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Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006

What camera would work best for me?

I have been on a mission researching different types of digital cameras in my price range. I am currently using a Kodak Z740; I have not been using this camera by choice, it's that I have not been able to afford the camera I want. I have looked at so many photos here on Better Photo until I felt cross-eyed..LOL.
I can say that my personal taste leans towards a camera that delivers great sharp photo. I just like a clean, crisp photos and I need a camera that will photo people well. Canon seems to deliver better scenic photos and Nikon seems to take excellent people photos.
I know that I am making a huge leap but I know I can handle it. My budget is about 800.00 and I want to know what camera would work best based on what I have said above. You can visit my gallery to get a feel for I like to photograph.

I was thinking maybe a NikonD80 but would have to really shop around for a deal.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance to any feedback.


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1/19/2008 6:49:57 PM

Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  I know that the Sony Alpha 100 is a great camera within your price range, but I haven't personally used one. I also see on right now that there is a Nikon D80, no lens, for $780. There are also D40s for cheaper.

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1/19/2008 11:20:02 PM

Stephanie M. Stevens   Have you tried the camera calculator here on BP? Go to resources at the top of the page, then click on your camera. Take a little quiz in picture or written form, and it gives you some suggestions.

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1/20/2008 3:59:23 AM

Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Pentax K10D. It's in your price range, Pentax makes great optics and the K10D is a very solid camera built. I don't know about the D80 but I know a Canon Xti user who dumped it because she said if felt cheap. The K10 also has built in vibration reduction. Nikon and Canon can't make that claim. BTW, I shoot Nikon and Pentax.

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1/20/2008 5:21:18 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Hey Tammy,
I seem to lean towards the Nikons, they are interchangable with the Fuji equiptment which I use in studio.
I had the Canon 20D and just did not like it as much though it is a very popular camera here.
The D80 is getting great reviews and here is a dealer I recommend ALOT!
I have bought several D70's and D200 from them for myself and others I buy equiptment for:
D80 Complete Kit 799.:

But heres a suggestion as well,
if you look around here on BP, you'l find many,including myself who love and still use the D70.
You can now get this camera for a fraction of it's original cost and still own a top of the line camera.

Heres some links.
D70 New w/Lens KIT $575.:

Here is a Beautiful UED kit,2 lens all original boxes & equiptment from Califonia( no cold weather exposure)
$338.00 ( but only 8 hours to go):

Well these are just some thoughts,
I hope they can be of some help,
Debby tabb
** In my gallery I use mostly Nikon D70,D200 and fuji S2. you will see some work with the 20D

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1/20/2008 6:01:16 AM

KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  I shot with the XTi for a while, does feel cheap but photos are good quality, the photos are not the problem with the camera.
I just bought the Olympus E510 2 w/lense kit zuiko are top line and these lense are better than what I had for the rebel. Less than what you want to spend about 700. Keep in this is mind. 150 mm lense equals 300 mm in the four thirds world. Four thirds takes some getting used to but once you do, you notice the differnce. I like the ease of the control (big seller) it is not bogged down with all the settings some other camera have. Lense for Olympus have dropped significantly since most major lense makers have come on to four thirds. This camera was rated one of the highest around. The cleaning system is great, image stability and great lense.

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1/20/2008 6:36:48 AM

KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  For to add, there is speculation that the rebel will be upgrade this year. Might want to hold onto your coin until that happens, prices on XTi will fall right before. Also 6D should be coming out soon also. 40D and 5D have dropped already.

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1/20/2008 6:44:06 AM

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