Advice would be....

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nash
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I have been looking to purchase a Digital SLR and the Canon EOS300D has been seemingly well recieved both by the press and on this board.

I went down the Tottenham Court Road yesterday to check it out and in the first shop I went into the guy said "if you want a digital in that price range then don't buy a Canon, plastic body, plastic lense and pictures are soft focus". If you want to spend that kind of money then go for the Sigma SD9, 10mp, metal body, glass lense, crisp pictures, and he would do a telephoto lense as well as the std and a 1gb card, batteries and charger for £1050 inc.

So to the question. Does anyone know of this camera and more importantly what is it like? Secondly, does this seem like a good deal? The camera did feel good and appeared well balanced and featured, but stills are not my area of knowledge! It is something I have to get into for a client. I take actions shots mostly (motorsport) if that helps you answer the questions.

Please help...........thanks..Neil

Neil Ashcroft
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harlequin
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have only one word for that answer 'bo*****s'.
the pictures on the eos are not soft focus.

some important info about the sd9

from a review:
Unless you didn't yet know the SD9 doesn't provide in-camera JPEG production, instead it writes RAW (Foveon X3F) files

from http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sigmasd9/

and here

http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=007IWm

Gary MacKenzie

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nash
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thanks Gary, it certainly invoked a lot of debate didn't / doesn't it!

From what I've read the Sigma is good in some areas but loses out in others. It looks like I need to decide what areas are important to me and compare.
Gary one question you may be able to help me with, The comment about plastic body and lenses and it's validity. I have worked in petrochemical's / Ammonia manufacturing as a Mechanical Engineer designing....well all sorts of things.... I have specified numerous materials in my time and I have to say the mechanical properties of some "plastics" far outweigh there "metal" equivelents in certain applications. However i have no experience in the design of camera bodies. Is the use of plastic vs metal a big debate in this field? and if so what is the concenious of opinion.

thanks again.....Neil

Neil Ashcroft
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John Farrar
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I have a 300D and love it. The fact that it has a non-metallic body does not worry me as I look after my gear with a passion. The 'plastic' body also reduces the weight and I think it feels nice anyway. Don't let the silver finish put you off.
As for the kit lens. No problems there either but I have bought a Sigma 70-300mm APO to augment the kit ltens.
John

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to me ..... no concern.
aluminium can turn to aluminium oxide as iron can to iron oxide if the wrong material gets near it.
plastics can 'melt' with the wrong chemicals.

i must admit i didn't like my first canon eos500 , it was light compared to the canon t90 i was used to using.

BUT

wouldn't give up on my eos500 or eos300d now i am happy working with them.
you can always add a weight to the screw thread if that would make it the weight you want.

i'm sure that you could get a hard body to put the camera into to protect it if that is what is required to photograph in the hazardous areas.

Gary MacKenzie

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nash@fastroc
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thanks all...........the search continues