Changing Camera

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charlesnicholas
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I am thinking of changing my Fuji S7000 to Digital SLR type camera. The ones I am looking at are the Nikon D80, the Pentax K200D and the Pentax K20D, the more I read about these cameras the more confused I get. Can anyone help? Thank you.

Charles Nicholas

tom hardwick
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Tell us what's confusing you Charles. Do you have any vested interest (old canon lenses, for instance)?

Good thing to remember is that the duds have been weeded out of the DSLR game, and those that remain have never been so good and so cheap.

tom.

fuddam
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try them out - will make choice much easier.
i.e. ergonomics and usability of the interface

range of lenses of course also be a big criteria

charlesnicholas
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Hi Tom many thanks for your reply.
What confuse me is when I read the full specification and try to compare with the S7000. In the past I used Olympus M40 (film) with extra lenses and still have, then I went for the Fuji S7000 and now I am thinking of moving to a DSLR.
The trouble is that they closed Jessops by the bus stop in Coventry and moved it to the centre of Coventry and I cannot walk more that 40/50 yards without being in agony with pain in my knee.

Charles Nicholas

tom hardwick
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In which case Charles, buy on the internet and have someone else walk it right to your door. And buy safe in the knowledge that there's not a dud out there. I'd buy from the big boys (Canon, Nikon) but the others are fighting hard for your cash - and Sony, Fuji, Sigma, Pentax all have a camera that you'd love from day one.

tom.

Chris.
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I'd only buy Canon or Nikon. I want a large dealer network, I want the largest range of lenses and accessories, original and third party.

At the entry level I'd only buy Canon, their CMOS sensors are loads better than Nikon's CCDs. Nikon now use CMOS but only in their higher-end models.

I started with a 300D, you can't believe how much better digital SLR photography is compared to digital compact photography

fuddam
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like I said, usability is a BIG point on these cameras. The intuitiveness of the interface is a make or break point for me

And though canons pack a lot of punch, the nikons tend to be sturdier / more robust.

George Rankine
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I am a Canon man, however once you start with a system you are pretty much stuck with that. If your budget can stretch to it, the Canon 40D is a really excellent all round body and there are some good deals to be had, which I would gladly point you to. A good comparison site for prices is http://www.camerapricebuster.com/index.html but this is only an indication and some importers can beat these.
Let me know if you want further help.