dSLR questions

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Bohh, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. Bohh

    Bohh TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,

    I'm researching different cameras and had a few questions. Could anyone tell me the main differences or point me to some place that explains the differences between the older last generation Rebel and the new 400d? I can pull up spec sheets on these but just getting into this, the terms and numbers don't mean much to me. I'm debating on weather the older one would suit a beginner like me or if I should get the more expensive, newer one.

    Also, I was wondering if the 400d, for example, will have all the features I will ever need to take pictures or will there be some features it is missing? If I need to spend a little more upfront I will so I wont grow out of a camera quickly. Reading through some posts I see people own multiple SLRs is this because some are better at this or that than others?

    Thanks a lot,

    -Mike
     
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    The 400D is definitely a step above the original Rebel. Way more resolution, more shots per second...just a nicer camera from development.

    Now, some of the things it's missing...

    It's not full frame. Not really THAT important...but any pro will shoot full frame, and also usually with a higher resolution. The 400D will be good for any type of enthusiast, but if you're considering going pro you'll probably buy another camera somewhere down the road.

    the 400D is a good investment though.
     
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    Love my XTi. For a little extra money go with it! You can't go wrong!
     
  4. Bohh

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    Thanks for the replies. Do any of the dSLR's have a light meter or spot meter built in?
     
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    A. I know a lot of pros who don't use full frame.
    B. Yes, your DSLR will have a light meter built in.

    You haven't said anything about what you want to do. My oldest digital camera has a home with a friend who uses it to take photos to send friends and he's delighted with it even though it's 9-years old. Will an older camera have all the features you want really depends on what you plan on doing. For example, burst speed for shooting a series of shots quickly really isn't important to me so a camera with a higher burst rate wouldn't tempt me. If I were shooting a lot of sports it probably would.

    Consider how you will be using the camera and develop some criteria that are important for you.
     
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    Thank you for the reply. Is there anywhere I can go to see a list in laymens terms the differences about the XTI vs XT? I went to a camera store and handled a bunch of cameras but was told the XTI doesn't have anything over the XT other than MegaPixels.

    I kind of liked the Nikon d40 and d40x but am a little hesitant because they don't have motors in the body for AutoFocus. Do I need to worry about that? Also, is there somewhere I can see the differences between the d40 and the d40x. I was told the difference here again is only MegaPixels.

    Thanks,

    -Mike
     

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