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John C
JohnCurran
Dodgeville, WI
Post #: 58
Good unbiased site compares by brand, type, cost, etc

http://snapsort.com/...­
Beth
user 4450144
Madison, WI
Post #: 22
yep, i'm local and when i did get my camera, it was at the camera company. i agree with everything that's been said about the pentax and have to admit that having all the main functions outside on the camera is amazing. i hate scrolling through a menu to find what i need and i know a few years back, when i was playing with a nikon, that was a turn off for me. maybe the newer nikons now have their main functions outside and easily accessible. if you are local and want to see my camera before you order yours, give me a shout.
Beth
user 4450144
Madison, WI
Post #: 23
laura....i like this site for comparison when shopping.....here's the comparison on the two
you were looking at.....


http://snapsort.com/c...­
Laura K
user 13667951
Madison, WI
Post #: 22
Yes - I found snapsort and thought it was really helpful!

Beth - thanks so much for your input and offer to hook up and let me see the camera. Maybe we can meet after I get mine, I may need a tutorial on how to use it!

Thanks, all - again!
Beth
user 4450144
Madison, WI
Post #: 24
you got it !! i'd love to give you a tutorial !!
Brian S
briangs
Madison, WI
Post #: 236
The K-5 II got a gold award from dpreview:

http://www.dpreview.c...­
Alfredo
user 4392954
Madison, WI
Post #: 58
I am not looking for argument (Brian) just would like to add; the most important part of a camera is the lens and the companies that makes them. The camera body will be better and cheaper next year the lens will not.
Buy good (expensive) glass and your photos will look great no matter the body you are using. And if you decide to quit taking photos you will get most of your money back from your lenses, can't say the same thing about the camera body.
Case in point:
http://www.flickriver...­
http://www.flickriver...­
http://www.flickr.com...­
http://www.flickr.com...­
http://www.flickr.com...­
http://www.flickr.com...­


Cheers
Alfredo
Brian S
briangs
Madison, WI
Post #: 237
I agree, no argument from me. But people like me can't afford the top lenses or dSLR's anyway.
Alfredo
user 4392954
Madison, WI
Post #: 59
I agree the lenses can be expensive. Before I started buying photography equipment I read a few books about photography not about taking photos. The best advice I found was; buy a cheap camera body and put all your money in one expensive lens - did that and I am very happy I did. If anyone is serious about making photography part of the rest of their life then I recommend they read this book before they buy anything - the first pages is where the meat is about equipment: http://www.amazon.com...­

it pretty much tells you why you shouldn't buy cheap stuff among other things. The reason is you end up spending more money when you get better and realize how crappy the stuff you bought is.
John C
JohnCurran
Dodgeville, WI
Post #: 70
In the days of film cameras I would totally agree as good film had the equivalent of nearly infinite resolution. For technology today, I think lens #1, sensor design #2 and then I think the point is mute on the body. It's bells and whistles and a bit of what fits you and "feels right". Years ago, someone I got started in the business could have gotten me anything I wanted at cost from Nikon but the cameras just didn't fit me. I still love my old Canon A-1 and my Elans with good glass. A camera that is natural and lets you connect with the subject is far more important than some whizbang 12 frames a second ISO 51,000 thingy.
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