Migrating from Point and Shoot to DSLR, need help deciding...

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  1. rasheemo

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    Hey guys! I am a beginner looking to make photography a hobby, and i have finally decided to go for a DSLR. after reading a lot of reviews i have come to the following possible choices:

    Olympus E510 @ $477 with two kit lenses or XTi with 1 lens @ $390


    These are the purposes for which i would like to use the camera:

    Basic portraits, some landscapes, half indoor half outdoor shots, nothing crazy.

    I took a photo class so i know about F-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, aperture and the basics and i figured one of the two would be a good camera for me to start with without killing my wallet (too much lol).

    the thing is, i heard the Olympus kit lenses were a lot better in quality than the XTi kit lens, and i don't really plan on purchasing lenses since they are more expensive than the camera itself. =[

    I am however, interested in wide angle lenses to shoot landscapes but i cant find one below 100 dollars so i guess that's out. =[

    the canon is refurbished and the olympus is new, although i dont mind if its used or not, i'm really looking for value.

    i'm not looking to purchase too many accessories so take that into consideration. maybe a few filters and a lens pen but thats it.

    i am really just looking to spend max 600 dollars including memory, bag, and cleaning stuff, i simply cannot afford to buy another lens, as i am just a college student. of course, once i get a good job i can go crazy, but for now i just want an improvement over my casio exilim point and shoot so i can officially make photography a hobby. This camera will last me at least 3 years without needing extra lenses, so that is the most important thing as far as choosing my purchase

    also i guess it is important to note why i chose the olympus in the first place, the anti-dust features of both cameras was very appealing, but for the olympus i liked the fact that it had image stabilization since i won't necessarily be using a tripod. I know that with my point and shoot blurry shots are the most infuriating of experiences.

    i don't know if this is as much of a concern with a DSLR however being that it is heavier and has more room for my hands to hold it steady.

    thanks in advance!
     
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    IMO Olympus makes lousy SLRs. the viewfinder is unbelievably small, they're sensors are a lousy 4:3 ratio with a 2x crop factor, they have sensor shift VR which is nowhere near as effective as lens VR, they also use expensive, and sometimes hard to find XD cards as well.
     
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    +1

    I would definitely go with the Canon of those two choices (I am a Nikon guy, but I like Canons too)
     
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    kewl, learn something new everyday :) (about e510)
     
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    I am a nikon girl too but I would love to get a canon
     
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    wow thanks all of you, that was extremely helpful! in that case i have a few extra bucks to spend.

    everyone keeps saying that the canon's kit lens is below average, but coming from a point and shoot camera, how does it compare?

    thanks again! :p

    EDIT: oh and i dont care much about the megapixels as i wont be making any large prints.
     
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    you may have trouble with wide angle shots (portraits too, maybe) with Oly's 2x crop factor.

    however, that crop factor will definitely be nice in doing landscape shots or nature shots, even macro.

    the e510 is equipped with liveview, so if you're coming off P&S cams, you won't have to worry about adjusting to looking through a viewfinder.

    Figure out what size print you will be making most as 4:3 aspect may benefit you, it may not.

    Also, I do believe that an Oly body was top rated dSLR under $1000... i want to say i read it in dpreview, but i can't remember where.

    the e510 is also 10MP.

    Just doing my part to be objective. Personally? I would pick the e510 to annoy all the Canikonians. :p
     
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    Be sure that you buy from a reputable site/store!!!!!

    If you aren't careful you culd end up with no camera and no money or not quite a whole outfit for more than you thought.
     
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    If you're looking for a good DSLR. Go for a brand you already have lens for, or a camera that has a lot of lens that you are interested in.

    I wouldn't go with the Nikon D40 because you can only use the lens they made for it. or you have to buy a adapter.

    There are a lot of good DSLR's out there that you can get for around 500$ Just look at the lens, and then the features you're going to want.
     
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    You say now you dont want more lenses, but after a few months you will....
     
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    I like my Olympus e-510 and I think the lenses are fine. You probably wont need much more wide angle than the 14-45 it comes with. Plus it not only takes XD cards but also Compact flash cards as well. I have one of both I use in mine. I have no regrets for my first DSLR purchase.
     

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