Torn between two DSLR

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  1. Classic Cool

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    Hey Guys :]

    I currently own a Nikon CoolPixL4(P&S), which I've had for about 2 years now. I'm ready to step up to a DSLR and have done my research. But the only problem is, I'm torn between two great cameras; the Nikon D40 and the Canon XSi. I was thinking of getting the D40 and buying a nice lens to go with it, but I also really like the XSi. I've read reviews that said it's not worth it to get the D60, and instead you should get the D40 and nice glass.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
    Thanks!
     
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    Personal preference, and will most likely be an arbitrary distinction as an entry-level dSLR. Go to the store, hold both in your hand, and buy the one that feels more comfortable. It's about as good a way as any to distinguish the two cameras.
     
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    I agree with that advice. Hold them all in your hands and get the one that feels best to you.

    One note is that both the D40 & D60 do not have AF motors like higher Nikon models, which may cause issues with some Nikon lenses. The Canon is fully compatible with all Canon AF lenses.
     
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    what has been already said, plus you are in the perfect spot to weigh the pros and cons of different makes since you are just starting out.....take your time, do the store hands on, research the makes/their lens and have fun!
     
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    The D60 is the current entry level Nikon that is more comparable to the XSi. The D40/50/60 lack of auto focus on full frame lenses would be a show stopper for me, but most of the Nikon guys don't seem to feel it's an issue. I'm a Canon guy so maybe I'm biased, but I like to buy full frame lenses when I can in case I decide to upgrade to a full frame camera in the future. You will probably upgrade your camera in a few years, but good glass will be with you for a lifetime if you take care of them.
     
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    this is awesome advice :]
    I'm gonna try to go to my local electronic store and see which one feels best to me.
    Thanks guys!
     
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    what about canon eos 1000d which is a good DSLR from canon but still i am also confused between the D40 D60 and the EOS 1000D
     
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    The lack of a focus motor will be less and less of an issue in the future. Nikon has stated they will not bring out any new lenses with requiring the motor, all new glass will be AF-S design. If you plan on only buying new lenses, then it will be a diminishing concern as time passes. But Nikon has 45 million lenses built over the past 70 years and almost all of then will mount on the D40. Even old school manual focus lenses. This is something not all manufacturers can say.
     
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    friend ...lack of focus monitor wont effect the user and what are the advantages of focus motor? please enlighten me as i am a newbie to the world of photography:(
     
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    if you really like the hobby and will stick with it and you have the basic understanding... and will put in some time to learn the new camera get yourself a D80 or D90... its possible to get them used... I got my D80 body for $550 and bought a 50 1.8.. and couldn't be happier
     
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    I'd go with the D80. You can check B&H Photo Video | Digital Cameras, Camcorders they've got good kits there.

    I use a D60. And the complaint that I do have for it is the lack of in-camera AF motor which means that you have to buy lenses that do have AF motors (which are pricier than other non-AF lenses).

    And accesories like a battery grip and an LCD cover is not distributed by Nikon.

    I'm actually selling mine so that I can upgrade to a D80. But I can't sell to you because I'm in the mideast. :)
     
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    The D50 has a built in AF motor. That might be a (secondhand) option.
     

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