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  1. FBG

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    I have been using 35mm cameras and a few digital cameras for 10 years now and I have never once touched a D-SLR camera. So that is my next step.

    I am by no means a professional but I do know how to use a camera. But I have little knowledge as to what brand or model of D-SLR will suit me. I like to take close up macro photographs and distance shots. I have a budget of around $800.

    What would suit me best?

    Thanks in advanced,
    Tyler
     
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    Do you mind buying used? I would look at a used nikon d200. Great camera, and you can get them for a steal nowadays. Other then that maybe a canon 30d or 40d used as well.

    Also, what brand and how old are your 35mm film cameras?
     
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    Your profile says you shoot Canon, I dont know if you are shooting a Canon SLR...if you do you might want to consider sticking with Canon, since you could use your existing lenses....maybe.

    Im a Nikon/Fuji person, so I dont know much about the Canon options.

    Nikon wise....
    Ideally..D80 with a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm VR if you can find one. They've been discontinued, but would still be a good options in that price range.
    Next would be a D60 with the same lenses. Just be aware of the AF-S lens limitation on future lens purchases.

    The D200 would be great, but I dont think you could find a $800 deal on body and lenses....it would probably be a body only...maybe be able to pick up a lens in that range.
     
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    You can snag a d200 for 500-600. Plus a nikon 18-70 (good lens, I got mine for 110 used bout 1 or 2 years ago, and it was in perfect condition with both body caps and lens bag.) Which will get you on your way. Though I do agree that if you have some canon lenses you should stick with canon.
     
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    I have not touched my 35mm in years...in fact I am not sure I even have them anymore. my mother had a SLR 35mm that I was not supposed to use...

    as for buying used, I am all for buying used as long as the product works well. :D The going price on Ebay is roughly 500 from what I saw.

    Does Nikon offer good quality lenses? are they expensive?
     
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    Nikon offers GREAT quality lenses. But then so does canon. The nikons do tend to cost a bit more then the canon, (not really sure why) I prefer nikon, but you really should head to the store and play with a couple to see if one really stands out. Here are the lens lineup for both nikon and canon (these are just the nikon and canon lenses, they're are other companies that make lenses for them too)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=search&Q=&ci=8456&atl=Brand_Nikon&mnp=0.0&mxp=0.0&sortDrop=Brand%3A+A+to+Z&pn=1

    SLR Lenses for Canon Cameras | B&H Photo Video
     
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    Pentax is another great system.
     
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    nikons are great but...

    if it was me to start over i would go with canon
     
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    The only camera I use right now is my Canon "power shot A350" it's the best Point and shoot I have ever owned (out of 3) because of the manual settings, but no SLR as my original post states. I see that Nikon lenses are much cheaper than canon on the websites given, so because I am not rolling in the dough I don't think I can afford a Canon...unless there are other alternative lenses.

    Thank you for the advice so far guys!
     
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    Just make sure you understand the compatibility issues with Nikon lenses.
    The D40/D60 will need AF-S or AF-I lenses usually because it does not have a internal AF drive. So some of the lower cost Nikkor lenses wont AF on these cameras. For instance, the Nikkor 70-300mm while very affordable, wont AF on these two cameras. To get the AF, you have to get the AF-S VR version...which is considerably costly. There are of course aftermarket lenses that will AF, so those are options.

    Just be aware of this limitation.
     
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    ok, so with the limitations of the Auto Focus for the Nikon cameras Vs the expensive lenses of canon what is the better choice?

    I mainly take photographs of aquariums and fish so I need for the majority of the photos a macro lens. that will be the deciding factor for the camera I buy. Will it handle extreme close-up shots?
    I to be honest have no idea what to look for when it comes to features. Do I need dust removal? how does vibration reduction sound? Will auto focus really help me out? I don't know. :)

    So...I am a total newbie when it comes to this and I want my first buy to be the right choice...I remember when I bought my first digital camera...boy was that a joke...lol
     
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    If you really want to get into macro photography, the $490 EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM is an excellent macro lens.

    At full 1:1 magnification, the minimum focusing distance of this 100mm macro lens is 1' (0.3 m), but you can make an object just 22.2 x 14.8 mm (0.87 x 0.58 inches) fill the entire frame (with a Canon EOS Rebel or EOS xxD camera) at that distance. With a full-frame EOS 5D camera, an object 36 x 24 mm (1.42 x 0.94 inches) would fill the entire frame.

    If you need a longer working distance, the $1300 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM provides the same 1:1 magnification at a minimum 1.6' (0.48m) focusing distance.

    Unless your subjects are very small and fairly slow-moving, you may have difficulty getting as tight as 1:1 magnification, so you may not need a true macro lens.

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-100mm-f-2.8-USM-Macro-Lens-Review.aspx
     
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