Nikon D40 or Canon Rebel XTi Help!!

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  1. remyxsi

    remyxsi TPF Noob!

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    Hi guys quick question.

    A couple months back I got a Canon Xsi. I had it for about 2 days, then I had some financial trouble, and had to return it. I have managed to save up a little bit of money from then to now.

    Should I get a D40? I can get brand new one for about $500.00 taxes included. Or should I get the Rebel XTi? If its the Xti I would have to wait a couple of weeks more to save up for the price difference. I'm not partial to Canon as I only shot about 40 pics with the XSi.

    Ive read a lot of reviews about the D40, and it seems like it would give me a lot of experience. I would later like to get something like the 40D, but I can't afford it right now. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Robp412

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    There are a million threads on this same exact topic on this site. But again it's really up to you. The downside to the d40 is the lens limitations of the AF-S which are the lenses with built in focusing motors in them. They get rather pricey. Just search some other threads and they will help you. Some people will tell you the d40 over the xti or vice versa because of the preference they have. To be honest I went from my d40 over to a canon eos 30d and I've never looked back. I love how sturdy it is. If that could be an option, even to save up a few more bucks it wouldn't hurt you in the long run... Seeing how much you really want to put into this "Hobby" that would help you decide...
    -Rob
     
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    in truth either camera is a good choice for starting out on - neither is really miles ahead of the other = the best thing is to hold and shoot with both in the shop and see which one best fits your grip.
    The only other way is looking at the upper end of the lenses on sale for both and seeing if you have a specialist need fullfilled by one or other brand = but starting out that is not really an option worth worrying about
     
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    Both are good but the Pentax K200D with the 18-55 II (note the II) is IMHO better than both of them. Just hold the cameras in your hand and see which ones feel the best. The Pentax and Canon have better IQ than the Nikon and the Pentax and Nikon have better ergonomics than the Canon.
     
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    Without specifying what your photographic interests are it's impossible to make any sort of a recommendation other than to just go try out both, see how they handle and fit your hands, and how the menus operate, etc. Both Canon and Nikon have very complete systems, although one may be advantageous over the other depending on your style and what you plan to do.
     

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