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Buying my first DSLR this weekend

post #1 of 25
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Just need some advice on some of the finer details....

I've actually decided on the Nikkon D5100 with the kit lens, but I need a memory card and from what I understand a good quality class 10 is what I want. I have a nice bag picked out, but is there anything else you guys would recomend to have to start out with? Maybe a filter or anything else I'm not thinking of?
post #2 of 25
This camera will be more then enough for you, learn using it first, and then after some time you will see what extra things you need to buy (Lenses etc.)
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Originally Posted by HA3AP;13634811 
This camera will be more then enough for you, learn using it first, and then after some time you will see what extra things you need to buy (Lenses etc.)

I'm actually starting my first of 3 semesters of photography classes on Tuesday and really looking forward to em. I'm sure as I progress I'll be further into debt than I would want to be biggrin.gif
post #4 of 25
My GF bought the same camera, and she absolutely loves it. Very high quality camera, and used lenses can be had for cheap.
post #5 of 25
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I was actually torn between the T3i and this one. Pretty much all the reviews I could find ranks them very closely together. The reason I chose the Nikkon was I heard the kit lens is slightly better and is a great one to start with.
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Originally Posted by mjl4878;13634890 
I was actually torn between the T3i and this one. Pretty much all the reviews I could find ranks them very closely together. The reason I chose the Nikkon was I heard the kit lens is slightly better and is a great one to start with.

I chose canon, I had the D3000 at first, I felt it was too small and I knew that I would have to get an autofocus lens if I wanted auto focus.

Then I held the 60D canon and I was in love it fit right in my hands.
post #7 of 25
Very good choice indeed.
I've got the D5000 and love it. Knowing how much they added on the D5100, you should be thrilled tongue.gif (even if the price is a bit higher).

It's great for beginners. Besides a 200mm lens the next thing you'll ever want to buy is probably a polar filter, they really boost your creativity and make you look alot more professional wink.gif, trust me once you can take decent pictures with a vanilla camera, you'll love a polar filter once you buy it and can never go back.

Nice you can follow courses, I wish I was able to follow some in my region.
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OR you could go with the D80. Get it used for under 400 and it usually comes with 2-3 lenses. Overall, I liked the D80 better than the 5100/3100. The only thing it lacks is video recording (which I don't use so it was okay).
post #9 of 25
Just a few suggestion since you asked.


1) Lens cleaning kit

2) Tripod

3) Extra Battery
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post #10 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by llama16;13634930 
It's great for beginners. Besides a 200mm lens the next thing you'll ever want to buy is probably a polar filter, they really boost your creativity and make you look alot more professional wink.gif, trust me once you can take decent pictures with a vanilla camera, you'll love a polar filter once you buy it and can never go back.

Not sure if serious.

P.S. Buying a DSLR kit based on kit lens quality is a poor decision.
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