Would-be digital bird-photographers -- hang on! Latest D-SLR rumour.

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Subject: Would-be digital bird-photographers -- hang on! Latest D-SLR rumour.
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 07:07:33 +1000
Hi all of you potential entrants into the world of Digital SLR bird-photography,

Anyone who has been attracted by the recent release of the 'cheap' (?!) budget 
Canon EOS 300D
Digital SLR and the impressive bird photos that some user are producing might 
be well advised to
delay any purchase for a few more months.
Nikon is making noises about an imminent release of there 'budget' model which, 
on paper at least,
may be a better proposition than the current Canon EOS 300D model.

(Please note: As far as I know, the information so far released refers to 
pre-production or even
'proposed' models so the final production model may be significantly different 
from the one
described in press releases.)

According to a comment in a recent Australian camera magazine the Nikon D70 may 
be available in
Australia before the middle of 2004 at a possible price of approx $1800 
(Australian dollars) for the
body only and approx $2000 (Australian) with some sort of lens.

Don't hold me to those prices and times; I'm just passing on the rumour.

I own and use a Canon EOS 300D with which I am quite happy but I am not a 
welded-on Canon lover.
It is quite possible that this new Nikon might be a better camera than the 300D 
and I am sure that
there are many Nikon SLR owners with a range of compatible lenses who would 
expect that to be the
(The Canon EOS 300D does have a couple of minus point even for a budget model.)

I would suggest that any one on the verge of purchasing a D-SLR for 
bird-photography should hang on
for a while, if they can. There is also the rumour of a Minolta D-SLR due out 
this year along with a
couple of new Olympus models as well.

Bob Inglis
Woody Point

(I am not in the pay of either Canon or Nikon or any one peddling their 

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