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crazyduckme 02-24-2011 01:39 PM

Camera Help!
So... I'm looking for a new camera. Something "beginner" (I guess) and something that will last a long while.

The two I'm looking at currently are from sellers on another site...

Nikon D40... $350 used for a year.
Sony a300... $300 used for a year.

Any thoughts? Personal experiences?
I'm noticing a LOT of good feedback for the Nikon.

Any help would be great.

acedeuce802 02-24-2011 01:49 PM

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I don't think the D40 will last a while, just because it will be outdated. It's already outdated anyways, seeing that it only has 6.1 MP. I would look for a newer camera, so if you want a Nikon than a D3000 or D3100 may be better. Why is there not a Canon listed? An XS, XSi, or T1i would make a great starter, and they have a lot of available lenses. Another downside to the D40 is that it does not have internal autofocus, whereas many other Nikon's do. So a lot of lenses that will fit the D40 will not allow autofocus. If I had to choose between the D40 and a300, I would choose the Sony because it's more advanced than the Nikon, but the downside would be that it has a small aftermarket.. and cheap lenses/accessories would be hard to find.

crazyduckme 02-24-2011 01:50 PM

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Well there's not a cannon listed, because no one is selling that right now. haha. :P

There are 2 people on another site that are selling their cameras for "cheap" so that's why I'm thinking of getting one. If I could afford an awesome new camera, I'd do that... but I'm trying to save for other things!

The lens for the Nikon is the AF-S DX 18-55mm Lens. Does this autofocus?

a-sher 02-24-2011 01:54 PM

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Depends what youre looking for. I didn't know much about the sony but apparently it has autofocus in the body which is nice! Sony has the liveview fuction as well which is nice.

I dont know how into this you are looking to get but nikon also probably has a lot better third party companies making lenses for it as well. I've never used a sony dslr, but your best best it to try them out and see how they feel. Also I would think about buying a new one too. I know you can get the Rebel xs for something like 500 now, which my friend uses and the image quality is actually pretty amazing with the kit lens. Look around and try cameras out and do some research! If you are not looking to get into photography in too much detail, there are a lot of high quality point and shoots around now too, along with a dslr comes lots of weight, bulk, and equipment once you get into it!

Good luck

acedeuce802 02-24-2011 02:01 PM

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Think about this. Say you get the Sony and it is a really good starter camera, then you get some lenses, a battery grip etc... then you get serious and want to upgrade to a really good camera. Are you going to want to stick with Sony? If you decide to go to either Nikon or Canon (being the two top dslr makers) you won't be able to use any of those accessories. For example, I have a Canon XSi and I have two lenses. If I upgrade to say a 50D, I can bring my lenses over to the new body.

And yes the kit lens will autofocus on the Nikon, it's the extra lenses you would have to worry about.

laraw 02-24-2011 02:17 PM

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I'd stick with either Nikon or Canon as it offers you the opportunity to grow with it eventually with various lens additions and body upgrades.

FredMiranda always has a great selection of bodies + lenses for sale.

IE: First generation Canon Digital Rebel for $160.,Rebel#9092194

dnasantiago 02-24-2011 02:39 PM

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[quote author=LaraW link=topic=186786.msg3944317#msg3944317 date=1298571459]
I'd stick with either Nikon or Canon as it offers you the opportunity to grow with it eventually with various lens additions and body upgrades.



Nothing wrong with going used entry level. With an inexpensive used choice, you will find out if photography is something you'll really like. If you end up not liking it, go on craigslist and sell it for the same amount you bought it for. If you do like it, then as Lara pointed out, you can grow with this choice (lenses, filters, & other accessories you may buy). Not knocking Sony, but I would stick with Cannon or Nikon; they have a much bigger aftermarket.

As far as the amount of pixels a camera has..... 6.1 will suit you fine. The megapixel myth: While the article is dated, it still has very good points. Good photography depends more on your photographic skill than the number of megapixels, so don't shy away from a D40 as a beginner camera. You'll feel better knowing you didn't break the bank to try out a new hobby.

grumpyjap 02-24-2011 02:42 PM

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another option is the canon G series. Its a point and shoot, but I believe it has the same sensor as the rebel cameras and is fully manual even focus. It even shoots raw. I have a g10 and I find myself using that more than either of my 5Ds.

a-sher 02-24-2011 02:51 PM

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my dad has a g12 with an underwater housing that we use diving and its awesome, I forgot about those, awesome cameras.

XCNuse 02-24-2011 04:08 PM

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Go Nikon.

I don't know what you'll be using this for, but if you ever get bored with it, a Nikon body can use any lens ever made since the 70s. That said; if you're on a tight budget (or don't want to spend a lot of money) I have bought multiple sub $50 lenses (50mm 1.8 and 128mm 2.8) which are some SERIOUS fast lenses even today; and for $20 you can't beat that 50mm 1.8

$350 for a D40 is a ripoff; I bought mine brand new (well.. demo model) for $400; and that was 4 years ago.
I would sell you mine but I'm afraid to sell it since it has some firmware issues with it that Nikon could never fix.. not a fan of selling a faulty product.
Just keep looking; you can get some digital cameras cheap; and honestly you don't need something brand new (if it's a dSLR), the sensors destroy point and shoots of today and tomorrow; always will just because of size. Look into B&H's website and Adorama for some cheap used finds; no need to get into ebay and un-trustworthy sellers.

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