Want to buy a Camera

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  1. vacationb

    vacationb TPF Noob!

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    Hi I was hoping for some insight from you. I love to take pictures and would like to start taking more. I was looking at a canon EOS rebel XS 10.1 mp digital $500 and a Nikon digital $450. I like the fact you can change the lenses. I don't want to put $ out and then find out i should have gotten something different. All the choices are neat but they overwhelm me. Can you suggest a camera you are happy with and can take nature, and action shots. I would appriciate your help!

    Thanks!
    Beth
     
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    canon and nikon are the big 2. neither is better than the other. people equally use both. you will be fine getting either of those cameras. i would make your decision based on if you know any photographers. what do they have? if u have the same brand u can borrow their lenses and have some fun. i ended up getting the canon rebel xs you're talking about, back in december, cuz most of my friends have canon. i love my camera. you won't be unhappy with the rebel xs.

    and buy off amazon. free shipping for anything over $25, the best prices, and fast delivery.
     
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    i got a Nikon because all my friends have Canon... HAHA!!
     
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    Awsome is NOT a word to include in a sentance with a D40.

    The D40 is cheap & lightly made, low on features and over priced.

    The XS and XSi are slightly better, but the best buy in this sort of price range is the K200D or if that's a bit steep the k-m/K2000 both by Pentax.

    I prefer the K200D, it's the best value for money and best built camera in it's price range.
     
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    Or, the D40 is an inexpensive, entry-level slr, priced consistently with the market and its feature-set which is appropriate for its target audience.
     
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    Well said, perfect for point and shoot transfer folk xD
     
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    What is your budget?

    Many people will tell you to get an "adequate camera" and spend more $$ on your lens selection. I think an expensive camera will be more forgiving if you do not know what you are doing. In hands of someone who knows what they are doing, even the entry-levels DSLRs is good.

    Nikon/Canon in terms of camera/lens are pretty equal. If your choice is between XS or D40 - I would go XS. In terms of picture quality, they are probably equal, BUT the D40 does not autofocus with more affordable (cheaper) lens. For a beginner, this is can be a pain - may also be a good learning opportunity :). Also, I have a Canon so am biased towards Canon lens.
     
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    In my humble opinion, I'd stay away from the D40. What you save on the camera body, you'll be putting into lenses considering that the D40 does not have the auto-focus motor in the body.

    If you're looking into the entry level SLR, I can only recommend to stay away from the D40. I've not had too much experience with other SLR's, but my Nikon D80 has served me extremely well over the past 2 years!

    Might I suggest you try and find a lightly used mid-range SLR model?
     
  9. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A used Canon 40D is probably one of the best buys on the market right now. Canon's shortened release schedule on the 50D helped trmendously with this.
     
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    This is a pretty good suggestion. I would check out adorama, they have some great refurb stuff (you would never even know it's refurb)
     
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    They're not the only ones, you know. :)
     
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    [​IMG]I agree with getting it on amazon, the service rocks
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