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Unread 2009-12-11, 22:31   #1
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We're finally thinking of biting the bullet and getting a Digital SLR. Online reviews for any of them are 50-50 and we don't have a huge budge, but figure we can get a good starter camera. After all, I pretty much just take pics of my dogs. And once in a while, the kids.

Recommendations? ANything's better than my Sony Cybershot Point-and-shoot. I mean, I've gotten some decent pics, but I want to get a lens or two eventually.

Been thinking about a Nikon. What do y'all have?
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Unread 2009-12-20, 19:45   #2
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I have always been a Nikon guy, but you can't got wrong with either a Nikon or a Canon. There are some real solid cameras in the 5 to 6 hundred range these days. Prolly a D3000 would be the one if you go the Nikon route. Don't know the Canon models that well.
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Unread 2009-12-21, 10:24   #3
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Long long ago, a camera guy told me, if you are not in love with cameras and taking pictures, just get a point and shoot, you will get way more use out of it.

That said, I am a camera guy and would love a dslr to replace my FM. The cheap canon I have does 80% of what I'd like to do, it fits in my pocket so I can have it ready at any moment.

I would ask yourself that question, are you prepared to deal with a complicated camera that you can have total control over? Or, would you prefer an easy to use camera that can do most of what you want, that you can have with you all the time?

Shortcomings of my canon,
it won't always focus where I want it to.
the flash is not powerful enough
it does not write to disc fast enough for me
i need more focal length choices

On the positive side,
it takes pretty good pics (10mp)
it takes pretty nice 640x480 30fps video
it is very handy
it only cost $80, not that worried about breaking it
powered by 2 aa batteries so I never have to be with a dead camera out somewhere
it has image stabilization, that I think helps, but can't be sure

I have always trusted steves, thorough reviews and real sample pics to look at
http://www.steves-digicams.com/
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Unread 2009-12-21, 10:36   #4
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The DSLR route is awesome but depending on how you use it and how you plan on using it it can become a money pit. You start thinking a better flash, a better lens, a better this and that. I use Nikon but Canon is just as good if not better.
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Unread 2009-12-21, 16:55   #5
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Yea if convenience and portability are your #1 concerns, then point and shoot is the way to go. But, I have yet to hear about a point and shoot that doesn't have the shutter lag that makes it so you miss every good picture of your kids. I say keep the point and shoot for your pocket, but also have the dslr for real photos and for using when speed is important.
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Unread 2009-12-22, 10:58   #6
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I hate the point and shoot. HATE. IT. I've had several different kinds. I am ready to get serious. I want to step into the unknown. Yes, money pit. But the pic quality is so much better. And with my Ian, Speed is very, VERY important. The kid is the tazmanian devil. He is FAST.

Hmmmm...food for thought.
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Unread 2009-12-22, 13:50   #7
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Here's another review site that might be helpful - http://dpreview.com/
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Unread 2009-12-24, 0:16   #8
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We bought a d40 last year. It was 500 bucks with a couple of lenses (18-55 and 55-200VR). We took something like 5000 pictures last year, of which I had 400 printed. I love the continuous shooting mode for kid sports. The more expensive models come with some cooler stuff, but we use the thing like a fast point and shoot. It was a perfect choice for us.
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Unread 2009-12-24, 19:17   #9
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Good to know. I was thinking about a D40 or a D3000. They have some good deals right now with SD card, two lenses and carry bag.
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Unread 2009-12-25, 13:43   #10
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Guess what Santa brought (TOTALLY UNEXPECTED)?

Nikon D3000. I love it. Him. I mean him. That's what I meant.

Happy Mommy!
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