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Old 9th September 2007, 10:41   #811
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The Pentax model may be weather sealed, but how many lenses are weather sealed. Meanwhile, all the Olympus lenses I own are weather sealed, but the body isn't.
Do not underestimate the power of weather sealing.
Many lenses are better sealed than the bodies, and india is a very very dusty place.
Pentax has some really amazing features which photographers can appreciate. Remember the K-1000? It was such an ordinary camera, yet extraordinary, I would call the 10D similar. Its not the best in every field, but does not have flaws either.
If you are a raw shooter it actually makes more sense than the Oly if you don't care much for live view.
that said, choosing after handling is the best thing.

I would advise against XTi, because its a generation behind, and a new kid on the block may come before end of next year.
So why not go for some new camera(Nov is the launch time in most cases) rather than the previous generation
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Old 9th September 2007, 12:49   #812
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Pentax has released new DA* range of lenses which are weather sealed
Ofcourse at $1000 it doesnt come cheap... 50-135mm f2.8 and 16-50 f2.8...Although I am yet to be convinced of weather sealing as such for normal shooting conditions. (probably goes to show I am still a beginner )

I have seen some kayaking and surfing photos from K10D and I see complete value add there..
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Old 9th September 2007, 13:17   #813
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Do not underestimate the power of weather sealing.
Many lenses are better sealed than the bodies, and india is a very very dusty place.
I am not underestimating the need for weather sealing, but it doesn't come cheap. When a person is considering his first dSLR, weather sealing is not the most important aspect. I've used SLRs since 1989, but I never felt a real need for weather seals. I just avoid dusty/wet conditions, and that's that. Weather sealing is a nice feature to have, but surely not an essential feature for an amature.
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Hellcat, Riju, Jaguar, rr_zen, E_T : Thanx for the replies guys. Will go camera hunting today. Shall let u guys know what i have decided upon.
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Old 10th September 2007, 11:36   #815
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im thinking of going for the following. anyone has reviews or prices of the same. please let me know... thanks

nikon s50c/s51c

samsung i7

canon PowerShot SD870 IS
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Old 10th September 2007, 12:14   #816
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Nikon Coolpix S50C - 9.5K
Nikon Coolpix S51 - 11K
Canon PowerShot SD870 IS -15K

All grey market prices.

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Old 10th September 2007, 12:32   #817
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A very good short video tour of the Canon EOS 400D / XTi, Nikon D80 and Sony A100 - The 3 (10 Megapixel DSLR group test).

Canon 400D vs Nikon D80 vs Sony A100 DSLR group test Cameralabs video tour


A short video tour of the Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D full review Cameralabs video tour

A short video tour of the Olympus E-510

Olympus EVOLT E-510 full review Cameralabs video review


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How are panasonic Lumix compared to Nikon, Canon and Sony?
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How are panasonic Lumix compared to Nikon, Canon and Sony?
Compared to what models of Canon/Nikon/Sony?
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equivalent models. how is the brand perception in general?
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Old 10th September 2007, 15:31   #821
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How are panasonic Lumix compared to Nikon, Canon and Sony?
If you are talking of the Panasonic Lumix FZ series... they are the best in the class except for the sensor which is noisy at anything over ISO 100. There's a wee-bit of noise even at ISO 100.
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Question for the guru's here !!

Requirement : One system solution on my D50.

1 - Sigma/Tamron AF-S DX VR 18-200mm.

or

2 - Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G.

Whats my best pick here 18-200mm or 18-135 mm ?

If you recommend option 1 , which one is better Sigma or Tamron ?
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2 - Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G.
It has to be this. Without IS or VR a slow 200, for all practical reasons will be useless. Infact even the 135 will be little difficult.

I know its convenient, but still why an all in one lens??? I recently came across a guy who was selling his fm10, 24/50/100mm prime lens kit. Was looking thru his pics, they were all quite neat, elegant and beautiful. And that fm10 didn't have metering i suppose. I was having horrible time with film till i switched over to digital. I am now fixing up all the exposure goof ups, by looking up at the histogram/preview, by taking multiple shots.

BTW can we see some sample pics from that tokina 124? I am might end up buying one in near future. Heard it has **tank** like build quality and super good sharp.

Also, I am Guru, but no Guru....
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Without IS or VR a slow 200, for all practical reasons will be useless.
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Infact even the 135 will be little difficult.
Sheesh guru you were supposed to help me decide and not confuse me further .

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BTW can we see some sample pics from that tokina 124? I am might end up buying one in near future. Heard it has **tank** like build quality and super good sharp.
Sure will post up, no problemo at office right now.

What you said is true, superb lens and is built like a tank. Me thinks its worth every single penny spent.

I went around hunting for one and found one in National Market. Asking price was 36k .
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It depends upon how your camera performs at higher ISO. If you are fine with that 400,800, 1600 etc then 135 end should be fine. Some of my 100mm pics were not sharp because of slight shake! And they were taken at f/2.8. So nowadays I am pushing the iso little higher when I use this lens. But then it should be my problem in hand holding them.

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I went around hunting for one and found one in National Market. Asking price was 36k .
I was talking with jeyesh. Hope you know this vendor. It depends on lens. Some high end lens(70-200 f4 IS) he quoted about 10% more than US web retailer price. Which is pretty good. But for some cheaper lens, the price diff was pretty high. Yeah, of course these are w/o b&w.

BTW this guy didn't had that tokina, atleast for the canon mount which I was checking.
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