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DSLR for Night Photography

by krstwo / July 11, 2009 5:41 AM PDT

Hi,

I'm new to the world of DSLR and I'm currently looking for a DSLR to get my foot in the door. I'm mostly interested in night photography and low light situations. Also, I prefer landscapes over portraits. Would you recommend a camera that is capable of delivering what I'm looking for?

So far I've looked at Rebel XSi, Nikon D90, and Pentax K20D. But, any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks

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Not much of a difference
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / July 11, 2009 7:18 AM PDT

For your type of photography, there won't be much/any difference between the cameras. What you will have to think about is getting a nice tripod, tripod head, and remote shutter release.

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For Landscape,
by jump1127 / July 11, 2009 3:33 PM PDT

I suggest that you go for Nikon D90, best alternative among the 3 choices. In addition to that, Nikon D5000 can also produce a good picture quality for the lower budget. A tripod, shutter release set, and some bright wide-angle lenses are the must. Good luck and enjoy shooting.

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Low light and night photography
by hjfok / July 11, 2009 6:11 PM PDT

If you like to do long exposure shots with a tripod, then any of the three cameras will do. Here is one of my tripod shots:
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u45/hjfok/Monterey%20and%20SF/IMG_3068_1copy.jpg

But if you do handheld night shots or low light actions, then you need a camera that has low noise at high ISO. Canon Rebel T1i, Canon 50D, Nikon D90 or Nikon D5000 are all good choices in that budget range. Obviously the best low light performers are the pro models of Nikon and Canon. The key however is having some fast lenses, with at least f/2.8 aperture. Here are some of my low light handheld shots:
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u45/hjfok/IMG_2212.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u45/hjfok/IMG_2196.jpg

These were done with an older Canon 30D and EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.

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