A&P So many DSLRs, how to choose?

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  1. up|dn

    up|dn ಠ_ಠ

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    I'm in the market for a digital SLR camera. I'm a beginner, but I would like a camera that will last and not only have all the beginner options.

    Basically, I'm looking at cameras like the Nikon D40X, the Canon digital Rebel, Pentax K110D, etc. I'm lost as to how to choose and which camera I'll be happy with in the long run. I'm guessing that I would like at least an 8MP camera, but obviously this isn't the only thing I should be looking for.

    I'm also curious if any Canadians here know of good online retailers that will ship to Canada.

    I apologize if this has already been dealth with in other threads but I would appreciate any advice or comments.
     
  2. SpiderOnTheFloor

    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    the issue with the d40 is that it doesn't let you use autofocus with all of Nikon's lenses.
     
  3. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Th d40 doesn't have a motor drive. Which means it won't work with older nikon lenses that don't have internal focus drives.

    Other than that, all digital 35mm sized SLR's perform about the same. You should base your decision on which one feels the most comfortable and most intuitive in your hands.
     
  4. Dwight Schrute

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    The D40 not having an autofocus motor in the body isn't really an issue for the market it targets. The OP fits in this market.

    A beginner just getting into the DSLR world isn't going to have non AF-S lenses lying around, and he isn't likely to buy them once he gets the camera.

    The D40 is a great camera. Better ergonomics and UI than the Rebels. Awesome JPEGs straight out of the camera.
     
  5. up|dn

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    Is there a big difference between the original d40 and the d40x? Will I see a big difference when going from a 6MP to an 8 or 10MP camera?

    Thanks for the comments so far, much appreciated.
     
  6. Dwight Schrute

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    Probably not. The D40x is a lot more expensive for only having a higher resolution sensor (6MP vs 10MP). You probably wouldn't notice a difference in image quality, but you'd be able to crop pictures more without losing detail.
     
  7. Beezure

    Beezure Go Lightning!! OT Supporter

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    How about the d50?
     
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    XTi, D40, D50, D70, D80

    All good stuff you'll be fine with any
     
  10. tenplanescrashing

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    get the one you prefer to shoot with after you've tested them all. hold, shoot and check out the menus before making your decision.
     
  11. 19Godfather86

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    35 mm sized SLRs?
     
  12. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    same reasons I just ordered one.
     
  13. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    go to your local camera store and try them all out. you don't have to buy there, but you can use them for research. if you feel bad, buy a filter or memory card from them...
     
  14. Devin

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    Get a Canon. Be happier in the end . If you have to get a Nikon get an D80 or 200 . Having to stick with DX SERIES lenses is the biggest joke ever .
     
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    I have a canon 5d... best money i ever spent.
     
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    jesus. 7 posts in 3 years :eek3:
     
  17. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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  18. Cock Diesel

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    I was looking at the D40 and the Rebel XT when purchasing my first DSLR. I have to admit, already owning a 35mm Rebel had a bit of influence on my purchase. I liked the UI on the D40, but I just felt much more comfortable with the XT. :dunno:
     
  19. Devin

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    How can you like the UI of the D40 ? Everything is fuckign backwards .. god I hate selling those fucking cameras . No matter how many times I tell myself the lens goes on reverse i always turn it the "normal" way .
     
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    For YOU, being a beginner (probably don't own any prime lenses) and requiring at least 8mp....

    Get a D40x (body only) and a used 18-70mm zoom (they go for ~$200). That should last you for a while.
     
  21. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    the D40 IMO is a great camera for what it's supposed to do. Take pictures and introduce users to the world of DSLR's. Sure it's not a high end pro camera, but for a beginner DSLR it's great.

    I bought one a little over a month ago and I enjoy it actually.
     
  22. Justin Niggalake

    Justin Niggalake New Member

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    i bought a d40 on friday & i fucking love it. too bad i know absolutely shit about photography. out of the box though, it worked perfectly and took great pictures on auto :bowdown:

    i can't wait until i actually learn about manual settings & advanced techniques
     
  23. jared_IRL

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    I have no clue what I was trying to say there.

    :ugh: :rofl: :hs:
     
  24. tenplanescrashing

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    ding! and there are a few of us selling the Nikon 18-70 on here for around that price (i.e. ME!). Great lens for that camera too!
     
  25. up|dn

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    What's the downside to the DX lenses?
     

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