Good Entry Level DSLR

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  1. thunderweb macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for a good quality entry level DSLR right now. I'm interested in the Nikon D40 and possibly the D60. The reason I'm looking at the D60 is because it comes with the 55-200mm lens and I would really like to have more than just the 18-55mm lens. Thanks for the advice!

    BTW I am fairly new to the world of photography and I don't even own a camera at the moment lol.
     
  2. techie4life macrumors 6502

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    The D60 doesn't necessarily come with the 55-200, maybe you are looking at some sort of kit. If you do want to get the 55-200, skip the non-VR version, it's worth the extra money for the VR. I think both the D40 and the D60 are very capable cameras and great starter DSLR's. Anyone on here will tell you to stay away from the D40x, and I see that you didn't even list it as a choice, so that's great! Here are some links for reviews of the two cameras for you to read:

    http://www.popphoto.com/Reviews/Cameras/Camera-Test-Nikon-D60
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonD60/

    http://www.popphoto.com/Reviews/Cameras/Camera-Test-Nikon-D40
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/NikonD40/

    I will tell you this: neither camera has a built-in autofocus motor, so you will have to manual focus a lens such as the 50mm f/1.8, if you decide to get one. I personally have a D80 and love it. You could also check in to buying a D80, they are much cheaper nowadays!

    Hope that helps! Good luck!
     
  3. thunderweb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info! Do you think it would be less expensive to buy the D40 body and a Nikkor VR lens that fit my needs? or do they make any that are 18-200mm?
     
  4. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Sure, you can buy a lens that does 18-200 or even 18-270. The thing to know about such "superzooms" is that they tend not to be very sharp. The smaller the range, the easier it is for manufacturers to optimize the focal lengths for sharpness.

    Also, you should know that Nikon has just announced the D5000, which is the successor to the cameras you are considering. The D40 and D60 are still fine cameras, of course.
     
  5. techie4life macrumors 6502

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    They do make an 18-200VR, but that will run you around $700 new. I don't know what your budget is, but there is also the 18-105VR (the D90 kit lens) and the 18-135 (not VR). I don't know what kind of shooting you will be doing and what your budget is, so I can't give one solid recommendation right now.

    EDIT: Phrasikleia's post came in while I was writing mine. Take his advice over mine, he's much more experienced! The D5000 is definitely a good option also, it really just depends on your budget!
     
  6. OceanView macrumors 65816

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    The lens depends on what type of photos you will shoot.
    For a beginner, I would suggest something in the 18-55 range.
     
  7. thunderweb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, my budget isn't high enough to include a $700 lens unfortunately but I think that for what I'm doing the 18-55mm would most likely do everything I need it to and later on down the road if I get more into it I can purchase another lens. I just want something that will last me for awhile and I won't end up regretting not buying the more expensive camera. Thanks for helpin me out!
     
  8. techie4life macrumors 6502

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    No problem! That sounds like a plan. I started off buying my D80 with the kit lens and the 50mm f/1.8, and I added the 55-200VR a few months later. You will be happy with whatever you choose!
     
  9. JosephBergdoll macrumors 6502

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    I'd suggest a used Canon 20D with a Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
     
  10. thunderweb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why would you recommend the Canon over the Nikon?
     
  11. JosephBergdoll macrumors 6502

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    I prefer Canon's lens lineup and glass quality, and I find Canon's menus to be much more intuitive. And because I've been shooting Canon for the past 3 years.
     
  12. ftaok macrumors 601

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    I'm sure you meant 50mm f/1.8 ...

    just making sure the OP realizes it and isn't looking for some mythical lens that doesn't exist.

    I wonder how much a 500mm f/1.8 would cost if it were practical to make?

    ft
     
  13. LittleCanonKid macrumors 6502

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    It would probably stop being a lens and start becoming a WMD once it hit 500mm f/1.8. :eek:
     
  14. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    Just a heads-up.... you'll find that Nikon people are Nikon people and Canon people are Canon people (i.e. you will get somewhat biased comments). I'm a Canon person and will only recommend Canon. I've owned many Canon products and feel that their quality is superb.

    Nikon is an outstanding brand, as well. What I would suggest is that you go to a photography or electronics store and grab a hold of different models of both brands of cameras. Feel their weight, the location of the buttons, go through their menus, and figure out which brand and model you like better. Voila!
     
  15. Razeus macrumors 601

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    Don't waste your time on Nikon entry levels. Go for Canon. The XS and if you can swing it, the XSi.
     
  16. thunderweb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot guys. I'll be going into the camera store at the end of this month when I get paid and check both the Nikon and the Cannon out some more. I'll post some photos when I get one!
     
  17. DeepCobalt macrumors regular

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    I really liked the XSi feature and functionwise, but didn't like how it felt in my hand... I liked the Nikon's feel better. I would take the D40 over the D60, but if you can spend some more, I would spring for the D80 or even the D90. Getting a camera is very personal, I've found. See which model feels better.
     
  18. thunderweb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you guys know if Nikon makes like a 18-80mm VR lens? I think that's the size that would be perfect for me. If I could get that lens fairly inexpensive I would probably buy a D60 body if it was a good price or just go with the D40.
     
  19. LittleCanonKid macrumors 6502

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    Nikon makes an AF-S 18-105 VR. Sounds like that would fit the bill.
     
  20. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    They do a 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR but it's GBP 450.00 here, so maybe $550 US?
    Otherwise it's the 18-55 or 18-105 at a reasonable price bracket.

    EDIT: looks more like $630 for the 16-85mm.
     
  21. thunderweb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Looks a nice kit. Can't comment on the deal as I'm not too up on US pricing (as you'll see from my previous post...).

    But as this is your first DSLR I'd strongly recommend going into a B&M camera shop as opposed to just online and trying out various combinations of cameras and lenses (Nikon, Canon, whatever) and seeing what's right for you. The way the camera feels and handles, the weight, balance, position of the controls can make a huge difference to how happy you are with it, how often you use it and therefore how many good photos you'll take.
     
  23. JosephBergdoll macrumors 6502

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    Don't waste your time with the XS/XSi... Get a used 20D/30D.
     
  24. wheelhot macrumors 68000

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    Why is that? the XS and XSi is a great camera, it just have a small grip and without top LCD. Check out the reviews for XSi, almost everyone is happy with it and what it offers.
     
  25. JosephBergdoll macrumors 6502

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    I had an XTi and to be honest, they're like glorified point and shoots. The big screen always being on is a battery killer, they have no ISO 3200 capability, no spot metering, and the TINY grip and small plastic body make the camera feel like the toy that it really is.
     

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