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    Many moons ago, I used to dabble in SLR photography. I am thinking of rekindling this interest and intend to buy a DSLR camera by year end. Looking at the advertisements and my budget, the choices available are the Canon EOS 350D, Nikon D50 and the Olympus E500. The Olympus seems a bargain as it comes with an additional 45-150mm Zuiko len(?) and other freebies. Any comment on the aforementioned cameras? Are there other DSLRs within $1500 that are worth considering? Is $1500 a realistic sum for a DSLR, which is mid-way between a entry-level and a semi-pro?

    My main interest will be travel photography, and hoping to do macro works in the future. Tks.

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    I personally think the Olympus is a really nice camera system, but at the same time Nikon and Canon has a wider range of accessories such as flash, transmitters and so on, particularly good used ones at ClubSnap.
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    If you don't mind 2nd hands, I think it is a good deal to plunge straight into a Canon 20D... Bigger and more comfy on a guy's hand...
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    Second hand 20D about 1.3k
    Second hand 350D about 900-1k.

    Lens WA? 10-22 or the 17-40 if you want canon.
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    No idea about the Olympus but I would think that there isn't much difference between Canon and Nikon (in quality, accesories etc) and most people who choose either brand tend to stick with it. Why not consider the new Canon 400D (try it out first)? For macro, Canon's 100 mm macros lens is a pretty good model, although there are some much cheaper equivalents from Tokina and Sigma. Factor in also costs like batteries, memory cards, harddisk space for storage (if you shoot in RAW). The Buy/Sell section in Clupsnap often has quite good deals on new lens/flashes and the posting will give you an indication of the price range for various models.

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    The good thing about sticking to either Canon or Nikon is the wider selection range of lenses. For Olympus, it is more limited unless going for 3rd parties like Sigma/Tamron/Tokina....
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    Quote Originally Posted by benetay View Post
    Second hand 20D about 1.3k
    So cheap?!
    Tempting me ar Benetay...
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    but I personally prefer the battery grip, even on a 20D.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
    hexazona crumenatum Galleria Botanica

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    Quote Originally Posted by valice View Post
    So cheap?!
    Tempting me ar Benetay...


    getting you prepared for the 1D or even the successor of 5D
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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