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Old 03-19-2008   #21
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Don't over look Olympus

Right now Olympus might be making the best camera for the money in this price range. The E-510 scores just as high as any of the canon and nikon cameras in this category for image quality, resolution and color (check out, has built in image stabilization and sells lenses of great quality. For $1000 bucks you can get the camera, 2 lenses and a flash. Don't take my word for it.... check it out for yourself.

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Old 03-19-2008   #22
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I forgot you were looking for a recommendation.

If you scroll down a little, it has an option to buy with a 55-200VR lens for just under $700. That way you get the 18-200 range cheap. Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens: Camera & Photo

If that doesnt interest you, explore the options. You really can't go wrong with either Nikon or Canon (though I'm partial to Nikon), so if it's in your price range you should go for it and start shooting ASAP!

Remember that the decision you go with now will invest you into one brand or the other for some time to come. Digital camera bodies become outdated every couple of years as technology advances, but the lens you buy today will probably perform just as well as the new lenses ten years from now.

One last thing: if you happen to have any old Nikkor lenses hanging around, they will probably have at least some functionality on a new Nikon camera (minus autofocus and metering). The same is not true for Canon lenses older than 1987, when they switched mounts.

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Old 03-20-2008   #23
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I am about to sell the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and the Canon 70-200 f/4 L
Both lenses are up on ebay now. For boating I think that the all in one zooms make more sense (like the sigma 18-200 OS), but if you want great quality glass without spending a fortune, these lenses are great for canon cameras. The Tamron retails for about $350 and the Canon for $580. Both are fixed maximum aperture. I also have a circular polarized filter that fits either lens if anyone is interested (It is too small for my 10-22 and the 18-200).

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