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First digital SLR help
I am interested in buying my first digital SLR camera and I am looking for suggestions. I have about $450 to spend. I am not at all opposed to buying a something used so I can get a nicer camera within my budget. I have been looking at the Nikon D40 and D50 and the Canon 10D and Canon Rebel 350 XT..

Should I buy just the body and then get a seperate lense or should I buy a kit? If I just went with the body then what is a good first all purpose lense? Thanks..

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For your budget you are unlikely to afford a separate lens at the moment, so get a camera with a decent standard kit lens (Nikon D40/50, Pentax K100D, Olympus E410). The Canon 18-55 is relatively poor by comparison (see reviews athttp://www.photozone.de) so although the Canon cameras themselves are good, being stuck with a poor lens for a while is a good reason to look elsewhere..

The Nikon D40 and Pentax K100D are both good; I chose the K100D out of this pair mainly because of the in-body image stabilisation which will work with any lens, and I like the top-plate secondary LCD status display. The recent advent of the 'super' model means that the non-super K100D should be available cheaply. I haven't played with an Oly E410 but many people recommend it strongly so it has to be worth considering (and the kit lens is good)..

The Nikon D40 has better image processing than the older D50, but does not have an autofocus motor in the body so it will only autofocus with newer lenses that have a built-in autofocus motor. There's plenty of these around now but you need to check. If you want to be able to use older Nikkor lenses, the D50 is a better bet than the D40 for this reason..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

Hi:.

Mike has already given wonderful suggestions on the new end. If you decide to go used (and I just had this discussion Friday, with someone in your situation) some of the best deals you find are going to be on Canons. Of the ones you've mentioned, I'd probably opt for the 10D. It was a step above the original Rebel (something about "crippled firmware" in the original Rebels search posts in the Canon forum). You will be able to use an Canon AF mount lens with those cameras..

KEH.com is a wonderful place to gauge the pricing for used gear. It represents the highest price you should pay for an item, should you start searching eBay and, if you can afford it, a safe place to buy..

Another place that does a fairly high volume of used equipment (and sells as an eBay store) is shutterblade, which buys online as usedcamerbuyer.com..

Cameta Camera (also available as an eBay store) has some interesting buys on refurbished cameras and kits..

One bit of advice regardless if you buy new or used if you get involved in this as a hobby or part-time business, chances are you will upgrade camera bodies. Buy a camera body with that in mind but buy your lenses with an eye towards keeping them as you upgrade..

Good luck..

'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #2

Hi,.

There are some posts within the "Olympus slr talk" forum which state that there have been considerable reductions for Olympus cameras. I certainly got a good deal this week in the UK. I was able to get the E410 twin lens kit for 329 when many retailers could not offer the single lens kit for lees than 500. I know this is probably more than you have got to spend but I bought before price reductions were announced in the States so might be achievable if you shop about.Ian..

Comment #3

It depends on what you want to shoot while you are learning. Keep in mind that there is a fairly steep learning curve in digital photography (you need to learn the fundamentals of photography, how to use your camera, and the basics of photoprocessing), so don't expect "braggin' shots" right off the bat. If you think you would like to learn while shooting indoor (low-light) photos and portraits, then I suggest you get the Canon XT (body alone) with a Canon 50mm f/1.8. The cost for this rig would be less than $500. If you think you will be shooting landscapes and outdoor shots, then I suggest you get the Canon XT kit (if you do a search, you will see that the lens is much better than it's detractors profess). The cost of this rig would be about $500.



Good luck in your decision..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #4

Anyone of your choices is great and all have there strengths and weaknesses when comparing them, the only thing I can think that may help is that with the D40 you can not use lenses other that AFS and retain AF, there are some amazing non AFS (do a search to check them all out) but I think everyone regardless of budget will want one super fast lens (wide aperture, lets much more light in than ANY zoom, less depth of field and faster shutter speeds) and with Nikon the 50mm 1.8 is one that can be had for around $100 but it not AFS.

RegardsRayhttp://www.pbase.com/ray645.

DEK1106 wrote:.

I am interested in buying my first digital SLR camera and I amlooking for suggestions. I have about $450 to spend. I am not atall opposed to buying a something used so I can get a nicer camerawithin my budget. I have been looking at the Nikon D40 and D50 andthe Canon 10D and Canon Rebel 350 XT..

Should I buy just the body and then get a seperate lense or should Ibuy a kit? If I just went with the body then what is a good firstall purpose lense? Thanks.

Http://www.pbase.com/ray645..

Comment #5

The Olympus E-510 is the most fully featured DSLRs (entry level) currently on the market and can now be had at unheard of prices. I currently do magazine work with it while I have been waiting for the E-3 and it has turned into my favorite camera so far. This is a body only price at $475:.

Http://www.amazon.com/.../gp/product/B000NVVDKC/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=photo.

Favorite Images: http://www.myfourthirds.com/folder.php?id=1912.

Best, John S...

Comment #6

DEK1106, if you could E-Mail me I have both kit lenses that came with my E-510 that have never been used, they are VERY light and considered to be among the best kit lenses made by any manufacturer..

Favorite Images: http://www.myfourthirds.com/folder.php?id=1912.

Best, John S...

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