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Narrowed it down between two cameras: Thoughts?
Ok...so i've read a ton over the past couple of weeks. Reviews, opinions etc. etc..

Went to my local camera store and looked at these two cameras:.

Nikon D40.

And.

Sony Alpha 200.

Like the look and feel of both. Feel that both would be tremendous for my first SLR camera. very excited about this and just need to do last bit of research, opinions and so forth..

They are both about the same in price. ($500)..

Being as that I am still, very very new to all this and still learning as fast as I can, would anyone care to share their thoughts on these two cameras?.

THe good?The Bad?The ugly?.

I was trying to find out about the image quality of the two. I would imagine both are very good. I was also trying to find out the strengths and weakness of both cameras..

Anything else I should be aware of?Anything else I should be looking for or considering?.

I am planning on going back to the store, looking at them and holding them, again. .

In the meantime, was looking to get final input here..

Thank you everyone. Everyone here has been great..

Cheers,.

Jason..

Comments (12)

If live view and in-body shake reduction are important, go for the Sony. If they aren't that important, go the Nikon..

If in-body shake reduction is important, but live-view is NOT, have a look at the K200D.....

Comment #1

Hey Jason!.

While I cannot give you specific advice regarding these cameras as I own a different brand, I can say that with a DSLR you are buying into a "system" and might want to look closely at the lenses and accessories and make certain they suit your needs and projected needs. If you anticipate getting seriously into DSLR photography as a hobby, then you can plan to spend several times the cost of your camera body on lenses, not to mention other accessories. Make certain whichever brand of camera has a good assortment of brand name and secondary name lenses to give you the widest options. Obviously Nikon has a huge and highly regarded assortment, and other manufacturers such as Sigma and Tamron make a large variety of lenses to fit Nikon cameras. I'm not as familiar with what lens type the Sony uses, but check it out..

Ergonomics and feel to me are very important. If it doesn't feel good using it, I may not be tempted to carry such a heavy and large object around. Ease and logic of the controls is essential...so spend some time with your options until you get a good feel for them..

You'll doubtlessly receive strong opinions on one or the other...or more likely both! And these opinions will be from much more experienced people than I, so I'll leave that to those who know better..

Just remember the camera is a tool and an experienced/talented photographer can make beautiful images from very simple cameras, so don't stress too much over the equipment and just have fun using it!.

All the best,.

Phil.

Jason Williams wrote:.

Ok...so i've read a ton over the past couple of weeks. Reviews,opinions etc. etc..

Went to my local camera store and looked at these two cameras:.

Nikon D40.

And.

Sony Alpha 200.

Like the look and feel of both. Feel that both would be tremendousfor my first SLR camera. very excited about this and just need to dolast bit of research, opinions and so forth..

They are both about the same in price. ($500)..

Being as that I am still, very very new to all this and stilllearning as fast as I can, would anyone care to share their thoughtson these two cameras?.

THe good?The Bad?The ugly?.

I was trying to find out about the image quality of the two. I wouldimagine both are very good. I was also trying to find out thestrengths and weakness of both cameras..

Anything else I should be aware of?Anything else I should be looking for or considering?.

I am planning on going back to the store, looking at them and holdingthem, again. .

In the meantime, was looking to get final input here..

Thank you everyone. Everyone here has been great..

Cheers,.

Jason..

Comment #2

Both are fine cameras and will serve you well for a long time..

I prefer the D40 for a number of reasons. One, you can get it with the excellent 18-135 AFS kit lens instead of the typical kit lens..

The D40 takes absolutely superb images out of the box in auto mode with not worries..

The D40 has a superb spot meter..

The D40 is a gateway into Nikon glass, in my opinion the best there is..

Now, the down side. People will tell you that the D40 can't use lenses that don't have built in motors and they'd be right. The thing is, Nkon, as well as others, offer more AFS (in lens motor lenses) than most camera companies offer total lenses. Moreover, AFS lenses are faster and quieter than the other kind, so that's the only lens you're going to want. In the future, all lenses will be AFS..

Finally, the D40 will mount nearly every lens Nikon has made since 1959. You might have to use it manually, but it will work fine. That means you can have fun at a garage sale or pawn shop buying fun lenses that will hook up to the D40..

Read this: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm.

Here's my gal with her D40 hooked up to one of my 70-300 vr zooms..

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Comment #3

I just had to make the same choice. Both cameras are excellent and I liked the feel of both of them. I went for the a200 for one reason - you can find a lot of cheap used lenses which will autofocus on it. Not so with the Nikon...

Comment #4

The current Pentax bodies and lenses are comparable or better than those at higher price points. Unless you need higher frame rates, it would be wise to take a look...

Comment #5

[snip].

Nikonhas a huge and highly regarded assortment, and other manufacturerssuch as Sigma and Tamron make a large variety of lenses to fit Nikoncameras. I'm not as familiar with what lens type the Sony uses, butcheck it out..

Sony has an agreement whereby Carl Zeiss supplies a number of top quality A-mount lenses..

Plus there is the whole Minolta heritage of A-mount lenses..

Plus Sony owns about 11% of 3rd partly lens supplier Tamron..

So lenses are not a problem with the Sony A-mount cameras..

[snip].

Just remember the camera is a tool and an experienced/talentedphotographer can make beautiful images from very simple cameras, sodon't stress too much over the equipment and just have fun using it!.

Fully agreed...

Comment #6

Re> I would imagine both are very good. I was also trying to find out the strengths and weakness of both cameras. <.

Sentence one; yes, you are right, both are very good..

Sentence two; probably not enough difference to matter to a newcomer, except....

With the Nikon, you can use a wide range (but not all) Nikon lenses, and a variety of non-Nikon lenses, mostly from Sigma. The Sony has fewer non-Sony lenses available, but then again, there will be enough to meet your needs..

Your idea of what feels good in your hands is a really good one..

BAK..

Comment #7

Appreciate the feedback everyone. Still have much to consider and look into..

I will still keep looking as well as head to the store and test out each camera. Ergonomics will be important..

Figure, I really can not go wrong either either. However, I do like the option to add more high-end lenses down the road. Something I will factor in..

Thanks everyone..

Jason..

Comment #8

I would go for the Sony..

The A200 has been getting great reviews and as has been said, there is a huge range of lenses. New from Sony, Sigma, Tamron and a few others. Used from the above and Minolta / KM. Minolta made over 25 million AF lenses in about 75 types that will work fully with the A200 and they are long lasting and mostly excellent quality. Most of my lens collection has been found on ebay and in second hand displays and I have saved a fortune but not scrimped on quality or ability. Don't forget that all lenses fitted to the A200 are stabilised..

Pop around to a dealer and try one out. If you don't like it, that's fine there are many other great DSLR's to choose from..

Malcy.

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Comment #9

Zadam wrote:.

If live view and in-body shake reduction are important, go for theSony..

The A200 doesn't have live view...

Comment #10

BAK wrote:.

With the Nikon, you can use a wide range (but not all) Nikon lenses,and a variety of non-Nikon lenses, mostly from Sigma. The Sony hasfewer non-Sony lenses available, but then again, there will be enoughto meet your needs..

As has already been mentioned, not all Nikon lenses work with the Nikon camera..

All Sony and all Minolta AF lenses work with the Sony. About the only independent lens manufacturer who doesn't make a Sony-fit lens is Tokina...

Comment #11

Tony Sx wrote:.

BAK wrote:.

With the Nikon, you can use a wide range (but not all) Nikon lenses,and a variety of non-Nikon lenses, mostly from Sigma. The Sony hasfewer non-Sony lenses available, but then again, there will be enoughto meet your needs..

As has already been mentioned, not all Nikon lenses work with theNikon camera.All Sony and all Minolta AF lenses work with the Sony. About the onlyindependent lens manufacturer who doesn't make a Sony-fit lens isTokina..

Not true about Tokina. I have a Tokina 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 that I use on the Sony A100 and all my other A-mount cameras..

On the other hand, I don't much like the Tokina lens...

Comment #12

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