A&P Seriously considering getting a DSLR...need input.

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  1. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    I'm getting married soon and my fiance wants to get me a DSLR.

    I played around with a Nikon D40 at Target :)o) and liked it. It didn't feel too light or cheap, but then again I'm coming from Canon P&S's.

    I want something that's entry-level, but that I can grow into and keep for a long time. Price is a factor...ideally I'd like to get a kit or a body+lens for $700 or less (reasonable?) and prefer something new.

    Post up your recommendations and an approximate price tag.

    Thanks :)
     
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    s40Strib New Member

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    bodies are throw away pieces in theory, and even carry shelf lifes on some of the "entry level cameras" at around 15k-20k accuations...but d40 seems to be the way to go to get into dSLR cameras for first timers. I'm a nikon shooter myself and I don't think i'd own a d40 for the simple reason of it not having an internal focus motor, but if you are only going to buy a camera with the kit lens it should be fine.
     
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    f/2.8L New Member

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    Are you dead set on a Nikon?
     
  4. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    I'll definitely upgrade the lens eventually...possibly even right off the bat if I go body + non-kit lens.

    Not at all. I'd prefer Nikon and Canon over say Pentax/Sony though...unless you guys know something I don't.
     
  5. tenxia

    tenxia OT Supporter

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    If you get a nikon, try looking for a Nikon D50. Maybe get the 18-55 kit lens to start yourself off with, then you can research more on other better lenses.
     
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    go buy a used 20d and a 17-85 or tamron 17-50
     
  7. hootpie

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    Seeing as how it will be a wedding gift to me from my fiance, I think she'd prefer to buy me something new.
     
  8. tenxia

    tenxia OT Supporter

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    then buy a new Canon Rebel XTi with kit lens.

    Based on the budget, that's the only thing I would recommend new.
     
  9. hootpie

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    Would it be better to get the XTi body only and spend a little extra on a better lens?

    Also, what are the main differences between the XSi and the XTi other than the mp and live view.
     
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    tell the fiancee to buy you a new xti body and skip the kit lens. go with the sigma 17-70 or tamron 17-50.
     
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    agree'd.
     
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    TurkeyChicken New Member

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    That's what I have (it's about 2 years old now) and I think it's a great way to get into DSLRs
     
  13. tenxia

    tenxia OT Supporter

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    XTi new body = $550.

    Add a Tamron 17-50 or sigma 17-70 = $400+

    If that's in your budget, then go for it. Else, maybe just get the kit lens.
     
  14. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    Canon XTi or XSi
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I think the XTi and XSi have a new kit lens.. supposed to be a lot better than previous ones.

    if you can get it for like $50.. can't beat the price
     
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    I second this, excellent starter cameras
     
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    +1 for the Xti
     
  18. tenxia

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    The new 18-55 IS are like $150 new I think.
     
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    i started out with the XTi and the Tamron 17-50. Gave me good step into photograpy. Definitely go with a better lens, i think it will give you a much better learning curve and understanding of how to take pictures and give you good results.
     
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    the only advantage i see with getting a better lens from the getgo is the fact you don't have to sell the kit lens and have to buy another lens. Saves you a step.

    Else, kit lens is great to start out with. Better lens will not give you a better picture if you don't know why it's a better lens or how to use it.
     
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    FlashhslaF New Member

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    I see you point. I guess in my experience the lens really gave me options that i wouldn't have found with the KIT lens, mainly the low light shooting without a flash and the dof which the 2.8 provides.

    I guess everyone has their own learning curve.
     
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    tenxia OT Supporter

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    but better lens definitely allows more creativity.
     
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    I think you Nikon guys underestimate how horrible the XT/XTi kit lens is. It's noting like it's Nikon counterpart, it takes worse photos than a P&S. The XSi's kit lens is just about the minimum in quality I would suggest someone start with. So get an XSi with kit or an XTi with the Tamron 17-50mm.
     
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    The kit lens isn't really that bad. I think you're way off on saying that a P&S takes better pictures. Thats a stretch to say the least.
     
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    If the kit lens on the XTi/XSi really takes worse pictures than a P&S, I don't want it (the kit lens).

    Between the D50 and the XTi/XSi, which would you guys choose?
     

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