I too find the XT to be nice and light. I'd love to know how it handles with a serious flash such as the Metz 45, 54, 60 or 70.
Originally Posted by AllanMarcus
I'm getting very much the feeling that the Olympus is just a little bit too funky - no standard battery. No prime lenses. No independent lenses. It's altogether too much like the ill-fated Olympus AF system.
Olympus E-300: I've also held this camera and it's ok; nothing special and not bad. The flat top is a little odd, but again, no big deal. The dust cleaning system sounds great, but everyone I've talked to says that if you are careful, dust on the sensor is not a problem, you can learn to clean it, or you can take it in to be cleaned (especially if you buy it locally). The price is nice, but you have to look at the whole package. From what I've read, the E-300 comes with the best kit lens.
I get the feeling that the D50 is a cut-down camera. The D70 feels heavy to me. I am very much in favour of things that are lightweight - more so as I get closer to old age. If the D70/D50/D100 maintained backward compatibility with my AI/AIS lenses then I'd probably stick with Nikon but as Nikon has deemed it not necessary to keep loyal customers then I'm free to choose other brands.
Nikons: The D50 and D70s are both good cameras. Nikon is a known quality brand. The D70 feels well made and hefty. The lens' seems to be more expensive than their canon counterparts, especially the IS/VR series. No one ever got fired for buying Nikon. While Nikon is a great brand, they've lost their "top of the line" image they once had.
The specifications for the *ist D and *ist Ds are phenomenal. This is a camera that I would love to have were it not for my reservations on Pentax quality. Their SFX was innovative and ahead of the competition with its IR AF assist. I wonder why that was dropped.
Pentax: The *ist DS feels very very comfortable, and is just a tad heavier than the XT. It's only 6MP, but still takes great pictures. The main reason to get the Pentax if because you like the way it feels. Hard to describe, but Pentax did a great job with the smaller camera and the flat part of the grip. Amazing that Canon couldn't make their grip more like the pentax.
Agreed - the anti-shake system is a huge bonus. Having said that, it seems that it makes the camera a lot more expensive. Plus the downside is the camera's very heavy.
Konica-Minolta: The Maxxum 7D is a very good camera, but very heavy. It has just about every control available directly on the camera, so once you figure it out, you can change settings very quickly. The built in anti-shake system makes every lens IS, and that's a big plus. Right now you can get it for under $1200, the anti-shake system pays for itself after the second lens, assuming you want anti-shake. The 7D is also an 800g monster that out weighs them all. More on KM later.
Aside from the minor interest that the dynamic range is better, the Fuji is basically just a Nikon D100 whose real saving grace is that it takes AA batteries.
Fuji: Haven't paid too close attention to fuji as they are just too expensive for me.
I'm leaning the same way but more for the fact that the Canon takes an AA battery grip and is a lot lighter than anything else.
For me, I'm leaning toward the Canon, mainly because of the high resolution, relatively inexpensive IS lens, and overall feature set. I'd probably get the sigma ef-500 flash, a 50mm prime (1.8), and the 70-300 IS. Eventually I might get the 28-135 IS. Yes, "cheap" lens, but still great for an amateur. Of course there are many more expensive lens to get if you want to spend more money.
That's true. I expect a lot of new cameras will fall out of the tree in September. This, of course, will mean that the current crop will be lower in price. Of course, I'm hoping to buy maybe next month. Finances are a bit tight this month, what with having paid for all my residence documents etc.
Once I get two IS lens, I've erased the price advantage of the Canon over the Konica, so I'm going to wait until September to see if KM comes out with the rumored Maxxum 5D. The hope is that it will be a 6-8MP, smaller camera in the weight/size range as the pentax and canon. The hope also is that it will have the anti-shake system. If KM can achieve this in the the $1200 price range, the KM will be the one to beat.
I have a feeling that KM will fade from the scene and end up making all-in-one compacts instead. Either that or they'll combine everybody's desired features and produce a monster that's way too expensive.
Yes, one can wait until the next great thing comes out, and stay waiting forever. My thought is that if KM wants to stay in the dSRL game it will have to come out with something very soon to compete with everyone else that has second or third generation cameras out already. I'm not dying to get a dSRL, so I can wait for a while.
I dearly bought a Dynax 700i, many years ago. My reason for not buying one - I didn't like the idea of having a white plastic camera. I went for a Nikon FM instead.
Given your requirements, the KM 5D may be a good choice. They have plenty of lens and accessories, and plenty of film cameras. Their only problem is they are late to game with their dSLR products. Time will tell if they will remain a player.
It seems to me that waiting is still the order of the day. But.. That XT looks damned attractive.
Consider an outfit such as this:
Canon XT + AA battery grip
Metz 45 CL1 flash.
Sigma 18 - 50 f2.8
Tokina 28 - 80 f2.8 / Sigma 28 - 105 f2.8/4
Sigma 70 - 200 f2.8
Canon EOS 3000v (backup camera)
I'm not sure what the cost of that'd be in dollars but I'd estimate it's about what I paid for my Nikon kit.