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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-10-2008, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Need a digi SLR

Could any of you guys recommend one? I looked at a couple and am lost in all the menus and such...I just want a good digi SLR that doesn't take all the fun out of it. Basically I want an SLR that just happens to be digital. I'm currently using a 1970's Russian SLR but I'm tired of test stripping and blowing money on paper.
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I can suggest a Nikon D80. Why I happen to have a nice used one for sale in mint condition!

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Nikon D40. Can't lose. Affordable and flexible. Easy to use Menu system and requires almost no custom settings out of the box.

That said, if you really want a point-and-shoot DSLR that is super simple, then I'd probbably say go with the Canon Rebel XTi. The features are limited but that gives you a very simple menu, plus other built-in goodies that you don't have to think about. The bundled lens isn't near as good as the Nikon's kit lens, but is still good.

The real question is if you are going to expand in the future, then decide between Nikon or Canon and buy into the Brand, not the first camera you buy. But if you want simple either of those will get the job done with no hassle. Try them both out and see which one 'feels' better.

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I'm looking for something 1k and under. I wouldn't mind something that I could grow into but again...I'm no pro. I'll check out the D40.
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Nikon D40 and D60 are comparable. A D80 is a nice step up with a few more options.

I recommend going to a camera shop or Best Buy and asking to hold them in your hand to see how you like the feel. Some people think Canon's feel like plastic toys.
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Search through this forum, I've posted a ton of stuff about the trusty D40, and why IMO the older D40 is better than the D40x and D60 from a dollar-value perspective. And I believe that you grow into Photography as a hobby/skill, not into a camera body which is made technically obsolete in a few years. Although obsolete or not, it still takes just as good of photos as it did when it was new.

EDIT: I missed that part about you using a current SLR, so if you are already a master photographer then disregard some of this Then you might want to move up to cameras with more bells and whistles if you already know all the basic stuff.

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Pending on your experience, you may want to shoot higher than D40. That's very on the intro level, and if you've shot with an SLR already, it might disappoint on some levels. You have the D40 as a good start, then the D60 which is a slight step up (it's a D40 with a few additional bells and whistles such as a nicer VR lens). Then you step up to the D80 which will give you notably better performance on things like ISO and faster focus. And from there, you can go to last generations semi-pro camera with the D200. Those can be had now for under $1000 and around $1200 I think with a lens. So from bottom to top I'd look at them in this order, D40, D60, D80, D200 and figure out which works best for you. If you are ok buying used, then something like the D200 can be had for an excellent price.
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Search the this forum, I've posted a ton of stuff about the trusty D40, and why IMO the older D40 is better than the D40x and D60 from a cost-perspective. And I believe that you grow into Photography as a hobby/skill, not into a camera body which is made technically obsolete in a few years. But obsolete or not, it still takes just as good of photos as it did when it was new and current.
Yea I'd agree that I'd prolly pick a D40 before a D60, but from there I'd shell out the few bucks more and go for a D80 (not just saying that because I'm selling mine ). Mort82 was a bad influence and is the sole reason I'm trading the D80 in for a D300. VTEC_EATER and Lonely Raven were no help there either Personally if you can save for an extra month or two I'd go for a D80 with a nicer lens such as the 18-70, or for a D200.
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Yea I'd agree that I'd prolly pick a D40 before a D60, but from there I'd shell out the few bucks more and go for a D80 (not just saying that because I'm selling mine ). Mort82 was a bad influence and is the sole reason I'm trading the D80 in for a D300. VTEC_EATER and Lonely Raven were no help there either Personally if you can save for an extra month or two I'd go for a D80 with a nicer lens such as the 18-70, or for a D200.
Was it worth it for the D300?
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Nikon D40 and D60 are comparable. A D80 is a nice step up with a few more options.

I recommend going to a camera shop or Best Buy and asking to hold them in your hand to see how you like the feel. Some people think Canon's feel like plastic toys.
Some people = me

If you've been developing your own prints, I'm guessing you are more serious about your photography than the average bear. I'd recommend the D80 as well, but definitely don't skimp out on your lenses. Invest in some high quality glass, it can make or break the quality of your shots.

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Yeh I just want to get away from film because I'm tired of paper...I think I might return to it later but right now I don't have 6 hours a night to spend in a dark room playing around with exposures when I can hit undo on the computer if I don't like something.
I'll take a look at all the suggestions...like I said I'm using a 70's soviet-era SLR...I'll post some shots I got with it when I get home from work. It does very well with portraits but none of those were scanned in.
Thanks for all the help guys, much appreciated.
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Was it worth it for the D300?
Yea it's an excellent camera

Oh and I also agree with Mort82 about the plasticy feel of the lower end Canons. No offense HDTony considering you have a crappy cell phone already but go slap anything other than a cheap kit lens on a small Rebel and try walking around with it. Your fingers will be hurting like a mofo from trying to hold the camera level all day. Ergonomics...FTW!
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I recently purchased the D40, you cannot go wrong with this camera! I love this camera. I got the camera, 2 lenses, bag, and 2 DVDs on how to use the thing shipped to my door for $549. When professional photographers use this camera on field assignments for the National Geographic, I'm sold.

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After reading up on things I'm leaning toward the D80, I'm going to stop in at a camera store and talk to their personnel and see what they recommend.
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Here are some older shots with the regular SLR...not bad for a 70's brute.



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I went to the store today and tried out a bunch of cameras...I like the D80 but the guy was really keen on Olympus...saying they have anti-shake whatnot built into the camera and not the lens. I dunno, doesn't seem likeit would be a real big deal since if I was shooting that low I could just use a tripod.
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where did you go? best buy? or a camera shop?

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I went to the store today and tried out a bunch of cameras...I like the D80 but the guy was really keen on Olympus...saying they have anti-shake whatnot built into the camera and not the lens. I dunno, doesn't seem likeit would be a real big deal since if I was shooting that low I could just use a tripod.
Blah. Get Nikon or Canon. Period. Not that the other cameras aren't 'good' but the range and depth of the big two when it comes to lenses and support can't be touched by Olympus, Pentax, or Sony/Minolta. Canon and Nikon are putting anti-shake technology in nearly all of their new lenses now instead of the bodies, so that's not a valid argument to me for buying into a smaller brand. IMO, for a hobbiest it's a hard sell NOT to go with Nikon.

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Yeh I'm pretty set on the Nikon D80 from everything I've read in the last week but I wanted to hear what a camera retailer would say. Do you guys have a site you could recommend to purchase a camera online? I've searched and found some low prices but am wondering if anyone has any good experiences with any sites.
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i've liked b&h photo/video from the dealings i've had with them. although not the cheapest place around, they do offer good service.

Why wouldn't you want to buy it from a local place so you can get a warranty and have some place to go for help/support/questions/etc?

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Yeh I'm pretty set on the Nikon D80 from everything I've read in the last week but I wanted to hear what a camera retailer would say. Do you guys have a site you could recommend to purchase a camera online? I've searched and found some low prices but am wondering if anyone has any good experiences with any sites.
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I order my stuff from Adorama. They are top-notch and have very good prices.

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i've liked b&h photo/video from the dealings i've had with them. although not the cheapest place around, they do offer good service.

Why wouldn't you want to buy it from a local place so you can get a warranty and have some place to go for help/support/questions/etc?
Well the camera itself comes with a warranty and I can always get it serviced at the shop later if the need arises but my issue is they charge several hundred dollars over what I've seen on some sites.

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Since I'm new here I don't really want to get into a business deal with someone I don't know and not saying this is the case but I wouldn't want any drama coming up in case the thing decided to explode or something the day after I bought it.

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I order my stuff from Adorama. They are top-notch and have very good prices.
Thanks Shadrach, I'll check it out.
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Biggy is legit. I've sold some camera equipment on here and convinced Biggy to buy a D300, hence the reason he is selling the D80.

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I don't even get into business arrangements with my best friend...so its nothing personal. I have just found from personal experience that its best to keep fiscal dealings seperate from personal ones.
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I don't even get into business arrangements with my best friend...so its nothing personal. I have just found from personal experience that its best to keep fiscal dealings seperate from personal ones.
BH photo is a good site as well as the one Shadrach mentioned.

Be careful of no-name sites we haven't mentioned. Always good to check http://www.resellerratings.com/ before using a site.
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