Any of those will be fine - just make sure you handle them all in a store to see which feels best to you..
You are correct in that neither Nikon or Canon have in-camera image stabilization - for that you would have to look to Pentax and Sony. Not too important in my view, I have a Nikon D200 and none of my five lenses have IS and I don't miss it. It's designed to counter camera shake so you can use slower shutter speeds without blur. It doesn't do anything for subject motion blur though..
Both Nikon and Canon have plenty of lenses without IS which are affordable, but both rely more on IS for their long telephoto lenses..
The Nikon D80 + the 17-55 (a very fine lens) would be an ideal starter if you can afford it. Then maybe the 85mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.8 for portraits. Or a Sigma 10-20 wideangle for landscapes..
....and this is one that I've been looking at. IS is a helpful feature..
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You are in the very fortunate situation of having complete freedom of choice. No legacy equipment to match up, no pro/semi-pro crowd to keep you spending money in order to keep up with Canon or Nikon systems, and few preconceptions..
You can choose any of the cameras you have mentioned. All will work very well. If you want anti-shake in the camera body then Sony, Pentax or Olympus are the ones to go for. Visit a camera store and handle the cameras, then choose the one that handles best in your unbiased opinion. Very likely this will be Pentax. Bigger is usually better with DSLRs as they are much nicer to hold securely..
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Hi, I'm looking to buy a dslr, I've been reading untill my head hurtsand I still cannot decide.So I thought I'd ask you guys for help Some facts:I'm new to the world of photography but very eager to learn.I want a camera to grow with..
Than look for the brand which will save you money on lenses..
I will mostly take pictures of landscapes, nature, animals, sundownetc but also close ups. (and ofc much more but those are mostimportant).
All cameras are good at it. Lenses make the difference..
In the pricerange $500-$1300, ofc I want as cheep as possible butsince I plan to use it pretty much, for quite some time and for manydiffrent things I'd rather spend more than beeing in a state where Iregret I didn't..
Sony A100 (with I.S.) seems to offer tremendous value at the price it is going. Kit zoom is also better than others with a bit more of it. Anyway the risk is not much as you might get it at around $700. Sony has many lenses as of now. You may also consider buying 16-85mm ($600) to go with it instead of kit lens. That will cover most of your requirements..
Anyway the cameras don't stop working if the company decides to exit. I am proud owner of R1 and still enjoying it..
I've looked most on cameras like Cannon EOS 40D, EOS 400D, Nikon D80and Nikon D200; mostly cause those are the ones that have stod out inthe tests I've seen, but am ofc not bound to any of these.For example I've read that none of the nikon or cannon ones haveimage stabilization. Of course I don't fully comprehend what thismeans at the moment, but I recon it's good to have? and I've realisedthat this effects me cause I have to buy more expensive lenses..
You will be paying too much for the feature, espicially when you can have that in-camera..
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I would look seriously at the Olympus E510 image stabilisation , live view loads of features and less chance of dust on your sensor. You wouldn't believe the amount of people with dust on their sensors !! Also very decent kit lenses. Check out the Olympus forum!.
I was also tempted by E510 but one of the major advantage of DSLRs is high Dynamic Range. E510 has full stop less of it. Otherwise it is damn good camera..
I would look seriously at the Olympus E510 image stabilisation , liveview loads of features and less chance of dust on your sensor. Youwouldn't believe the amount of people with dust on their sensors !!Also very decent kit lenses. Check out the Olympus forum!.
Keep smiling, Ajay..
Big thanks to all of you, now I know whats mainly important and also have some extra cameras to consider I will do more research before I strike, but you have hlped greatly, aslo reading other threads on this forum has helped immensly! Great forum!.
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I do have to admit to a bias toward the APS cameras, since I shoot low light. Do look at the Alpha and of course the K100D, K100D Super and K10D...