Originally Posted by donnybrook
ive tried to look thru this best i could, to try and find the question i have, but either my ADD or my impaitence made me just go ahead and ask.
my girlfriend, she LOVES pictures, loves taking them. but she's only had point and shoots and you can see her frustration with how the pictures come out. on top of it, someone (ahem im sorry lauren) left her camera on the ground after taking some pictures for the site here, and the camera kind of got busted >.< no bueno.
it is now my mission to find her a D-SLR that has the ability to be upgraded well, ie not a crappy body thats never going to be much better, no matter the lens. but im also looking for something thats cheaper. i want to spend around 400 for the lens and body. used is absolutly fine, but i dont really know what to look for, as all i know about cameras is that they steal your soul! (im a native american, lulz) any brands, sites, ideas, or if anyone has something they might want to get rid of, help a red brother out! and hurry shes so mad at me lol
Nikon D40! UNDER Budget, and great optical quality and a nice body.
D40X if you want more MP
D60 if you want VR in the kit lens + improved body... (Its like D40x v-2)
Nikon Vs Canon- Nikon is better designed, and has greeeaaaatttttt cheap optics- Better than canon in the cheap end by a long shot IMO.... Their menus are better, the smaller (cheap) ones just feel better in the hand than Canon, Yes, the AF lens choice on the D40/60 is limited- BUT you can get manual lenses for them for reaallyy cheap. And the newer lenses will meter, just no autofocus. AND Since she is new to the SLR world, she can choose to only buy compatible lenses so she gets autofocus too..
IMO Nikon > Canon in the cheap end, especially for a girl. (They have a tendency to care more about look/feel etc ergonomics of things... So do I so dont call me sexist....)
MAKE SURE she knows that a SLR doesnt mean good pictures- it means the quality and ability to control everything possible so she can create great shots. It doesnt do the work for you- If you keep it on the 100% automatic "point and shoot" mode, they can be WORSE than a point and shoot..... Yes SLR's OWN, but not if you arent willing to do some work and thinking.Edited by christian_piper - 7/11/08 at 3:35pm