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Not sure if serious.

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

I'm not basing my decision off the kit lens, it was just one of the factors that helped me pick the d5100 over the t3i. It will probably be the only lense i have for the first couple of months until I start picking up new ones.
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@OP: Any deals on the D5100 you know of, or just impatient? Im leaning towards the D5100 as well.

What bag did you look for?

I was gonna pick up this memory card:

    
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@OP: Any deals on the D5100 you know of, or just impatient? Im leaning towards the D5100 as well.

What bag did you look for?

I was gonna pick up this memory card: Amazon.com: SanDisk 16gb Extreme 30MB/s Edition SDHC High Performance Card: Electronics
Was actually thinking about going with this bag. Played around with it in the store and like the feel for it.
post #14 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?
I'd grab a memory card, lens cleaning kit, and a spare battery for your camera. For everything else, I'd hold off on purchases and would instead focus on actually shooting the camera/gaining experience before making any additional buys, including new lenses, filters, flashes, and tripods.

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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.
I'd honestly say the IQ difference between the two with kit lenses are negligible and differences can be attributed to the user more than anything. As you said, the two are extreme similar cameras. In fact, I'd base my decision on the ergonomics of the camera body itself over any sort of technical feature; the two are just similar.

Another option for you would be the T2i/T3i. If you're not planning to go heavily into videography and you don't need the swivel screen, the T2i has the exact same image sensor as the T3i (meaning the exact same IQ and resolution) for cheaper. It's worth looking into, IMO.

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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.
That's an unfair comparison. The xxD line from Canon is a semi-pro/enthusiast line, whereas the D3xxx/D5xxx line from Nikon is an entry-level line. Semi-pro lines have always had bigger bodies than entry level bodies. A more fair comparison would be a Rebel series to the D3000, or a D7000 to the 60D.

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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 , 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.
I'm really not sure if this post is serious... but in case it is:

Why would the OP need a 200mm telephoto lens? It's never stated anywhere in the OP that telephoto photography would be an interest of his. Telephoto photography is a branch of photography that while looks great, is not for everyone and doesn't suit everyone's style. The OP is much better off getting practice with his kit 18-55 VR lens and seeing if he wants to do telephoto first before jumping straight into a 200mm telephoto prime.

Additionally, I'm not sure how CPLs make you look more professional at all. They cut glare off glass and water very well, which I concede could help with certain shots, but I'm really unsure about how it'd be something that'd make you "look professional". Beyond that, photography is about the photos themselves. It really is irrelevant to me if my setup looks like an amateur or professional setup. I take photos for the sake of photography.

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Just a few suggestion since you asked.


1) Lens cleaning kit

2) Tripod

3) Extra Battery
Just a warning: If you're going to go tripod, don't go for a cheapo <$100 tripod. The vast majority of them are rocky/unstable, which defeats the purpose of a tripod in the first place. Also, before you buy a tripod, make sure you'd actually need it. A lot of people get tripods before realizing they actually don't use it. Tripods are mostly useful for setups that are otherwise awkward for the human body, long exposure shots, and low light shots.

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I'm not basing my decision off the kit lens, it was just one of the factors that helped me pick the d5100 over the t3i. It will probably be the only lense i have for the first couple of months until I start picking up new ones.
In addition to what I said about the negligible differences between the two previously, holding off on new lens purchases is a good idea. Get some experience behind your 18-55mm first before deciding what new glass to get.

Some popular choices for beginners though for Nikon are the 35mm f/1.8 and 55-200mm VR for large aperture shots and telephoto shots, respectively. For Canon, it'd be the 50mm f/1.8 and 55-250mm IS for the same reasons.

One final note: While having a nice lens library gives you much versatility, don't start thinking that you have to have multiple lenses. Something I found in my own photography (while definitely not applicable to everyone) is that in the end, there was only one lens that I used much more than every other, hence why I sold off my entire lens library and am now sticking exclusively with my 30mm.
post #15 of 25
Please do not buy anything from Best Buy -- B+H is a much better choice, and no tax to boot.

The SlingShot bags are alright, not really my cuppa. I find I like Kata's bags a LOT, even though I also own two LowePro bags as well.
post #16 of 25
If you have enough extra money, I highly recommend getting a prime lens to compliment the kit lens. Sadly Nikon doesn't have a super cheap prime as Canon does (Canon 50mm 1.8 for ~$100), but there is the AF-S 35mm for around $200. I highly recommend picking that up right off the bat if possible.

Prime lenses are the most fun part of having a SLR imo. I've had much more fun with, and gotten much better images out of my 50mm 1.8 than my 18-135. I'm really glad I bought my 50mm as soon as I bought my camera.

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Please do not buy anything from Best Buy -- B+H is a much better choice, and no tax to boot.

The SlingShot bags are alright, not really my cuppa. I find I like Kata's bags a LOT, even though I also own two LowePro bags as well.
Best Buy actually has the Nikon AF-S 35mm 1.8 for only $200, while the B&H price is $280.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+...ci_sku=9542328
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post #17 of 25
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Please do not buy anything from Best Buy -- B+H is a much better choice, and no tax to boot.

The SlingShot bags are alright, not really my cuppa. I find I like Kata's bags a LOT, even though I also own two LowePro bags as well.
B&H + Adorama are my two photography stores of choice. Excellent customer service, good prices, and a good refurbished section. Adorama also has a CS rep floating around on the internet (Helen, if I recall properly...), and has posted on OCN before along with other sites like POTN and DPR.

Minor thing about B&H and Adorama: Both are based in NYC, and both are always closed during major Jewish holidays.

Beyond B&H and Adorama, if you want to buy used, also consider looking at KEH as well.

In any case, definitely +1 to sub50hz. There are better options for photography gear than Best Buy.
post #18 of 25
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Reincarnated, lots of very helpful information in there so thanks a ton. I like the feel of the nikkon in my hand and swivel screen is actually something that I wouldn't mind having. I'm feeling pretty good about which body I want at this point. As far as where I purchase it from, it will more than likely be best buy because I'll actually be picking it up tomorrow so I have a little time to play with it before Monday to get a feel for it. Plus my financial aid is contributing to this purchase so I can deal with paying tax to have it a little sooner. When i start picking up glass and other purchases though I'll definately look into some of the other retailers.
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Best Buy actually has the Nikon AF-S 35mm 1.8 for only $200, while the B&H price is $280.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+...ci_sku=9542328
This is absolutely an exception to Best Buy's typical inflated prices on camera gear.
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Reincarnated, lots of very helpful information in there so thanks a ton. I like the feel of the nikkon in my hand and swivel screen is actually something that I wouldn't mind having. I'm feeling pretty good about which body I want at this point. As far as where I purchase it from, it will more than likely be best buy because I'll actually be picking it up tomorrow so I have a little time to play with it before Monday to get a feel for it. Plus my financial aid is contributing to this purchase so I can deal with paying tax to have it a little sooner. When i start picking up glass and other purchases though I'll definately look into some of the other retailers.
In that case, good luck with your photography
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