broke experienced photographer college bound

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  1. kaicosmoz

    kaicosmoz TPF Noob!

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    Hey so I took photography 3 times. Taught by a professional photographer. We used very old film cameras and had access to a dark room. As a result I have come in love with the technical aspects of photography, aperture, shutter speed, iso etc.

    I have 400-500 bucks to spend on a camera, which I will be buying used on craigslist so I can get a bit more equipment for less.

    My questions though are:

    1) Whats better, d40 or rebel xt?(I know there similar, but whats better for manual mod since a lot of people seem to use lower end dslr's just fro point and shoot purposes) I am more interested in picture quality then features. I want professional looking shots.

    2) Will 1 of these cameras offer me the necessary controls to have full control of the aperture, shutter speed etc?

    3) Good less expensive lenses? I will be shooting landscapes, nature and some sports. I was thinking about getting the kit 18-55 and the 55-200 since I found some ads on craigslist with all this for 450.

    Any suggestions on cameras or equipment? Thanks!
     
  2. JimmyO

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    there both equal

    go to best buy and handle them and see what one feels better in your hands
     
  3. kaicosmoz

    kaicosmoz TPF Noob!

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    is the xt the same body as the xti just without the extra features? I held an xti and I really liked how it felt.
     
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    There was someone here selling a D40 kit for a good price as well, check the classifieds section.
     
  5. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Dpreview is a good reference for older (and new) cameras and specs.

    Canon Digital Cameras: Digital Photography Review

    The XT and XTI are not the same camera. The XTI is newer and more mpixels jammed in the sensor.


    Another thing you might want to consider is waiting..... Once you get into college, you might have more options (discounts, other students selling, etc.) as well as input from the professor.

    You can also examine KEH.com for used cameras. They have a good reputation.

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    If it were me on your shoes, I'd probably pass on the kit lenses and purchase a few primes. But that's just me... I shoot mostly with primes for years. Remember... IQ is highly dependent on the glass!!
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm a little confused by your opening post and title as your title suggests you are going to college whilst your post suggests that you've been to college and have now left.

    If you are heading to college I agree with Usayit and have a talk with the lectureres in charge of the course. Often these courses will have discounts and you might even be able to pick up some cheaper second hand gear from upper years students as they leave or upgrade themselves. In addition most unis will have a focus on a single camera brand (these days mostly canon or nikon) and (although this is highly dependant on the staff) thus is makes a lot of sense to be using the "in brand". For one thing chance are they will have gear to borrow for that brand which gives you more options and further the staff will be more familiar with using those kind of camera. That is important as the last thing you want is to be using a camera they don't understand as it means they are less likley to be able to help you control and use it.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    G.A.S hits all incoming students. Kinda like the excitement preschoolers experience when they go shopping for school supplies at the beginning of the year. Studying in the computer field was no different. Heck, I remember being pretty excited buying a microwave and such for my college apartment. I'd resist... college life has its surprises.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh I well know the "going to uni" G.A.S. syndrome :)
    though I never got a microwave (got one now though that came with the room) I did get a toastrack though (darn annoyed I've left it at home it was a great latter rack and the dish drying rack is just not as good at the job..... yes I'm serious it gets used for letter and paper sorting....)
     
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    I'd go with the D40, it's got a 1/500th of a second flash sync, beefier grip, and quieter shutter.
     
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    BUY THE CANON


    You will have access to the FULL line of EOS lenses with full functionality, where as if you buy the Nikon D40 you will not be able to auto-focus all Nikon lenses.
     
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    This^

    Might be important when you start looking for cheap glass. The 50mm f1.8 along with a bunch of other lenses are going to look really good for the price until you realize that they won't auto focus on your D40.

    I had a D40 and its a great camera, but because of the budget and your situation, I would have to recommend the Canon as well.
     
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    I'd go with the D40. :sexywink:
     

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