A DSLR for my birthday,question is which one?

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  1. lunaaa

    lunaaa TPF Noob!

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    Hi everyone,my parents are getting me a dslr camera for my birthday:hugs: thats in 2 weeks problem is i dont know which dslr camera suits me best,i love taking pictures but i always had point and shoot cameras and i'm not exactly a professional but i like to be one and i plan on practicing alot.
    any recommendations? ,can anyone tell me what camera are they using and why do they like it? and even post a picture taken with their camera would be a great help.
    p.s i'm thinking about Canon 450D ,what do you think about it?
     
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    Sebastian Riel Ph. TPF Noob!

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    Get a Nikon equivelant ;)
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Any entry-level dSLR camera suits you best at this point. Just get one and start learning how to use it. You won't have much in the way of $$$'s invested if you decide to switch brands in a year or so. There is a very active used dSLR market so you'd be able to sell whatever you have.

    Practice helps, but is only part of becoming a pro. You also need to learn how photography works (technical) and how photographs works (art).

    So I recommend 2 inexpensive, paperbound books to accompany your birthday present:

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-Photographs-Digital-Updated/dp/0817463003/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275177390&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition)…[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Picture-This-How-Pictures-Work/dp/1587170302/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275177414&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: Picture This: How Pictures Work (9781587170300): Molly Bang: Books[/ame]

    Happy birthday, in advance.
     
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    I'll play spokesperson and suggest the one Keith is selling (KmH) right above my post! I took a peek at his listing, that is an amazing deal and would carry you a long way :)
     
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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    All DSLRs, from $400 to $4000 are about 90% the same. Go to a store, try some out and decide which one feels the best in your hands and is the easiest for you to control.
     
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    Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D700.... phfffffff lmao


    They are not 90% the same. Here is what I will say though, cameras made by different brands, namely canon and nikon, at the same price are 90% the same. And cameras made by Nikon or Canon around the same price are relatively (50%) the same.
     
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    ghpham TPF Noob!

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    what is the budget?? I doubt your parents are going to spend 3k to get you a camera.
     
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    ivomitcats TPF Noob!

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    I wouldn't shoot Canon....They're so clumsy to me. But that's just my opinion. Nikons have much simpler faces, and when you're starting out, that's the most important thing- something you can learn on.

    Nikon glass (Especially the kit lenses) is also the bee'z kneez. G'luck.
     
  9. lunaaa

    lunaaa TPF Noob!

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    they're not willing to pay more than 800 dollars,is it a very low budget?
     
  10. lunaaa

    lunaaa TPF Noob!

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    that's avaluable tip . i dont want to be stuck on a camera that i dont understand how to use its features it would take alot to learn
     
  11. lunaaa

    lunaaa TPF Noob!

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    Keith,thanks for the useful advice. and true if i get a canon 400D and practice well on how to use it and maybe later i can invest in another advanced one.
     
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    lunaaa TPF Noob!

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    very active spokesperson you are :lol:
     

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