Photography

Camera Hunt

Last week I spent some time looking for a new camera to move on from my current Canon Powershot A510. Although I have been very happy with this one, I thought it was time to move on and get something more professional so that I could take a step forward in my learning curve.

DSLR seemed to be the ideal next step; but when I chatted up with another photography enthusiast he suggested I take a look at the UltraZoom category before moving to the DSLR. The Panasonic and Nikon pieces looked interesting in this range. Advantage: they cost less (marginally as I discovered later), give a higher optical zoom without any additional lens purchase and are a bit less complicated than DSLRs to manage. Disadvantage: You don’t get to change the lens. Also I read that buying an UltraZoom only whets your appetite further to pick a DSLR. And a cost comparison tells me there isn’t much of a difference and so I am keen to buy a DSLR.

After spending a few hours at photography websites & user forums I have pinned down on the Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black). The camera names with Canon can get a bit confusing because in the US its called Canon Digital Rebel XT and in the rest of the world its called the Canon 350d.

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I was particularly impressed with the review shared at Digital Camera Resource Page. It’s the same website which helped me select my Canon A510. CNET has a little video too but it’s nothing exhaustive. And the Digital Photography School’s forum provided some good perspective on what other amateurs and professional photographers were talking about the various models in the market.

I am currently doing a cost comparison for the camera across Mumbai, Dubai and the US to see where is the best deal available. If you have any suggestions on a better purchase or tips I would love to hear from you.

UPDATE: My friend Piyush has picked up the Canon Rebel XTi with the 18-55mm lens which comes along with the camera. Also there is a 1GB card and a UV filter which has been purchased. The camera should be with me by mid-December. Thanks for everything Piyush.

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4 thoughts on “Camera Hunt

  1. 26 Nov (1 day ago)
    Hi Kapil,

    Good to hear from you.

    I’m currently in the process of deciding which DSLR to go for myself. I have been reading alot about the Nikon D80, which has some impressive features. You might want to check out these websites

    http://www.nikon-d80.com/
    http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_nikon_d80.php

    I have started a blog which I update quite regularly now and find it much better than shutterchance…feel free to visit and leave any comments – http://shumarani.blogspot.com/

    Best wishes

    Suma aka shuma.rani

  2. Nikon is also really good. But you’ll usually find two camps: one being Nikon enthusiasts, the other Canon enthusiasts.

    I used to work in a photo shop state-side and I was in the Nikon camp. I got a Nikon D70 several years ago and am very pleased with it. Though, the Rebel XT is pretty nice as well.

    It features a smaller body than the D70 and Canon lenses are known for a quicker focus. So if you’ve got a lot of action shots that you’ll be taking, Canon might be the way to go.

    I’ve just always been a Nikon person. The quality and control (aka – more buttons) given to me by Nikon can’t be beaten.

    And that’s a good suggestion to get an extra battery by Nirav. I’d also get 2 memory cards as well.

  3. Hi kapil, thanks for your registration with IndiBlogger. Your listing has been approved.

    Have you got your camera as yet? I’ve got a Nikon D50 – and It serves me well. I’d suggest you go for a Nikon anyday. The D4o is good, but feels a bit like a compact. The D80 and D70s are also very good cameras. But don’t forget – don’t sacrifice on the lens just to buy a more expensive camera!

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