Beginner DSLR Camera Suggestion?
I have decided to purchase a new camera and a friend recommended the DSLR's. He specifically suggested the Cannon Rebel XSi, but it's a bit out of my price range (I don't want to spend more then $1,000). I'm mainly looking for a camera with fast shutter speed and a very good zoom. I take mostly pictures of concerts and family events (so lots of people). I went to a camera store and they suggested either the Olympus E510 or the Nikkon D60. I need some advice on what to get...

Would I be better off getting a non-DSLR camera with 18x zoom? Opinions... please!..

Comments (7)

I have the D60 and love it but you should be able to get the Canon xsi with the kit lens for under 1000.00 ..Nikon D60 18-55vr & 55-200vrSB400Casio Z750..

Comment #1

Does the D60 have a good zoom? Does it autofocus or do you have to manually focus all the pictures?..

Comment #2

D40/D60 don't have in body focus motor, so that means you would have to manually focus with older style AF lenses. Pretty much all the consumer grade nikon zooms are now AF-S and will autofocus with the D40/60..

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If you're going to put on auto, get a zoomer. If you are willing to delve deeper into learning this craft, then go fo a DSLR..

Handle each one for ergonomics, button placement and menu navigation ease to see what suits you the best. Of course, asking a preference question here, everyone is going to vote for their own shooting brand. So researching the strong and weak points of each brand should be done according to your needs. The models and budget given, your salesman recommendations are on the right path.Steve..

Comment #4

My daughter in law just went through this. She ended up with a D60 (2 lens kit from Costco) and she is very happy with it..

I asked her why she went with the D60, as opposed to an entry-level Canon, and it was because I use Nikons and my wife uses Nikon. So she knows she'll get good support on it from me. (Plus we can trade lenses some time.).

When I handled the D60, I was pleasantly surprised at the light weight, yet good egronomic feel of the camera. (Then again, I'm used to how Nikons feel)..

The 2-lens kit from Costco is not a bad deal. Under $900 for body, battery, charger, 18-55vr and 55-200vr zooms, a 2GB flash card, and a small carrying bag. I've seen other D60 kits with just the 18-55 (or 18-55vr) zoom for less, but those kits didn't come with a flash card...

Comment #5

Let me tell you my story..

All what I will say is my personal opinion and I am not intend to put some brands over another ones..

Today all entry level SLR are good and offer pretty much the same set of features..

But different story with lens. Answer for yourself what kind of photo you will do? Macro, tele, landscapes or all of the above.Lens are so different by quality, price ond so on....

If you like kit lens and woun't buy extra probably stay with SLR-like camera, but if you think to grow with lenses spend some time online (I like and make you developing strategy what buy first what next. You can save many hundreds.According Olympus Zuiko lens have very outstanding reviews.BTW Olympus cameras also very good..

Before buy Can** visit Canon SLR discussion forum. There are lot of treads about XSi focus issue.So try my way. Thats what I did.Good lack...

Comment #6

Picture taken today at Universal Studios of Brendan Fraser, 55-200vr about 25 feet away, no p.p. done yetI like the way the zoom lens works and the vr lens does autofocus on the D60..

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Shersh wrote:.

Does the D60 have a good zoom? Does it autofocus or do you have tomanually focus all the pictures?.

Nikon D60 18-55vr & 55-200vrSB400Casio Z750..

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