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Buying my first DSLR, opinions/expertise requested.

Good!
I think Canons bodies have changed and aren't as uncomfortable as they used to be. I just know how much I hated that XTi in my hands.
Cards aren't to expensive. I ran a 1gb card and shot in raw with my D40 and I almost never ran out. But thanks to high MP cameras, file sizes are ridiculously huge.

But yes, the kit and 55-200 is a great place to start. Same place I did and a lot of other people go for. Some go for the 18-200 but the quality isn't quite there and price is way up there by comparison.

I can understand the tilt on the LCD being a must, I wish more cameras had them.

Just know... When switching lenses, keep the camera out of the wind (back to the wind), and always hold the camera upside down.
Someone may laugh at you if they don't know what you're doing, but you also won't have dust specs all over your sensor.

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never thought about that im gonna have to have my gf read this. she does amateur photography on the side and is still learning. she knows how to get a good picture but doesnt know what anything means lol

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[quote author=XCNuse link=topic=202775.msg4182789#msg4182789 date=1328571928]

Just know... When switching lenses, keep the camera out of the wind (back to the wind), and always hold the camera upside down.
Someone may laugh at you if they don't know what you're doing, but you also won't have dust specs all over your sensor.
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Yeah you don't want them pigeons be dropping knowledge on your sensors son.
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[quote author=exentix link=topic=202775.msg4182792#msg4182792 date=1328572377]
never thought about that im gonna have to have my gf read this. she does amateur photography on the side and is still learning. she knows how to get a good picture but doesnt know what anything means lol
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bring her to a meet in the spring, ill give her free lessons lol. Im going to school to be a photography/painting teacher. I really shoot film usually, but digital is pretty much the same. Once you learn how to control all the settings and make judgements based on that youd be amazed what the outcome can be.

Nuse i was going to get an xti back in the day but i feel like they made that camera for girl hands, it was so cramped, I actually havent held the new 60d yet, I'm wondering how that feels compared to my old 20d. Yea and dust is your worst enemy lol.


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[quote author=a-sher link=topic=202775.msg4182827#msg4182827 date=1328578939]
[quote author=exentix link=topic=202775.msg4182792#msg4182792 date=1328572377]
never thought about that im gonna have to have my gf read this. she does amateur photography on the side and is still learning. she knows how to get a good picture but doesnt know what anything means lol
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bring her to a meet in the spring, ill give her free lessons lol. Im going to school to be a photography/painting teacher. I really shoot film usually, but digital is pretty much the same. Once you learn how to control all the settings and make judgements based on that youd be amazed what the outcome can be.

Nuse i was going to get an xti back in the day but i feel like they made that camera for girl hands, it was so cramped, I actually havent held the new 60d yet, I'm wondering how that feels compared to my old 20d. Yea and dust is your worst enemy lol.
[/quote]Haha she'll be at a few. I'm sure it would make Brandons day

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[quote author=a-sher link=topic=202775.msg4182827#msg4182827 date=1328578939]
Nuse i was going to get an xti back in the day but i feel like they made that camera for girl hands, it was so cramped, I actually havent held the new 60d yet, I'm wondering how that feels compared to my old 20d. Yea and dust is your worst enemy lol.
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One of my sisters had an XT too, both hurt my hands but they both loved their cameras.. but I don't think they held on to them like me.

I will say my dad's Canon 40D fits my hand a touchhhh better, but still NOTHING compared to how my D40 and D300s feel, those things are just.. so well thought out.

What I love most about my Nikon bodies is that I can use them so easily with gloves on, something I struggled with while using a Canon body.

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my friend has a nikon f6 film camera, that thing is perfect, also ridiculously priced for a film body.

Nikkor makes some of the best glass ever though, i have nikkor glass on my minolta, its so crisp. OUr enlargers use their lenses too.


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So after a long debate I went with the Canon T3i with 18-55mm + 55-200mm lens bundle. Also purchased 2 extra batteries with auto/wall charger and a 32G card. Now I have to look at a good/functional camera bag/case and a tripod. I hate when the purchase build up is over and you have to wait for delivery!
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lol!

unless you're going on a serious trip somewhere you probably won't need two batteries ever.

Or that MASSIVE card.. My biggest card is an 8GB CF card in my 300s, and that's only that big because of video!

I used a 1gb in my D40 for like two years with no problems; would hold 100 raw photos which was typically plenty for most random shots, eventually got another 4gb sdhc but.. yeah, I still have like no space in any of my cameras.

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Go big or go home lol. Should hold PLENTY of even large photos. In for sample pics

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