lenses in the long run.
06/28/2006 11:49:56 AM · #4
then you could be a ninja like me!
06/28/2006 11:50:45 AM · #5
According to your profile, you already have a 350xt? That's the same camera as a 350D. In any case, if you can afford either, the 30D is quite a bit better in many, many ways. Two that come immediately to mind are the much larger LCD screen with RGB histogram, and the inclusion of a spot metering option.

06/28/2006 11:52:56 AM · #6
Robert is copying me. Mooooooooooooooooooooooooommy!
06/28/2006 11:53:04 AM · #7
The 30D is definitely a semi-pro type camera but most of us would hesitate to apply that term to the 350D. But they are both very good cameras. How much experience do you have in photography? If you're an absolute beginner, the 350D is likely all you need for now.
06/28/2006 11:55:16 AM · #8
I'll be a contrarian here and say save your money and get the 350D and a good telephoto lens. You'll gain more out of the safari with a good Telephoto and a 350D than with a 30D with a crappy lens.
06/28/2006 12:00:45 PM · #9
Originally posted by idnic:

Robert is copying me. Mooooooooooooooooooooooooommy!

Actually, the only reason mine posted a minute behind yours is because *I* took the time to send you a telepathic message to reinforce my teachings. You're just too swift...

06/28/2006 12:01:30 PM · #10
Hey linda - I'm from Dublin too.

The Nikon option is the D50, or the D200 if you're feeling rich.

Careful with the prices from Irish dealers though. Check back to Amazon.co.uk for price comparisons (Amazon don't deliver electronics to Ireland anymore unfortunately)
06/28/2006 12:12:06 PM · #11
Originally posted by idnic:

Robert is copying me. Mooooooooooooooooooooooooommy!

Oh, that Robert anyway. :)
06/28/2006 12:14:47 PM · #12
Originally posted by ursula:

Originally posted by idnic:

Robert is copying me. Mooooooooooooooooooooooooommy!

Oh, that Robert anyway. :)

LOL I think he was cheating off my math test too! :P
06/28/2006 12:16:03 PM · #13
I don't see any lenses listed there with that 350XT... Is that a 'wish' camera?

If so, check the Sony Alpha A100... If you are going on Safari, I'm guessing you will want to do a lot of handheld shooting with long zooms...

For somone looking for a fairly serious camera that might be satisfied with 3 FPS, but still wants to keep the budget, I'd recommend that camera plus probably the Sigma 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 APO, and the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8.

That will get you a really quality lens for closer in shots as well as some rather passable lanscapes, as well as an affordable, but very decent telephoto lens... It is a bit of a slow lens, but I think that will be just fine considering African desert weather... :)

If you are shooting handheld from the open top of a Land Cruiser or something, you will be MORE THAN GLAD about the built in Anti-shake... You don't always want to get out of the truck and set up a tripod when lions, rhinos, elephants and whatever other beasts are kicking around... And an idling diesel engine can be more than a little rough on shots at an effective 450mm zoom... even in Africa...

Secondarily, the Sony has that interesting Dynamic range thingy which has not yet been adequately explored... It looks to be an ISO effective 'shadows and highlights' trick... Early shot results look pretty good and this COULD make a HUGE difference if you were shooting, by an example, a small pride of lions with cubs rolling around in the shade of a big tree... too far out for flash work...

Easily a better package for someone looking for 'cost effective'... You should be able to get that package for within a hundred bucks (USD) of the 30D plus kit lens... And that is a few hundred bucks less than the D200, without even a single lens... The A100 is almost the same as the D200 in most respects camerawise, and 800 bucks (USD) less cashwise...

Another option might be to look around at the second hand market for 20D's... Anti-shake isn't necessary, it is just helpful. 5FPS kicks some butt too... Be careful about getting ripped off though, local second hand 20D's are selling for almost the same as a 30D direct from the factory (which is only a few hours away).

Go with Canon if you already have lenses...

Go with the Alpha if you don't have much invested already and want a serious bang for the buck.

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