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post #11 of 20
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i also wanted a DSLR sometime down the line, so entry level is about $600 - $700 ? i just looked up nikon d3100... if thats the case its probably gonna be waay down the line haha
Well Nikon's D3000, Sony's a290, Pentax's K-x, and Canon's Digital Rebel XS are all marginally cheaper than the D3100 if you're looking to downscale a bit.
     
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I've got a D50, it's old now but does me proud.

My Dad has the D3100 and my god it's a hell of a camera; the pictures a just so incredibly sharp.
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post #13 of 20
For a beginner, I would step back a generation to a Nikon D40x/D60. (only minor changes anyways)

Buy it on Ebay/Craigslist for $300-$400, shoot with it for a year, then resell it for what you paid for it.
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Originally Posted by wimcle View Post
For a beginner, I would step back a generation to a Nikon D40x/D60. (only minor changes anyways)

Buy it on Ebay/Craigslist for $300-$400, shoot with it for a year, then resell it for what you paid for it.
I'd advise against that.

Especially with beginner bodies, you run the risk of buying a body from some fool who doesn't know how to take care of his camera.

It's much much safer to buy from a photography enthusiast forum, since most people there are pros or advanced amateurs who know how to care for their photographic gear. Not to mention prices are usually cheaper as well.

Also, if you're going to buy used, don't forget to check the condition of the camera. This means to check for:
  • Number of shutter actuations
  • Dust on image sensor
  • Damage to mirror/viewfinder
  • Damage to body
  • Image quality

It's also worth it to bring your own memory card and snap some test shots as well.
post #15 of 20
if you have not used a SLR or DSLR before it might not be a bad idea to take a look at the panasonic G10 or GH2, sony a33 or a55.

both these cameras will offer you a more "PS" style shooting (usable AF in liveview or video) and a SLR ergonomics. most photographers dont like these cameras because they have LCD viewfinders instead of optical (pentaprism or pentamirrors).

of course more traditional DSLR like the nikon d3100, canon t2i, sony a550 or pentax kx are just as good. but you do lose some of PS style shooting.
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post #16 of 20
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Thank you everyone the d3100 looks like a good deal ill have to save up money ( I'm a high school student).
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post #17 of 20
I too have being looking and researching into a DSLR as a Hobby. I am almost decided on the Canon xsi refurb from Adorama for 479 and 1 year warranty w them. I was considering this since I can save money and with in a few months buy better lens. I bought 2 books on DSLR and Photography and they are helpful in understanding lots of the terms, explaining the different concept and how to archive quality pictures under certain conditions.

Anyways the Nikon 3100 seems like an amazing camera, if I was going to get a new entry lvl camera that one will be on the top of my list.
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Get the Pentax K-X and enjoy best in class low light and burst speeds. It's a sick camera and it comes in white (like my avatar)
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Canon EOS 500D
1+ T1i. Looking around, you'll find a cheap one going @ $600-$700.
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