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or you could always step down to a D5000 or take a step up to a D7000

a good camera is great but... it's the person behind it... and a great set of lenses is a lot better than a fancy camera

you're in for a terrific ride... especially when it comes to the time you start wanting more lenses...
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Hmm... Just stumbled upon the NIKON D5100 W/18-55, how does this compare to the D90?

http://www.henrys.ca/64742-NIKON-D51...5-VR-LENS.aspx
     
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Hmm... Just stumbled upon the NIKON D5100 W/18-55, how does this compare to the D90?

http://www.henrys.ca/64742-NIKON-D51...5-VR-LENS.aspx
The D5100 has a better image sensor (shares the same sensor as the D7000), has a much better movie mode, and is smaller + lighter. The biggest downside to the D5100 is that it lacks an in-body autofocus motor, so only Nikon's AF-S lenses will be able to autofocus on the body, whereas their AF lenses will not.

The D90 has two controls instead of one (for dedicated aperture/shutter control), a larger pentaprism viewfinder (the D5100 uses pentamirror), and has a built-in autofocus motor.
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I'm returning my D3100 for a Rebel XS. I don't need need a 55-200mm lens, or shooting video and the XS kit I'm buying is right here comes with some better lenses I would enjoy using, and a tripod!

So this kit will run me 200 bucks cheaper! I hope not to notice loss of quality, but I only had the Nikon for a week or so, not to used to it. Plus it lacked the auto-bracketing which I am interested in.
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I'm returning my D3100 for a Rebel XS. I don't need need a 55-200mm lens, or shooting video and the XS kit I'm buying is right here comes with some better lenses I would enjoy using, and a tripod!

So this kit will run me 200 bucks cheaper! I hope not to notice loss of quality, but I only had the Nikon for a week or so, not to used to it. Plus it lacked the auto-bracketing which I am interested in.
I'd definitely skip those sorts of auctions. The 18-55mm IS is a good lens, but the macro and telephoto "lenses" are just adapters you screw onto the front of your 18-55mm and have crap quality and will degrade image quailty heavily. The "macro" filters and adapters aren't even for true macro. I'm pretty sure the filters included are too, and I wouldn't trust the tripod to hold up a DSLR either.

In all, this kit is really an overpriced scam. I honestly find everything but the camera, 18-55mm IS, memory card (assuming they give you a Sandisk and not an off-brand), and the bag useless.

You're much better off buying just the kit by itself. You can grab a refurb'ed XS with 18-55mm IS directly from Canon for $399, or getting one from CLP for $319. Take the money you save and invest in some legitimate gear.
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Do these SLR have panoramic view? Specifically the D90.
     
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Do these SLR have panoramic view? Specifically the D90.
What do you mean by panoramic view?

I'm guessing that you mean sweep pano mode (if I'm wrong, feel free to correct me), in which case, no. The only ones I can think of that have that feature are the Sony Alphas.

For Panos though, just stick your camera on a stable tripod, take multiple photos, and stitch them together. It's extremely simple post work to get a Pano out this way. Just a word to the wise: It will lag your CPU. I once did a 90MP pano and boy, did my CPU struggle with it.
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I'd definitely skip those sorts of auctions. The 18-55mm IS is a good lens, but the macro and telephoto "lenses" are just adapters you screw onto the front of your 18-55mm and have crap quality and will degrade image quailty heavily. The "macro" filters and adapters aren't even for true macro. I'm pretty sure the filters included are too, and I wouldn't trust the tripod to hold up a DSLR either.

In all, this kit is really an overpriced scam. I honestly find everything but the camera, 18-55mm IS, memory card (assuming they give you a Sandisk and not an off-brand), and the bag useless.

You're much better off buying just the kit by itself. You can grab a refurb'ed XS with 18-55mm IS directly from Canon for $399, or getting one from CLP for $319. Take the money you save and invest in some legitimate gear.
Damn well maybe I should just stick with the D3100. I haven't really found the need for the 55-200mm lens and the lack of auto-bracketing makes me cringe. And I got this kit for $800 which I think I overpaid.

Do you think the XS will take noticeably lower quality photos?
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Damn well maybe I should just stick with the D3100. I haven't really found the need for the 55-200mm lens and the lack of auto-bracketing makes me cringe. And I got this kit for $800 which I think I overpaid.

Do you think the XS will take noticeably lower quality photos?
Not at all. Both cameras are excellent, and while I think the D3100 has a better sensor (-> better high ISO performance and larger resolution leaves more room for cropping), the XS will still good photos and honestly, any difference between the two can be attributed to skill.

Something to note though: Nikon and Canon have different ergonomics. It's definitely worth trying out the camera at your local electronics store first before buying. You may find that you love the feel of a Canon body or you may find that you hate it. It's best to find out either way before you drop the cash on it.

As for the XS, you can buy it refurbished from Canon for $399 with the 18-55 IS kit lens, or turn in a broken Canon P&S and buy the XS at a discount via Canon Loyalty Program.

Even at $400, you'd be saving over $200 compared to that Ebay auction you linked, which can be put towards new lenses like a dedicated macro lens.

As for your D3100, if you also have the 18-55mm VR, it's not overpriced IMO. The camera retails for $600 with the 18-55mm VR, and the 55-200mm retails for $200, making $800 sound about right.
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Do you know if it their refurbished cameras come with any type of warranty?

edit: other than 90 day warranty, is there way to purchase an extended? (I'm thinking probably not through them) Honestly though I don't think a camera will fail after 90 days especially if I put it through some hard work for those first 2 months.
Edited by giganews35 - 4/24/11 at 10:24pm
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