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leyla, congrats!!! it's a great buy, ricoh is very popular in japan.

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thanks sea, am looking forward to using it!

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ricoh gx200 is my dream camera (i adore its retro look + the ability to take photos in 1:1 format -- holga addict here). but i have no idea what i would use it for.

i've recently had to downgrade from canon 40d to 450d. ouch.

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I'm looking for a point-and-shoot cam that takes photos like an SLR. So far, I've been hearing recs such as the Canon G10, the Panasonic LX-3 or DMC-GF1, and the Olympus E-P1. What can you camera junkies suggest?

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^ seanutbutter's recommendations on the previous page may be of use to you too. I think I'll spend a few weeks seeing what I can find here, while I reconsider my budget.

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SLR: Canon 5D Mark II (but only if you gonna invest on lenses) if not i would say 50D is pretty awesome or even the rebels are pretty cool. The lens is an important investment...if you are not gonna make it dont buy the most expensive its like throw away money.

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^ Definitely agree on the lenses. You can have the fanciest camera out there, but if you don't have the nice lenses to go with it your photographs aren't going to turn out nearly as good as they could be.

I'm upgrading from my Nikon D40x soon and have narrowed it down to a few cameras. I'd really love to buy the D700 or even the D3 but can't afford to replace my DX lenses with the FX ones, so I'm looking at the D300/D300s. I also tested out the Canon 50D the other day and was impressed with the high ISO capabilities, so I might look at that or the new 7D that is coming out later this month. Decisions, decisions...

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^ get a D90, it does high ISO better than a D300. D90 and D300 have the same sensor and are pretty much the same except for the alloy body, 51-point AF, 14bit NEF etc etc, all of which you probably don't need.

Get a D700 if you are willing to buy FX lenses, you can get used ones for decent prices, or even just use a FX 50mm 1.8 which cost about 150USD for a bit, and save up for a 2.8 zoom.

Don't buy a Canon.

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^There's nothing wrong a Canon DSLR

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I was just kidding, only trying to stir the pot LOL. Canon make great cameras, it's just that their lower-end models feel like toys.

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I use a Canon EOS 400D- from what I've seen, it's not really the camera that matters (well when it comes to CANON of course) but the lens.

Oooh for point and shoot cameras, canon is certainly superior. ;D

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^ I agree completely. You don't need an expensive camera to take good shots. I still use my D40 occasionally and it takes great photos, even with an average 3rd party lens.

If I were to buy a P&S, I'd buy a Canon or Panasonic (Leica Jnr)

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That's all very interesting about the lenses being the most important. I tend to agree with that. Also not a fan of the point and shoot. Sorry to those who like them but I feel like I need more control over the settings.

I want to get the Canon 50D. I'll then have to save up for a really good lens. Not sure what one I'd need there.

What sort of really good lens do you guys have or recommend?

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I played with a friend's 50D with a Canon 17-55mm f2.8 (the best DX lens in that zoom range) on the weekend and I have to say I was unimpressed. Compared to my other friend's D90 with the equivalent Nikon lens, the Canon sucked. Sorry but it's the truth.

You should seriously consider a Nikon D90, it's cheaper too.

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When you say it sucked, what exactly about it sucked?

Part of the reason why I want the Canon 50D is because I have a friend with the 40D who loves it & I figure the 50D should be at least as good. Her photos are pretty awesome too and I know her lenes aren't the best of the best. Also, I have a couple of lenses which I believe will fit it from my old EOS 500n which is a 35mm camera. It's about 8 or 9 years old now and I don't use it anymore. I'm 99% sure the lenses fit the current DSLR range.

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