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Any other options besides the D3100?
Basically I'm thinking of taking pictures of arichetecture/city life.
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Canon EOS Rebel T3 (1100D)
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Are you looking for new or used? Whats your budget?

My first DSLR was the D60, it was a great camera and cost me only $400. With the saved money I was able to buy a zoom lens and flash. But it wasnt that good in low light. You can get a used D5000 which I hear is a great beginners camera and it is good in low light. Also, it records HD video and has an articulating rear LCD screen. You can find those refurbished for cheap on Adorama.com.
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This forum has a sticky post with beginner dslr suggestions.
It's not bad, though canon-bias, and pretty similar to all the other beginner slr suggestions across the web.
Check it out.
post #5 of 7
Any DSLR can do city life and architecture. It's really up to the photographer's skill and his lens selection more than the body itself.

As for body suggestions:

Nikon D3100 and Nikon D5100
Canon 1100D and Canon 550D (600D is just the 550D with flippy screen and better video features).
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d View Post
Any DSLR can do city life and architecture. It's really up to the photographer's skill and his lens selection more than the body itself.

As for body suggestions:

Nikon D3100 and Nikon D5100
Canon 1100D and Canon 550D (600D is just the 550D with flippy screen and better video features).
Pretty much this. The Canon T1i and T2i (500D and 550D) are also great alternatives. You can even get a 450D, which shouldn't be more than $400 used.

With the saved funds you can invest in a better lens.
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Pretty much this. The Canon T1i and T2i (500D and 550D) are also great alternatives. You can even get a 450D, which shouldn't be more than $400 used.

With the saved funds you can invest in a better lens.
The 450D would be my personal recommendation to any beginner. It's a fantastic body that can be had for sub-$400 used. The only thing about it really is that it's been EoL for about two-three generations now, so the only way to get your hands on one is to buy used (preferably from a site like POTN or KEH), which some beginners have reservations against.
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