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How would you spend £2,500?

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by cjsmith, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. alanS

    alanS Well-Known Member

    I agree with you about the anti dust technology. Whilst the implications of dust might not be as great for digital as they are for film development (as they are more often than not correctable on the PC) I personally think that it is still an issue, remembering that any contamination could appear on every photograph if the condition are right for it to do so. For example, on a recent week long holiday I took quite a few pictures and upon loading them onto the PC it was apparent that dust had become an issue on the second or third day which lead to me cloning out dust on the remaining days shots. Whilst an anti dust system might not be 100% effective I hope that that it will reduce both manual sensor cleaning and time spent processing shots on the PC.

    BTW a poster here has reported taking over 1,000 shots with his new 400D with no dust contamination visible. That certainly wouldn't be possible with my 20D. To me therefore, the addition of anti dust technology alone will be enough to persuade me to change my 20D.
  2. SteveEM

    SteveEM Well-Known Member


    "Regarding the Pentax alternative - by future-proof I guess i was also including a little reassurance provided by going with kit which is well known to others..commonplace amoungst other similar users etc. The assistance on boards such as this from other experienced users to newbies really shouldn't be under-valued. And thats a genuine consideration for me!"

    ...there are loads of Pentax DSLR users and a fantastic specialist Pentax forum at www.pentaxuser.co.uk it is the best forum I have used. If you do consider the Pentax route (you ought to!) than check out this very helpful forum.

    cheers Steve.
  3. scm

    scm Well-Known Member

    If I felt like that, I know I wouldn't be satisfied if I listened to my head. And the D200 is nicer - try them both and agree with me .... ;)
  4. SteveEM

    SteveEM Well-Known Member


    Before you follow the rest of the sheep and just follow the C or N route...the new Pentax K10D due any moment appears to be right up with and in some ways ahead of the Nikon D200 and will cost about £300!! LESS...

    cheers Steve.
  5. cjsmith

    cjsmith Member

    ...yes and more expensive :( As I'm updating from a Panasonic FZ20, I have some 2GB SD Sandisk III Extreme cards already, which increases that factor slightly also.

    Thanks for re-opening my thought process anyway, just as the D80 was winning that particular battle! As it happens, a D200 and 18-200 VR package is on ebay for 1350 from Hong Kong, which does look a good price, but I'm really reluctant to buy the camera body from over there, just in case. I guess you're also potentially subject to import duty/VAT costs with such a purchase?!

    It's also a little hard to commit to your first DSLR when a fundamental part of the potential package (the 18-200 VR lens) appears to be extremely difficult to get hold of - i.e. no 'hands on testing' is possible right now. Although i guess there are enough first hand reports on here, and positive reviews to make it a safe purchase, I would prefer to have a feel...
  6. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    We've well coverd the pifalls of buying from Hong Kong in separate threads.
  7. cjsmith

    cjsmith Member

    Thanks for the suggestion Steve - I guess the comparison I was making against the K10D was really against the Nikon D80 or perhaps Canon 400D, and I realise that all of these would yield a saving against the D200.

    Without seeing the K10D I guess this is a slightly silly question, but with the exception of the clear benefit of considering all alternatives - how do you expect to rate the K10D against the D80? Is there a key anticipated feature which i am missing?

    I can see how the weatherproofing of the K10D would be useful, but I'm guessing you'd still need to protect the lens from moisture, and so you still couldn't exactly ignore the weather forecast before setting out?

    Thanks for the tips regardless! Much appreciated.
  8. SteveEM

    SteveEM Well-Known Member


    My very last comment..you would be mad with £2500 in your pocket to close off the options to only N & C without at least handling and trying all of the Pentax, Olympus and Sony options...many, many opinions of users are biased, so are reviews..I do not even trust AP.

    cheers Steve.
  9. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    A second hand Olympus OM-4Ti, a good 28 - 70mm zoom, or 24mm, 50mm and 135mm primes, a lot of film and a trip to Egypt. Oh, I already have all the camera stuff, so I'd go for the film and a slightly longer trip to Egypt.
  10. robertj

    robertj Well-Known Member

    I would get Canon EOS-1D Mark II N Professional Digital SLR and the best lens(es)... or wait for a new Olympus E-series professional camera to be released (the wait may take a while) and again get the best lenses... or maybe some high-end Nikon, or anything that is good and professional...
  11. cjsmith

    cjsmith Member

    Wow you are not joking. I've just had a good look at both, and the D200 really is a stunning piece of kit. I now know that if I do the sensible thing and rule it out on price grounds, I will always see what I have actually bought as 'second best'. :(
  12. bagpuss

    bagpuss Well-Known Member

    Buy it! You know you want to! ;)
  13. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    I love my D200. It feels like an extension of my arm.
  14. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    I love my 5D. It's not so much an extension of my arm but it feels seamlessly integrated with my body and mind. ;)
  15. bagpuss

    bagpuss Well-Known Member

    Does your mind vignette too then? ;)
  16. mjc7uk

    mjc7uk Well-Known Member

    Very carefully!

    If I got the monies, I would opt for Nikon D80 with Nikon 50mm F1.8 AF-D, Nikon 60mm F2.8 Micro AF-D, Nikon 18-135mm AF-S, and keep the rest of monies for decent tripods/filters/camera bag etc...
  17. bagpuss

    bagpuss Well-Known Member

    *digs Marcus in the ribs*


    And that 50mm lens is a beauty. It's all I use at the moment! ;)
  18. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    If I had an extra £2500 then I would get a medium format camera. Not sure which though. Can't decide on 6x7 or 645, Pentax, Bronica, Mamiya or 'Blad.

    Maybe I should go off and peruse the Medium Format Board but that'd be torture as I haven't got the money :(
  19. bagpuss

    bagpuss Well-Known Member

    Oooh, shall I bring the Bronica so you can have a play?
  20. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    Yeah! Why not. You can show me how they work. Thanks

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