A&P Stupid no motor D40

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  1. Cr0mulent

    Cr0mulent Werewolf: The Last Warrior

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    For the past couple weeks I have been deliberating over buying a DSLR. About a month ago I bought a canon SD1000 point and shoot INSTEAD of a DSLR. I almost bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ18. If I had bought the panasonic perhaps I could have curbed the urge to buy a true DSLR.

    So a couple weeks ago I went into my neighborhood photo place
    ( http://www.helixcamera.com/home.html ) and asked about entry level DSLR's. Obviously the D40, 350D/Rebel XTi. We all know the drill. XTi is a little bit cheaper, Canon has a good distribution network, will handle the older lenses. However, the Rebel looks flimsy and cheap to me.

    The D40 looks really slick to me. It costs a little more than the rebel, ONLY AUTOMATIC LENSES. Because of this, im looking at the D80. I read so much about D40 regret its hard for me to bite the bullet and save for a D80.

    If I want an entry level DSLR, will I really regret not waiting to buy the D80?

    I just need some justification for buying an entry level DSLR. Any advice?
     
  2. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    buy an xti.
     
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    you might want to wait for the XSI or nikon's new one, probably a D60
     
  4. Sympathy

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    Get the D80.
    I bought the d40x, and returned it in 2 weeks for various reasons. I think at that time, there was around a $300 price difference b/t the 2 models.
    1. D80 has wireless commander mode.
    2. D80 can use non-AF-S lenses. There's new AF-S and HSM lenses coming out, but they're hella expensive.
    There's a couple of other small differences, but I personally feel like these 2 things make the d80 well worth an extra $300.
     
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    I'd say go Canon, either the XT/XTi/XSI or a used 20D.
     
  6. Cr0mulent

    Cr0mulent Werewolf: The Last Warrior

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    I think Ill have to drown myself in booze. That will help me decide.

    The camera store is closed right now anyways.


    Can anyone suggest a cheap place to buy a camera? The google adwords when looking for cameras look like scams.
     
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    Not to mention... I should probably wait until after PMA.

    One of the best bargins I have seen recently is people trying to sell off their Lumix L1 DSLR bodies on ebay for like $250. Im tempted but I know it will suck.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    It blows me away that no one ever looks at used bodies. Most people sell them less than a year old because something new came out. You can pick up midrange bodies that are much nicer than the entry level bodies for cheaper. I see 10/20/30ds going for for 200-500 depending on model, all of which I'd prefer to most lower end models. Maybe it's just me but having a better used camera is preferred to a new low end one.
     
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    pick up a 450-500 dollar used 20d body and forget about everything else. srsly.
     
  13. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    if you are buying new, and cheap, get the d40. I have one and have no regrets.

    If you are spending more than d40 money, get an xti. Even though I have a Nikon, I'm a big canon fan (I love the S5-IS for a P&S). You will like the xti more than the d40.

    If you are buying used, well, then the options are much more varied...
     
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    I feel your pain about the purchase of the point and shoot and wanting a DSLR. I did the same thing, thinking a nice point and shoot should do. I ended up going to Russia with the point and shoot and my 35mm Nikon N80 and the N80 did a great job, I wished I had the digital equivalent.

    So I just bought a D80. I was thinking about the D40x. The specs are practically the same, from what I saw. I was concerned about the lens selection the D40x so I went with the D80. Plus, I already have lenses for a Nikon N80 which I was hoping I could use on the new DSLR, and they work great on the D80.

    Amazon has had some good prices on just the body alone ($718 when I got mine). They have this Super Shipper deal which is free for one month and you get free shipping or $3.99 for overnight shipping. It was going to cost about $24 for overnight so I signed up for the free month and got all my gear the next day.

    I hadn't thought to look very hard for a used body. Amazon showed some used gear, but they were only $20-50 in price difference and they were coming from folks I'm not sure I 100% trusted.

    I don't mind used lenses. The camera shop I stopped at to check on prices had the 18-55mm kit lens for the D80 for $75. It was a refurb and still had the shrink wrap from Nikon. I was figuring $718 for the body, plus $75 for the used lens, and you're still below the $899 Amazon wants for the combo. Sadly, it took me a week to make a decision on the D80 and they had sold the 18-55mm lens by then (I thought they had a good deal on a used Nikkor 15-70mm so I went with that instead).
     
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    I have a D40x and love it :wiggle:
     

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