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    Recommendation of DSLR + Lens

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    Hi experienced DSLR folks, was wondering if you could give this newbie a recommendation of what is the best option DSLR + Lens inclusive of a dry cabinet with a budget of $3k for general scenery, nature and work purpose (shooting of equipment etc.)? Do include the place that you would likely get the equipment since I have heard stories of shops quoting cut throat prices whenever they notice a newbie shopping.

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    Peter Gwee
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterGwee View Post
    Hi experienced DSLR folks, was wondering if you could give this newbie a recommendation of what is the best option DSLR + Lens inclusive of a dry cabinet with a budget of $3k for general scenery, nature and work purpose (shooting of equipment etc.)? Do include the place that you would likely get the equipment since I have heard stories of shops quoting cut throat prices whenever they notice a newbie shopping.

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    For brand, one important factor to consider is the brands around you. Such as your friends that you could borrow an extra strobe from, trying a lense etc.

    I guess all you need is a reasonable DSLR with kit lense (likely 18-55/70/135 depending on models and brand) for general scenery. What do you mean by nature (macro or wide)? And how big is the equipment you shoot?

    There are some reputable stores that are quite safe though they might not be the cheapest in town. Few I know are MS Colour in Ang Mo Kio, Alan Photo in Sim Lim Square and Cathay Photo in Peninsula Plaza.
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    For Cathay Photo http://www.cathayphoto.com.sg/ you can always email them for a quote or recommendations.

    You can also read equipment reviews at http://www.dpreview.com
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    Thanks guys, I'll do more research before I decide....

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    Peter,
    I find the most important thing about buying DSLR (or any camera) is that you have to be comfortable with the camera. So it is better to go down to exhibitions/shops and hold and try out the camera for yourself after you have read the reviews and have a few models in mind.
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    exactly, that is how I decided on a 20D with battery grip. I couldn't stand the 350D's 4-way button vs the 20D wheel.
    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.
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    Even when you set your mind to get the lower model, you will end up with the higher model. lol. The higher model usually is the better buy. I love my camera even if others call it a brick. lol. Very man...hahaha.

    My Choy here was the BBB devil. lol. but was very happy with my purchase. Still am except now there's D300. lol.
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    if you buy something not quite good enough, you will upgrade sooner or later. usually you end up spending more eventually. if you are sure of what you are wanting to do, then get the right gear for the job.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwchoy View Post
    if you buy something not quite good enough, you will upgrade sooner or later. usually you end up spending more eventually. if you are sure of what you are wanting to do, then get the right gear for the job.

    I think there's a saying for this: "We’re too poor to buy cheap things."
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    Quote Originally Posted by juggler View Post
    We’re too poor to buy cheap things.
    Wow! This is deep! I will need to ponder over this.

    Peter, with a budget of 3K, I would consider the following

    01. Dry cabinet - now the investment is protected
    02. DSLR - For this, I would be more inclined to spend the least on. Best if used.
    03. External flash - Nobody has any problem with more light
    04. A good tripod with a good head - This is a long term invest
    05. Specialised lens (wide angle/macro/zoom)

    I think there a few items that you might have to purchased used, but it's definitely possible to setup a system with about 2 to 3 lenses, flash and tripod for that budget. If you are considering new only, then only the Nikon or Canon's entry level system are within you consideration and you'll probably leave one or two items off the above list for a while

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