HELP!! beginner needs camera advice!

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    I'm a beginner and am interested in landscape photography, but I want to use the camera for other photographs as well. What is a good camera for under $600 that will provide sharp images?? I have been kind of reading about the Canon 30D and 40D but I don't really know much about the lenses to get with it. Those seem to be the camera's I hear about the most. Those and the Nikon's anyway.
     
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    The ones that I have been leaning toward so far are the G9 and the Rebel XTi. Any thoughts on those?
     
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    If you are aiming for a DSLR in that price range of 600$ then a Rebel XTi with the kit lens for start, it`s a great choice.

    The G9 is a "point and shoot" camera and it`s very different from a DSLR (the main difference is the interchangeable lenses).

    30D and 40D are some good choices but there are little more expensive (30D costs 800$ and 40D costs 1100$ and just the bodies without the lenses).
     
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    How about a Nikon D40? Can't go wrong with that.
     
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    Excellent value for the money. One caution... Older "AF" Nikon film lenses will not autofocus with the D40 and the D40X. Lens must be "AF-S" for autofocus. Manual focus works fine.
     
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    XTi or Nikon D40. nuf said.

    for the money you cant really go wrong with either of these cameras. just plan on upgrading lenses and figure in the cost
     
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    I just picked up a Nikon D40 in the last week and love it. It's my first DSLR and the D40 has had a very easy learning curve. I'd definitely recommend the D40, based on my experience. :)
     
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    Only thing with the d40 has been stated with the lenses...
    Well I got one in November and now its on ebay. So thats where it stands on that.
    TOO EXPENSIVE!.
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    picked up a 30d with a 28-135 lens from Best Buy for 800 bucks! plus the warranty and stuff it was like 1200 but still it was awesome.
     
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    I have a pentax K100D and it serves me well. definatly cheap prices and comes with an 18-55mm lens and plenty more are compatible with it...
     
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    Sony a100's are going to be super cheap very soon the a200 just was released for the same price and the A300 and A350 will be out in another 2 months so The A100's are being dumped off for a very respectable price I've seen some as low as $450 already
     
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    Wow! Thanks for all the great advice everyone. I think that I have decided on the XTi since it already has the AF. What would be the next step on that one for a lens in case I wanted to upgrade that? Is there anywhere that I can learn alot more about lenses? I am pretty new to camera hardware.
     
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    In my experience with landscape photography, after getting the camera, the 18-55mm kit lens with the XTi is not bad to start off with, no point straight away just buying a slight upgrade, better to keep that and get a tripod and remote release along with some ND filters and Polarizing filter first, they will be more useful to you than just taking a slight upgrade. The next upgrade id suggest for a lens is in the the region of a 24-70mm f2.8 Sigma make a good construction and yet price effective version of this lens, or perhaps even the 14-28 f2.8.
     

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