Few Questions

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Tumeg101, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Tumeg101 macrumors 6502a

    Tumeg101

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    I am getting myself interested in photography and I have a few questions...

    1) What camera should I get? I have a tight budget ($300) and I will be buying used, so it doesn't have to be $300 when new, just $300 when used (on eBay).
    I will be using the camera for macro shots(60mm), sceneries, landscape, and portraits. I don't need anything too professional.
    EDIT: After looking, the only ones $300 or under, I found used... are Nikon D40 and D50... which would be better for me?

    2) Do Nikon lens' work with canon cameras? and even the other way around.
     
  2. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    Have you also checked out the prices on used D70s? They're also very good and capable cameras. Perhaps you could check out KEH.com. They are pretty good for used equipment, so I have read about here and also from the content of their site.
    Does your $300 budget include also buying a lens or will you add that on top of the $300? Or are you looking just for a body?
    The D50 might be better for you, unless you don't mind manually focusing since the D40 doesn't have a built in autofocus motor. That is if you will use any lenses that don't have AF-S. Not that learning to manually focus wouldn't be a fantastic idea anyway :D.

    I don't know much about the Canon to Nikon lens compatibility. All I do know it that they don't fit each other at all and I hear that trying to do so with adaptors isn't a great idea at all.
     
  3. Tumeg101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ty for your post, I haven't checked the D70's, so I geuss I will now :p
    The $300 budget is for the camera and the standard lens (on ebay I saw a D50 with the standard lens (the kit thingy) for $120 (still bids being made))
    Extra lens will be purchased when I get the money,
    and I actually would like to manually focus...
     
  4. arogge macrumors 65816

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    If you plan to use older Nikkor lenses or some third-party lenses, buy the D50 instead of the D40. Only AF-S and AF-I lenses will auto-focus when used with the D40.

    If you want to focus manually, you should be considering a camera with a proper viewfinder and a focusing screen, which were common before digital cameras and auto-focus.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The D50. The D40 lacks a focus motor and will only autofocus with lenses that have their own motor. The Nion 60mm lacks a focus motor. As do most of the used Nikon lenses. Get the D50 for better compatabilty with used Nikon lenses.

    No. Not even close. Once you pick a brand you are kind of stuck with it. Pick the brand carfully don't just go with whatever you find heap on eBay first.

    Your best bang per buck is with film. I doubt you could get a DSLR body and a macro lense for $300. But you could if you shot film. With Nikon you could buy a good manual focus film body and a macro lens for well under $300. Later get the DSLR and the lens will still work with the new body.
     
  6. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Actually, you can get an adapter that will allow the use of Nikon lenses on a Canon body- in fully manual mode. But in that case you're way better off with Canon lenses. The reverse doesn't work because of the distance to the sensor on Canon bodies.
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Have you actually used an auto focus lens in manual focus mode? Most of them are awful. The focus ring is to small, the throw on the ring is to short and there is a bit of "play" in the system. If you want to manually focus get a manual focus lens they are less expensive on the used market and they work much better.

    I would definitely recommend the D50 or D70 over the D40.
     

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