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Hello, everyone! It seems that it's been a while since someone last posted, so, I'll break the silence. Photography is a main hobby of mine; I come to you all totally confused, frustrated, and desperately seeking input.

Basically, I'm getting a new camera (hopefully) soon, and I have no clue on which to choose.

There are a few things I'd focus on while using the camera, in order of importance:
• Macro photography
• Nature photography
• Regular documentary purposes of family and friends
Possibly video recordings

One model I've been particularly keen on picking is the Canon S5 IS, because from what I've seen and read, it's supposedly very good with macros. But! I'm also drawn to the Nikon D40x and Canon Digital Rebel XTi, which are SLR cameras, and definitely on a whole different level from typical point-and-shoot models. They don't necessarily fare well with macro shots with their kit lenses, though -- thus requiring me to purchase other (rather pricey) lenses.

So, in short:

Canon S5 IS:
• Convenient
• Cheaper
• Lesser quality
• Might have a smaller amount of versatility in the long run due to lack of interchangable lenses

D40x, Rebel XTi, or any SLR:
• Bulky
• A bit pricey
• Better quality
• Will be more versatile because of interchangable lenses, but that will come at a high cost

Anyone have advice on which I should choose, or maybe even a different recommendation (under or equal to $600 in price)? All help is greatly appreciated!
Feeling like...: confusedconfused
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Date:November 25th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
I got a Canon 20D a couple of years ago and have not looked back since, to the extent that I'm considering getting an underwater housing for it to replace my current underwater camera...
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Date:November 26th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
It's a hard decision to make. Do you think you would outgrow the S5IS within a year or two? If so, then the SLR would be worth the investment now.

I'm in the same boat as you - I'm trying to decide between one of three "prosumer" cameras OR a dSLR like the Nikon D40/Rebel XT. The Canon S5IS is one of the three I'm considering as well, along with the G9 and Sony DSCH9. I'm just not sure...
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Date:November 26th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
I think I would outgrow the S5 IS, because there's only so much that it can do without interchangable lenses, and my like for photography is probably only going to grow more and more -- so I suppose an SLR will definitely be worth it in the long run.

Basically, the one thing that's helping me decide (if it will assist you in your choosing at all) is looking at a camera I'm interested in, searching it in Groups on Flickr, and observing the photos to see the quality (also making sure to check to see if a different lens than the kit is mentioned). I'm almost positive I'm going with the XTi. But, then again, the Nikon D40x is nice...

GAH. I'm so confused. xD
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Date:November 26th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Well, it sounds like the dSLR would be best for you then. And that's a good tip about looking on Flickr, I'll check that out. I've been going back and forth about which camera to buy, for months. I'm leaning towards the G9, except that the optical zoom isn't as high as I like, and the focal length is less than the other two cameras I was considering. All the other features I really like. But for $530 (new), I may as well go with an SLR, right? I don't know.
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Date:November 26th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
I think that if you really are leaning towards the G9, follow your gut and get it. $530 for a new SLR is a really great price, so I don't really see the cons in that.

However (if the possiblity of my owning it even existed), I'm ogling the Nikon D80 like there's no tomorrow. It would sure be a gigantic leap from a point and shoot, but I definitely adore what that camera can do...Even though the price is a bit steep for me.
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Date:October 9th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I would read reviews to help you make your decision. People are always honest in reviews and tend to hold nothing back. My favorite product review site is wize.com They have reviews compiled from all over the internet so you don't have to jump around from site to site to get all the reviews you want.
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