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    They are lovely, thank you CT. Poor "Trim."


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    I like the Sydney Tower
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    Margaret. Trim's story is heartbreaking (especially as I'm a cat lover, rather, a pet lover).

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    Contra, have you taken any photos with a circular polariser yet?
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    Mat - no not yet - I'm still very much grappling with my new technology. I must do more research and find out the "ideal" situation to use it. I did have the U.V. filter on at the time.

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    It'd be nice to see the diffrence between a picture taken with and without the polariser. So, the next time you've got opportunity...
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    Mat - I'll do that - would be a worthwhile experiment.

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    Contra, is that your kitchen? I love those pictures.
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    Judy Is what my kitchen?? thanks by the way

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    I work for a major high street retailer and I specialize in the photographic section.

    If budget is an issue you should consider the Olympus e-410. It's gone clearance now but is a great DSLR and very decent quality lens.

    Going for something a little more current, you've got the Olympus e-420 and e-520, although I would recommend the Canon 450D. This is new and Canon currently has a £50 cashback it. It comes with a standard 18-55mm image stabalizing lens.

    Then you've got the Sony alpha range, eg the a200 and a300 are good mid range DSLR's that are packed full of features, surprising good lens.

    The Nikon range (D40 and D60) are worth considering, but TBH, go for the D60 as it is 10 megapixels. The D40 is only 6.

    If going for the D60, go for the VR option (Vibration Reduction). Unlike compact digital's, most DSLR's have the vibration reduction (anti-shake) in the lens (not the body like the Sony's). the VR being in the lens means you get a faster and sharper focus - great for those action shots. On Canon DSLR's it is called "Image Stabalizer". There is also cashback on the Nikon's(£40 for the D40 and £60 for the D60)

    Hope this helps a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James McFadyen View Post
    I work for a major high street retailer and I specialize in the photographic section.

    If budget is an issue you should consider the Olympus e-410. It's gone clearance now but is a great DSLR and very decent quality lens.

    Going for something a little more current, you've got the Olympus e-420 and e-520, although I would recommend the Canon 450D. This is new and Canon currently has a £50 cashback it. It comes with a standard 18-55mm image stabalizing lens.

    Then you've got the Sony alpha range, eg the a200 and a300 are good mid range DSLR's that are packed full of features, surprising good lens.

    The Nikon range (D40 and D60) are worth considering, but TBH, go for the D60 as it is 10 megapixels. The D40 is only 6.

    If going for the D60, go for the VR option (Vibration Reduction). Unlike compact digital's, most DSLR's have the vibration reduction (anti-shake) in the lens (not the body like the Sony's). the VR being in the lens means you get a faster and sharper focus - great for those action shots. On Canon DSLR's it is called "Image Stabalizer". There is also cashback on the Nikon's(£40 for the D40 and £60 for the D60)

    Hope this helps a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    end of story: I finally decided to buy an Olympus E410 digital SLR + 14-42mm Zuiko Lens; SanDisk 2GB flash memory; Circular Polarising Filter, UV Filter and Carry Bag ... it'll turn up "in 3-4 business days". Can't WAIT.
    Excellent choice!

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    Furthermore, after dealing with my local "high street" (though we don't call them that here, but I know what you mean as I lived in England for a year) camera dealership. I decided to buy off the web: two important reasons 1) much cheaper (no rental and so forth) 2) 2 year warranty (neither of which the dealer could match).

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    I'm still waiting for the kitchen.

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    I'm puzzled too ...

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