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Interested in first DSLR. Primary uses would be sports action and continuous frame to capture sons track events. Thought I was sold on Nikon D40x with 18-55 and 70-300 VR. Now I see D60 is out. What are main differences, benefits? I am looking for simple operation and ease of use. My wife will also be using for nature, mountains.



How about the D40x vs D80 or Canon 40D? What is better for action shots if the starter lens we are thinking of is the 70-300 VR or comparable in Canon?.

How are the manufacturers warranty? Is there need for extended warranty from the seller? Adds 300-400 to a $1500 purchase so seems like a big mark up item...

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Newbie_dslr wrote:.

Interested in first DSLR. Primary uses would be sports action andcontinuous frame to capture sons track events. Thought I was soldon Nikon D40x with 18-55 and 70-300 VR. Now I see D60 is out. Whatare main differences, benefits? I am looking for simple operationand ease of use. My wife will also be using for nature, mountains.Definitely need simple because she will not be spending time to learntechnological aspects..

Hi,.

I wonder if she'll read that? Seriously, most of the complicated cameras can be set up and used as an expensive P&S by using "P" mode and "AF". A lot of posers do it all the time. It really is as simple as that..

How about the D40x vs D80 or Canon 40D? What is better for actionshots if the starter lens we are thinking of is the 70-300 VR orcomparable in Canon?.

Sorry the only person who can answer that owns both cameras and uses them that way, and that's not me..

How are the manufacturers warranty? Is there need for extendedwarranty from the seller? Adds 300-400 to a $1500 purchase so seemslike a big mark up item..

Yup, you've hit the nail on the head. And would you like the idea of a camera that needs that much spent on it to keep it working? If it was the same amount as a repair... Really you are buying three things, a camera, and two lenses. Experience tells me cameras sometime break but not that often and usually the makers will sort things out..

But beware as a friend had a Canon EOS 400D with an extended warranty and a couple of months after it expired the thing died on him. All he has now is an expensive door stop and a polite letter saying sorry and telling him it would cost 200 to repair. So really you have to take your chances but I doubt if the lenses will fail, so look at it as extra to the camera body price..

Being an old cynic; I'd say that an offer of an extra two year means it will probably last the extra two years without needing a repair. You might want the latest toy then, in any case..

Regards, David..

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Newbie_dslr wrote:.

Interested in first DSLR. Primary uses would be sports action andcontinuous frame to capture sons track events. Thought I was soldon Nikon D40x with 18-55 and 70-300 VR. Now I see D60 is out. Whatare main differences, benefits? I am looking for simple operationand ease of use. My wife will also be using for nature, mountains.Definitely need simple because she will not be spending time to learntechnological aspects..

There are all kinds of places you can read the specifications but the bottom line is the D40/D40x and D60 are all very similar feature wise. The problem is that you may find that the 3 frames per second too slow for your sons' track events (but your wife should be okay with nature...as long as the mountains don't move too quickly!!!). All of the cameras have an fully automatic mode where the camera will take charge of all the settings and a "Program" mode where you can select some of the settings like ISO, heck my wife has used my cameras and she isn't very technical. My instructions to her were, move the dial to "P", frame your shot, shoot the shot. She seems to be quite handy at it..

What I do like about the D40 (I have used a friend's) is that they have some neat graphics on the rear display...they don't help take a picture at all or affect the image quality but they are almost tutorial in what any adjustments you make do. For example, if you change the aperature, a little picture of an aperature changes on the rear display. Like I said, neat but doesn't make pictures any better..

How about the D40x vs D80 or Canon 40D? What is better for actionshots if the starter lens we are thinking of is the 70-300 VR orcomparable in Canon?.

The Nikon D80 or Canon 40D will be much better for action...or even the Canon 30D is said to be available new. Canon has what is reported to be a good 70-300 IS lense available...many seem to like it..

How are the manufacturers warranty? Is there need for extendedwarranty from the seller? Adds 300-400 to a $1500 purchase so seemslike a big mark up item..

I have owned 3 canon DSLR's, a 20D (sold to a friend), a 5D (love this one) and a 40D. None have given me any grief. Believe me, if I suspected that my 20D would not work faithfully in the future, I would never have sold it to a friend/co-worker that I see almost every day...who would hound me endlessly. I know that anything manufactured can break down but none of my Canon equipment has ever failed me. I wouldn't say that I pamper the equipment either...

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Listed. Much, much better..

Canon's 70-300IS is the equal of Nikon's 70-300VR. Neither is the fastest focusing lens you can get, but aren't bad..

For a little more you can get a Sigma 70-200/2.8 that would be a better lens for sports. You lose 100mm and IS though..

But it's nearly 2 stops faster at equivalent focal lengths. That is a BIG difference as the light goes down..

Gene..

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I am not an expert by any means, but as a new dSLR owner, I would highly recommend the Olympus e-410 or 510...the 510 is a bit better for only a bit more money and has IS in the camera body..

I have the e-410 and love it. As someone earlier said, however, the final decision is yours ,but for the money, the 410 or 510 are great cameras for the price and come with a 2 lens kit..

Jeff..

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I'd consider the D40 first then maybe the D60. The D40 is a bit faster in low light than the D40x, D60 or D80. It's only 6 megapixels but that doesn't make a difference other then is why it's a little better in low light..

It come with the fine 18-55 lens, but that won't be enough for your needs. For a little more you can get the 55-200 VR. I think the camera and both lenses come in at around $650..

I use a D80 and D300, but purchased a D40 and the 18-135 kit for my better half as a Christmas gift. She's never set anything out of the box on the camera and shoots auto-everything like a point and shoot. No sharpening and all default. She makes excellent images..

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