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Old 19-03-2017, 05:45 PM
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a used DSLR + lenses and specifically for fishing related photography so will need to be a weatherproofed and ideally not too heavy. Budget up to 600.

Any suggestions for bodies and lenses, maybe a Pentax?

Also with a used camera how many actuations relate to low, mid and high useage?

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Have a look for something like a Nikon D7000 and match it with a Nikkor 18 - 200m lens.

Nikon D D7000 16.2MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only) | eBay

Nikon 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G Zoom-Nikkor AF-S VR IF-ED DX Zoom Lens 18208021925 | eBay
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Nikon D300 should do you nicely with a Nikon lens, preferably a lens made in Japan.

The D200/300 has a metal body and I use them for time-lapse, where I get anything over 250,000 actuations before any problems. I have one at the moment which has well over 600,000 actuations, but that is very unusual.

Any London Camera Exchange would be a good place to pick one up or you could use their website. I've bought over 25 D200 bodies off them without any problem. I go for ones with about 1700-2000 actuations, which is low usage for me but around the time hobby photographers think about upgrading.

Bodies can be bought for around 250, which leaves plenty for a decent lens.

The Japanese lenses have better glass, better internals and are more robust.

Mine live outside year round with plastic bags over them on construction sites and take a photo every 2 minutes round the clock, great cameras.

https://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Secondhan...on=&Results=12

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Although I own a D7000 it's far too heavy for me to take fishing - I now use a compact system camera (micro 4/3rds) - much lighter and good quality photos.
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Although I own a D7000 it's far too heavy for me to take fishing - I now use a compact system camera (micro 4/3rds) - much lighter and good quality photos.
I rarely if ever use a DSLR when fishing these days, much preferring a Pentax Optio (very old) or GoPros.
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Any suggestions for bodies and lenses, maybe a Pentax?

Also with a used camera how many actuations relate to low, mid and high useage?

Cheers - JayP
Tricky question. Historically, Nikon users jump-in and try to sell you a Nikon in these situations. Canon users typically couldn't care less whether you choose a Canon, so you don't tend to hear so much from them - even though they form the majority of the forum's dSLR owners - and also post most of the photographs on here. Pentax users are like hens' teeth on the forum.

Actuations was an issue in the early days of digital, because it wasn't really a problem for film users. They worked with 1000s of actuations. Suddenly, digital users were working with 10s of 1000s and 100s of 1000s of actuations. Some early models were caught on the hop - the Canon 20D for one seemed to be prone to 'shutter tiredness' once it got to 20,000 or 30,000 or so.

I think in the past few years, the manufactureres have got up to speed and shutter acuations should not be too much of an issue. I've heard of recent models doing a quarter of a million no problem. I traded in my camera for an upgrade last year, and it had done 74,000 in 4 years, and Calumet were not bothered with that being a high count.

I feel obliged to give you a suggestion - just to counter all the Nikon fanboys... Have a look at a Canon 7D (mkI) and an EF-S 18-135 mm IS STM as a starting point... but there are loads of options out there. They'll all do a good job for you. They are just tools - the onus is on you to use them to their best potential.

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The Sonys and Fujis are good too . . . just to restore 'balance'.
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The Sonys and Fujis are good too . . . just to restore 'balance'.
Do Sony and Fuji still make dSLRs? I know they did at one stage. Have they gone 100% mirrorless these days?

Of course, that is not to say that the OP mightn't like to consider a mirrorless, as an alternative to a dSLR...

Pentax also make very good cameras - and they have stuck with dSLRs. It's just that very few on here use Pentax.

The thing about all of us is - we are not knowledgeable over a wide range of makes and models. One of us might recommend his own camera, and another of us might say (of the same camera): "Don't buy that pile of crap!"

I am clueless about any brand, other than the one I use. And the camera brand I use, I use because that's the brand on the collection of lenses that I have built up over the years... and so I am only interested in the bodies that I can put my lenses on. It's impossible for me to say that the camera I use is definitely right or not for a stranger. And really, let's be honest, it's the same story for all of us here.

I fully appreciate where the OP is coming from, asking us for advice. I've seen posts like it in the past, where the OP has taken it down a level to make it more specific. Instead of asking "Which dSLR?", they have asked, "Which Canon dSLR?" ...and among the first replies, you will find (I guarantee it ) posts that say, "Don't buy a Canon, buy a Nikon."

I could suggest the OP ask the question to a photography forum, but I reckon he'll just get the same sort of conflicting replies.

There are loads of good review sites. Here's a few:

https://www.dpreview.com/

The-Digital-Picture.com features Canon DSLR Camera and Lens Reviews, News, Deals and Tips (No idea why it's mentioning Canon there - it does Nikon too)

FM Reviews -

Digital SLR camera reviews, tests and specs from What Digital Camera

... and many others.

No substitute for doing the heavy lifting yourself...

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I think DSLRs are more of an 'accident' than anything else.

Mainly caused by a lack of clear thinking by camera manufacturers, who, remember, were not basically electronics manufacturers when digital cameras were invented. And they were NOT invented by cameral manufacturers.

So the first manufacturer of a 'DSLR' just modified what he already made, SLRs with a moving mirror to briefly allow what came though the lens to the film rather than to the viewfinder where it goes most of the time. He just replaced the film with a sensor. But he never realised that doing that made the moving mirror unnecessary. Then the other manufacturers just copied that first one.

Because it never occurred to the first manufacturer that the electronic sensor can send what it sees to the memory at any 'instant' of time, whether it is sending to the viewfinder or not. The result is a 'photograph'.

Now they seem to have realised that and are making 'mirrorless' ones, which aren't 'reflex' cameras at all. Just 'regular' cameras with interchangeable lenses. Small versions of which they have always called 'compacts', some of which have interchangeable lenses and some of which don't.

'Mirrorless' DSLRs is just meaningless marketing gibberish.

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get a Panasonic lumix bridging camera.
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