What's a good, affordable DSLR?

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  1. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    Right now I have a Sony point and shoot, I think it's 8.1 MP. It's a good digital camera for bringing to parties and whatnot but I want to get into DLSR cameras. I have about $300 to spend as of right now and ~$75 more if I sell the point and shoot. (WTF I just Amazon searched it (DSC W 150) and it's +$300 in the color I have.) I don't remember spending that much on it... Whatever...

    Anyway, I'm looking for insight as to what a good camera would be. Nikon, Sony, hmm? I still have to learn about lenses and such but I think I'll be sticking with the default one they give you or whatever. I have a mini tripod already.

    So, what do you guys suggest I do/get?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Just about the only camera you'll be able to find in that range would be the Nikon D40 with the kit lens. It runs for about $400, it is an older dSLR but it is pretty good for the price and should serve you well. If you wanted to get a better one save up some more money and try to get either the Canon Digital Rebel T1i or the Nikon D5000.
     
  3. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    iBookG4's got it right- I hate to say it but $375 isn't really going to be enough to pick up even an entry level DSLR with a kit lens, unless you get a used model. I'd say you'd have a little more saving up to do.

    Rumors has it that the successor to the D40 is going to be announced pretty soon (i.e. within a month or two) so if you keep on saving maybe you'll have enough saved up when they announce the new camera. The consensus is that it will be named the D4000 indicating its status relative to the D5000.

    Ruahrc
     
  4. spaceboots06 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think my cap would be $650ish. Does that change anything?
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    It does, with that budget I would get the Canon Digital Rebel XSi which is a nice camera for right around that price range. The D5000 goes for about $750 or so and it would be a better camera, but it is a lot more than your initial budget so only get it if you really wanted to go all out.
     
  6. spaceboots06 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Fantastic. I'll check these two out. I'm eyeing the Digital Rebel XSi on Amazon, it's going at $670 with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. I have no idea what kind of lens that is though.
     
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    The 18-55mm is a pretty sharp lens (As is the Nikon kit lens as well), it will cover your wide to normal range. You'll need to get something like a 70-300mm to cover your telephoto or close up shots.
     
  8. spaceboots06 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So macro shots would be out of the question until I bought another lens (which would run me how much?)? Sorry for the onslaught of questions...
     
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    Mmhmm You're gonna need a separate lens for macro.
     
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    It can focus pretty close and you'll get near macro shots with the 18-55mm although it is not a true macro lens. You get about 1/3 life size shots with that lens, so it should satisfy most macro needs.
     
  11. spaceboots06 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know what that means! The resolution will be 1/3 of what it should be?
     
  12. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    This should provide you with some good information about macro photography :)
     
  13. spaceboots06 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    THANK YOU! And sorry for bombarding you once again! Now I understand what you wrote. I guess 1/3 of something would be a little underwhelming...?
     
  14. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    No problem, glad to help :)

    And I think you should actually try out the lens before you say that, it can focus surprisingly close. While it is not a 'true' macro lens, it will get you pretty close and you can get a close up filter to get you the rest of the way to a true macro.
     
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    Look to Pentax. The K20D is an outstanding camera, has come down in price and when the K30D comes out soon, it'll drop further still.
     
  16. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Personally I wouldn't go with Pentax because the lens availability is much better for Canon and Nikon.
     
  17. toxic macrumors 68000

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    Nikon D40
    Canon XS(i)
    Pentax K20D, K2000
    Sony a350 or lower
    Olympus e-520 or lower

    lens selection is not an issue as long as the lenses you'd get are available, third party or not, and at a price you can possibly afford.
     
  18. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    i'd like to highly insist on the Nikon D40, its cheap and its a great camera. especially for beginners. as you work your way up and feel that you need more. then get a better higher up camera

    for canon. the rebel XSi/450d is great but try look for a rebel xti off craigslist or something. its cheaper and its also a great camera.

    good luck!
     
  19. kenned macrumors member

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    +1 for the D40. It's a great camera, not too heavy, feels great in my hands and takes pretty good pictures (Depending on the lens used ofc.)

    The only reason i upgraded to a canon 450D was because i found it used for 1/4 of new price with the receipt
     
  20. ArtandStructure macrumors member

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    Seconded on both counts.

    If you are looking at the Canon XSi try finding an XTi instead. The specification differences are generally negligible and you will save a good bit of money you can put toward an additional lens/flash or other accessory...which is really what you should be doing if you want to get into a DSLR and play/learn.

    ...which leads me to seconding the suggestion of a Nikon D40. It is an excellent camera for a good deal less than even the Canon XTi. In fact, you could buy the Nikon D40 and a 55-200 VR lens for the price of an XTi.

    I purchased a D90 a few months ago to replace my D40, but 90%+ of the photos currently on my site are from the D40. I print them beautifully up to 12x18 and have them on display/sale in a gallery.

    Again I can not stress enough, whether you go Canon or Nikon, save money and buy another lens or accessory.


    All the best,


    Jesse Widener
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  21. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a

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    I suggest something a little different

    Instead of the D40 I would recommend the D60. It doesn't cost very much more and you get Vibration Reduction built in as well as the 18-55 mm AF VR lens included. You can find some great deals on e-bay if you look. You also get 10 MP instead of 6. It could make a difference when if you tend to want to crop photos alot. Bear in mind that DSLR photography is not cheap photography. It won't be too long before you are looking at new lenses.
     
  22. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    note: VR isn't built into the D60 body, but rather the D60 comes with a VR version of the 18-55 lens, whereas the D40 doesn't.
     
  23. Razeus macrumors 601

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    People really need to do searches. This topic comes up every 4 days.

    In the Nikon camp: Their product selection is weak. The severely outdated D40 is their only option. The D60 is not worth the extra cost. The D90 is out of your price range. The D5000 is their latest model but still out of range.

    Canon: they have a more robust selection to pick from. I personally use the XSi. But you can go find a XTi or XS for cheaper.
     
  24. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    I'm barely ever on this section anymore but WOW I'm surprised to see this comment!

    Any lens that's ever been made for a Pentax camera can mount on a Pentax camera. What's this mean? There is a CRAPLOAD of glass available for Pentax, and at great prices as well due to the extremely high amounts of supply.
     
  25. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    i don't mean to thread jack but i have also been looking into DSLRs. i currently have a panasonic lumix, which is a nice digital camera with a 12x optical zoom and decent burst mode.

    anyways i am currently looking at two options.

    first the nikon d60 kit which comes with the body, an 18 to 55 mm lens, a 55-200 mm lens, and a 4gb sdhc card

    Nikon D40

    the second option is

    a sony alpha300 which comes with the body, an 18 to 70 mm lens, and a 55 to 200 mm telephoto lens.

    Sony alpha300

    both options cost $699.

    does anyone have any opinions on these options

    also for the OP here is a cool site i found about cameras and it goes really in depth about how they work and all the terminology
    Camera Tutorials
     

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