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    Question Need Camera Recommendations

    I guess I can't hold out any longer. I've done the 35mm SLR thing since I was a teen (many, many decades ago ). I'm looking to buy a digital camera and I need some recommendations.

    I'm limiting my spending to $700 and I want the highest quality, most reliable and creatively flexible digital camera I can get. Something comparable to my Nikon Photomic F2 that I've had for over 20 years.

    One other thing, I'm obsessive about composition. So I need a camera that captures as precisely as possible what's displayed on the LCD screen. Yeah, I know, Photoshop can fix cropping/composition, but humor me here!

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions!


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    No specific recommendations here, just comments. It would be nice to find one that will use your Nikor lenses but I think that's in a different price range.

    You won't get the instant action you are used to. You press the shutter button and wait for the camera to do its thing. I don't know if any have a true optical reflex viewfinder (my older Olympus D600L does, which is the best thing about it) so you'll probably have to compose with the LCD which is awkward. The so-called electronic viewfinders are pretty crude.

    Since my Olympus has actual mirror reflex viewing, the LCD isn't used except for after-the-fact viewing. I'm uncomfortable with a camera that doesn't let me actually look through the lens.

    Hang onto your Nikon for serious stuff.

    Good reviews here:
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html

    Or you can watch for these folks to get something on the market:
    http://www.siliconfilm.com/

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    Thanks Poptom.


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    Yup. That's great advice Poptom. Axtrader, you will not get 35mm performance from a less-than-$700 digital camera. The delay being the big performance factor there. Some of them have 'burst' modes but then there's a fairly lengthy wait while the buffer dumps to the card, and then most have some heavy limitations on picture quality in the so-called 'burst' modes.

    If you want 35mm performance at less than $1500, you can find a Canon D30 (used, Canon doesn't make it anymore), which is an excellent 3mp DSLR camera, but that is significantly more than your self-imposed $700 limit.

    I just bought a D60 (6mp) and it's the real deal man! Awesome camera and none of that digital-delay crap. Point, compose and shoot with up 8 frame bursts and no long buffer dump delays. But, the down side is that it'll run ya $2200 to get that kind of performance.

    That being said, there are some excellent digital cameras out there that will give you some great performance, with a little sacrifice in waiting for the delay, and some awesome photos.
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    Dakota, can you focus manually or must you wait for the auto to work?

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    Originally posted by poptom
    Dakota, can you focus manually or must you wait for the auto to work?
    Either. Just like any AF SLR. It's a full blown SLR that just happens to be digital.
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    Dakota, thanks for the advice. I see you're very experienced in this area. I'll probably PM you with further questions as I get closer to making the purchase.

    Hmmmm, now I'm thinking I should wait until just after Christmas and get a Nikon DSLR. Well, we'll see.

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    Axtrader: Feel free and PM and/or email anytime at all. I don't have wide experience with too many digicams so I am definitely not an expert by any means, but I have been an amateur photographer for 30-plus years so I do know a little...

    There are also some great camera review sites:

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/
    http://www.dpreview.com/

    to name a couple, and if you want to read about the higher end cameras there are a couple of sites you'll find worth reading:

    http://www.robgalbraith.com/ (check out their forum!)
    and http://www.fredmiranda.com/ (also has a pretty good forum)
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    Great links Dakota!



    Thanks again!

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