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I'm going insane over the choices, PLEASE HELP!!!
Ok people...I am going crazy over deciding the best camera for myself. It seems like the choices are abundant and my mind is totally reeling at possibly making a choice. So far, I have narrowed it down to.....

The Canon Rebel XTi with two lenses seen here....

Http://www.amazon.com/...UTF8&coliid=ICU46F55GQM2O&colid=LXE20489IT1W.

The Nikon D60 with two VR lenses seen here....

Http://www.amazon.com/...TF8&coliid=I3SY1K1YVVWJIE&colid=LXE20489IT1W.

The Nikon D40x kit seen here.....

Http://www.amazon.com/...TF8&coliid=I2AW120VZ0INXU&colid=LXE20489IT1W.

The Olympus Evolt E510 seen here....

Http://www.amazon.com/...TF8&coliid=I16L6BZ0NFELAW&colid=LXE20489IT1W.

The Nikon D80 with one VR lens seen here...

Http://www.amazon.com/...TF8&coliid=I2ORZJNRBEKMMG&colid=LXE20489IT1W.

And the Sony Alpha seen here...

Http://www.amazon.com/...TF8&coliid=I3K18CTNII34G9&colid=LXE20489IT1W.

I am a total newbie to photography and I want a user friendly camera that is going to be very very easy to use and learn..

Another big note I should mention is that I listed and linked all amazon.com cameras because I have a HUGE amount of saved money in my amazon sellers account that I want to put towards a camera (I have about 500 saved in there in a gift certificate) so I will be buying directly from Amazon, so that is why I listed those cameras..

Anyways, PLEASE help me ease my insanity. I know buying a camera is personal and unique to every single person, but I am really really having a tough time deciding. I have gone to the stores and handled most of the cameras and felt at east with most of them. The Nikon models feel best to me, but I think most cameras are pretty much comfy in my hands. Image stabilisation in the lenses is pretty important to my decision making because I have the shakiest hands ever. Anyways, I have gone over this time and time again on the boards and I feel like a broken record, but I would love for someone to check out those links and see what they think is the BEST deal of the above listed kits. Thanks!!!..

Comments (15)

I am partial to Canon and started with an XT. Great starter camera to learn on. I will tell you that those lenses that come with the XTi are not very good. You'd be better off buying the body and one good lens than the body kit with two crummy lenses..

I think the IS version of the 18-55 is getting good reviews and it is about $200 I think..

I can't speak as to the Nikon, though my uncle has a D40 kit and it seems to have a couple of mediocre lenses as well. Maybe some Nikon people can help there..

One reason I went Canon was because they are so huge and have so many different bodies and lenses. Same with Nikon. But the others you mention I don't believe have as much available for them as Canon or Nikon..

When you buy a DSLR you buy into a system of lenses that you will use for yearslonger than the body. So get something that has a good selection and range of lenses..

I would recommend the XTi body only:.

Http://www.amazon.com/...e=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1204784733&sr=1-1with.

Add a 50mm f/1.8 lens for portraits and indoor low light stuff ($85).

Http://www.amazon.com/..._1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1204784827&sr=1-1.

And an 18-55 3.5-5.6 IS ($200) for general shooting.

Http://www.amazon.com/..._1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1204784827&sr=1-1.

I'm sure a Nikon user will tell you why Canon sucks and Nikon is best. My guess is whatever one you get, you'll like..

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

Comment #1

Of those choices I'd go with the Nikon D80. The reason being that the D80 supports all Nikon AF lenses. The 40x and the D60 are great cameras, but for autofocus to work your lenses need to have the built in motor. I'd hate to limit my lens choices..

There's no wrong choice here though, just personal preference..

-Chris..

Comment #2

Hi.

I bought the D40X, was tossing between Canon and Nikon and liked the feel of the Nikon best (+ have a couple of old lenses)..

Didn't really consider other brands as Nikon and Canon has most lenses and bodies. Whichis great for those like me who know they will be upgrading/expanding gear collection already when purchasing the entery-level cam..

Love my D40X it is very, very user friendly and a great teacher. But there are a fair few features missing, Canon entry-level has more features. So I'm now saving for my upgrade..

I sometimes regret going for the D40X instead of the D80, but didn't have the money at the time. Also wonder whether I would have been so obsessed with photography if I hadnt had such an easy introduction and a great inspirer..

Guess that didn't really help you much. Don't know much about the D60. Go with the one you like, that has the featuers that you want. And if you can, spend your money on lenses..

Sorry for not really being much of a help to you...

Comment #3

I wouldn't necessarily go for the best DEAL since you may get buyer's remorse in the long run and regret your purchase. There are usually tradeoffs. If you think you'll be in for the long haul look into the lens selection the brand offers. Nikon and Canon have the largest selection. They're market leaders for a reason, but that's not to say the other brands aren't competitive. Oly and Pentax have good kits and are good values but have limitations..

Look into the reviews and weigh the pros and cons. Since you most likely are buying into a system bodies come and go almost annually but quality lenses will outlast several generations.Regards,Hank..

Comment #4

Csshunk wrote:.

Of those choices I'd go with the Nikon D80. The reason being thatthe D80 supports all Nikon AF lenses. The 40x and the D60 are greatcameras, but for autofocus to work your lenses need to have the builtin motor. I'd hate to limit my lens choices..

There's no wrong choice here though, just personal preference..

-Chris.

Can't really say that lack of option is a problem. The only lenses I've wanted so far that can't autofocus is the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4..

Nikon has a fair few AF-S lenses at good prices that will autofocus, Sigma has HSM lenses that autofocus..

I almost get the impression that most lower/middle end lenses are coming with AF-S or HSM today?Other third party are coming with motor in lens soon..

But there are plenty of other good reasons to go for the D80 over the D40X/60...

Comment #5

CAnon XT is still available brand new, and for a great price. Pentax K100D is also available at a great price, with the availability of using ALL lenses that are Pentax mount going back 40-50 years (24 MILLION by PopPhoto's estimate). The Oly E510 2 lens kit is available at a great price, and it has the most effective dust shaker as well as LiveView. If you were to go nikon, get the D80, with the 18-70 lens rather than the 18-55.shinndigghttp://www.pbase.com/shinndigg..

Comment #6

Why the 18-70 over the 18-55? can you please explain the differences? thanks! Thanks everyone for your responses too!!..

Comment #7

The 18-70 is faster, that's to say, f2.8 compared to f3.5 with the 18-55. Better build as well. The general consensus is that the 18-70 is sharper as well, though I will say I was surprised as to how sharp the 18-55 is.shinndigghttp://www.pbase.com/shinndigg..

Comment #8

The reason you are having a hard time deciding is that the amount of difference between them is so small that it doesn't matter! The simple truth is all the manufacturers not only know how to build good cameras, they all pretty much DO build good cameras..

Just go buy something and start taking photos. Any minor deficiency in whatever you buy can easily - EASILY - be overcome with a minor adjustment in your shooting technique..

This is a serious reply and NOT some wise-guy answer. Forget the fan-boys whose entire self identity is invested in their favorite camera. They are 'spec sheet freaks' and not photographers.STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at my photos..http://www.photo.net/photos/GlenBarrington..

Comment #9

Haha! thanks for your honest response. I understand what you are saying. I think I am going to just buy what felt best in my hand, which was the nikon d60. anyways, thanks again!!..

Comment #10

What Glen said! If the D60 felt right, then it WAS right! Just do it....

RyanPK1981 wrote:.

Haha! thanks for your honest response. I understand what you aresaying. I think I am going to just buy what felt best in my hand,which was the nikon d60. anyways, thanks again!!.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #11

Imagine posting - "What religion should I join?" - and you will get into the spirit of what you have asked..

I haven't read all the responses but with today's camera's, you are really buying a lens system, with the camera as an accessory. In the old days, you bought a camera and used it for 20 years. Today models are changing yearly, I purchased the original digital Rebel in 2004; since then there has been the XT, XTi and now the XSi..

I can almost promise you that in five years you'll be wanting a newer camera as new whizz bang items are added. So chose your system wisely and know that the Digital Canon Rebel series is the most purchased DSLR camera in the world.Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.Joni Mitchell..

Comment #12

Rsn48 wrote:.

Imagine posting - "What religion should I join?" - and you will getinto the spirit of what you have asked..

Actually, he DID ask that! Just didn't use those words... .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #13

Glen Barrington wrote:.

The reason you are having a hard time deciding is that the amount ofdifference between them is so small that it doesn't matter! Thesimple truth is all the manufacturers not only know how to build goodcameras, they all pretty much DO build good cameras..

Just go buy something and start taking photos. Any minor deficiencyin whatever you buy can easily - EASILY - be overcome with a minoradjustment in your shooting technique..

Agree, a skilled photographer will be able to take great photos with any of those cameras...

Comment #14

RyanPK1981 wrote:.

I think I am going to just buy what felt best in my hand.

The wisest decision you could make, seriously - now go out and buy a few good books on the basics of photography, particularly composition, point of view, focus, depth of field and exposure...

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