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Digital SLRs

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Vox Populi, Dec 8, 2006.


  1. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    So I've always been kind of into photography, but never had the equipment to pursue it seriously. Now I'm in the Navy and I'd like to buy a good camera to take photos in all of the places that I visit. I've been looking at a few digital SLRs online, anyone have any experience with them or recommendations?

    Olympus Evolt E500 8MP w/ two lenses

    Digital Rebel XT w/ 18-55mm lens

    Anyone care to make a recommendation? I don't want to spend too much, I'm not filthy rich. But I'm willing to go about as high as that Olympus Evolt package.

    Also, if you have one of those cameras, go ahead and share a few photos you've taken with them.

    Thanks.
     
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=292651

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=249616

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=220145

    There's a few things to poke through. The third one listed is a thread I started about a year ago that's pretty sizeable.

    I ended up with the Canon Rebel XT, but with the new Nikona in the 10MP range for the same money this season, i might have done something different.

    I really like the XT. Its been a great camera for the year or so I've had it. This season I'm looking for a couple of decent yet affordable lenses for it. I certainly haven't found any flaws in its build quality or the quality of the photos it produces...
     
  3. I love my Olympus Evolt-500. IU spent the extra money, and got the olympus over a Nikon for the reason that it came with two lenses. some of my photography can be seen ehre. critique it all you want, any other questions you have on the camera, shoot me a PM ill answer it as soon as I can. http://www.flickr.com/photos/52492773@N00/
     
  4. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    It's hard to choose. I was viewing sample shots of the Digital Rebel XT and XTi and liked them alot. The E500 sample shots (on Amazon) didn't look so great, until I saw yours. Yours look awesome, how much post-processing do you do?

    I looked at a couple of photography magazines today and the Nikon D50 6.1 megapixel DSLR was prominently featured in pretty much all of the magazines. One of them preferred it over the Rebel XT even though it's 6.1 vs 8 megapixels.

    Choices, choices.
     
  5. X Wolf

    X Wolf Guest

    You might want to check out www.dpreview.com which is a really excellent digital camera forum. There are specs and reviews of the cameras and also a forum for each brand. It's a great forum that I've learned a lot from since I made the jump from film to digital. Another great digital camera site is www.dcresource.com

    George
     
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Nikon D80 - it has a better viewfinder than anything else in the price range.
     
  7. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    After hours and hours of comparing shots and reading reviews I decided to go with the Olympus Evolt E500 kit. The image quality seems great, the construction looks solid, great features (ultrasonic dust removal, something I wanted) and the value was unbeatable with the two lenses.

    I can't wait to play around with it!
     
  8. I have the Olympus E-500 and absolutely love it. Granted, the lenses arent readily availble like other brands.

    I'm totally amature when it comes to photography, so please dont be too critical. But, here are some photos to show you how easy the E-500 makes it to get good photos:

    1st day with the E-500 with no DSLR experience:
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/hollidaypark/pic1.jpg
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/hollidaypark/pic2.jpg

    1st night with the E-500 with no DSLR experience (BIG files):
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/downtown/dt1.JPG
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/downtown/dt2.JPG
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/downtown/dt3.JPG

    Airshow Photos:
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/airshow/airshow3.jpg
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/airshow/airshow5.jpg
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/teair/te1.jpg
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/teair/te3.jpg

    Motorcycle Photo:
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/teair/te2.jpg
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/teair/te5.jpg
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/teair/te6.jpg
    http://www.bobbykokinos.com/teair/te7.jpg

    Also, I have a huge photo album at http://www.bobbykokinos.com/usgp/ from the USGP Car Show and Qualifications..
     
  9. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Have fun with it!

    It seems that many people like the E500. A friend of mine got it at he´s very happy with it!

    I´m a Canon person myself, I have the Canon 30D and I´m extremely happy with it!

    (you can see some of my pics in the link in my signature..)
     
  10. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    I liked the Canon color rendition slightly more, but I figured the E500 kit was a great package to start from. If I get more into it I'll probably buy a Canon if only for the lens catalog.

    I'll post some pics for sure when I get the camera.
     

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