I've grown out of my Canon Powershot A3000IS, what should I get now?

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  1. AgentDrex

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    I spent $130 on the camera I am using now. I'm looking to spend no more than $600 on a camera at the moment. I don't care if it's used or not. I just need a camera that can use multiple lenses, and that's why I was thinking something Nikon since they apparently can take lenses made from years ago. I don't care if it has auto-focusing or not, rather do it all manually actually. I guess what I'm looking for is a camera that has the ability to take photos with a nice DOF without being so darn close to the subject like I have to when I use my current camera. What I would really like is a D90 but my budget isn't that great. I can't even afford the body at the moment let alone lenses, a tripod, speed lights, etc. I realize I could go to ebay to look for cheap-priced used cameras. What are my choices for camera models?
     
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    Nikons and Canons can both take lenses from years ago, it just depends on how far back you want to go...

    Sounds like what you would want is a Canon 40d + 50mm f/1.8, or the Nikon equivalent.
     
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    I recommend that you research as much as possible for what camera you want. Obviously your price range puts you in the entry level market. You should be able to buy a body and kit lens in the $600-800 price range. If you are concerned about DOF just about any body/lens combo will give you what you want when setup properly.

    I think the new Nikon D3100 with kit lens will suit you well. Good features and close to your $600 price range.
     
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    I am looking at both suggestions at the moment. What are the differences between Canon and Nikon that would be important to take note of when deciding between the two brands.
     
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    The spelling.


    nah I went with Canon because of personal preference... that's the only reason to choose either way, no matter what people tell you.
     
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    AgentDrex No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Good answer...good answer...
     
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    I have a hard time with Canon's layout/controls and their lenses turning the "wrong" direction. That said, on the used market I think the 40d is absolutely the best deal you can buy. You could find a used 40d w/ 50mm f1.8 for the 600-700 range. You will not find a comparable Nikon for that price range on the used market in my opinion.
     
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    There you have it. A Nikon dude suggesting a Canon.

    And they said it couldn't be done!
     
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    Nikon guy recommending Canon...what is this? the twilight zone?
     
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    Seriously... another Nikon vs Canon thread?? :lmao:

    Pick the color you like better and run with it!
     
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    I'm going to recommend Pentax. TONS of legacy glass, and some really top-notch manual lenses from the 70s and early 80s that can be had for a song. You'll be manually focusing and using stop-down metering, but, IMO, Pentax is the best value for the money in terms of build-quality vs. price-point vs. availablitly vs. legacy accessories.
     
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    Both Nikon and Canon offer great systems that allow you to grow with. See which ergonimics you prefer and which matches your budget.

    Your best bet is a cheapish body with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. A wide aperture is one of the main ingredients in getting a nice blurry background (long focal lenght and distance from subject to background are the others). The 1.8 is wide and the lens runs about $100.

    I saw a Canon XSI body for sale, new, for $500 CDN. That, plus the 1.8, you are under $600 USD.
     

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