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Since I have been postponing my plans to visit Pripyat several times within the past couple of years I am embarking upon preliminary preparations for such a trip. I would like recommendations on a Great DSLR that is not borderline expensive and yet competes with the best DSLR's in the high-end category. I have no idea where to start since I have been out of the DSLR loop for at least a good portion of time.
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D700 or 5DMK2 I guess
    
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Since I have been postponing my plans to visit Pripyat several times within the past couple of years I am embarking upon preliminary preparations for such a trip. I would like recommendations on a Great DSLR that is not borderline expensive and yet competes with the best DSLR's in the high-end category. I have no idea where to start since I have been out of the DSLR loop for at least a good portion of time.
The problem is you won't be getting a 5D Mk II or 1D Mk IV for a Rebel price.

There are some good options for you though. The Rebel T2i and 60D uses the same sensor as the 7D and takes just as good pictures (although lacks the AF system of the 7D), and either cameras are capable of some great images, esp when paired with the right lens. If you're looking for a new DSLR, those would be my suggestions.
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Nikon D90 w/kit lenses 18-105 and 70-300mm...the 18-105 is a great walk around lens. although i am able to take full advantage of them, most average users find them to be more than accommodating.

Nikon D7000 offers an HD video capability along with autofocus. New tech at a reasonable price.

NIkon D3100 w/ 18-55mm kit lens. This kit offers a low cost limited function entry level dSLR that anyone can pickup and use without question.
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What camera comes with a Geiger counter is the question you should be asking

Check out LensRentals.com as they have great rates on lenses. I have taken some $1500 lenses on trips with me for ~$75.
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Nikon D90 w/kit lenses 18-105 and 70-300mm...the 18-105 is a great walk around lens. although i am able to take full advantage of them, most average users find them to be more than accommodating.

Nikon D7000 offers an HD video capability along with autofocus. New tech at a reasonable price.

NIkon D3100 w/ 18-55mm kit lens. This kit offers a low cost limited function entry level dSLR that anyone can pickup and use without question.
This guy knows what he's talking about, I'd go for the D90 or the D7000, they're both awesome cameras and Nikon lenses are great especially for the prices you can get them at.
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I've omitted a crucial part of the information in this discussion. The maximum budget for this DSLR is $1800 USD.
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I'm terribly sorry I can't recommend a DSLR but; you'll post pictures, right?
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If you are looking for a pure DSLR camera, (no video), you should seriously consider the Pentax K-r or K-x.

If you are a beginner photographer, I would hold back spending 1800 dollars on a DSLR. You should start on a more basic DSLR (like the D3100 or T2i) and when you should upgrade when you feel like your abilities exceed that of the camera.

Trust me, both the D3100 and T2i have more than enough functions for a beginner.
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post #10 of 18
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I've omitted a crucial part of the information in this discussion. The maximum budget for this DSLR is $1800 USD.
Then pretty much all but the 5D Mk II and D700 are good choices for you.

Given the budget, I would spring for a D3100 with the 18-55mm VR, Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VR for telephoto shots, and the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8 for low-light indoor shots.

For Canon, I'd go with the Canon T2i with 18-55mm IS lens, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS for telephoto shots, and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 for low light indoor shots.

Either path leaves you about $150+ to get accessories with, and both also offer you video if you need it during your trip along with some great high ISO performance.
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