Entry/Mid Level dSLRs

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  1. BeemerPhotography

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    I'm personally a fan on canon....especially for lens's accesories etc i think it would be better for you. As far as indoors i don't have any big issues as long as the lighting is good the pictures will be fine. if the lighting sucks doesnt matter what camera you have. why you need the large mp's? what kind of shots you looking to make?
     
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    haha...so what youre saying is the camera will be used to shoot everything...well unless you plan on blowing the images up very large shouldnt matter that much if you line your shots up right shouldnt even have to crop that much...i know someone that has the xsi and she takes absolutely amazing pics....i cant knock the other ones dont know a lot about them, but my going experience is go with either nikon or canon the others just dont seem to cut it. visit a local camera store get their opinion feel the cameras take a picture of the same object and see what you like
     
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    I can vouch for the Canon XSi, although I cannot vouch for the "kit lens" I have the XSi, but I keep a Canon 28-135mm IS lense on it with a telephoto in the bag. I have no regrets about picking it up. The only problem that I have had with my camera is in very low light it sometimes searches when on autofocus and some noise on the same images. But I feel that you will have the same problems with any camera that you have listed. As for the other cameras I cannot vouch for as I have not used any of the others. But like previously said, get into a store and check out the cameras in person and decide which fits you better, and if possible rent the camera for a day or two so you can shoot some pictures and see how you like the pictures as well.
     
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    Also look at Rebel XS. There are some good deals out there.
     
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    Of the ones listed I would get the Pentax, because of the durable body and the have a bunch of new lenses but you can also use tons of old lenses. I would take a look at the Nikon D40. If you are just starting it will take you time to out grow and when you do you can sell it and get a D90 or D300 or something. D40 also allows you to use tons of old lenses too
     
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    Avoid Sony like the plague.

    Gimmicky, plasticy, un-balanced, and overpriced "features" that don't really work.

    Go with the Canon. Tried and proven.

    Also, I don't know WHY you would need more than 6-10MP. You can get a nice 8X10 print from a 4MP image, so 10MP is more than enough for anything.

    The fact that you say something like "more MP for money" leads me to believe you know nothing about photography. I have a 7.3MP point and shoot, and you bet my old 6.3MP DSLR takes far superior photos.
     
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    :p

    As for Sony, never owned one, but I have used all of them with their best lenses. Utter junk, in my (professional) opinion.
     
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    I don't mean to be harsh, but I don't really think it matters what you buy. You don't really seem interested in finding out anything about photography other than what megapixels you are going to get out of the camera.

    The reason why I say it doesn't matter is as i've said to many before:

    You're not at a stage where the limiting factors of the lesser cameras will limit you, nor the benefits of the higher range cameras benefit you.

    If you're really after megapixels, sure, go the Sony, it doesn't really matter. It will suit you fine (for the reason I just mentioned).

    However, for technicality's sake, you can up-sample your images to 10mp in PP you know. You may lose a bit of quality when viewed at 100% but you can do it.

    Lastly, why do you want to join a webscene where they have such elitist pre-requisites that you need a 10MP camera to be accepted, regardless of which camera/lens combo you choose?
     
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    ^^^^^ What he said...

    I just saw a thread on here where a D700 (12mp) took a shot that was made into a print nearly 50 feet high.

    Then they made same image with another Nikon, a film camera, and made the exact same print, put them side-by-side up on the side of a building.

    In a visual comparison, the print made from the digital file was superior to the one made from film (unless there was some kind of trickery involved).

    Granted, the Nikon D700 is 12mp, but the image was blown to 50' tall. My average print size is 8" X 10" or less.

    I would think that an image made from any quality 6mp - 10mp DSLR camera would be plenty for anyone here for most of what they do.

    Weatherproofing or dustproofing (although nixce to have) has nothing to do with the photographic capabilities of any camera.

    If you want a Sony - then GO FOR IT, but so not expect anyone here to agree with you based on the MP ratings of the sensors, as even those can be misleading.

    There are many cameras that are capable of taking a very pleasing photograph, and usually, the quality f the lens used is far more important to the quality of the image than is the camera body that was used.

    A good photographer can take a very nice image with a "point and shoot".

    I would guess that few of us blow up our prints so much that actual MP's really make that much of a difference that it would affect the quality of the print.

    Get what works for YOU, what feels good for your wallet, and in your hands. Start with some entry level or Prosumer body, get as good lenses as you can afford, then upgrade to higher MP body when you are more ready to do so.
     
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    I like my Canon XSi. What about a Nikon D80? I'm not really a Nikon guy, I've been cursed with their products so I stuck with the Canon's lately :)
     
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    It's not because you mentioned megapixels. It's because you show no initiative or vested interest in the questions you're asking. Furthermore you manage to come across as quite arrogant in your responses.

    There are 50 billion threads on this forum with people asking the exact same question every day. Did you bother searching for any of these?

    What do I think you should choose and why?
    I think you should purchase a few photography books, and work with the cameras you already have. When you have enough of an understanding about the kind of photography features you want, and the lens system you want to buy into, then simply just go and buy the best camera you can afford.

    What I would choose? Out of the ones you mentioned, I'd go the Pentax k20D. I love my old Pentax Ist *D and they have a good range of lenses and features that appeal to what I photograph.
     

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