Xti, D40, or D80?

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  1. gamerz

    gamerz TPF Noob!

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    Hello all,

    After months of searching I am still confused over what DSLR to get as my first one. It is pretty much a toss-up between the Canon XTi, Nikon D40, and D80. I'll start by saying what I like about each camera and don't like.

    D40: Small, Cheap, a fair choice for an enthusiast like myself. That being said, I dislike how it does not have an in body auto focus motor.

    Xti: Small, Relatively inexpensive, In body AF-S motor. I do not really feel confident about buying a Canon camera, I am more familiar with Nikon. I also do not really like the cheap build quality of the XTi.

    D80: It's fairly expensive (for me). I would be breaking the bank if I were to buy it.

    Now, I am an enthusiast. I would be using the camera to take pictures of everything. The first year, I would probably only stick with 1 or 2 lenses, and maybe a 50mm prime. I want to spend as little as possible, but still end up with a good camera. The most I want to spend is $1200 Canadian including all needed accessories, taxes, shipping, etc.

    What I really want is a camera that will last me a good 2 or 3 years without me having to buy another body because it lacks a certain feature or spec that I find myself needing, such as in body auto focus.


    Cheers!

    Also, quick question. Are more companies now making the bulk of their new lenses Af-S?
     
  2. JimmyO

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    Well kinda sorta not really. Sigma is starting to make quite a few HSM lenses and nikon has some nice AF-S lenses. But i dont think you should be worried about the future, the downside is you cant use older AF lenses that are very good and still cheap.

    And if you want a body that will last you go for the D80 for sure.
     
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    I have been doing research on this topic for about 5 weeks now, read this review on the xsi http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/CanonEOS450D/ and it might help you decide (they compare it to the xti and d60 and some other entry level dslr's).
     
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    I'm not really interested in the XSi. Many people have told me that it is the Xti, plus live view, and not worth the extra $$$
     
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    I would recommend getting the D40 and putting the remainder of your money toward good accessories; lenses, filters and a tripod. The camera body is only a device to record the image; the accessories (and of course you) are what compose the image. A cheap camera with good glass is a hundred times better than a good camera with cheap glass! FWIW, I have the same feelings about the build-quality of the Rebel line...

    Just my $00.02 worth - your opinion may vary.
     
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    The D80 is not in the same class as the other bodies mentioned. If you can afford it, I would go with this. It's a body that you won't outgrow easily, and you can add glass as you go. The problem with this assumption is that it's a lot more cost-effective to start with a body and acquire high-end glass as you go than to buy a low-end camera and replace it in a year or two.

    I would stretch for the D80 if it's at all reasonable, and if price is a concern, I wouldn't rule out a K10D, which can be scored pretty cheap these days and is one of the best bang for the buck cameras around.
     
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    Well, obviously, the D80 is going to be the "best" of the cameras. But I'll be the echo and say that glass comes first! I'd skip the D40 only because I feel that the lack of an autofocus motor in the body is just too big of a negative, especially for a beginner who won't want to spend a grand on their first new lens past the kit.

    It really just comes down to personal preference.
     
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    What does the d40 build quality have that the Rebel does not?
     
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    Ergonomics and an overall sturdier feel from what i've observed.
     
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    hmm. Guess I don't really notice lack of sturdiness...
     
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    OP - Look at the 30D. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the new generation of cameras, but it's still pretty sturdy and is more than capable. They're about $700ish new for just the body, iirc.

    That would give you a prosumer body with an entry level price.
     

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