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CardinalFJ60 02-24-2009 09:55 AM

The digital SLR camera thread
 
You want the 50D. :D or go Nikon ;)

sorry, no help on the virus side of things.

wesintl 02-24-2009 10:06 AM

I love canon for point and shoots but love my Nikon D80

Hulk 02-24-2009 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CardinalFJ60 (Post 98286)
You want the 50D. :D or go Nikon ;)

Is it worth the extra $500 for the 50D? The 40D seems like a killer camera.

Quote:

Originally Posted by wesintl (Post 98293)
I love canon for point and shoots but love my Nikon D80

What started me on this whole thing is that Best Buy is selling the Nikon D200 camera back (no lens) for $599. Seems like a great deal. Maybe I should start a new thread.

CardinalFJ60 02-24-2009 01:57 PM

Exactly!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wesintl (Post 98293)
I love canon for point and shoots but love my Nikon D80

x2!!! I have Nikon Point-n-Shoot...no where near as good as my old Canon 800IS.

CardinalFJ60 02-24-2009 02:10 PM

kinda like truck advice or Mod advice...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hulk (Post 98296)
Is it worth the extra $500 for the 50D? The 40D seems like a killer camera.

sure! start a new thread! But I'll start things...here's the basic info to get you started looking at DSLRs..(not too different from how we determine the "best" mods")

1. how will you be using it? family photos? blowing up pics real big? want some lenses? want a Fancy point-n-shoot
2. Do you have any Canon or Nikon lenses currently?
3. how familiar are you with exposure, f/stops, shutter speed, white balance, etc? do you want to learn?
4. does size matter? :lmao:
5. have you checked Adorama or B&H photo? (do that. :-) )

basically:
Nikon and Canon are the big dogs in the space. you can't go wrong with either brand.
Any Nikon lens you find will fit on any Nikon DSLR. (well, from like the 1950's to present).
Canon has different mounts for different bodies.
at this level of camera, I'd say go to Mike's Camera or Wolf and hold them. one will feel better to you (balance, controls placement, ease of use etc). for me...it was Nikon.
Spend your money on the 'GLASS' (lenses) - get a body that fits your needs.


I have a 10 mp D40x (entry level nikon) with some nice lenses - takes INCREDIBLE PICTURES. And at that level of camera, I can mess with all the settings, or...just set to AUTO and snap away. (higher end Nikons like the D200 are slightly more manual (aka flexible).

there are lots of cool cameras right now...D200 is close to end of life, D80 is close to end of life - both great cameras. AND NIKON supports all lines very well, forever.

Nikon's D60 is a GREAT entry level DSLR, the D90 is waaay cool with HD video, then we get into the higher end...D300, D700, D3, D3x. (in that order)

HTH for a start.

Caribou Sandstorm 02-24-2009 05:48 PM

Matt you thinking about getting one before Cruise Moab?

Check out the Sony and Fuji's, they are also good cameras for the money.

CardinalFJ60 02-24-2009 06:38 PM

Absolutely!!
 
That is Right on the money!

Dave is totally correct. I have a D40x that I cannot use the AF (auto-focus) function on my 50mm/1.8 lens. that blows. although it's a good excercise to learn to manually focus a "fast" lens wide open. don't worry, you'll know what that means soon enough. ;-)

So...Hulk... Perry and I have been talking about taking an evening and walking around Lodo area to get some neat pics...once you get your camera, you should come along!

pmccumber 02-24-2009 06:54 PM

I have a D40 and A D200. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't get the D200. But that is only cuz I spent over $1000 for it. I think the thing to do is to get into an SLR family and spend your money on high quality optics because I still think that the digital bodies, while really good now, still have a long way to go. And the D40 is nice and small and does just as good for everything up to 8x10.

And the optics you buy today really won't see much, if any, depreciation or cost reduction. It is the silicon in the bodies that are subject to Moore's Law. Put another way, money spent on bodies will be outdated while money spent on lenses won't significantly depreciate.

<SNOB>At that price though, I'd snap up that D200 in a picosecond over the Canons</SNOB>

My father-in-law was a spy and bequeathed to me two awesome medium format cameras and a nice Nikon F5 35mm that all dramatically outperform any of the digital cameras we've been talking about.

But I expect that in 5 years we'll have a nice small DSLR that will blow away what is currently available and it will cost $400.

wesintl 02-24-2009 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pmccumber (Post 98353)
And the D40 is nice and small

That's the reason I bought a D80. I didn't like that d40 in my big meaty paws. Just didn't feel right IMHO. Nice camera for the $ though.

Hulk 03-03-2009 04:04 PM

OK, I moved the relevant posts out of the "Dang I got a virus" thread and created a new thread. Let's continue...

I took the plunge and bought the Nikon D200 camera back. It just arrived yesterday. It looks awesome. However, I have not a single lens, so it is unusable at the moment.

Are there any local camera shops I should visit to check out Nikon lenses?

I would prefer to buy a Nikon lens for my first lens. I'm willing to buy used, but I would prefer to buy a newer lens with autofocus and vibration reduction (if needed).

Here's one that I'm thinking about:
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom but it's spendy.


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