D60 vs XSI

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Justinm59, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Justinm59 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2008
    Ok so I know there are lots of threads asking which camera to get but I just want some input on this decision. I am thinking of either getting
    this Nikon D60 kit with bonus 55-200mm lens and extra battery $750
    or this Canon XSi kit $750

    Both are $750 but the nikon comes with a zoom lens and extra battery is there any reason why I should go for the canon instead? is it worth not getting the lens? Thanks for the input.
  2. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Wow, that is real bargain you got there. If it's me, then go for it. There are a few downsides of owning a D60 but at the package you are getting, I'll forgot all the downside.

    But it comes to this though, how serious are you about photography? Are you planning to invest into accessories, lens and etc eventhough these things does not come cheap cause if you do, then I say it is important for you to look beyond these and see the whole camera brand lineup like do you like the lens selection and etc.
  3. mdo574 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008

    Check out the nikon D5000 : http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Digital-SLR/25452/D5000.html
  4. Justinm59 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2008
    thanks for all the help so far. Photography is just a hobby for me right now, I'm a videographer and hope to become more serious into photography down the road. Would Nikon continue to fit my needs if I start doing some proffesional work?(with an upgraded body and more lenses) Or is canon a better choice for the long term. Once I get the camera I will start getting lenses that will lock me ink the brand so I'm trying to make an educated decision.
  5. DeepCobalt macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2007
    Over and around
    I'm the "thread starter" of the D90 vs. XSi thread... and FWIW, if I had to choose between the D60 and the XSi, it would be the XSi hands down. No question. The D60 has several limitations in my view, not the least being the lack of AF in the body. I would almost get the D40 over the D60. And I really don't like the D5000 (the replacement). Additionally, I would consider the T1i (the replacement to the XSi), but the 15 MP makes me worry about noise and low-light shooting--must be a packed sensor. Hence, I would definitely choose the XSi over the D60.

    That said, I really liked the D90, and hence my dilemma... although leaning towards the D90 at this point...
  6. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Erm I know about the D5000 so what is ur point? (asking politely)

    Engadget just released a comparison between T1i and D5000 and eventhough that is not a photographic website, but it nails all my assumptions about problem that the D5000 might get.
  7. tejota1911 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2006
    I just picked up the Nikon D60 Kit(Body, 18-55, 55-200, Case, & DVD) for $649 at hhgregg. If you end up going that route, have Best Buy price match hhgreggs price. I used it yesterday and had a lot of fun. Which brings me to my dilemma. Keep it, or return it for the more expensive XSi, or the even more expensive 50D. I had more fun with it than I expected, and I'm trying to decide if I should just buy a better camera to start with, or be happy with the one I purchased.
  8. Justinm59 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2008
    So after much research I've actually decided to go with the D5000. As a videographer it will be nice to have video, as limited as it may be, available to me at all times. Feel free to comment or criticize this choice it'll still be a few days till I go out and make my purchase.
  9. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Many beginner think they want an f/5.6 200mm lens. It will not be as usful as you think. f/5.6 is slow and 200mm on a crop body is a long lens.

    On the Nikon side a better deal is the D50 with the kit 18-55 lens, used for $350.

    Whichever you buy it will serve as the foundation of a larger system and determine the brand of lens and upgrade bodies you will buy for many years

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