Help me pick an entry DSLR!

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  1. lyonsroar

    lyonsroar TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking for a good entry DSLR. I know it's been discussed again and again, but my situations a little different. I've been learning on my SX120IS P&S, but there's only so much I can do with it, so I'm looking for an inexpensive entry level DSLR.

    Candidates:

    Nikon D3000
    Sony Alpha A230
    Canon 1000D

    A guy in town is selling his 1000d. He wants $375 for it with the kit lense (I haven't negotiated yet though.) He says it's barely used. <1000 shutters. I can the the Sony NEW for $350...

    I definately want something with bracketing. That's something that my SX120IS doesn't have. Basically just something that I can learn on easily over the next few years.

    Opinions?
    Thanks for looking!
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  2. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Sorry, I missed it. How is your situation a little different?
     
  3. BuS_RiDeR

    BuS_RiDeR No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Eaney Meaney Miney Mo... Catch a camera by the toe...

    Any of these will be a great entry SLR...

    I prefer Canon. But that is strictly personal preference....
     
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    lyonsroar TPF Noob!

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    I can get one of the choices locally used, but I'm not sure if that's a good price...
     
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    Nikon or Canon.
     
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    lyonsroar TPF Noob!

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    So they all pretty much do the same things. I did notice the Sony has 9 AF points vs. the other's 7. Is that a big difference?
     
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    Whootsinator TPF Noob!

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    I would say pick up a factory refurbished Nikon D3000 kit if it's all you can afford. With the new D3100 body that was just announced a few days ago (maybe a week by now?) D3000 prices are sure to fall. Especially considering the pretty radical changes/improvements from the D3000 to D3100.

    If you can stand to wait, I'd say buy a D90 instead. Or wait until the D90 replacement is announced, when D90 prices will also fall.



    note: Any of those cameras will do nearly (or just as) good as the other two, I'm just a Nikon guy. :mrgreen:
     
  8. vtf

    vtf No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :popcorn:
    Beat ya to it Bitter.
     
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    lyonsroar TPF Noob!

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    Expecting a fight to ensue?
    I have no preference on brand at this point so there will be no arguing from me...
    :greenpbl:
     
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    vtf No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    In most of these posts type the op is sidelined.:er:
     
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    lyonsroar TPF Noob!

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    Lookin' forward to it.
    :meh:
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    I'd buy the Canon 1000D. There are lots of cheap lenses for Canon.
     

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