After much, much agonizing over digital cameras, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a Nikon D50 with the 18-55mm kit lens the other day. I went to a store a few weeks ago just to see how some of the cameras I was looking at handled, and in the end decided that I prefer an SLR to any of the super-zooms.
As far as the super-zooms go, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 handled a lot better than the Panazonic DMC-FZ5, which turned out to be a lot smaller than I expected. The Panasonic DMC-FZ30 was nice and chunky, but it was almost as big as a Nikon D50 and didn’t cost a whole lot less, either. When I looked at the ISO issues that the super-zooms tend to have, the D50 just made more sense.
Once I had decided to buy the SLR, I needed to pick a lens as well. I already have Nikon 24mm and 50mm prime lenses for my old film SLR, and a cheap 75-300mm zoom lens as well. My dream lens is the Nikon 18-200mm zoom, but it’s very expensive. In fact, they’re still so uncommon that they sell for above list price. That left either the D50 kit lens, an 18-55mm model, or the 18-70mm D70 kit lens, which costs twice as much. I chose the cheaper 18-15mm based on Ken Rockwell’s review.
The new camera arrives tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to taking some photos.