View Full Version : Any suggestions?

05-27-2007, 04:34 PM

Size: Smaller is better, but I am more concerned with the image then what takes it.


manual controls: Yes

General Usage: I will be shooting with the camera a lot this upcoming summer, photography is something I have been doing for a few years and I am wanting to shoot more digital coupled with what I take with my AE-5

Primarly shooting outside, some lowlight conditions, and action photos aswell.

I also want to get a digital camera that will allow me to take high quality close ups. Very detailed imaging I believe comes with the lense you buy so what types of lenses/cameras would allow me to do this?

I have looked at the Canon Eos 30d and the Nikon D200

05-27-2007, 06:22 PM
I doubt you'd be able to get much good glass for either of those cameras with this budget. Why not look at the D80?

05-27-2007, 06:22 PM
I believe you should do some more thinking.

Your "budget" of $1200 will not buy a $1400 Nikon D200 much less a lens for it :-(

If you get a Canon 30D, you will have about $100 left for a lens - I guess that would be a 50mm f1.8.

Don't forget you'll need a memoey card with any DSLR, though they are fairley cheap - around $30.

"Detailed close ups"? A macro lens is in the $400 range.

If you are shooting in good light, a Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 DG Macro APO for about $225 may work for sports, though not particularly fast in focussing. It also has a 1:2 "macro" mode that is OK for flowers and things, but not a true macro lens.

05-28-2007, 08:37 AM
[QUOTE=SpecialK;225270]I believe you should do some more thinking.

Your "budget" of $1200 will not buy a $1400 Nikon D200 much less a lens for it :-(

I understand that to be the case, I like the Nikon D80 so what macro lens would work well with that camera?

Thanks for the responses..

05-28-2007, 11:55 AM
The D80 will work with many macro lenses:
Sigma 50mm f2.8, 70mm f2.8, 105mm f2.8, 150mm f2.8, 180mm f3.5
Tamron 90mm f2.8, 180mm f3.5
Tokina 100mm f2.8
Nikon 60mm f2.8, 105mm f2.8, 1.5mm VR f2.8, 200mm f4

The most affordable of the all is the Sigma 50mm f2.8. It is a sharp, good lens, at around $250.
The Nikon 60mm f2.8 is also very good, a bit over $300 I think.
If you would like the lens to be a bit longer, the Tamron 90mm f2.8 is a very good choice. It will break your budget a bit though.

The Canon XTi/400D is also a very good camera, but it is a bit cheaper than the D80. This may make a bit more room on your lens budget (about $200 more?).
With the Canon you have the same choice of 3rd party macro lenses, and then the Canon 60mm f2.8, 100mm f2.8 and 180mm f3.5. The 60mm f2.8, like with the Nikon, would be a good affordable choice.