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  1. chrszie

    chrszie TPF Noob!

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    I know there are many different cameras out there and the more research i do the more i am lost... I have been looking at the Nikon D90 or the D300. Some say that Nikon is over-priced. If this is the case can you please send some recommendations. I am new to digital photography but want to buy a camera that i will not out grow in a few years. Thanks for any advise you may have..
     
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    There's a pretty big price difference between the D90 and the D300...why are you looking at those two bodies in particular?

    Besides Nikon have you looked at the Canon DSLRs?
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yep, a little bit more of what you want to do would help.
    You are new to digital, but are you new to photography?
     
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    I am looking at the D90 because I have heard so much about it, and the D300 because a lot of the reviews i read seem to be good and it's within my budget. One of the reasons for joining this forum is because I don't really know to much about all the other kinds of cameras. Which cannon would you recommend? Do you think canyon is a better product? Thanks for taking the time to comment.
     
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    I have taken photo 101 at my college so i do have a very basic knowldge photography but i have a lot to learn. I am getting ready to take a digital course here in a few months.
     
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    Canon** :p

    A good few first questions are what is your price range?
    Do you want to buy new, or is used an option?
    Do you need/want to buy a tripod, camera case, etc.?
    What kind of photography will you be doing? (portraits, landscape, macro (close up), everything :p)
     
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    Q1: I am hoping to not spend more than $2,000
    Q2: I would perfer New dont have to worry if it will work or not
    Q3: I have a tripod but will need everything else
    Q4: Mostly Portraits with a little Landscape

    Thanks for the reply
     
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    Consider something in the Canon Rebel series too then. You could easily get a body and a better lens for under $2,000. I got my 450D for $1,400 CDN and that was with the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens instead of the standard kit lens. Assuming you have control of the subject's background, you can actually achieve pretty good looking bokeh with that lens. It should suffice, unless you want larger apertures or higher performence in low-light, in which case you may need to spend more on a different lens. It's just a bit hard in my opinion to get a reasonable lens that fits both portraiture (telephoto) and landscape (wide-angle) work. Hence I think the 17-85mm would be a decent option. I know mine serves me well, even if the chromatic abberation can be a little nasty at times, but again, getting rid of that is simply something that requires more money invested in the lens.
     
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    What do you think is a better camera? Nikon or Canon?
     
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    Well I have the D300 and, it is a great camera. For protraits you may or may not want to trigger flashes off camera, in which case the D300 will do this in Commander Mode. Ofcourse with either brand you could use triggers but that is more expense to me that I reall dont need.
    Have you tried going to a store and, physically comparing them? You might try holding the models you are considering and, see which you like best. As long as you are geting the same level models between the brands they will be on par with each other as features go. I do believe the Canon 50d is the D300s counterpart.
    Here is a comparison from DPReview. Digital Cameras Side-by-Side, 2 cameras: Digital Photography Review you can see the features side by side that way and decide what is best for you.
     
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