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1990Andrew2012
Posts: 5
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada


I'm still running on a Canon TS1, it's a nice camera, and it has served me well.  However, for those unaware, it is a 35mm (film) camera.  I can get all my images on a disk for $5.25 total. This wouldn't be so bad, except the lab tech views the photos, and this isn't something I'm particularly fond of. 

My next move is obvious, and why I posted this.  I'm in college currently studying sales and business, so money is tight (sort of ironic, given the course theme).  Therefore, I could use recommendations on a decent DSLR that won't break the bank.  Preferably one you or someone you know has worked with to some extent. 

I hadn't intended such a long preamble, but oh well haha. I appreciate feedback.
Nov 13 12 10:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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Karl JW Johnston
Posts: 9,400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


If you can find it used:
canon 30D
nikon d300

Try www.keh.com
Nov 13 12 10:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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alessandro2009
Posts: 7,360
Florence, Toscana, Italy


1. You could develop the film from yourself especially black and white while for color is need more attention.
2. Anyway an used DSLR reflex entry-level is sufficient.
Nov 13 12 11:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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1990Andrew2012
Posts: 5
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada


Karl Johnston wrote:
If you can find it used:
canon 30D
nikon d300

Try www.keh.com

Thanks! There's some great deals on there, minus shipping costs haha. But still, decent.

Nov 13 12 11:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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1990Andrew2012
Posts: 5
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada


alessandro2009 wrote:
1. You could develop the film from yourself especially black and white while for color is need more attention.
2. Anyway an used DSLR reflex entry-level is sufficient.

I'll have to look in to developing on my own, I haven't done it since I was about 14.  Thanks for the suggestions.

Nov 13 12 11:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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Raoul Isidro Images
Posts: 5,982
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


1990Andrew2012 wrote:
I could use recommendations on a decent DSLR that won't break the bank.  Preferably one you or someone you know has worked with to some extent.

Canon 600D aka T3i with 18-55 kit lens

Nikon D5100 with 18-55 kit lens

Pentax, Sony and Olympus have also their "Entry Level" DSLRs and are equally highly recommendable.

Nov 14 12 12:22 am  Link  Quote 
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Matty272
Posts: 218
Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom


My everyday camera is a 400D wth tamron 17-50 f2.8. Could replace i easily for quite cheap should I need to do so.

Recommended by many is the OMD EM-5 (which I'm looking at buying once I sell my 5d2 and some L glass) with whatever focal lengths you like to shoot at
Nov 14 12 12:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Lee Nutter
Posts: 160
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Matty272 wrote:
Recommended by many is the OMD EM-5 (which I'm looking at buying once I sell my 5d2 and some L glass) with whatever focal lengths you like to shoot at

I'm looking at the OM-D E-M5 too, but want to keep my 5D and L glass for paid gigs. I'm really keen on the OM-D though... For shoots at the beach, for travel, for walking about... Never had such gear lust before!

Nov 14 12 02:39 am  Link  Quote 
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Paul Richard Wossidlo
Posts: 477
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US


You might want to check out this thread:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=862018

Also check the market forum here, there are some good deals, but you have to dig a little.

Used gear from 2004 (Nikon D70, Canon 20D...) can be had incredibly cheap, and can still take a great photo.  I still have a pair of D70 cameras that get used as the situation warrants (my primary camera is a D300).
Nov 14 12 03:54 am  Link  Quote 
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John Malloch Caldwell
Posts: 2,553
Hastings, England, United Kingdom


The main decision one has to make in this instance, is what style of work is the person looking to do.
Certain cameras are better for sports while others tend more towards the photojournalist genre.
There is also the personal preference of how a camera fits in the hand.
The best way to decide is get into a camera shop and actually hold a camera that is first suitable for the style and next is within your price range.
I have worked nearly all my life with Nikon others prefer Canon or whatever. I am familiar with the operational set up of Nikon I don't consider it better or worse than any other in the same price range.
Make a shortlist and go and get the feel of them in your hands.
Nov 14 12 04:18 am  Link  Quote 
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Kaouthia
Posts: 3,152
Lancaster, England, United Kingdom


I started with a Nikon N90s (35mm SLR), then went to a D100, a D200, a D300s, and now I'm back on the N90s again alongside the D300s (along with a bunch of Nikkormats, some Mamiya medium format gear and other film bits).

I don't know what you currently have invested in lenses, or what lenses you may already have that might be compatible with Canon digital bodies, but you're about to make a potentially big leap (I don't just mean going from film to digital, but it may be the start of what ultimately becomes a very expensive journey), and if you still want to bounce back and forth between digital and film, it is definitely worth considering all the brands that are out there (when I say "all the brands", I mean both of them). wink

As mentioned above, developing your own black & white is a doddle.  E6 & C41 is a bit more tricky, but certainly not impossible, and after a couple of dozen rolls, the gear you need has pretty much paid for itself vs. getting it developed at the lab (not including the scanner - you can get some killer deals on fantastic older scanners, or you can pay top dollar for something current).

Now I've got a bunch of Nikkormats too, dating back to the 60s.  All my lenses, except for a couple that don't have aperture rings, will work on all of my Nikon & Nikkormat film & digital bodies.  So, I'm glad I started and stuck with Nikon through both mediums, but you may find that sticking with Canon works better for you.
Nov 14 12 04:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Chris Macan
Posts: 12,789
HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US


Is the TS1 a EOS / EF mount?
If so you should look at a Canon digital rebel.
They are cheap and will allow you to use your existing lenses.

The Rebel XT can be had for a couple of hundred bucks. The newer models can be had for like $700 or less.
Nov 14 12 05:38 am  Link  Quote 
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