Camera Recommendation

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  1. AlexColeman

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    I am trying to make a decision between cameras, and wanted some advice. I am an advanced amateur, and would really like to get started with a DSLR, vs my SP570UZ. I have narrowed my choices down to EOS 50d, Nikon D90 or the D300. I have no legacy glass, so I am free to choose whatever brand. I can't say I will have a specific use, I am just interested in any brand as of now. Thanks for your help.
     
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    What feature, besides the high-resolution LCD, makes you choose the EOS 50D over the 40D?
     
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    Speed, or just throwing that out there, I am leaning toward the D90, if you have heard anything about it.
     
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    I have the D90 and I love every piece of it. The IQ is amazing, and i capable of using older, motor/screw, Nikon glass, which is very popular. Such as the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D which is the older type AF. It's solidly built, and has 720p movie mode [limited somewhat].

    The D90 is a prosumer, the d300 semi-pro/prosumer, so it does have better IQ, and more FPS , 4.5 vs the 6 or 8 [with grip]. Honestly, the D90 is awesome is is selling for about $900 nowadays.
     
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    Cool, I was wondering if any of you have any experience with the kit lens. Also if it is not good, what lenses would be good, preferably for under 700.
     
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    If you are looking for a do it all lens the the 18-200 VR would bet the lens for you if u get the D90 which is [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-18-200mm-3-5-5-6-ED-IF-Zoom-Nikkor/dp/B000BY52NU/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1229223483&sr=8-1"]$625.[/ame]
    Or you could save money with a 2 lens setup such as a 18-55 VR which is $150 and a 55-200 VR $175. Which leaves lost left over for things such as bags, battery grip, filters, etc.
     
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    I LOVE my D300, it was a great choice, get a Nikon, you'll never regret it
     
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    Ok. If I go the 18-200, I hear it has bad distortion, also, what is the quality for 18-55 55-200? I really appreciate your replies.
     
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    I recommend the Canon 40D.

    What Canon does that Nikon struggles with-
    Prime lenses.
    Wide apertures.
    Low noise Prosumer cameras.

    What Nikon does better-
    Ergonomics.

    Granted, Nikon and Canon offer great amounts of "equal" gear, I say go with Canon if you will be doing any available light shooting, as they have many lenses with wide open apertures you can get on the cheap.

    I don't want to turn this into a pissing match, but the 18-200 is a junk lens with a horrible minimum aperture to boot. IS will NOT save your photos if your subject is moving.

    Why 40D over 50D?
    300 dollars less, and proven to have a cleaner high ISO sensor.
     

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