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xJus10x
May 30, 2010, 01:11 PM
I'll start off by saying I've been looking for a hobby for awhile now. I've always been interested in photography, and after reading http://reviews.cnet.com/best-prosumer-dslr-cameras/?tag=contentMain;contentAux I'm only more confused. I want something that will last awhile so spending $200 more for something that will last a couple years isn't really that big of a deal. Would going with a D5000 over a D3000 really make a difference?

And lastly, can you guys recommend a beginners guide - be it book or online guide. Overall I'd just like help selecting a camera and then a reference to a complete beginners guide. Finding where to get accurate information is the hardest part!



JackHobbs
May 30, 2010, 02:18 PM
I cannot comment on the Nikon choice as I have a Canon 50D, which I am very happy with, and I have two/three lenses. Once you have bought a few lenses it becomes very expensive to swap.

What I can recommend once you have made your choice however is the Magic Lantern guides, which are the handbooks that you wished your camera came with.

I would also recommend the Ken Rockwell website. Love him or loathe him, he does have a lot to say on Nikon SLRs. The site may help your decision.

Good luck.

RainMeister
May 30, 2010, 05:08 PM
Save your money for good lenses; i.e., start out with an entry-level camera body. You won't get better results with a more expensive body.

A good starting point to learn online: http://www.geofflawrence.com/photography_tutorials.htm

A favorite book of mine on understanding basic exposure: http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-Photographs-Digital-Updated/dp/0817463003

leighonigar
May 30, 2010, 05:10 PM
The D5000 is a much better camera than the D3000, it's questionable that it would make any real difference to your photographs, it depends how much into things like noise and chromatic aberration you are. It's a generation newer technology.

Ken Rockwell is loathed by many, and pilloried as a joke of a photographic writer, but I rather enjoy it articles. Perhaps take him with a pinch of salt, particularly if you do not appreciate when he is being unserious.

All current DSLRs are fine, generally the Canons seem a bit more high-tech at any given time, but that doesn't mean they are better than the Nikons. The image quality is swings and roundabouts, and many people do not like the way the low end Canons feel in their hands, nor how the controls are laid out. Pentax, Sony and Olympus, all make good digital SLRs, and none of the current models are real dogs, all capable of taking good pictures. You could not make a bad choice really.

xJus10x
May 30, 2010, 05:20 PM
Thanks all for your responses, I will most definitely read everything recommended. I can't wait to get started!

luminosity
May 30, 2010, 05:28 PM
I'd avoid Rockwell and read an actual pro at both writing and photography and that's Thom Hogan: http://bythom.com/

leighonigar
May 30, 2010, 05:49 PM
I'd avoid Rockwell and read an actual pro at both writing and photography and that's Thom Hogan: http://bythom.com/

He's not nearly as much fun.

(But I check his homepage every day).

toxic
May 30, 2010, 06:18 PM
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm

He's not nearly as much fun.

(But I check his homepage every day).

at least his articles are accurate. with Rockwell, you have to know enough to sift the truth from the crap, and if you know enough to do that, you don't need to read his articles.