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Im looking for my First DSLR Camera in the Sub $850 Range.

Im not a photographer nor do i know ANYTHING about camera's of any kind other then how to use them.

but im wanting a Simplistic DSLR camera with a absolute gorgeous Photo quality

Thing's i would like it to have are:

Nice image stabilization.

Good performance in low/bad Lighting condition's.

Nice lens selection

Good all around device for shooting pretty much anything and everything.

good for indoor and outdoor use

no brand preference.

good Depth of field and a nice zoom

so.. what do u guys reccomend?
Edited by Yoko Littner - 3/14/11 at 5:53pm
    
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The only DSLR that I have experience with is the Pentax k200d, which I think goes for ~$750. I have the older model, which meets all your requirements except performance in low light. The newer model that replaced it (about three months after I bought mine - damnit!) is supposed to perform well in low light/indoors situations. As far as lens selection, they are compatible with all the Pentax K-mount lenses, which includes a ton of old SLR lenses. There are even adapters for the old screw mount lenses. So you can use pretty much any Pentax lens from the last 50 years.

So yeah, I would look into it's low light performance, because it's a good bang for your buck DSLR.
    
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What about the EOS Rebel T2i ? this thing look's pretty nice
    
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I'm in the same boat as you (so no actual experience), but from what I've been researching I've been trying to decide between the T2i and the Nikon D3100 (can be found refurbished for cheap(er).
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Yeah and im also wanting to purchase some specialty lenses 1 for Very close object's.

and 1 for Faraway object's such as landscape/horizon or say an airplane in the distance.

and of course the stock lense.
    
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What do you mean by "a nice zoom"? Also, DoF is determined by the lens, not the body -- although if you get into the nitty gritty with full frame vs crop.... but that's more than needs to be said at the moment.

The T2i is a great body, although my advice would be to purchase the best body/lens combo you can reasonably afford, but do your reasearch. Read reviews, hold them in person, rent if you have a few bucks to spare -- it will all be worth it.

edit: Also, wrong forum, unless you are specifically buying it for video.
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ok.. so ill say a T2i... then what kind of lenses?
    
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Well, that all depends on what you really want to shoot. If you want to capture lots of far-off people/objects, a telephoto zoom is probably what you're looking for -- a refurb T2i direct from Canon with the 18-55 lens is $639, and you can add a 55-250 IS for about 250 more. That will cover pretty much everything with 2 lenses, at least until you feel the need to upgrade to faster glass for specialized scenarios.

edit: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs...0051_267070_-1

That's the link for the T2i refurb -- you might also want to look into the Canon Loyalty Program, which allows you to trade in an out-of-warranty point-and-shoot Canon camera for 15% off certain refurbs.
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also. ill be primarily taking picture's of my Computer's, people, and building's/landscape's.
    
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post #10 of 18
Then the 18-55 should do just fine for a starter lens. You can buy a 50mm f/1.8 II for around a hundred dollars, and it's a very good piece of kit for starting out shooting more low-light stuff and exaggerated DoF (f/1.8 is your friend).
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