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I'm looking for an entry level dslr to learn with and that's not overwhelming in size or features b/c I just need to learn the basics while still getting the key pictures of my kids. I like the canon xti, but then I read the the nikon 40x is better? I just want to capture key moments of my kids, which includes lots of indoor and outdoor shots, but likely more indoor. is it a toss up? thank you..

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Yes it really is a toss up. You should hold both cameras and play with them. One of them will feel easier to hold and use. The Nikon flash system is slightly better and has more features are available for later use when you want to start learning. The down part of the Nikon is you will have to buy the AF-S lenses or focus yourself, but since this is your first camera, don't let that bother you..

Momphotog wrote:.

I'm looking for an entry level dslr to learn with and that's notoverwhelming in size or features b/c I just need to learn the basicswhile still getting the key pictures of my kids. I like the canonxti, but then I read the the nikon 40x is better? I just want tocapture key moments of my kids, which includes lots of indoor andoutdoor shots, but likely more indoor. is it a toss up? thank you.

Chris, Broussard, LA..

Comment #1

Does that mean both will be fine for indoor shots of the kids? I think if I get that serious I would end up getting a more serious camera down the line anyhow. If I get anything better, it's bigger and I won't want to lug it around..

The lens factor does bother me a little only b/c I'd like the option of having lenses, but I'd be willing to forgo that if the camera is worth getting..

Also, does it matter that I have a mac?..

Comment #2

Momphotog wrote:.

Does that mean both will be fine for indoor shots of the kids?.

Yes, Both the Nikon D40X and XTi have good image quality on low light without flash..

I think if I get that serious I would end up getting a more seriouscamera down the line anyhow. If I get anything better, it's biggerand I won't want to lug it around..

Bigger does not mean better every time. If you are an average person (woman) lugging around a 45 pound bag like mine would not be fun. But if you really like the Nikon, a good "other choice would be the D200 or D300 for more "serious" photography. Those are not super heavy cameras, they are much lighter than the D2 series of cameras or the D3, but they are heavier than the D40X..

The lens factor does bother me a little only b/c I'd like the optionof having lenses, but I'd be willing to forgo that if the camera isworth getting..

The D40X has a full compliment of lenses that would cost more than your typical american home. I doubt that people who buy the D40X would be interested in buying every lens the camera can use, so it has a fine compliment of lenses. I am a Nikon guy, so I would offer that a good choice of lenses for someone who intends to upgrade the body later would be:Nikkor 12-24 f4Nikkor 28-70 f2.8Nikkor 70-200 f2.8These could be purchased used to reduce the loss if you sell them off..

For someone who is not sure they want to upgrade:18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED AF-S70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-Sor 55-200 AF-S.

Also, does it matter that I have a mac?.

Absolutley not in the least. The Nikon software is good for both (now). You can download "Transfer" and "View NX" for free even before you get the camera and Nikon Capture NX is good post processing software. If you like to change the image a lot, Photoshop will allow you to cut and move or reset parts of the image. I once removed the overcast sky from an image and pasted in a light fluffy sky with photoshop..

While I am at it, I know that that Canon has a comparable system that is very capable. I just know more about Nikon because I use it..

Chris, Broussard, LA..

Comment #3

Have you considered the G9? Compact form is much more convenient for a multipurpose camera - you could easilyi put it in a purse or large pocket, and it has all the DSLR controls to learn with. Another nice feature of the G9 is the ability to take movies for up to an hour..

Regards,HypnoSnoopy..

Comment #4

I have smaller cameras. I love photography and I want to learn a bit more and have more control and grow with the camera a bit. I don't have time to learn a whole lot but over time I will. thus, I don't want to spend too much money now..

I just want to know which camera is faster so I can catch my kids in the moment indoors and which I will have to do the least amount of editing to correct the color..

Thanks..

Comment #5

I'll fly the flag for the K100D. Has IS in the camera body so all lenses get the benefit..

Image quality on all the entry level DSLRs is fine. The kit lenses are also quite good, and I think remain useful for many people..

The choice of which DSLR should be based mainly on what camera is most comfortable for you in your hands. Don't forget to check you like the viewfinder..

You can get lenses anytime you want, so I'd suggest you concentrate on learning to use the basic 18-55 ( and maybe the 55-200 in the twin lens kit )..

A lot of people with K100D's get a 50mm f 1.4 auto focus prime, which is relatively cheap. It's a nice lens for general snaps, but the 18-55 is also quite capable and I don't think you need anything else to start with..

I'd suggest you consider the Nikon D40, or an older D50. A used Canon 350D would also be good. I selected the K100D and I find it does what I want. The Olympus E410 and E510 look nice, but I prefer the feel of the Pentax in my hands. The older E-500 is a nice camera with a lot of hidden features that many people don't seem to remember - in many ways it's more versatile than the other entry level systems..

Just in case I'll remind you that DSLRs do NOT take movies. If you need a camera that does this as well as has the DSLR-like scope you want, try the Fuji S6500, S9100 or the Canon S3 or S5 or the Panasonic FZ range..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #6

If you like the XTi, I would just go with that. A good complement for it, especially for indoor shots of your kids (and just a great general purpose lens), would be the lightweight Canon 35mm EF F/2 lens. My favorite book on child photography, Camera Ready: how to shoot your kids, highly recommends a small, lightweight SLR camera with a reasonably fast (F/2 or better) normal focal length lens. This combination has also been a favorite of mine for general picture taking since I first got a Pentax SP1000 film SLR..

Nikon also makes a 35mm F/2 lens, but it won't autofocus on the D40/D40x as it doesn't have a built-in focusing motor (you could always use the faster 30mm F/1.4 Sigma, but it's considerably heavier and somewhat more expensive)...

Comment #7

Bikinchris wrote:.

If you really like the Nikon, a good "other choice would be the D200or D300 for more "serious" photography..

If the goal is to avoid the auto-focusing restrictions of the D40x, I'd suggest the D80. It's lighter and a lot less expensive than the D200 / D300...

Comment #8

Two possibilities:.

Canon Digital Rebel XTi (EOS 400D)Tamron 17-50mm constant f/2.8 zoom (for Canon)UV filter (more to protect lens than to filter out UV)Canon 430EX flashSpare Canon rechargeable battery (for XTi)Two fast 2 GB SD flash cards (e.g., SanDisk Ultra II or Extreme III)Camera bagCard reader (for computer)Books on photographing childen / learning the artistic parts of photography.

Nikon D80Tamron 17-50mm constant f/2.8 zoom (for Nikon)UV filter (more to protect lens than to filter out UV)Nikon SB-600 flashSpare Nikon rechargeable battery (for D80)Two fast 2 GB SD flash cards (e.g., SanDisk Ultra II or Extreme III)Camera bagCard reader (for computer)Books on photographing childen / learning the artistic parts of photography.

With the Nikon it would be tempting to get both the 18-135mm lens (as part of a kit) and the Tamron lens. The Tamron would be better indoors, while the 18-135 would provide more reach outdoors (where light is usually less of a problem)...

Comment #9

Tom_N wrote:.

Canon Digital Rebel XTi (EOS 400D)Two fast 2 GB SD flash cards (e.g., SanDisk Ultra II or Extreme III).

Ack! For the Canon, that should of course be CompactFlash ... not SD...

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