Ok, after a couple weeks of research/reviews/etc here are my final 4.

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  1. 03SVTCobra

    03SVTCobra TPF Noob!

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    Ok, back again with the same question. Summary, camera will be used for everything, but mostly aviation and automotive photography.

    Here is what I'm comparing. For what I need in my price range these 4 made it to my "Final 4".

    Pentax K200D with 18-55 and 50-200 ($750 after rebates)

    Nikon D40 with 18-55 VR and 55-200 VR ($600-$650)

    Olympus E-510 14-42 and 40-150 ($550)

    Canon EOS 400D with 18-55 and 55-200 IS ($850)

    My Pros Cons are as goes.

    Pentax...

    Pros, image quality, weather sealed, IS in body, body fits in my hands well, software looks nice, sensor cleaning

    Cons, Rechargeable battery pack would require the purchase of NiHM AAs and charger, higher price than other options.

    Nikon

    Pros, image quality, and high ISO performance, rather affordable on my budget.

    Cons, lack of features, lens selection, in body IS makes lenses more expensive, no sensor cleaning

    Olympus

    Pros, image quality, superior kit lenses, in body IS, selection of all available 4/3 lenses past and present, most affordable on the list, sensor cleaning

    Cons, questionable highlight roll-off and shadow detail, dynamic said to be behind the pack.

    Canon

    Pros, image quality, high ISO performance, wide selection of canon and 3rd party lenses

    Cons, PRICE on my budget, out of body IS means present and future lens additions with IS will be expensive, sensor cleaning unit questionable at best


    Any other comments, things to add to the pros/cons list of each camera etc are much appreciated.
     
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    we're not gna be able to decide for you,

    this has got to be your decision
    all those cameras will produce the same quality images

    which do YOU prefer, totally personal decision!
     
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    dEARlEADER TPF Noob!

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    Congrats! Your exhaustive research has helped you to determine there is no winner.

    NOW GO BUY A CAMERA... YOU ARE MISSING ALL SORTS OF GREAT SUMMER SHOTS!!!

    If you are a cheap-o like me and purchase (or will purchase) perfectly fine used lenses you might find more availability on the used market with Canon and Nikon simply because of their market share.

    You may also want to touch and kiss each model you mention to find the one that "feels" best to you.

    You may also want to consider the D60 on your list.... and the much better D80 which is selling rock bottom because the D90 is coming out next week.
     
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    There are lots of lenses for the D40, I don't think there are as many avalible for tho Olympus

    300mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S Nikkor
    400mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S II Nikkor
    500mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S II Nikkor
    600mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S II Nikkor

    Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses
    17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor

    Standard Zoom Lenses
    24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor
    28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor

    High-Power Zoom Lenses
    70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
    12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
    18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
    18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor
    18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
    18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor
    17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
    55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor

    Vibration Reduction (VR) Lenses
    200mm f/2G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor
    300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor
    24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
    70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
    200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor

    Close-Up Lenses
    105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor
    60mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor
     
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    and these are just the Nikkors..... Speedtrap... make us a list of all of the 3rd party lenses as well...
     
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    Thanks guys. I've dropped the 400D off my list. Just too expensive for me at the moment.

    I'll make up a point system later and rate the cameras when I get off work, I think I like the Pentax though, just the most comfortable in my hands.
     
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    ewww..... after all that your going with the Pentax??....:confused:

    :lol:
     
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    03SVTCobra TPF Noob!

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    I hope that was sarcasm...otherwise I'm liable to kill you after all this research don't give me a reason to go back on my decision.
     
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    of course it was sarcasm...:lol::lol::lol:.... go ahead and get the Pentax.... I'm sure you'll enjoy it.... and the Pentax system..... FOREVER!!!
     

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