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Which camera works for my needs?
Hey everyone. I'm new here and I have been looking into buying a dslr camera for a little while. I have looked at a bunch of models including the D40, D60, Xti and the Xsi. I've also gone to the camera shop and tried them out for myself. I am however still confused on which camera and lens combo to go with..

Here is what I would be capturing with the camera..

Juggling - It's my hobby and unfortunately it is really hard to get a good picture of. I would be taking picture of my friends and also at juggling festivals around the east coast..

Rock Concerts - Another one of my hobbies. I usually take pictures for my friends bands but the low light and high movement of the band members gives me problems with my point and shoot..

China / The Olympics - I'm going to the Olympics and China this summer and I want to take the camera with me there. I understand I probably won't be able to get awesome shots of the Olympic action, but I'd like to take pictures of China's landmarks and landscapes..

My future career which is a Physical Education teacher. So lots of action shots in not the best lighting..

Based off that, from my very limited knowledge I'm learning away from the D40. The XTi takes more frames per second than the D40 in continuous which is definitely a plus for the juggling and action shots. Based of what I want to do, which camera do you think would be best? Are there any cameras I'm overlooking? I'm obviously a beginner and I'm not looking for a very expensive camera. I am however willing to make an investment if it is for the better and will last a long time. Ideally I would like it to be under $900. (American).

Thanks in advance!.

- Anthony..

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I'm not sure why you would lean away from the little D40. It has excellent dynamic range and is good in low light..

The best in low light of the cameras you named is the Canon XSi, but I think it's the most expensive..

For just a little more than the XSi you could get a Canon 40D or might still be able to find a 30D for less. These are absolutly excellent in handling poor light and have a faster frame rate..

For me, the choice would be the D40 or all the way up to a 30D or 40D. Just my 2 cents...

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You also have to do some research on lenses. They make a big difference. More so than the camera itself I would say...

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Starbug wrote:.

You also have to do some research on lenses. They make a bigdifference. More so than the camera itself I would say..

The lenses do make a big difference, which is why you should stay away from the Nikon D40/40x/60. They can't autofocus with many of the moderately-priced lenses that are most suitable for sports, like the 85mm/1.8 or the 80-200/2.8. Great cameras otherwise...

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Greg Nut wrote:.

The lenses do make a big difference, which is why you should stayaway from the Nikon D40/40x/60. They can't autofocus with many ofthe moderately-priced lenses that are most suitable for sports, likethe 85mm/1.8 or the 80-200/2.8. Great cameras otherwise..

But there are tons and tons of lenses both by Nikon or Sigma and now Tamron that are AFS and work just fine on a D40-D60. As Nikon releases new lenses they are all AFS. Moreover, shooting sports one would only want AFS lenses for their speed. The 70-200/2.8, the 55-200, the 70-300, the 200 f2, the 300 f4, the 300/2.8, the 200-400/f4 and all the longer primes are all AFS and work just fine on the $479 D40. Sigma's wonderful 150 f2.8 APO Macro is also HSM as is most of their line and all autofocus just fine on the D40. The vast percentage of people buying a D40-D60 will absolutely never have to worry about the few AFD lenses left.



Just for grins, if you want to manually focus, every lens Nikon has made since 1959 will mount on the D40-D60 with no alterations. My Nikon D300 and your Canon can't say that...

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Guidenet wrote:.

Greg Nut wrote:.

The lenses do make a big difference, which is why you should stayaway from the Nikon D40/40x/60. They can't autofocus with many ofthe moderately-priced lenses that are most suitable for sports, likethe 85mm/1.8 or the 80-200/2.8. Great cameras otherwise..

But there are tons and tons of lenses both by Nikon or Sigma and nowTamron that are AFS and work just fine on a D40-D60. As Nikonreleases new lenses they are all AFS. Moreover, shooting sports onewould only want AFS lenses for their speed. The 70-200/2.8, the55-200, the 70-300, the 200 f2, the 300 f4, the 300/2.8, the200-400/f4 and all the longer primes are all AFS and work just fineon the $479 D40. Sigma's wonderful 150 f2.8 APO Macro is also HSM asis most of their line and all autofocus just fine on the D40. Thevast percentage of people buying a D40-D60 will absolutely never haveto worry about the few AFD lenses left.



Just for grins, if you want to manually focus, every lens Nikon hasmade since 1959 will mount on the D40-D60 with no alterations. MyNikon D300 and your Canon can't say that..

Yes, but the lenses you mention are almost all either extremely expensive or too slow (as in small aperture). The 70-200 VR, for instance, is about twice the price of the 80-200. Nicer lens, to be sure..

What's your alternative to the $400 85mm f/1.8?.

I'm not saying it's a bad camera, just not a sports camera. A used D70 would be a better bet...

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Ultimatly you are going to want to use Higher ISOs in those settings and the only camera that is going to really stand out is the Canon 5d, currently can be had for around $1650 up with rebate. Everything else is going to be pretty close in performance. You want good low light focusing ability. Canon rebates make canon a good choice if you starting out right now..

You could concider a used camera, people are always upgrading and selling the previous model. I sugest you go handle the camera and lens you want and see how the camera handles, you may find the small cameras don't balance well with heavier lens. The D40 is very small, I much prefer the D80 with grip but thats just me.Sincerely.

Ron J..

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Greg Nut wrote:.

Yes, but the lenses you mention are almost all either extremelyexpensive or too slow (as in small aperture). The 70-200 VR, forinstance, is about twice the price of the 80-200. Nicer lens, to besure..

What's your alternative to the $400 85mm f/1.8?.

I'm not saying it's a bad camera, just not a sports camera. A usedD70 would be a better bet..

I would agree that there is nothing at the 85 f1.8 equivalent, but that's not bad. Most people don't buy that particular prime focal lenght, especially D40-D60 buyers. Sigma released an HSM 50 1.4 and there's plenty of 105 2.8 lenses out there, not to mention the 60 2.8 AFS Nikkor..

I'll also bet that by the end of the year we'll see more fast primes in AFS..

I just don't think it much of a handicap, if any. Companies need to ease away from screwdriver autofocus lenses. They really aren't fast enough for fast action anyway, at least for many people...

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