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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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SLR Camera

ok i've been wanting one but don't really know which one to get. People kept telling me to get a Nikon D90 but others says i don't need it for a begginner. Does anyone here know anything about SLR cameras and give me some suggestions to start with?

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D40 is supposed to be a good starter DSLR. They're all probably more than what you currently need. I guess the thing to think about is if they're are any lenses in particular that interest you and to make sure they're compatible with the camera you like.

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The D90 is a great camera. IMO, but what you like and can afford now. If you don't know how to use all the features, you'll learn. Not worth it to buy a "starter" camera only to buy another one a year later.

I also like the canon lineup.

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The D90 is a great camera. IMO, but what you like and can afford now. If you don't know how to use all the features, you'll learn. Not worth it to buy a "starter" camera only to buy another one a year later.

I also like the canon lineup.
yeah i don't want to buy something now and then buy a different one down the road.

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I like the D90. go for it! I have it and have no complaints. never took a photo class in my life and I did pretty decently.
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I got a Canon DSLR for xmas (thanks, honey!). I was looking at the XSLR originally but in speaking with my sister in law, who is getting her MFA in photography, the DSLR is just enough for me, as my first step above a point and shoot.
The Nikons get slightly better reviews but since I'm familiar with the Canon menus, etc. sticking w Canon was a best bet for me.

One thing she told me-- old Canon 35mm lenses don't fit on new Canon digital cameras. Nikon, however, retained the same mount so if you have older lenses you want to use they will fit. You have to do everything manually with the old lenses but that's better than spending $$$ if you're just a beginner.
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Search the Photographers forum, I have a number of posts going back 1-2 years on the same topic. I'd recommend picking up a D40 or D40x,D60 if you can still find them. They will be cheap and are excellent for a 'beginner'.

And you WILL buy something different down the road, it's just a matter of when. The bodies are dated as soon as the next model comes out, yet it's still a camera and still takes pictures just as good as it did when it was new. That said, I have over 25,000 exposures on my original D40 after 3+ years and I don't feel I've outgrown it yet. The compact format lets me take it pretty much anywhere.

Do not buy more than you need simply because people tell you that you'll buy a new camera in 1 year, that's BS. I'm STILL learning how to use certain features on my D40 in different ways.

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D90 Hands down. If you can afford it, jump on it. You'll grow into the features.

I started on a D70s because it was the most I could afford at the time...I quickly learned to shoot better then the camera, and moved up to the D200 and then D300. Knowing what I do now, I'd have started a level higher if I could afford it, even if I had to go used.

That said, it's the lenses that will be with you forever, so don't skimp out on the lenses...though there are some inexpensive ones that do really well (in the Nikon lineup at least).

Demo, we're in the same town. Feel free to hit me up for some SLR chat. I happen to be putting together a little photo booth this weekend for some macro work if you want to visit and check it out.

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Here, I ran the search for ya:
https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...archid=3388049

All of those photos are from the 'cheap' D40 and a $500 lens (18-200VR) lens.

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If your a beginner, i doubt you will outgrow any SLR camera. And since today, the cameras are pretty good in technology with resolution. not the old 400X400 pics

I have a Sony digital SLR. Its a decent camera with a lot of nice features. I got it because it came with an extra lens. So now i can do far shots at the drag strip very easily.

Pictures turn out great because your a great photographer. Learn how to take pictures. A lot of todays cameras that are SLR are so computerized it takes the guess work out of it like the 35mm cams. You have to think about the shot before you take it. Where the sun is at, if the object is moving, will the background be blurred, where should the focus in the picture be etc....
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My wife has a D40, great little camera and they can be had cheap!

If you are willing to buy used there are amazing deals on older gear that is still really nice. As a photographic tool the some of these older cameras are just amazing but they don't have all the bells and whistle of the new cameras live video, monster sized LCD screens etc.

What kind of budget are you working with here? That's the big issue.

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Oops I misspoke. I got the XSLR; was looking at the DSLR. Either way, I think I'm keeping it. Once I get back from xmas break I'll open it up and play with it.
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The lens is more important than the body for 90% of the users out there. A D40 or Cannon = with a good lense is better than a higher end body with a lesser lense.

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Demo, we're in the same town. Feel free to hit me up for some SLR chat. I happen to be putting together a little photo booth this weekend for some macro work if you want to visit and check it out.
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Here, I ran the search for ya:
https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...archid=3388049

All of those photos are from the 'cheap' D40 and a $500 lens (18-200VR) lens.
really nice looking pictures there. thanks
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The lens is more important than the body for 90% of the users out there. A D40 or Cannon = with a good lense is better than a higher end body with a lesser lense.
i hear that alot a friend of mine said he switched to canon because lens are better

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i hear that alot a friend of mine said he switched to canon because lens are better
I call bullshit on that.

Each brand has models that have their strengths and weaknesses. If anything, I'd say they were equal, with some models on either side being *really* strong. And in the past two years, Nikon has really made a push to fill in their weak spots.

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really nice looking pictures there. thanks


i hear that alot a friend of mine said he switched to canon because lens are better
With raven on this. Its bumpkis. Canon has MORE lenses. They also have a couple I wish Nikon would get off their ass and make (ie 70-200 F/4 for one).

Get a Canon or Nikon and you cant go wrong. These are the top dogs.

Canon usually has lower prices over comparable Nikon equipment.

Nikon though can use lenses from 1970 (or older) on most DLSR models. Canon changed mounts a few times.

If you can swing a D90, get it (or if you go Canon, T1i or 50D). D90 doesnt require AF-S lenses to autofocus (D40/60/3000/5000 lines do. You can use non AF-S lenses on these but they will be manual focus).


Best thing is to go try each one and see what feels good to you. A D90 is bigger than a D5000 physically and a bit heavier.

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I shoot canon...because nikon doesn't make a 24 or 35mm f1.4 lens.

So, about that budget?

and what is a XSLR?

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Re: SLR Camera

This is a bike forum.

Canon is like Honda

Nikon has been kicking a lot of ass lately. So we'll call the Suzuki

Canon has been the bigger dog for a while. If you look at the photo area for pro sports or the olympics it is 85% Canon (white lenses) that said most of those lenses cost more than a d90 so that level might not matter to you.

They both are excellent choices. Buy what your friends shoot so you can borrow lenses (I should have done that )
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I had D40 and did upgrade to D90 and love it.
On the beginning I was looking at Canon's but they where to big for my hands.
Whatever you choose Canon or Nikon you will not regret you decision, but go to the store and touch both of them. We can make a huge argument over the cameras but I would say it's a personal preference. Try to stay away from D40 they are outdated and out of the production. I would rather pick D5000 instead D40. Both of them don't have motors in the body so u have to buy lenses with them so = more money.
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