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Old 01-20-2012, 01:44 PM
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Hmmm. Only 6.3 megapixel? I kind of agree with Wes now.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:25 PM
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I picked up a Digital Rebel exactly like that one for $100 a couple of years ago. The megapixels are misleading, as the pixel density is pretty darn good (it looks far better than some of the newer, high MP units). I'm not much of a photographer, but we have really enjoyed the camera. You can probably do better on the price, despite the nice lens.
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yeah sure mp is only one thing it's really more of the sensor etc. the sensor on that was the same as the 10D way back when but the software limits it.

when you can get this
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nikon-10.2...0-Kit/12169833
and this
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Canon-12.2...7B017/17254377

spending that kinda coin on that old one to me doesn't make sense esp when the canon above has video. I suppose if your budget is your budget you have to get what works for you.

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yeah sure mp is only one thing it's really more of the sensor etc. the sensor on that was the same as the 10D way back when but the software limits it.

when you can get this
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nikon-10.2...0-Kit/12169833
and this
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Canon-12.2...7B017/17254377

spending that kinda coin on that old one to me doesn't make sense esp when the canon above has video. I suppose if your budget is your budget you have to get what works for you.

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Old 01-22-2012, 02:19 PM
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I would pass on it for now. The batteries may not hold as long of charge anymore as when new. The lens is OK but heavy, you can get a better lens form Sigma For the money you would spend for that lens. The cases can be had for less than he wants on eBay. Also the camera is to old, you can go to Costco or Sam's and buy an new camera that is ten times better.

Now I still shoot with my Canon 20D and feel it is fine for what I do. I would like to upgrade to get a camera with 1080P movie capability but don't want to spend the money now. You need to write down what you want the camera to do and then see what system fits your budget. Then I would buy the unit that is one step up from there.

And as for what brand to buy...........look for the best deal in either and go from there. they are both great brands and do basicly the same thing. The picture quality is 80%lens and 20% camera and so is the cost nearly in the consumer level to prosumer.
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I've been really happy with my Sony Alpha. It does most everything I need it to, and didn't break the bank. My kit was around 2k new and I got it used for<500 four years ago. I don't think anyone here gives a shiznit about Sony though. You prolly can't go wrong w/Wes' suggestions. You may be happier with a decent point and shoot for that money though. If I were getting into it today I'd be looking for a deal on a D7000. That's an entry level DSLR. You'd be happy with that for a long time. I'll be getting out of entry level limitations as soon as Nikon makes up it's mind on the replacement for the D700. Keeping the Alpha too.

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I've been really happy with my Sony Alpha. It does most everything I need it to, and didn't break the bank. My kit was around 2k new and I got it used for<500 four years ago. I don't think anyone here gives a shiznit about Sony though. You prolly can't go wrong w/Wes' suggestions. You may be happier with a decent point and shoot for that money though. If I were getting into it today I'd be looking for a deal on a D7000. That's an entry level DSLR. You'd be happy with that for a long time. I'll be getting out of entry level limitations as soon as Nikon makes up it's mind on the replacement for the D700. Keeping the Alpha too.
Sony has some cool tech they put in their cameras. The Alpha's semi-transparent mirror that allows the use of phase detection focusing, but lets the light still hit the sensor without the mirror moving, is REALLY trick. It lets them squeeze crazy frame rates out of the camera that you don't get until you're in a >$4k Canon or Nikon. Best of both DSLR and mirrorless.
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Tripple your price point @ $850 and I have no idea if it is a good deal or not but the email I got said it is 55% off

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i Camera w 18-55mm, 55-250mm IS Lenses, Flash, 16GB, Case
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Here is another one I got via email today...Another claimed 50%+ off

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i 18MP CMOS Digital SLR w/ 18-55 IS Lens and 75-300 II

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Two things well maybe three. Glass is everything, spend your money on great glass. Whatever you do get an aftermarket book on the camera body. A person really needs to decide how deep into the camera operation they want to go. That truly depends on your photographic knowledge you currently have and then how much you want to learn. And lastly remember the multiplication factor for the lens. Most entry level camera bodies have a 1.4 to 1.5 factor because of the size of the sensor that the picture is recorded from. A 100 mm lens now becomes 150 mm. So when you get into the 300mm lens, very few people can effectively hold it steady when it now becomes 450mm cuz of the factor.
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