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Which entry dSLR? Age old question...but with new info
Sorry for the length of this post. I am a rookie shutter bug. I have been shooting with a Fuji S5200 and love playing with the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. I have found the flash to be virtually useless as it washes out objects virtually every time. I shoot a bit of live band photography which is in extremely low lighting and have rarely had the opportunity for a decent shot because of the noise at ISO's above 400..

The age old question has risen...D40, D40x, 400d, or even 30d. I have held the camera's and I don't gravitate towards one brand over the other. My main concern is fitting the camera to my shooting needs. A lot of family settings, Christmas dinners, Baby portraits, vacations. Also a lot of band shooting, concerts, backstage, etc..

I would almost be willing to say my choices are between the nikon's (that's what I always thought I would be buying), but I am greatly intrigued by Canon's noise control at high ISO's. Budget is a concern, I would like to stay between $500-800ish. One day I might be willing to splurge on a better all purpose lens, but would prefer to spend money on a good flash and diffuser..

The argument (all kit's with a lens).

Nikon D40 ($480):.

*I've heard shoots better in low light over the D40x because of the lower pixel count.*6MP doesn't bother me since I am mainly shooting for smaller prints.

*The lower price would allow me to purchase something like the SB-600 which (I think) would greatly help on indoor shooting.*easier for newbie to get a decent photo.

D40x ($580):*A little more money for 4 more MP*still enough room to buy a good flash*both D40s have better lens than Canons.

Canon 400d ($600):*Cleaner shots at higher ISO's*more room for growth*BUT...sub par kit lens.

Canon 30d ($800):*A step up over all of the other cameras*BUT...does it come with the same sub par lens as the 400d?*no money left for any extras.

I am anxiously awaiting the review of the new 450d, but for now I am extremely torn between nikon and canon, and somewhat torn between the options within the brand. It seems that all cameras will work well in the family settings, but the concert shots seem to be the delihma. What do I need to get good concert shots? Can I achieve this with a D40 and the right settings, or will the canon be a better fit?..

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Nikon+ 50 1.8/1.4.

-or-.

Canon 50 1.8/1.4.

I'd say:.

Canon 350d+50mm 1.4.

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Comment #1

I understand using the extremely low aperture for low light shooting. Is this lens a one trick pony (indoor low lighting), or can you use it outside? I prefer not to get into a ton of different lenses. I need to ease into this hobby..

Khane wrote:.

Nikon+ 50 1.8/1.4.

-or-.

Canon 50 1.8/1.4.

I'd say:.

Canon 350d+50mm 1.4.

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Comment #2

Jacob1733 wrote:.

I understand using the extremely low aperture for low light shooting.Is this lens a one trick pony (indoor low lighting), or can you useit outside?.

Of course you can use these outside. You can stop down to f/22 if you like..

But....

Khane wrote:.

Nikon+ 50 1.8/1.4.

The D40, D40x and D60 will not autofocus with either of these lenses..

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Comment #3

2 lens olympus e510 kit for <$650 gets you the best kit lenses and leaves enough money for a shoe mounted flash(fl-36). In body IS, 10mp, live view, and a dust reduction system that actually works which the others can't say. go handle all of them before you buy as handfeel at this point is one of the bigger points as all of these cameras are more than capable..

Zuiko lens path is exceptional. it's a great consumer grade dslr that only gives to the canon a bit better high iso performance but doesn't give to the point that it's not usable...

Comment #4

Nickleback wrote:.

Of course you can use these outside. You can stop down to f/22 ifyou like..

(Cue laughter) I am a newb. I didn't see anything that noted the lens would change aperture. Thanks. I guess prime lenses are just a fixed focal length...not aperture..

The option of a 350d and 50mm 1.4 sounds really sweet. Any other takers on some advice. I assume the 50mm 1.8 is a significantly inferior lens??..

Comment #5

Jacob1733 wrote:.

Sorry for the length of this post. I am a rookie shutter bug. I havebeen shooting with a Fuji S5200 and love playing with the aperture,ISO, and shutter speed. I have found the flash to be virtuallyuseless as it washes out objects virtually every time. I shoot a bitof live band photography which is in extremely low lighting and haverarely had the opportunity for a decent shot because of the noise atISO's above 400..

The age old question has risen...D40, D40x, 400d, or even 30d. I haveheld the camera's and I don't gravitate towards one brand over theother. My main concern is fitting the camera to my shooting needs. Alot of family settings, Christmas dinners, Baby portraits, vacations.Also a lot of band shooting, concerts, backstage, etc..

I would almost be willing to say my choices are between the nikon's(that's what I always thought I would be buying), but I am greatlyintrigued by Canon's noise control at high ISO's. Budget is aconcern, I would like to stay between $500-800ish. One day I might bewilling to splurge on a better all purpose lens, but would prefer tospend money on a good flash and diffuser..

The argument (all kit's with a lens).

Nikon D40 ($480):*I've heard shoots better in low light over the D40x because of thelower pixel count.*6MP doesn't bother me since I am mainly shooting for smaller prints*The lower price would allow me to purchase something like the SB-600which (I think) would greatly help on indoor shooting.*easier for newbie to get a decent photo.

D40x ($580):*A little more money for 4 more MP*still enough room to buy a good flash*both D40s have better lens than Canons.

Canon 400d ($600):*Cleaner shots at higher ISO's*more room for growth*BUT...sub par kit lens.

Canon 30d ($800):*A step up over all of the other cameras*BUT...does it come with the same sub par lens as the 400d?*no money left for any extras.

I am anxiously awaiting the review of the new 450d, but for now I amextremely torn between nikon and canon, and somewhat torn between theoptions within the brand. It seems that all cameras will work well inthe family settings, but the concert shots seem to be the delihma.What do I need to get good concert shots? Can I achieve this with aD40 and the right settings, or will the canon be a better fit?.

I would limit your choice to Canon20d, 30d, Nikon d70s or D50 or pentax K100d super or K100d...maybe one of the new mid range Sonys..unless you want to go up in price that is...

The Nikon D40 IS a good low light camera, just there are not many lenses for it for those situations (maybe the same with D60 and D40x)..

I have shot hundreds of bands with my Pentax 6mp cameras (Ist*D and K100d)...useable iso 3200 some good low light lenses and stabilisation....the best bang for buck in low light..

People do get good band shots with all dslrs though Oly, Sony etc, just some are better than others..

Some of the newer higher mp cameras will be good as well simply through sheer size ...can be downsized to reduce noise...plus newer cameras have improved circuitry to go with the improved sensors..

Posted before.

Heathen Ritual from last year with the k100d and tamron 17-35 2.8-4 jpeg as taken..

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Neil.

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Comment #6

I honestly feel that if I had my time over again, Nikon would be my choice right now..

However, all the makers do some nice stuff, and have pros and cons..

I do feel that you might want to check out a D80, there are some good deals out there right now, and it's plenty of camera to grow into..

I find the D40 range has too many nice features stripped out, in particular nikons excellent wireless flash system, is gone (well gone via onboard flash control), the 3 point AF system is somewhat dated nowadays too. Still a nice camera to handle, the D40 6mp can be had for peanuts though..I would take it over the D40x myself. But the 80 is where real nikon starts..

Saying that, if you are going to peek at the entry level cameras, you really have to look at all the brands. Pentax have some good deals going, even the K10d is selling for not much more than most makers entry models, and it's a class above that. Oly have some interesting stuff too, also good discounts on slightly older models..

Even sony might be worth a peek, I am an A mount user, and the A200 looks better featured than the Nikon entry level systems, you can get some nice and well priced lenses on ebay also..

Really down to your own personal taste. I have used a 30d many times, and it's a fine well built camera, handling is not to my own personal liking that much though..

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Comment #7

Jacob1733 wrote:.

...Nikon D40 ($480):*I've heard shoots better in low light over the D40x because of thelower pixel count.*6MP doesn't bother me since I am mainly shooting for smaller prints*The lower price would allow me to purchase something like the SB-600which (I think) would greatly help on indoor shooting.*easier for newbie to get a decent photo.

D40x ($580):*A little more money for 4 more MP*still enough room to buy a good flash*both D40s have better lens than Canons.

Canon 400d ($600):*Cleaner shots at higher ISO's*more room for growth*BUT...sub par kit lens.

Canon 30d ($800):*A step up over all of the other cameras*BUT...does it come with the same sub par lens as the 400d?*no money left for any extras.

Your summary is pretty accurate. And the answers you have so far are a mixture of sound impartial advice and tribal loyalty..

Bottom line - any DSLR will take most of your shots. You only need worry about concert/low light shots..

I do a lot of low light photography and shoot with both a Nikon D80 and D50. Any of the cameras you list plus the D80 will give you decent ISO 1600 performance. The Canons will give you a tad cleaner image than the D80 but IQ on the Nikons you list will just as good. We are talking fractions of a percent margins here..

My suggestion would be to go for a D80 and shoot RAW in light low where the difference will be even more marginal (so budget to buy Capture NX). My reasoning:.

The VF on the D80 is MUCH better than the other Nikons or the 400D - Important when shooting in low light..

The D80 will AF with inexpensive primes. A D80 plus 50mm f/1.8 will be cheaper than a D40 with the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 That screw drive gives you access to a much wider rnage of used glass like the Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8.

You are right about the older Canon kit lens so you would need to upgrade..

I would say your choice realistically is between a D80 and a 30D. Both will do the job well for you. Both will give your proper control at the margins in low light photography. You may find the 30D a bit bulky compared to the D80..

A couple of shots to show you what you can do with a D80 and older used glass. All are at ISO 1600 shot RAW and pp'd in Capture NX:.

D80 plus 80-200 f/2.8 (an expensive lens but a good used buy) at 80mm f/3.2 1/125th from a tripod.

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D80 plus 50mm f1.4 f/4 1/60th on a monopod.

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And in case it is helpful a similar shot to the first one but shot with the D50 and 50mm f/1.4.

F/3.2 1/250th on a monopod.

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If you can find a reconditioned D50 grab it. Sears were remaindering new ones only two weeks ago. A used D50 is more debatable and they do not come particularly cheap. A recond D80 would be a safer bet..

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Comment #8

Jacob1733 wrote:.

Nickleback wrote:.

Of course you can use these outside. You can stop down to f/22 ifyou like..

(Cue laughter) I am a newb. I didn't see anything that noted the lenswould change aperture. Thanks. I guess prime lenses are just a fixedfocal length...not aperture..

Yep..

The option of a 350d and 50mm 1.4 sounds really sweet. Any othertakers on some advice. I assume the 50mm 1.8 is a significantlyinferior lens??.

The 50/1.8 build is inferior. It's similar in build to the 18-55 kit lens..

The 50/1.4 isn't the best build of a Canon lens, but it's a whole lot better than the 50/1.8..

Optically they are pretty similar, except the 50/1.4 gives you an extra 2/3 of a stop. However IQ of the f/1.4 isn't stellar wide open. But if you need f/1.4....

I'm waiting to see how the recently announced Sigma 50/1.4 (which in Nikon mount will AF on a D40, BTW) performs and costs. It should be a better build than the Canon 50/1.4..

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Comment #9

I recently bought a D40 and love it. It takes great pictures with the kit 18-55 lens. You can get them online for under $500 easy..

I love the D40 but I would also recommend going to a shop and holding each of the cameras. You want to make sure it is comfortable. That is the main reason I went with the D40. It feels great in my hand...

Comment #10

For me I would go with the 400D with the new 18-55is kit lens which has had great reviews,add in the 50mm f/1.8 and you should still be in budget.Better yet go used and pickup a 20D+flash+lenses from fleabay or even a used 400D.With your budget Canon will give you better fexibility unless you look at D80 and above.Definitely more bang for buck with Canon.PJT..

Comment #11

My biggest problem with the Canon is the feel of it. Its not comfortable in my hands but they varies person to person. For me I didn't feel natural in my hand and was harder to hold...

Comment #12

I must admit that I got excited when I realized you could get a solid lens for concert shooting for $300 or less (50mm 1.4). I am a beginner so I don't want to do overkill, but I also don't want to wish I had more room to grow. The infamous lack of motor focusing (or whatever you call it) on the d40 has started to sway my view. So, an update..

With Kit lenses.

1. Canon 350d ($440) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250 on fleabay)=$690.

2. Canon 400d ($580) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250) =$830*I like the larger LCD but I don't know if that plus 2MP is worth $140.

3. Nikon D80 ($805) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250)=$1055 (yikes)*A nice step up in the camera world...but hey...I want a hobby.

4. Nikon D50 ($400 used on fleabay) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250)=$650*It's used on ebay vs. a new 350d for only $40 more.

Any wisdom on fleabay purchases in respect to the D50 or a lens? As of now it seems like the 350d plus 50mm has a strong lead as far as price and fit...

Comment #13

Keh.com gets you a 60 or 90 day warranty and return period no questions asked on their used equipment and very fair prices taking the ebay factor out of the equation... another thought for your shopping..

Comment #14

Note that the 350D/XT has been out of production for some time and any you see on the shelves are old stock - great camera, but supplies are drying out quickly..

Any of the bodies you are considering will do the job, quite adequately. the area to spend some time and $$ is on lenses. *most* of the time, one of the f/2.8 zooms will do the job.. when they don't, you usually are going to be struggling even with an f/1.4 prime...

What lens you need depends on how close to the stage you are - depending on the venue, 50mm can easily be much too long!.

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Comment #15

Jacob1733 wrote:.

I must admit that I got excited when I realized you could get a solidlens for concert shooting for $300 or less (50mm 1.4). I am abeginner so I don't want to do overkill, but I also don't want towish I had more room to grow. The infamous lack of motor focusing (orwhatever you call it) on the d40 has started to sway my view. So, anupdate..

With Kit lenses.

1. Canon 350d ($440) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250 on fleabay)=$690.

The Kit lens CAN be used for bands/concerts but you will miss a few shots while shooting, and if the light gets really dim you may have to pass. The 50 1.4 will be good though will limit your shots to portraits and probably only those up front..

2. Canon 400d ($580) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250) =$830*I like the larger LCD but I don't know if that plus 2MP is worth $140.

Same as above...there are better Canons for this...look for a second hand 30D or 20D. The Canon kit lens (old one) is not as good as some others...the new one is ok though..

3. Nikon D80 ($805) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250)=$1055 (yikes)*A nice step up in the camera world...but hey...I want a hobby.

I would go for a lower priced camera with a better lens rather than higher priced camera and lesser lens if you are budget limited..

4. Nikon D50 ($400 used on fleabay) plus 50mm 1.4 ($250)=$650*It's used on ebay vs. a new 350d for only $40 more.

This would be my choice of those on your list though the D50 maxes out at iso 1600 (I think) while the Pentax K100d I use has the same sensor but has reasonable iso 3200 and all lenses are stabilised..

Any wisdom on fleabay purchases in respect to the D50 or a lens? Asof now it seems like the 350d plus 50mm has a strong lead as far asprice and fit..

It used to be said that for music photography you needed 2.8 and faster lenses..

I now think that that only applies for cameras with a max useable iso 800 or so and that you can use f4 lenses with cameras that have decent 1600 and 5.6 with 3200 etc....ok it is not as simple as that....but it helps to have a decent iso 3200 or higher AND fast lenses..

Kirsty Lee Akers from last year (again) with K100d iso 3200.

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The Gingers from 2006 (again) with my 4 year old ist*D also at iso 3200.

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If you LIKE the Canon 350d more then go for it, it will be ok for what you want...if you are serious though you will find yourself wanting a 30d or 40d fairly quickly (if you go Canon)..

I would LOVE a Nikon D3 and appropriate lenses but the kit I want would cost me 20000 or more....so I will stettle for my lowly k100d and good 3200 and stabilised...plus some old Nikon lenses are even more useable to me on my pentax than they are on any Nikon dslr..

Buy what is right for YOU!..

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ScottyNV wrote:.

Any of the bodies you are considering will do the job, quiteadequately. the area to spend some time and $$ is on lenses. *most*of the time, one of the f/2.8 zooms will do the job.. when theydon't, you usually are going to be struggling even with an f/1.4prime...

What 2.8 zoom would you recommend? All of the canons that i've seen are $1000. I'm diggin' on the 50mm 1.4...is there a decent standard zoom that is closer to that $300 mark...maybe even another brand? Am I forced into higher apertures at the lower price? If I were to buy a body only, what would be a worthy step up from the crappy 18-55 that would be around $300...or at least a more reasonable price?.

What lens you need depends on how close to the stage you are -depending on the venue, 50mm can easily be much too long!.

I typically have free reign at the type of shows I would shoot. I can be side stage, front row, back row, or even on stage. That leads me to believe that the 50mm would work well...

Comment #17

Jacob1733 wrote:.

What 2.8 zoom would you recommend? All of the canons that i've seenare $1000. I'm diggin' on the 50mm 1.4.

About $100 more than the 50/1.4:.

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Comment #18

The Tamron 28-75/2.8...

Or the Sigma 24-70/2.8..or Sig 20-40/2.8...

These are all much less than $1000 (US or equivalent)..

My comment on the 50 being much too long comes from some personal experience in local pubs/clubs... 24mm on my 5D would just about allow me to get a half-body shot of one performer... let alone the whole band - on a full-house night..

If you are shooting larger clubs this may not be an issue, but there will always be times when you want wider for atmosphere shots..

Yes, the Canon offerings are pricey.. but IMO, worth their cost.. currently my only non-Canon eq. is the Sigma 600 mirror-tele (lower IQ than the Canon 600, no AF, no aperture control... but at about the same weight as the Canon 70-200/4L, it has a place in the bag when far from civilization and every pound counts!) for more normal lenses, I have saved up and bought the Canon ones because IMO they work best with the Canon bodies - not the cheapest, but all real workhorses day in and day out...

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Comment #19

Thanks for the great input. I may have a purchase combination in mind with an all purpose/family lens and a low light/concert lens..

Camera:Canon 350d or 400d*the new 450d also might win me over (I'll dig some cash up from somewhere).

Lens:Canon 18-55mm IS*I keep hearing good things about this lens*I also might consider the canon 28-105mm f3.5Canon 50mm 1.8 II*The price lets me play with this option without having to commit.

Flash:Strobist Kit fromhttp://www.mpex.com/page.htm?PG=Strobist%20Kits.

As I grow I will swap the lenses for:.

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (or the Tamron 28-75)Sigma 30mm 1.4 (or the Canon 50 1.4).

Let me know if I am missing any other similar options or helpful accessories (other than case, memory card, etc.)..

Comment #20

Jacob1733 wrote:.

I typically have free reign at the type of shows I would shoot. I canbe side stage, front row, back row, or even on stage. That leads meto believe that the 50mm would work well..

For concert/stage work 17/18-50 is too limiting. You will pick up a Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 for quite a reasonable price. It is a big heavy lens. But I do quite well witn a 50mm f/1.4. Most of the time I am shoot f/2> to get the depth of field but if the stage lighting is low key f/2 is very useful for flat on shots where depth of field required is limited..

My personal recommendation for a zoom would be a D50 (or D80 if you can find one at a good price used) plus a used Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8. That is a real quality lens at an affordable price. If you get an 18-55 that comes with the cam that would be fine for a walk around..

Note: The 35-70 is AF not AF-S and will not AF on the D40/D60. It is the ancestor of the present 24-70 f/2.8..

Chris Elliott.

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Chris Elliott wrote:.

Jacob1733 wrote:.

I typically have free reign at the type of shows I would shoot. I canbe side stage, front row, back row, or even on stage. That leads meto believe that the 50mm would work well..

For concert/stage work 17/18-50 is too limiting. You will pick up aSigma 24-70 f/2.8 for quite a reasonable price. It is a big heavylens. But I do quite well with a 50mm f/1.4. Most of the time I amshoot f/2> to get the depth of field but if the stage lighting is lowkey f/2 is very useful for flat on shots where depth of fieldrequired is limited..

My personal recommendation for a zoom would be a D50 (or D80 if youcan find one at a good price used) plus a used Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8.That is a real quality lens at an affordable price. If you get an18-55 that comes with the cam that would be fine for a walk around..

Note: The 35-70 is AF not AF-S and will not AF on the D40/D60. It isthe ancestor of the present 24-70 f/2.8..

Chris Elliott.

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The best low light value camera with some of the best DR is the Nikon D40 which can be had for a song ~$500 for the kit. Add in the 50mm f/1.4 or 1.8 and you will not have any issues in low light until conditions get awful. I shoot the D40, D300 and D3 and I surprise myself how many times I will take the D40 because it is small, light and simple and is easy to use and produces great pictures and easily prints at 8x10. The D40's photo cells are close in size to the D3 in DX format and with the larger photo cells it has the ability to collect more light before the onset of noise. The D40 works very well up to ISO800 and is still very usable at ISO 1600 sometimes requiring minimal noise reduction..

At the end of the day, pick up the bodies and handle them. Buy the one that feels the best in your hand and is the most intuitive to use. Things you want to be able to get to quickly are WB, ISO, and NR settings. The key to good indoor low light photography regardless of brand is the ability to do manual WB settings. Auto on any of the brands in low level, mixed incandescent and xxx light is the bane of most photographers...

Comment #22

Chris Elliott wrote:.

My personal recommendation for a zoom would be a D50 (or D80 if youcan find one at a good price used) plus a used Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8.That is a real quality lens at an affordable price. If you get an18-55 that comes with the cam that would be fine for a walk around..

Would you rather have a D80 with the 18-55 (around $800).

Over a 400d with a canon 28-105mm 3.5..or similar lens(around $800)??..

Comment #23

Jacob1733 wrote:.

Would you rather have a D80 with the 18-55 (around $800).

Over a 400d with a canon 28-105mm 3.5..or similar lens(around $800)??.

Yes. Reason? The vastly superior viewfinder. Working with a small VF in low light will be difficult. You can replace the 18-55..

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #24

Wchp wrote:.

The best low light value camera with some of the best DR is the NikonD40 which can be had for a song ~$500 for the kit. Add in the 50mmf/1.4 or 1.8 and you will not have any issues in low light untilconditions get awful. I shoot the D40, D300 and D3 and I surprisemyself how many times I will take the D40 because it is small, lightand simple and is easy to use and produces great pictures and easilyprints at 8x10. The D40's photo cells are close in size to the D3 inDX format and with the larger photo cells it has the ability tocollect more light before the onset of noise. The D40 works very wellup to ISO800 and is still very usable at ISO 1600 sometimes requiringminimal noise reduction..

I don't disagree with your comments but one can make the exact same comments about the D50 which has exactly the same sensor and large photo cells. Regretably one still has to add the caveat that the 50mm will not AF. (It is all right for you. You can take the big cams when the going gets tough ;~). Trying to AF at F/2 in a live show is hastle I can do without! ).

At the end of the day, pick up the bodies and handle them. Buy theone that feels the best in your hand and is the most intuitive touse. Things you want to be able to get to quickly are WB, ISO, and NRsettings. The key to good indoor low light photography regardless ofbrand is the ability to do manual WB settings. Auto on any of thebrands in low level, mixed incandescent and xxx light is the bane ofmost photographers..

100% agree. Never use Auto WB. With theatre I tend to preset at the ordinary incandescent setting. Gels will often take you away from 3000K but that is a deliberate alteration of colour that you want to capture not eliminate. The same would go for light shows. Mixed lighting which is not changing it is best to preset..

The other good practice for low light regardless of brand is to shoot RAW. You are often shooting at the margins in low light and need the edge that RAW can give you..

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