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I'm slowly getting in to dSLR's and considering how I'd be a beginner with dSLR's, would it be better if I got the Canon XSi or Canon T1i? Also, Canon or Nikon? Or is it just a preference. My friends all have Canon so they can give me slightly more input on it.
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If your really into phortography and you think you wanna do it far into the future, i say try to stay away from entry level cameras, but if you only want to try it out and see whether youll like it or not better get an cheap entry level camera or buy a used one.

I have no idea how much you know about photography so ill say read a lttle about it.
Learn what cameras are good at certain price ranges.

By that time youll be able to make a decision for yourself as which system better suits you. Nikon or Canon its all about preference and how you feel about handling them. If you are not familiar at either systems you wont find it difficult to choose as you do not have preferences yet. (both fresh to you)
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^ Agree, just go grab some canons and nikons. Which feels better in your hands. If you have canon friends you can always borrow their lens
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D5100.
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If you're looking for entry level, I recommend the Sony Alpha series. The A230 offers 2 main things at the price point that Nikon and Canons twice the cost don't offer. In body autofocus, and in body image stabilization. They are very ergonomic, and since they use a Minolta a-mount, there is a very large range of old and new lenses they can use.

If you are planning on skipping the entry level and going straight to a mid or high end camera go with Canon, that way you can bug your friends to borrow their lenses.
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I'm going to disagree with some of the posts made here.

First off, I think an entry level camera is a great place to start off. As you'll probably hear later on: Lenses over bodies. Even an older entry level like the XS or XSi has more than enough features for a beginner, and with the leftover money you can buy lenses, flashes, etc. to give you more versatility in your photographs.

Between the XSi and T1i: The T1i has video and +3MP. Whether this matters to you is up to your own preferences, but as I said up there, I'd rather just take the XSi and build up my lens collection instead.

It should also be noted that equipment =/= image quality. Having the right equipment does help making good photographs easier, but skill matters so much more here. If you're worried about having "bad equipment" that puts out subpar photographs, don't. Skill will play a much bigger factor in that than your equipment, period.

Between Canon and Nikon, you can't really go wrong either way. I'd just go for the brand with ergonomics that suit you the most. It's a personal choice, not something that you can figure out online, so go to your local brick and mortar and try out these cameras in your hands yourself. Just a note: Nikon's entry level cameras (D3000, D31000, D5000, D5100) lack an in-body autofocus motor, so Nikon's AF lenses won't be able to autofocus on these bodies. As a new shooter, it probably won't matter too much to you as you've no legacy glass and it's easy to find AF-S lenses (which can autofocus on these bodies), but something to consider. Canon doesn't have this concern.

As for my personal opinion, I've used pretty much all the Canon and Nikon crop bodies, and I'd say that they're all great cameras, and you really can't go wrong with any of them as your first DSLR.

Finally, I just want to reiterate: Read up on manual photography and practice, practice, practice! Dream Killer and I have written two photography guides that are stickied on here, and are a good place to start reading up on photography basics.
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Thanks Reincarnated. Sort of helped me push to get the XSi in your response. Saves me a good $200 to spend on lenses.
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Originally Posted by refeek;13842051 
D5100.
+1 with new glass. ...oh wait.
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d;13844004 
It should also be noted that equipment =/= image quality. Having the right equipment does help making good photographs easier, but skill matters so much more here. If you're worried about having "bad equipment" that puts out subpar photographs, don't. Skill will play a much bigger factor in that than your equipment, period.
To an extent this is true.
I am poor (forget what the sig says!) and only have a Fujifilm S700 to shoot with. My avatar was shot with this camera...

To put it lightly I have to get really creative with it considering a lack of everything good that comes with it. (purple fringing, low resolution (7MP that looks like S***), super ultra awful ISO performance etc etc.)
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If all of your friends shoot Canon, buy a Canon. Sharing lenses is pretty great.
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I'm a n00b with dSLRs. Got my D5100 two weeks ago and I love it a lot. Held the T3i and, to someone compeltely new, the two were virtually interchangable. I thought the UI on the Nikon was a little more readable and I got a good deal, so I went Nikon.

I dont have any friends who shoot dslr, so that wasn't a big driver of the purchase either.

I do some video, but that's not the reason I got this camera, so I don't miss ML functionality on the Canon side. (Though that's something you should think about).

Like Reincarnated said, to someone new, either brand will be a huge step up and you don't need to go pro when starting out. Its 85% user, 15% gear.
    
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