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14-09-09, 08:19 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I have to dissagree that it's important to 'feel' a camera in the shop. Most DSLR's are going to seem broadly similar and offer very similar control and features, so unless there's something you really really need that the other manufacturers don't offer then copping a feel isn't going to help.
If there's some kind of photography you want to do then you should look at the systems which the rivel companies offer Nikon is strong in wide angle and wireless flash, Canon offer an amazingly wide lens line up. The two systems also show different colours so if there's one you prefer you should take a look at both of them first.
You should also take a look at the cost of the manufacturers lenses you want to buy a macro lens, well Nikon will want around £600 for their rather nice 105mm VR Macro - Canon on the other hand will ask only £425 for theirs (although they have just released a hybrid IS version now). There is also a specialised lens Canon offer which will allow 1 - 5X Macro no other company offer an equivalent.
For your £900 you could afford a Canon 40D with a 100mm Macro (Well around £975), the Nikon D90 system will set you back a cool £1250
Once you start to buy accessories - lenses flash guns etc etc you quickly become locked into one manufacturers system, it's important that you choose the right one. it's expensive to change later!
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