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Another DSLR advice thread.
I apologize in advance for making another "what camera should I buy" style thread. However, after trying to lurk and find my answer in other threads with little luck, I figure I should try making my own..

Anyway, a little about my situation. I currently own a Nikon D40, along with the 18-55 kit lens and a 55-200 VR. While my setup held me over for some time, I'm now starting to find that the D40 rather limiting; it's lens selection especially. Therefore, I've decided that it's time to correct past mistakes and invest in a new DSLR..

As I know that lens selection is what makes a DSLR great, that is what I am looking for primarily. I am also looking for a body that will grow with me as I become more skilled..

Of course, I understand that camera selection is an entirely personal affair, and I don't expect anyone to come to the store with me and hold my hand as I pick out a camera. Rather, I'm hoping that someone can point me in the right direction, or at least offer some advice. Before anyone asks, my primary interests are outdoor photography and portraiture, with a little of everything else thrown in. I have absolutely no interest in shooting sports..

As for what I'm looking at, my primary choices consist of either the Pentax K10 or the Nikon D80. The Canon EOS 400D, while not so much as the others, is still being considered..

The big draw for the K10 was the way it felt in my hands, especially with the vertical grip. In addition, where I do quite a bit of outdoor shooting, the K10's weather sealing would be appreciated, but I'm not sure how effective it would be in real world situations. However, I have some reservations concerning Pentax's seemingly small selection of lenses..

The D80, while not so much as the K10, also felt good in my hands, but the vertical grip seemed a bit clunky to me. I also rather like Nikon's lineup of lenses. Their speedlights look quite good as well..

The 400D, the least comfortable of the three, still wasn't bad. I have rather small hands, so the grip didn't really bother me. The draw here is Canon's large selection of lenses, as well as being the least expensive of the three..

Anyway, I am certain I have rambled on long enough, so I will end this now. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if any clarification is needed, feel free to ask...

Comments (5)

I'm assuming the shortcomings are the D40's inability to use the 50mm and 85mm lenses with AF for portraiture - that is a bummer I agree. Apart from that Nikon's ranges really matches anyone's including Canon..

Obviously if you change you're going to have to sell all your gear, so sticking with Nikon should really be entertained seriously, as you doubtless realise. The 55-200VR is very good consumer lens - better than anything Canon has for example..

Actually I handled a D80 for the first time yesterday (I own a D200) and was impressed with the build quality. Just seems small next to my D200, but good otherwise - could you grow to love it?.

Trying manual focus with the Nikon line-up (people did for years you know) and seeing if Sigma increase their F-mount range (e.g. the 30mm f/1.4) in the near future may be one way to go..

Alex.

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Comment #1

Alex Leach wrote:.

I'm assuming the shortcomings are the D40's inability to use the 50mmand 85mm lenses with AF for portraiture.

Dead on..

Obviously if you change you're going to have to sell all your gear,so sticking with Nikon should really be entertained seriously, as youdoubtless realise. The 55-200VR is very good consumer lens - betterthan anything Canon has for example..

On the other hand, I have until this Saturday to exchange the 55-200..

Actually I handled a D80 for the first time yesterday (I own a D200)and was impressed with the build quality. Just seems small next tomy D200, but good otherwise - could you grow to love it?.

It's not that I didn't like the D80, just that the K10 was slightly better, especially with the vertical grip. However, the grip isn't really necessary..

Trying manual focus with the Nikon line-up (people did for years youknow) and seeing if Sigma increase their F-mount range (e.g. the 30mmf/1.4) in the near future may be one way to go..

It's not that I can't focus manually, I just that I'd like to have both options available to me...

Comment #2

Work on your part..

Attention to jpeg settings. WB fine tuning and close attention to metering is needed if you want to shoot in jpeg..

In RAW not as much attention to detail is needed other than exposure..

AF in low light can be slow (IME). Inbody IS is nice to have in conjunction with some fast primes..

The only weather sealed lenses to match the body are the 16-50/2.8 and 50-135/2.8, so far. A 60-250/4 and 200 and 300 (not sure on the aperture) are said to be coming..

It is a nice camera with a lot of unique and useful features. If sports is not on your agenda then it's definetly worth a look..

The D80 is very nice as well- but for about the same money you could get a Canon 30D- a much better camera all around IMO..

Of course in the same price range as the K10 you have the Oly 510. But Oly does not have the fast primes you indicated you wanted to use, so that's probably out of the "picture"..

So if you are wanting to shoot sports or birds in flight or low light nature etc... the 30D is the best choice under $1000 (US), plus the Canon 85/1.8 is a very, very nice lens for the price..

Gene..

Comment #3

If you find the Nikon limiting in terms of lenses, surely the Pentax would be worse ? .

It's not quite right for your needs but would a Sigma 17-70 be a good lens for you. It's close to your needs and has good quality. I suspect this won't do, but no harm done asking..

As lenses are the issue, maybe you should start by identifying the lenses you want to use. Then find the body that can use them..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #4

Sjgcit wrote:.

If you find the Nikon limiting in terms of lenses, surely the Pentaxwould be worse ? .

Indeed. I actually said that in my first post..

It's not quite right for your needs but would a Sigma 17-70 be a goodlens for you. It's close to your needs and has good quality. Isuspect this won't do, but no harm done asking..

As lenses are the issue, maybe you should start by identifying thelenses you want to use. Then find the body that can use them..

The two lenses I've been looking at are the 50mm and 85mm primes...

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