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03/16/2008 06:32:15 AM · #1
I'm considering venturing into the world of DSLRS.
I can't decide between the 450D, D60, E-410, and A300.
The 450D seems pretty much perfect. It's just a bit too expensive.
The D60 is also great, but it doesn't have in-body AF.
The E-410 is cheap, but I have no idea what the Four-Thirds format will do to my photos.
The A300 fits all of my criteria, with in-body IS as a bonus, except that I don't know about the lens support for Sony bodies.
Since everyone says that it's the lens that matters, not the body, I want to go with the system that will have the best lens support.
I'm leaning towards the 450D, but the lack of in-body IS and the high price scares me a little.
What do you guys suggest?
Thanks.

Message edited by author 2008-03-16 09:39:18.
03/16/2008 06:47:33 AM · #2
My 2 cents, I know AF and IS are very important although true Entry levels are starts around Rebel XT Digital.

I am not against IS at all, although without IS you'd be learning to stabilize your hands better and actually learn how to shoot better without depending on mechanical help. After that you can go higher level machines with IS and self cleaning stuff... Entry level machines teaches you the basics without spending too much money and gives you an experience to deal with some of the issues.
03/16/2008 07:49:52 AM · #3
Originally posted by FocusPoint:



I am not against IS at all, although without IS you'd be learning to stabilize your hands better and actually learn how to shoot better without depending on mechanical help.


So? Even with IS you'll be doing that; just with much longer shutter speeds.
03/16/2008 08:49:56 AM · #4
Lens support and availability of lenses is huge, which you've already recognized. I have not done a ton of research on the Sony A350, but I believe that you will find that lenses are relatively expensive for that system, and selection is rather slim. If what's available now fits budget and performance requirements, it's probably not a bad choice.
For lens compatibility, nothing beats the Canon EOS system. In addition to the large array of native EOS lenses, there's a huge selection of third-party lenses, some very good, *and* you can mount many manual-focus lenses from other brands (with adapters) including Nikon & M42-mount among a few others.
Bottom line, consider the total system and the cost of the glass you need. I think that you'll find that either Canon or Nikon are the logical choices.
03/16/2008 08:59:29 AM · #5
I'd go with Canon, save up for a little longer maybe and get the 450d, you could also go the route of a used 30d, which is about the same price I think and a much better camera. My reason for saying pick that one is that Canon has the best lens support. I just recently swapped to a 30d from Nikon and haven't regretted it one bit.
03/16/2008 09:02:38 AM · #6
Let me get this out of the way first.. Canon and Nikon Lenses are more widely available than Sony. you have to hunt and order online to get the best glass for your Alpha. unlike Canon and Nikon where it seems you can pick up their lenses on any street corner.

<Fan Boy On>
With that being said there is no shortage of good glass compatible with the Sony Alpha lineup They Have Ziess offerings, As well as compatibility with all the Minolta Auto focus lenses made since the mid/late 80's and on top of that there are the G glass variants.

The In Body IS is very cool. It allows you to benefit from it without having to pay for it Each time you buy a lens. and it does have an off switch if you want to go into semi purist mode ( coughFocusPointCough :) ). Its cool to be able to use a quality classic lens and still benefit from this advance in technology

BTW the I'm not sure about the others but the A350 isn't that entry level... also the AF on the 350 is super quick (A700's AF system)
</Fan Boy Off>

Bottom line these are all great cameras. Try to handle and play with them. and see what fits you best. I'm sure you'll be happy with any of them!

PS I would have Bought Canon if I didn't already Have Minolta Lenses :) but now I'm hooked...

Edit -- spelling

Message edited by author 2008-03-16 09:06:54.
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