Originally Posted by Roy Smith
Help, i want a new camera, but not knowing anything about SLR cameras
could some one steer me in the right direction.
I want some thing that will take photos of the kids wake boarding and not look like they are miles away also my son surfs. I have a budget of £750
that being what our insurance will give us due to BA losing our cases at christmas. our local shop keeps pushing Nikon ?
Hi Roy, you never mentioned whether you want Digital or Film. All you mentioned was SLR which is Single Lens Reflex and simply means that you view object through Lens and not separate viewfinder.
As a Canon Agent (copiers) for the last 20 years I can tell you that value for money and features I would opt for Canon ( and I am not biasd, In my opinion all these companies mean well but are full of crap)
However, I would buy it in USA or via Pixmnia.com and not through agents as none of these give any service on Canon Cameras no more that we can.
In truth "If anyone can, Canon can" but no one really can, If you drop it, forget it.
So buy the Canon and Insure it against "all risks" spcifically as an add on to your house Insurance. If you drop it or it gets wet, get a new one legally and feel entitled to it under your "all risks policy" It may cost a hunded pounds but its worth it...
With regard to cameras, I am sure you have a budget and there ae many Canon cameras but here is an up to date:
I would buy two as follows:
New Canon Digital camera http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Prod...t_G7/index.asp
This is the latest in Digital usefulness...
It is not SLR butis very useful as it is not a big unit and comes with nw di 3 processor.
The Canon E350D is a great camera and can be got at a great bargain. It has a high enough resolution but the digic 1 processor is upgraded to digic 3.
The E400D has the Digic 2 which is nearly out of date with the aventof the 3 (which I did not know about until I checked the powershot adress above)
The EOS5d using the 25-105 USM lens is the absolute berries.
Please feel free to e-mail me for the inside track.
Either buy it in USA or Pixmania. Canon have a World wide Guarrantee and they have to honour it regardless of it being bought in Timbuktoo.. They do not like this but are happy to offload the volume units to Pixmania and such companies when it suits them, so tough luck to them. By the way, the Japan people are very honourable and will be delighted to be of absolute service to you, its the GB based "Armani Suites that are the A..holes" that feel they need to prove themseles to the Japan bosses.
So buy Canon but buy it in USA or Pixmnia..
Take it from me, I have loads of them and they all work still, including the video cam unit my brother droppd into the kitchen sink.. full with watr and quix.
PS If you want Film based camers, buy a 2nd hand EOS500F with Built in Pop up flash, and 28-105 USM lens with useul F stop. You will buy one of these very cheap now and they are great.
See this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=250070239806
However no lens and only buy i new.
I have never bought from E-bay UK ( and what I bought from USA was not very successful but you may be more careful than me.
PS I have one of these EOS 500 but I opt for the smaller Digital ones that I putin my pocket. The SLR machins both DIgital and Film are really for the Fussy Photographer..