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I started shopping for a digital SLR and need a bit of guidance..

The biggest factor is my budget, I have currently about 600$ to spend, it is not set in stone, but I can not spend a lot more then this..

I am looking for a good starter kit, something to help me learn the hobby..

I've narrowed it down to Canon XT, Nikon D40 or Olympus e-330, 410 and 500..

The main function of the camera is to photograph a baby, and other family events. I also enjoy photographing nature shots..

The other major factor is to be able to upgrade. I would like to start purchasing lenses and in a few years upgrade the body. Or even buy some old, used lenses and practice with those...

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Although a Nikon D40 user myself - which I find a true gem and wouldn't exchange it for a Canon, EVER  - I'd probably recommend the Canon because you mention that you'd like to get used old lenses. Although Nikon can get a lot of good old lenses, it autofocuses only with AF-S and AF-I, so your options are much more limited.http://www.flickr.com/photos/96953368@N00/..

Comment #1

Any will be fine, make sure you handle all to see which feels right for you. The Nikon can only autofocus with lenses that have their own focus motor, but that's not much of an issue. I'd veer towards the Nikon or Canon personally, because of the lens ranges..

Alex.

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Comment #2

If you buy used, C350D will be best choice. nice prices for used parts. If you buy new one, go for Nikon D40 - nice cheap kit lenses.Why does he do it?..

Comment #3

Foredeck wrote:.

I've narrowed it down to Canon XT, Nikon D40 or Olympus e-330, 410and 500..

The only thing I don't like about the Nikon D40x is that it doesn't have a built-in lens focusing motor so fewer lens options (auto-focus-wise), but would that make a big difference to you???.

I started with and use Canon DSLRs (previously shot with a Nikon film SLR), but that's only because it was a Canon that was on sale at a price I couldn't pass up..

Don't know much about the Olympus models other than I'm thinking I may eventually move-up to a full-frame DSLR as I'm sometimes not thrilled with the 1.6 crop factor effect - I don't often take long telephoto shots therefore the crop factor effect isn't an "asset" to me. Well if I sometimes don't like a 1.6 crop factor, I know I wouldn't like having to deal with a 2x crop factor..

The main function of the camera is to photograph a baby, and otherfamily events..

If indoors then I highly recommend budgeting for an external flash. An external flash will typically be much more powerful than the on-board flash as well as provide for the opportunity (depending on the flash) to tilt & swivel the flash head thus allowing one to bounce the light from the flash. Flash bounced off a white ceiling (for example) looks better than direct flash from the pop-up flash..

The other major factor is to be able to upgrade. I would like tostart purchasing lenses and in a few years upgrade the body. Or evenbuy some old, used lenses and practice with those..

One nice thing about Canon - although old Canon FD lenses are of little use - is the ability to use old lenses from other manufacturers..

Http://ca.geocities.com/spirope/EOSclassiclenses.htm.

Http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/eosfaq/manual_focus_EOS.html.

Http://photonotes.org/articles/eos-manual-lenses/#canonfd.

I bought a Nikon-to-EOS adapter for $20 or so off ebay a couple years ago so I could mount an old Nikon 50mm lens to my Canon..

Now they have adapters available which supposedly give focus confirmation:http://search.ebay.com/af-confirm_W0QQ_trksidZm37QQfromZR40.

Good Day,Roonal.

'Money doesn't buy happiness, but it makes for an extravagant depression' by golf tournament sportscaster..

Comment #4

Im using a Nikon D40 myself and I think it's a great camera. It has it's drawbacks but so does any camera. I'd say the real advantage the D40 has over the XT is the kit lens, Nikon's kit lens is very good and will last a while. Their both good camera's tho and I think any of them will be fine for your needs. Go to a camera shop and try them out, see which one feels best.I can't speak of the Olympus models as I know nothing about them..

If you want to see some D40 picture's(mostly nature/city pics) all taken with the kit lens you can visit my flickr(link below).

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Http://www.flickr.com/photos/14807929@N05..

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The Olympus E-330 is one of the more unique and versatile gems on the market, and at the prices it's going for now, I wouldn't hesitate to get one. In fact, I already did .

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