gift for my wife, NEED ADVICE PLEASE!
Hello all,.

I want to get my wifea nice SLR this year. she loves to take pictures (mostly of family and especially our 3yr old son). she has been hinting to me that she wants an SLR and want to take some photography classes. I have narrowed down the choices to 3 SLRs:.

Nikon D80 with 18-135mm lens kit (699USD)Canon Digital Rebel XTi with 18-55mm lens kit (449USD)Canoon EOS 30D with 18-55mm lens kit (699USD).

Which SLR would be the best for her? I want to get her the nikon d80 or the canon 30D, but are those SLRs worth the 250USD price difference? thanks in advance for any help!..

Comments (14)

Where are you seeing the Nikon D80 with 18-135mm lens kit for $699? I have not even seen the D80 body alone for that price. That is the one I would choose..

RonLet's Roll

Comment #1

Thanks for the reply! here is the link:.


They have the 18-55 for 589USD.

Ron E Trees wrote:.

Where are you seeing the Nikon D80 with 18-135mm lens kit for $699? Ihave not even seen the D80 body alone for that price. That is the oneI would choose..

RonLet's Roll

Comment #2

I would be very leary of that place and that price!! See if there is any info at Reseller Ratings on this place. a place I would deal with at all!.

RonLet's Roll

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Ron E Trees wrote:.

I would be very leary of that place and that price!! See if there isany info at Reseller Ratings on this place. a place I would deal with at all!.

RonLet's Roll

Check Buydig or Beach Camera for legitimate low prices. This will give you a realistic idea of the actual prices you can expect to pay..

Other reputable on line dealers include B&H, Adorama...

Comment #4

Thanks for the heads up! you guys probably saved me a WHOLE LOT of grief!..

Comment #5

I saw the previous posts so I won't post again about the D80 price, be very careful when buying camera stuff off the web. If it is too good to be true it usually isn't true!!..

I would however suggest that you look at the Oly 510 as well. Any of these are excellent cameras. It really depends on personal choice..

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

Comment #6

+1 on the Oly E-510 You can get the kit with 2 lenses on Amazon for $650. Definitely worth taking a look at...

Comment #7

D80 +18-135lens (from a rerliable stockist) if your wife wants to get into photography big time - that is if she wants to build up to a pro set of equipment without having the change brands and Ebay everything half way down the line..

I think the Nikon has a nicer viewfinder too, though for a glasses wearer like myself Olympus positions the data up to one side of the image which can make it much easier to see..

Olympus 510 + the two lenses would be a good first choice for enthusiast use. The camera has image stabilisation built into the body thereby imparting it to any lens fitted - a real help for a beginner..

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Comment #8

Why not get her the Nikon D80 body, and the Nikon 50mm, f1.8 lens, a great combo, not two big and heavy as the 18-135 lens, but the 50 mm is a great low light lens for family shots indoors..

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Comment #9

The XTi is a gret camera, costs less, and you can use the money you save to buy her a flash gun (Canon 430EX) and some frames to put her prints in..

The 30D is a discontinued model that wasn't any better than the XTi, unless she's planning on kicking the camera down the stairs..

The D80's a great camera, but costs more and won't tsake better photographs..


Comment #10

Has your wife given you any hints on what she wants?.

I'm a firm believer in letting people make personal choices in personal cameras. I hate my wife's cameras and she hates mine (all Canon). My hands are much larger than hers, so she complains that she has to stretch her hand too much to use my cameras. I use her cameras for twenty minutes and get writer's cramps because they're so small..

If she hasn't dropped any hints yet, you may just have to give her a gift card good for one camera of her choice. Better that than something she's not comfortable with and wanting to get rid of in six months.Good luck which ever way you go.Taking pictures for 42 years, married for 33.ron..

Comment #11

I think that Ron offers the best opinion here yet. Let your wife decide. All camera do feel different in different peoples hands. Go with your wife and let her pick one out..


Let's Roll

Comment #12

Nikon D40/D40x are also good choices and are actually available in your price range...

Comment #13

Thanks for all the GREAT advice!!! I ended up getting the nikon d80 from an ebay merchant with a lens and some other stuff for 730USD shipped. I cant wait for her to get it!..

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