First DSLR

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  1. nluiseb

    nluiseb TPF Noob!

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    Hi Everyone,

    I've been interested in getting into digital photography for several months now and have been reading tons of books on photography to learn as much as possible. I only have a point and shoot camera right now and I think it's finally time for me to buy a DSLR.

    My goal is for this to become a hobby and to take decent enough pictures to be able to hang them on the walls of our house. I want to take nature/landscape pictures and also pictures of my family and friends.

    My budget is right around $1000 for camera, lens, and memory. Any recommendations for an entry level camera and a lens to go with that would be great. Thanks!
     
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    Canon Rebel XT
    Nikon D80 (40 is cheaper, but from what I recall doesn't fit many lenses)
    Olympus E-Volt 410
    Pentax K100D
    Sony Alpha A100


    Any of these are fair priced entry level SLRs. The Pentax, from what I just saw can be grabbed for fairly cheap, even with 2 kit lenses. With that kind of budget you'll probably have to stick to kit lenses or used ones from ebay or such.

    Good luck :) Welcome to the site
     
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    I would say for a $1,000.00 budget, the K100D would be your best bet
    with kit lens $549.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/438218-REG/Pentax_19018_K100D_Digital_Camera_Kit.html Minus a $50.00 rebate from Pentax, $499.95 http://www.pentaximaging.com/purchase/rebates_offers/ With all of those savings you could buy a Flash, and another pretty good lens for under your budget. The Tamron 70-300 Di LD is a steal at this price, and would help with wildlife photos http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/423730-REG/Tamron_AF017P700_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_Di_LD.html
    I recommend Transcend SD cards, I have two of them, and they are fast, and reliable http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820163158

    And remember, the K100D has built into the body shake reduction, so ANY lens you attach to the camera works with it, and also, ANY Pentax K mount lens will work on it.
     
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    I just ordered a Rebel XT from B&H. I was considering a Nikon but I have EOS lenses from my film Rebel so I couldn't see having to buy all new equipment.
     
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    Smart move.
     
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    May want to consider a decent tripod (even used) right out of the gate if you'll be shooting landscapes.

    have a good one
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    Thanks everyone for your replies! I'm really excited to get a camera and start taking pictures. I think I might go with the Rebel XT or the XTI. I'm debating whether or not it's worth the price difference for me. The big thing is the megapixel difference. I want to print pictures at least 11x14, so I'm not sure if 8 mp will be enough for that. I'm also debating getting the lens kit or another lens. I'm going to have to do some price hunting.
     
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    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Do not spend the extra money just for a couple megapixels. 11x14 will print JUST FINE off of far less than 8 megapixels... good, sharp, well exposed 8 megapixel pictures look great when printed much larger than 11x14.
     
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    canons are great but dont forget to look at the d80 which is an amazing camera
     
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    Agreed, do not do yourself a disservice by passing on checking out this camera. You can get one used for 800 (and then buy a prime lens and some memory), or get one new for 970 and just have to pick up a cheap 2gig mem card.
     
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    I have an XT and have 11x14s and larger prints that look just fine that shouldn't be a concern at all.

    It would definitely save you some money to go the XT route. There's probably a couple around here on the buy/sell section.

    And, if you end up being stuck between the XT, XTi, and D80/D40/D40x/D50 just head over to a local camera place and hold each camera and play with all the buttons and stuff and see which has a more natural feel to you.
     

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