I have had opportunities to try them first hand through my good friend Nabin, who runs a photography blog at Nepal through the lens, Nischal ‘Batta” and Shoki Shakya who run an events and promotions company – Kgarira.com, and my cousin who owns a Sony Alpha DSLR.
Initially, I was settling for a Canon PowerShot G11 10MP, which is available in the local market for NRs 44000 /- with a 4 GB memory card, which is a wonderful camera if you wouldn’t want to lug around a DSLR and its accessories daily. I might even consider one in the near future as all photographers seem to augment their choice of DSLR with a powerful point and shoot.
The Canon Vs. Nikon Vs. Sony Vs others had me flabbergasted. Sony isn’t my cup of tea even though they seem to make most of the image processors for Canon and Nikon as well. I had my qualms on settling for a similarly priced Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens instead but this comparison did help.
Courtesy Black Friday, and Canon’s incentive to do away with their stock, Canon is running a $200 rebate when the camera kit is bought with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens and a $150 rebate on Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras when bundled with its range of DSLRs.
I finally settled for the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (also known as Canon 500D) with kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens), which should be a reasonable buy for an entry level DSLR enthusiast like me. Canon’s rebate programme bowled me over.
- 15.1Mp CMOS Sensor
- HD 1080p, 720p, and VGA Video Capture
- 3″ Clear View LCD with Live View
- DIGIC 4 Image Processor
- ISO Expandable to 12,800
- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
- EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
- Compatible w/ 60-plus EF & EF-S Optics
The final assortment including camera body, two lenses, one filter and backpack, which should set me back quite a bit is as follows.