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Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Fancie, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Fancie

    Fancie Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    I want to start takin awesome pictures of my birds like you guys do... what kinda camara should I invest myself in?


  2. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Do you want a point-and-shoot or a professional-quality? If the latter Amazon has a pretty good deal on the Nikon D40, round $400. I have the D60, not too different, and LOVE it.
  4. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I have the D-80 and i love it. I think all the nikon SLR's are great. Its all a matter of what you want to spend, and what kind of offers/deal are out there. Be sure to shop around because some stores offer great pkg deals. When you find what you want, price shop for a while because patience will pay off.
  5. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    Lennon, Michigan
    We've got a Canon and a Kodak. I prefer the Canon (slightly easier to use) but both have a nice big screen, something I find VERY useful.
  6. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    SoCal desert
    My goodness, I currently have a smorgasboard of cameras and do need to downsize.

    Pentax K10D: an awesome little camera that I got in a kit (camera and 2 lenses) for $499 with $150 rebate. Easy to use as a point and shoot, yet able to produce decent quality pics when you need a little more camera.

    Canon: Now, the canons aren't mine, they belong to my photographer friend who allowed me to use them extensively while I was looking to upgrade my pentax. I used the 10D, 40, and 5D. All of them were great but I have smallish hands and short fingers, so manipulating the controls while keeping my eye in the viewfinder wasn't working for me.

    Nikon D200: my final choice. I'm still going through the learning curve on that one but I'm getting great pictures! It's a heavy camera, as were most of the ones I've used including the little pentax, but smaller bodied. The weight doesn't bother me at all.

    Canon Elf: It's my only point and shoot. It zooms, it has a macro feature and it take pictures of high enough quality to be used by my press photographer friend in situations where his big cameras wouldn't fit, ie in a cookie jar, partially submerged in a swimming pool, to take an underwater picture of a girl who won some special swimming award. Awesome little camera, highly recommended by me if it's a point and shooter you're looking for. Fits in the pocket/purse nicely, too.

    My conclusion would be if it's an entry level SLR digital you're looking for, you can't get much better than the Pentax (check the reviews on www.dreview.com ) and if it's a point and shoot, then my little Elf is just fun camera that has great quality.

    Happy hunting [​IMG]
  7. HappyHatch'en

    HappyHatch'en Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    Buy the camera you know how to operate first before spend big bucks, just my two cents hoping to save you a dollar or two.
    Happy Hatch'en

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