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I have gotten good help by posting in this forum. I am still wet behind my ears when it comes to photography, but I am still having a hard time deciding on which camera to buy. Should I buy a d40 a d80, wait for the d60 or buy a canon 40d. What does everyone and anyone suggest?..

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It depends on (i) what you want to do with it, and (ii) your budget. All of the cameras you mention are capable of recording excellent photos. Can you be a bit more specific?.

Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

Well, I am just starting as I said in photography, but I want something that I wouldn't have to upgrade in a such a short period of time. The package I was looking at was a d80 with a 18-135 an a 70-300 vr. That's running 1500.00 so that is at the very top of my budget. What else do you recommend?..

Comment #2

For the cameras that are out, go into a store and hold them in your hand, put them up to your eyes, are your fingers on the buttons, or are they out of place?.

Take a few photos, how does it "fit" your eye? How is the size and weight of the camera?.

The cameras you list are all good/great, see how they fit, then look at the price. If the D60 is the same size/weight it may fit the same as the D40, I do not know. I know the D200(had for 1.5 years) was the same "fit" as the D100(had for 2 years), and I thank the D300 (some day?).

If it does not fit you well, they you will not like it..

Mike.

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Comment #3

Well, I am just starting as I said in photography, but I wantsomething that I wouldn't have to upgrade in a such a short period oftime. The package I was looking at was a d80 with a 18-135 an a70-300 vr. That's running 1500.00 so that is at the very top of mybudget. What else do you recommend?.

That's a fine package and wiull do you proud... but being at the limit of your budget there is nothing left for memory cards, a camera bag etc....

Two other possibilities..

1.The new 12 MP Canon XSi, which is just appearing, means that the 10 MP XTi has dropped in price. The XTi is a very popular, proven and capable camera and will do everything you need for a long time: you may never need anything better. Body only from B & H is $520, leaving you $1000 for a standard zoom, a tele zoom, and the extras, and maybe have some $$ left over..

2. SImilarly, the imminent advent of the 14 MP Pentax K20D means that the current and excellent K10D is being discounted and very good value. A big advantage of the Pentax compared to Nikon / Canon is that there is image stabilisation in the body which works with all lenses (helping to prevent camera shake). Also it is weathersealed, if you ever felt like taking photos in the surf, or in duststorms....

As the previous poster said: try them out in your hand, that counts for a lot. All of the DSLR cameras on the market now are excellent and you can't make a wrong decision..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #4

Unless you are planning on shooting mostly in low light situations at least take a look at the Olympus E510 2 lens kit and add the Olympus 70-300 or the new Sigma 70-300. Since the 510 has image stabilization in the camera you will get it with ALL lenses, not just the one you pay extra for. The total cost of the package will be about $500 less and you have a more full featured outfit that includes quality dust reduction and Live View. Addtionally since the difference in conversion is 2.0 (for the oly) vs 1.5 for the Nikon; the Oly is equiv to a 140-600 while the Nikon is equiv to 105-450 in 35mm..

Regardless of what you decide the key to choosing a camera is what fits your needs and what fits YOUR HAND. Don't just buy what is popular without touching and holding a bunch of different cameras. The most important part of photography is the photographer NOT the camera. Ever heard of someone asking a professional portrait PAINTER what brushes they use, or what't the most popular oil paint?.

ANY DSLR available now will get you very good quaity prints once you learn how to use it. What is most important is the learning part. If you just going to set it in Auto then get a good point and shoot and save a boatload of cash..

MaddogOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #5

Librapaj wrote:.

I have gotten good help by posting in this forum. I am still wetbehind my ears when it comes to photography, but I am still having ahard time deciding on which camera to buy. Should I buy a d40 a d80,wait for the d60 or buy a canon 40d. What does everyone and anyonesuggest?.

OK.... here's why you are confused:.

1. There are LOTS of great DSLR's out there. The selection is mind boggling. Any one of them would be a fine first camera..

2. Being a novice, you have heard the names Nikon and Canon, so this is your universe of choice..

3. You seem really worried about which one to pick, because you want to upgrade it later.4. You have a limited budget..

The solution is simple. Select the best Nikon or Canon camera you can afford, since both make excellent cameras with huge lens choices available. If you are willing to consider buying a used or refurbished camera, you can save more on the camera body, and have more left over for lenses or accessories. Either brand will offer you excellent upgrade options..

A few things you need to remember before chosing anything:.

1. The Nikon D40 and D40x will only work in full auto with specially designed lenses made for them. So, if you decide on Nikon, and want to use older lenses in auto, you must select a D80, D200, etc..

2. Camera bodies have a much shorter replacement cycle than camera lenses do. If you buy a camera for features you don't need today, when you find you need those features years from now there will be be better cameras available and you will wish you had purchased a cheaper camera the first time. Only buy the BEST camera now, if you want to stick with it a while. If you are thinking of upgrading soon, then buy the cheapest camera that uses the lens system you want..

3. You are probably getting tired of hearing this, but this is the truth: Your skill is 1000 times more important than the specifications of any camera. Very expensive cameras can take very bad pictures too. Of course, they may be perfectly exposed, but they will be poor compositions or poor choices of subject matter. Many of the finest photos ever taken were made with cameras that the equipment geeks wouldn't dream of owning. And there are LOTS of really mundane photos shot with $5000 cameras..

Look at it another way. If someone was just learning how to play a guitar, would they ask "Should I buy a $6,000 Gibson, or a $5,000 Martin?" Or, would they notice that the entry level guitars cost $150, and select one for around $300?MartyPanasonic FZ7, FZ20, FZ30, LX2Olympus C4000, C7000.

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Comment #6

Hey Marty, Thanks a Million! I really appreciate all the advice. Yes I have heard that you can shoot amazing photos, with a disposable camera. It's all in what you see, not what you shoot it with. Now, what I want you to tell me and advise me on is the following. if it were your money what would you do? I honestly, do not like buying refurbished equipment of any kind. I had a bad experience along time ago. So again, if it were your money, what would you do?..

Comment #7

Hey Marty, Thanks a Million! I really appreciate all the advice. YesI have heard that you can shoot amazing photos, with a disposablecamera. It's all in what you see, not what you shoot it with. Now,what I want you to tell me and advise me on is the following. if itwere your money what would you do? I honestly, do not like buyingrefurbished equipment of any kind. I had a bad experience along timeago.



Well now, that's an open-ended question: everybody has their own preferences, and that's all they are. But since you asked... with $1500 US I would get the following:.

Pentax K10D body.

Tamron 18-50 f/2.8 (just released in a Pentax mount) or maybe the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8 - f/4.5Pentax DA 50-200.

- that would be about within your budget. If I had extra I would get the Pentax DA* 50-135 f/2.8 instead as a tele lens. And then the 31mm f/1.8 prime... (sigh).

Best wishesMike..

Comment #8

Well the 1500, includes a sandisk extreme 3 4 gb memory card and a lowepro bag..

Comment #9

Mike703 wrote:.

Pentax K10D bodyTamron 18-50 f/2.8 (just released in a Pentax mount) or maybe theSigma 17-70 f/2.8 - f/4.5Pentax DA 50-200.

- that would be about within your budget. If I had extra I would getthe Pentax DA* 50-135 f/2.8 instead as a tele lens. And then the31mm f/1.8 prime... (sigh).

Mike... those are really good choices. The K10D is an amazing camera, and a great value. Personally, I would opt for the Olympus E510 with the two lens lit, and pocket the leftover $800 for future lens purchases..

It really creates some interesting choices once you expand your options from "Nikon or Canon.".

MartyPanasonic FZ7, FZ20, FZ30, LX2Olympus C4000, C7000.

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This is the bad part. It gets so very confusing as opinions from different people with different preferences come into play. I do not know what to do, but I am leaning to the D80..

Comment #11

Don't worry about it. there are so many opinions because there are so many good cameras. if one was obviously a better choice than all the others, everybody would have the same. the difference between camera makes is about as significant as whether you chose a Ford or a Toyota to drive to work. If you are leaning to the D80, get the D80... it is an excellent camera and an excellent system with some very good lenses and flash gear to expand into later if you want..

Best wishesMike..

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Librapaj wrote:.

This is the bad part. It gets so very confusing as opinions fromdifferent people with different preferences come into play. I do notknow what to do, but I am leaning to the D80.

The reason you aren't getting a definitive answer is because there is NO definitive "best choice." There are MANY excellent DSLR cameras made. While no one has specifically mentioned them yet, the SONY dSLRs are also outstanding choices..

If there was one model available that was significantly better than all others, then no one would buy anything else. Bad products are quickly driven out of the market. Which is why you can't buy a new Yugo anymore..

Any DSLR you buy will suit your needs. So the question moves to:.

- cost and value- ungrade options- lens systems- ergonomics- accessories available- personal preferences.

If everyone wanted the same thing as my 16 year old son does, then we would all be playing video games and listening to heavy metal music..

But, fortunately we don't.MartyPanasonic FZ7, FZ20, FZ30, LX2Olympus C4000, C7000.

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Comment #13

I have a Lumix L1. The dust reduction system is the best in the marketplace, and the Leica stabilized lens is excellent. Also, it has built-in bounce flash..

However, you mentioned the Nikon D80. The D80 and the D200 have the same CCD, so I would choose the D80. The Oly 510 has body IS, which is great, plus it has a dust reduction feature, which is also worthwhile..

To tell you the truth, they are all good. And whatever you buy, there will be something newer, and maybe better in less than one year. Buy something you can live with for five years, because the price keeps dropping..

My vote is for Olympus, because I hate cleaning the CCD. But that's my opinion..

One more thing: don't fall for the megapixel race. The more diodes you pack on a chip, the smaller the well, so dynamic range drops, and noise increases. They are starting to approach diminishing returns..

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