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Hi From Kent

Discussion in 'Introductions...' started by lardenr, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. lardenr

    lardenr Member

    Hi, just joined up, as want to get back into photography more. I am a newbie to the Digital SLR, as I'm just going to purchase one. Although I used to be into the old 35mm Slr's.

    I have a bid going on with Ebay at the moment for a Canon EOS 350D, but I don't expect to win, in which case I want to purchase a new one. My Budget is 300.00 and I have in idea a Nikon D3000(Amazon) or a Sony A290(Jessops). Any recommendations on this?

    Thanks
     
  2. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Hi back. :)

    What 35mm film SLR have you used?

    I suspect that either of the dSLR you have listed will do the job nicely.

    I not sure about the 350D because it is only 8MP. I assum it has more than just the kit lens I hope. :)
     
  3. lardenr

    lardenr Member

    Hi,

    It was years ago, but I had a Russian Zenith from when I was a Kid that my dad bought me, and years later my Parents had bought me a Centon. Not two of the biggest names, but used to take very good photo's.

    The camera I have bid on as a 18-55mm lens, the same as the other 2 that I may get.
     
  4. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Same here. Had the Zenith then moved a MTL3/5 later. Last film camera was the Pentax MZ-5.

    I hope you have not bidded to high for the 350D. I think the A290 14MP is abit more useful because of post shot cropping.

    Personally I like the new CSC cameras. Aiming to get a Panasonic G in the future like say the G10.

    But the dSLRs you have picked will all do the job.

    Wasn't your old Centon a minolta mount? Sony dSLRs use minolta lenses they bought their technology.
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011
  5. lardenr

    lardenr Member

    No, I havn't bidded too high for the Ebay bid, which is why I think I will lose the bid.

    I think if I lose the bid, then I will go for the Sony, and pick it up from my Local Jessops.

    Yes I think the Centon was a Minolta Mount, I remember getting a couple of these lenses for it.

    Thanks for the advise.
     
  6. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Centon weren't just Minolta mount, they were Minolta clones licence-built in China. I believe they were a Jessops own brand, much as Prinz were Dixons. The Centon manuals are quite funny - they are the identical text to the Minolta ones, with the badges changed on the illustrations, and all the Japanese people replaced by Chinese ones!

    Adrian
     
  7. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Just checking, you understand about crop sensor cameras? ie that the lens you buy is multiplied by the size of the sensor.

    The kit lens is 18-55mm which works out the 27-82.5mm if it was on a 35mm film camera. Very useful for action because a 300mm end up at 450mm.

    By the way the A290 has anti-shake built in to it body via sensor shift (minolta tech)

    The D3000 has it in the lenses I believe.
     
  8. lardenr

    lardenr Member

    Hi Many thanks for the advice. No I didn't know about the crop sensor, so found something out new today! Will bear all of this in mind! The Sony is looking to be a good option!
     
  9. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    As far as I know all the consumer dSLR are crop sensor, basically half the size of a 35mm frame. Only a few pro cameras like say the D3x from Nikon have a sensor the same size as a piece of 35mm film.

    Sony make one call the A900 they did have a A850 model but have stopped production.
     
  10. lisadb

    lisadb Well-Known Member

    Hi,

    the 350D is a 1.6x crop sensor - I used to have one and found it quite small to handle. Piccies were OK though, 8M OK unless you want to print the images bigger than A3. ;)

    Lisa.
     

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