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which DSLR for a beginner with big hands?
I stopped at a camera shop this afternoon just to handle a few DLSRs. I played around with a Canon Rebel and a Nikon D40, but both felt too small. I felt like if I used either for very long my hand would be cramping up. The Nikon D80 felt much better to me. Definitely something I'd be more likely to use more..

Anyway, which cameras are in that same size range that I might check out? Let's say my budget is $500-1,000 and I'd not opposed to buying refurbished or slightly used...

Comments (32)

I should also add that I like the top LCD of the D80...

Comment #1

I have big hands and love my D40. The D60 wouldn't be a bad choice either...

Comment #2

D80 with the vertical grip so your little finger has some rest on it. Try it. D40 (d40x, d60) are too small for big hands..

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Comment #3

Anything other than the D80 that has a similar size?..

Comment #4

40D, but it's not in your target budget. I have gonormous hands, and even without the battery grip, it's a great fit.40DTamron 17-50 f/2.8Canon 70-200 f/4 USMCanon 50mm f/1.8Flash- T.B.D...

Comment #5

Look for a good used Nikon D200. A lot of people are selling their D200's so they can buy D300's. The price of a good, used, low shutter count D200 is now around $800-1000. The size is about a third larger than the D40 or Canon XTi. My son has large hands and he has repeatedly told me that he wished he had my D200 than his Xti. And no, I'm not trading cameras with him...

Comment #6

How about the D200. It's a fantastic camera, and bigger than most in your hand. And it's right in the middle of your budget used, or you could even get a new one without a lens at the top end of your budget..

I bought the D200 over the D80 solely because it felt a lot nicer in my hand. It's bigger and heavier, but it just feels so right, and all the controls feel like they are exactly in the right place. You have to hold one to see what I mean. Image quality-wise, it's going to be pretty much identical to the D80. The viewfinder might be nicer than the D80, and definitely better than the D40. I can't give any comments about other brands though..

I have smallish hands, yet I grew up using larger cameras. Some people with big hands like smaller cameras, It's so subjective though that it's impossible to advise. Just go to a camera store and pick up a lot of them!.

Amy..

Comment #7

All theses models have now been superseeded..

Canon 30DNikon D200Pentax K10D.

They can still be had for a good price, and they have a solid build & feel to them & do not feel to small to hold.Nikon & Pentax have good weather sealing..

I have a vertical grip on the Pentax & it feels awsome. the contours on the grip look like it's moulded into the camera.I've not tried the grip on either Canon/Nikon but should feel just as nice..

Cheers.

Del..

Comment #8

The Canon XSi will be a hot camera I predict. The Rebel is a smaller camera on purpose, but put the battery grip on and it has a much larger heavier feel. Don't rule out the Rebel until you have tried one with the battery grip added.Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.Joni Mitchell..

Comment #9

Yes you might find a D200 for 800-1KBut would it not also be nice to actually get a LENS so you can take some shots..

If you like the D80 and it's comfortable and it's in the range then get the D80. Its a good camera. If you have to have something for comparison check out the Olympus E510. You can get it with a 2 lens kit for under 700. You might also want to look at the Sony A350.

Bottom line get what is comfortable for you. All the DSLRs out now are fine cameras and all will take great shots once you learn how to use them..

Jim.

Olympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #10

Billmanweh wrote:.

I stopped at a camera shop this afternoon just to handle a few DLSRs.I played around with a Canon Rebel and a Nikon D40, but both felt toosmall. I felt like if I used either for very long my hand would becramping up. The Nikon D80 felt much better to me. Definitelysomething I'd be more likely to use more..

Many of us advise people to go hold cameras and buy the one that "feels' right. You have already done that, so don't look any farther! All dSLRs are great cameras and take good pix...if you learn how to use them. You are smart to rank the "feel" highly..

Anyway, which cameras are in that same size range that I might checkout? Let's say my budget is $500-1,000 and I'd not opposed to buyingrefurbished or slightly used..

Unfortunately, most of the other cameras that have a good "feel" are more expensive. You might try the Pentax K10D? Or, as has been suggested, a used D200 or 30D?.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #11

You can get a Canon 30D (body alone) now for about $750. Or, you can get this great camera and the 28-135 mm lens for about $1280. Some people think the 30D is Canon's best semi-pro camera. It is relatively large and is suited for persons with large hands..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #12

Oly e510 fits nicely in my large hands...

IS in body as opposed to the canon/nikon crowd, dust reduction that actually works as opposed to any of the others, live view and the best kit lenses of any manufaturer make it a great choice for the $650 you can buy it for now. add a shoe mounted flash from Oly or metz and you have a great kit with money left over for CF cards and a bag and even an extended warranty from Oly..

It's a no brainer.....

Comment #13

The E-510 IS a great little camera. You should go hold it. You'll probably find it's quite small and uncomfortable. freealfas is an Oly fan... .

Freealfas wrote:.

Oly e510 fits nicely in my large hands...

IS in body as opposed to the canon/nikon crowd, dust reduction thatactually works as opposed to any of the others, live view and thebest kit lenses of any manufaturer make it a great choice for the$650 you can buy it for now. add a shoe mounted flash from Oly ormetz and you have a great kit with money left over for CF cards and abag and even an extended warranty from Oly..

It's a no brainer....

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #14

Chuxter wrote:.

The E-510 IS a great little camera. You should go hold it. You'llprobably find it's quite small and uncomfortable. freealfas is an Olyfan... .

Why because you do... I trust the OP can come to his own conclusions..

And for my being an Oly fan, am I any more so that the canon/nikon contingent around here... I don't think so.....

Comment #15

Billmanweh wrote:.

Anything other than the D80 that has a similar size?.

D50, D70. Both long discontinued. 6MP, same as D40. Very similar size to D80...

Comment #16

Very comfortable in a larger hand. Great ergonomics and very intuitive interface. The kit can be had for under $800. With it's weather sealing it makes it the deal in under $1k range. I personally shoot a Nikon D40, D300 and D3 AND a Pentax K10D...

Comment #17

I just bought the Xsi and I can see how handling this camera would feel small in your hands, I'm an average 5 foot 10 inch guy with average size hands, and it feels a bit small to my feel. However, on my 300D camera (original Digital Rebel) with the batther grip on, the Rebel feels quite good..

The same will be true with this camera, once you add the battery grip, it will feel quite good. At the same time I purchased the Sigma 1500mm f2.8 lens macro and the camera felt a little top heavy with this lens. Again adding a battery grip would balance out the camera as well as making it more hand holdable.Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.Joni Mitchell..

Comment #18

Maddogmd11 wrote:.

Yes you might find a D200 for 800-1KBut would it not also be niceto actually get a LENS so you can take some shots..

Yeah, I would say the D80 is towards the upper limit of my budget. I'd like to be able to spend $1,000 and end up with the camera and at least one decent lens to get started with...

Comment #19

Freealfas wrote:.

Chuxter wrote:.

The E-510 IS a great little camera. You should go hold it. You'llprobably find it's quite small and uncomfortable. freealfas is an Olyfan... .

Why because you do... I trust the OP can come to his own conclusions..

I also trust the OP to make his own decisions. I have never even touched an E-510, but I HAVE read the reviews and read the comments of many people. The consensus is that the E-510 is quite small in the hand, but not as bad as the little Canons...I think it feelas much like the D40 from what owners say. This is NOT bad, just the way it is..

And for my being an Oly fan, am I any more so that the canon/nikoncontingent around here... I don't think so....

I have to disagree with you. You are IMO one of the worst Oly fans I have encountered. EVERY post of yours is the same...you join a thread and suggest nicely that the OP should get an OLY...that it's a no brainer, implying that if the OP chooses something else, that's a sign of stupidity..

As I have said on many occasions, I like Oly cameras, but many of their customers are pests and do Oly a lot of harm. Although I DID seriously consider an E-3, I had reservations about associating with wacko Oly kids... .

Lest you think I'm oblivious to the Nikon nuts, I find them anoying too. But they are higher class and just a small minority. .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #20

Chuxter wrote:.

Freealfas wrote:.

Chuxter wrote:.

The E-510 IS a great little camera. You should go hold it. You'llprobably find it's quite small and uncomfortable. freealfas is an Olyfan... .

Why because you do... I trust the OP can come to his own conclusions..

I also trust the OP to make his own decisions. I have never eventouched an E-510, but I HAVE read the reviews and read the commentsof many people. The consensus is that the E-510 is quite small in thehand, but not as bad as the little Canons...I think it feelas muchlike the D40 from what owners say. This is NOT bad, just the way itis..

So you are telling me an opinion based in no experience but ones ability to read information from others is woth more than an owner's, I have large hands, I think my e510 is comfortable, that's all I offered based on my ownership implying nothing more than it's worth a look, if it works great if not move on to others..

And for my being an Oly fan, am I any more so that the canon/nikoncontingent around here... I don't think so....

I have to disagree with you. You are IMO one of the worst Oly fans Ihave encountered. EVERY post of yours is the same...you join a threadand suggest nicely that the OP should get an OLY...that it's a nobrainer, implying that if the OP chooses something else, that's asign of stupidity..

As I have said on many occasions, I like Oly cameras, but many oftheir customers are pests and do Oly a lot of harm. Although I DIDseriously consider an E-3, I had reservations about associating withwacko Oly kids... .

Lest you think I'm oblivious to the Nikon nuts, I find them anoyingtoo. But they are higher class and just a small minority. .

Charlie Davis.

You can interpret my suggestions to consider an Olympus however you'd like, I never implied stupidity, I simply offered up some points to consider. how you take that is your problem as I by no means meant to imply stupidity..

At the same time sorry if I don't tow the party line. these posters looking for camera suggestions see canon, nikon, canon, nikon.... I've simply offered up another viable option or options in some cases and made a point that there is a world of photography beyond the standard mantra the newb or first timer is not being shown by the masses..

Sorry to bother chuxter you but your arrogance and condescending attitude is even more tasteless as it is intentional..

To the OP, it was a shot in the dark nothing more as I've enjoyed mine and face a similar situation with hand size. I was simply trying to help out with a suggestion..

The no brainer comment was based in zealousness as opposed to insult, sorry if it was taken otherwise as that wasn't the intent...

Comment #21

One of the reasons I've bought an A100 a year ago was because it had a bit more space for my hands. I haven't got the biggest hands in the world but the XTi and D40 feel too small for me, while the A100 was (is) 'just right'..

Of course, the A100 is already an older model which's been replaced by the A200. Dunno if it's about the same size as the A100, but it could worth a look at both.(and perhaps the other Sony A300 and A350 as well).

I'm lazy to post my pics here. So you can look at them here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/neonights..

Comment #22

Freealfas wrote:.

The no brainer comment was based in zealousness as opposed to insult,sorry if it was taken otherwise as that wasn't the intent..

I thought it might be helpful to let you know how your "no brainer" remark could be interpreted. There is really no reason for you and other people to be zealots. These are just cameras we are discussing....

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #23

Rsn48 wrote:.

I just bought the Xsi ...At the same time I purchased theSigma 1500mm f2.8 lens macro ....

Forget the XSi...where did you find that LENS? How much was it? What's the working distance (I assume it's measured in feet)? .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #24

Then you might want to let up on the bias comments and sleights you're spewing about me through the other threads..

You made your point but the condescending jibes could stop as well. I simply enjoy the Olympus equipment and am happy to offer it up as option to the standard party line that get towed around here as wrote..

People are looking for options, there are more options than Nikon and Canon out there and I'm not afraid to mention them politely when it seems the blinders are up for them to do what they may with the information...

Comment #25

The lens is great, I didn't really challenge it yesterday, day one of owner ship as I wanted to get some quick shots out on the net for interested folks who are contemplating the Xsi camera..

Here is a shot I took at ISO 1600, which was to demonstrate a fast ISO for noise, but I was also interested in the bokeh of the Sigma lens, I was happy with the displayed bokeh in the link below:.

Http://picasaweb.google.com/...SigmaLens450D27Mar08/photo#5182623013341916226.

Here's a quick grab shot I did of three boats at a wharf, this was at ISO 800, I like the "feel" in this shot:.

Http://picasaweb.google.com/...SigmaLens450D27Mar08/photo#5182623777846095474.

At 1:1 macro the lens focuses to 38 centimetres, about 15 inches however you lose the f2.8 as the lens automatically shifts to an f5.6. I have the Sigma Ring Flash light so f5.6 isn't a big deal. I haven't shot any macro's yet..

I bought the lens in Vancouver, BC at Broadway Camera (not the USA company) and paid $690 +taxes. We generally pay more for lenses in Canada..

My initial impression of the Sigma lens is - Wow!Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.Joni Mitchell..

Comment #26

Freealfas wrote:.

You made your point but the condescending jibes could stop as well.I simply enjoy the Olympus equipment and am happy to offer it up asoption to the standard party line that get towed around here as wrote..

Have you owned other brands? I suspect you would like them equally as much as the Oly..

People are looking for options, there are more options than Nikon andCanon out there and I'm not afraid to mention them politely when itseems the blinders are up for them to do what they may with theinformation..

You see "blinders" when there are no "blinders". N&C make bigger cameras than O does. All the posters were suggesting large options. Only the E-3 is large in the Oly line. Nobody had "blinders" on. You have a large problem when you see any post/thread that DOESN'T mention Oly, like if a group doesn't seem to consider the Oly brand, then that group is wearing "blinders"! Sheesh!!!.

My point is that it's YOU who have on the "blinders"...you can't see what you are doing...which, BTW, is not helpful to the OPs on this forum..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #27

To either a D80 or a Canon 30D. I want to go to a camera store and hold both before I decide. I'm also kicking around the idea of spending a little less than my planned budget and getting a D70. Just something to think about...

Comment #28

Let us know what you think..

Billmanweh wrote:.

To either a D80 or a Canon 30D. I want to go to a camera store andhold both before I decide. I'm also kicking around the idea ofspending a little less than my planned budget and getting a D70.Just something to think about..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #29

The size of the camera was one of the big factors in buying the camera I bought. The D40/D60, Rebel XTi, and Pentax K100D all felt too small in my hand and I don't have very large hands. I then looked at the Pentax K10D and Sony A100 in addition to the D80. I found the K10D much heavier then the D80. Although the A100 felt great in my hand I didn't like the positioning of the shutter button and some other nitpicky things. In the end, I bought the D80 because it felt much better in my hand and, I too, like the top LCD.



It took me a good six weeks to make the decision after going back and forth daily about which camera to buy. I originally ordered the D40 but then cancelled the order. Then the D60 and cancelled that order as well. Each time I wasn't completely convinced I could live with the size of those bodies. Now that I have the D80 I can honestly say that I made the correct decision..

Nick..

Comment #30

Billmanweh wrote:.

Anything other than the D80 that has a similar size?.

Take a look at the Pentax K10D..

You can pick them up brand new for less than a D80, and a much better camera overall!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Remember.always keep your receipt, the box, and everything that came in it!..

Comment #31

Rsn48 wrote:.

I just bought the Xsi ...At the same time I purchased theSigma 1500mm f2.8 lens macro ....

Chuxter wrote:.

Forget the XSi...where did you find that LENS? How much was it? What's the working distance (I assume it's measured in feet)? .

Rsn48 wrote:.

At 1:1 macro the lens focuses to 38 centimetres, about 15 inches however you lose the f2.8 as the lens automatically shifts to an f5.6. I have the Sigma Ring Flash light so f5.6 isn't a big deal. I haven't shot any macro's yet..

I bought the lens in Vancouver, BC at Broadway Camera (not the USA company) and paid $690 +taxes. We generally pay more for lenses in Canada.My initial impression of the Sigma lens is - Wow!.

LOL: I don't think the Penny dropped although I've done similar myself...

Comment #32

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