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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Well I'm finally to the point where i can afford some nice stuff and i want to get myself a nice camera. I have it narrowed down to 3 camera's. I don't know a ton about them so i need a little help deciding what to get.

I have it down to the Nikon D40, the Cannon Digital Rebel XT or the XTi. The D40 and XT are running about $450-500 and the XTi is about $600. Is the extra money on the XTi worth it?

Any help would be great.
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Re: Camera Purchase Help

wait for the XSi to be released in a month or get the nikon D60

the D40 and XT are way outdated. and for the small price difference of the new cameras you get a lot more camera. for the price you pay.

also, IMHO, the D40 is a POS. or find a clearance canon 30D

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All the rpofessional reviews I have read put the Canon and Nikon DSLRs on par. My wife has a Nikon D40x and she loves heres. Also, she knows a number of people who take pictures for a living at both NC State (where she works) and at the local newspaper. All have Nikon DSLRs (albeit higher end models (D200, D300).

If this is your first DSLR I highly recommend taking a class to learn how to use it. If you treat it like a point and shoot, you are wasting your money.
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the extra dough for the XTi over the XT is absolutely worth it. That said, the even more extra dough and the wait time for the XSi should be even MORE worth it given what we've seen so far

Since you're local, I've got an XTi you could get your hands on if you want. I'm also preparing to upgrade to a 5D ASAP. I was planning on keeping the XTi body as a backup/second body, but if you like what you see and could give me $500 for it, I might be willing to part with it


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I have a Nikon D80 and i love it. I'd highly recommend the D40x or d60...maybe even a used D80. Just be sure to get some quality lenses because that can make or break your DSLR camera choices.

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Re: Camera Purchase Help

forum opinions aside (and there's good advice here), i suggest you go to http://imaging-resource.com/ and check out the very detailed reviews, and match up a camera with your needs in mind.

in particular, you might check out Dave's Picks... http://imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM
look at the Pro and Cons section carefully and so you can make sure you don't choose a camera that immediately fails to meet your expectations. When spending that much money (and i am personally wealthy :P ) it makes sense to get the right fit.

btw, why are you wasting money on a camera when you have enough for a TURBOZZZZZZZZ? :P jp

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Oh, and check out http://wvs.topleftpixel.com -- up until recently he was shooting with an XT almost exclusively, but now he's done what I'm planning and traded up to the 5D


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One other thing, go to a store and try out all of the cameras you are thinking of buying. Features are all well and good (they are well and good), but the ergonomics and interface of the camera are also important. A camera is no good if you have to constantly fumble through menues to make basic changes or the camera never feels right in your hands. I would rather a lesser camera that feels right in my hands and has a control layout that I can be comfortable with and is quick to use then something that feels akward all the time.
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I like the site www.dpreview.com I have the older Canon and one plus is lenses. Do you have a current SLR? If so buy the camera that can use your lenses!
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Thanks for all the help. I had read all the reviews on different sites, but i wanted some "real world" opinions on the camera's.

I think I'm gonna go with the XTi with the kit lens for now. Once I get comfortable with it and get used to using it i think ill throw down some money and get a few good lens' for it. I'm headed to the Dominican in June and i hope to get some nice photo's while I'm there
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