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Old 06-18-07, 04:31 PM
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question (Choosing digital camera)

I want to buy a digital camera, and I like the nikon brand, but I'm confused, don't know wich one, there is the D40, 6.1mp, the D40x 10mp, and more, if anyone have one of this, or any sugestions. What is a SLR?
 

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Old 06-19-07, 05:05 PM
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ccmarnaj,

There is so much choice out there I don't blame you for being confused.

An SLR camera is one that has a removeable lens.
The term SLR stands for single lens reflex.
This means that with this type of camera you view the subject through the same lens as what takes the picture.
In order to do this the camera uses a mirror that swings up to allow the image to reach the film on a film camera or sensor on a digital.

A D40 is Nikon's entry level camera and would be a good camera to start with if this is the way you wanted to go.
An SLR camera would be the way to go if you are a former film camera buff who is used to the settings on a film SLR or want to learn this.
You do not need to use any of the manual settings however as the automatic ones on all the SLR's make these cameras as easy to use as the point and shoot ones.
The main difference with an SLR and their ability to adjust things is the SLRs usually have more buttons and knobs on the outside so you don't have to go into the programming to change common settings.
It would also be good if you thought you would want to start collecting lenses as they usually come with only a small range to the zoom lens normally supplied.
You can get package deals with a new camera that includes a bit longer zoom lens.
SLRs also have a faster recycle time between pics than point and shoot types but the smaller cams are improving.

A point and shoot camera although simpler can take just as nice pics as an SLR.
These camera have fixed lenses that can't be removed but you can get them with built in lenses that have a fairly long zoom ability.
These camera are generally smaller and if you think you might want to put it in a pocket or purse would be the way to go.
Many of the better ones can also be used in a manual mode so that you can take it off automatic and play with the settings and many of them have large frames that are similar in appearance to an SLR.
I have the no longer produced Nikon 8800 that is 8mp and has a 10x optical zoom that is the equivalent of a 350 mm lens.
It does everything an SLR can do but at the time I bought it was less than half the price of the SLR with a longer lens.

So, it is a tough call.

Give us some idea as to what type of camera you would be interested in and we can go further.
Just go out and get your hands on as many different types of cameras you can and come back and let us know what you think.

Here is a very good review site that is quite unbiased and have reviewd almost all major cameras:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html
 
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Old 06-20-07, 10:41 PM
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there is a Nikon D40 for $549.00 6.1mp, and there is a nikon D40 kit with two lenses for $736.00 or the nikon D40x 10.1 mp for $899.00the largerprints that I want to print are 8x10, Do I need more than 6 mp?, I was talking to some friends and they told me they think the Canon srl is better than the nikon, but I checked the reviews of the products at circuitcity web page and the rating for the nikon is much better than the canon, and the review for the nikon with two lenses is better than the one just with one lens. Any help I would apreciated, thanks.
 
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Old 06-21-07, 04:57 AM
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ccmarnaj,

I too like the idea of owning a Nikon but even owning one myself have to admit that the reviews I have seen place the Canon XTi ahead of the D40x.

Not to say you shouldn't get the Nikon though.

One thing to consider about the higher MP of the D40x is that even though you have no intention right now of making large prints another benefit of shooting at high resolutions is that if you ever have to crop a picture the higher resolution will give you a better quality result.

An example of this is that if you were to take a picture of say an Eagle in a tree that is nice but a bit far away.
By cropping the image to double the size you would roughly half the mp count in the final pic.
So taken with a 10mp camera at full resolution your cropped image would be roughly the equivalent of a 5 mp one.

Here is a review conclusion where the D40x and the Canon XTi are compared.
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/NikonD40x/page6.shtml

One possible scenario is that if you felt the D40 was good enough you might have some money available to buy one of the SB series strobes for it.
This would be a usefull accessory.
 
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Old 06-21-07, 05:15 PM
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First let me thankyou for your help, is the canon that you're talking about this?
Canon Digital Rebel XTi Digital SLR Camera Kit - Silver

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•SLR
•9-point autofocus •2.5" LCD screen
•EF-S 18-55mm lens
•Self-cleaning sensor unit


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and you think the customer reviews are real?, because the nikon had better rating than canon.
Thanks again.
 
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Old 06-21-07, 06:57 PM
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Yes, that is the Canon mentioned in the review I linked to.
I would not really pay much attention to a review posted on a chain store website.


You might want to get your hands on both of them to see how they feel and get an idea on how the controls are laid out.
There are a couple of settings I use all the time and on my camera one is deep in the menu and the other has an external knob but you have to press and hold a button then turn a thumb wheel at the same time.......Grrrrrr!

I have a Nikon now that I'm fairly happy with and I am in the market for a dedicated strobe.
However, the strobe will only work with Nikon and if I upgrade my camera there is a possibility it won't be a Nikon and the strobe purchase may be wasted.
This would be a tough call as it would be nice to have two Nikons to be able to share the same strobe.

If you search the term "digital camera review" you will likely come up with much more info.
 
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Old 07-05-07, 11:06 AM
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This is a couple week old thread...but maybe your still deciding.....

I'd go with Canon 9/10 times. Reasons....
1. Lens Selections. Canon just has more options in this area. Nikon is no slouch, but Canon does beat them. Third party's do offer a lot more that Nikon nor Canon make, so I guess it's a "Do I want a Canon/Nikon lens or a Sigma/Tamron/Tokina lens on my camera".
2. Noise levels. It's well known that Nikon is just not up to par when placed next to Canon's at higher than 400 ISO. There is clearly a difference for nightime shooting. Nikon is making better in this area, but not enough for me.
3. Speed. At this time, if you are looking for a sports camera, Canon IS the company to go with. The New 1D MkIII shoots 10fps. That may be to much money for most of us, but even the Canon 20D/30D has 5fps and doesn't cost a lot of money. I love my 20D. See all the White lenses at the Super Bowl....Canon
4. Full frame. Canon is the only company to offer a full frame digital camera....the 5D. I'd LOVE to have this camera. What does this mean...well the next versions with full frame will have more and for maybe lesser prices. Canon leads everyone in this area.

They both make good systems, but in the end, I'd choose Canon. That's only my personal preferences. If using flash off camera was the only thing that mattered to me....I'd choose Nikon, because of that super nice feature. But...it's not.

Do NOT listen to store reviews. You never know if they are paid reviews or not. I went to a store to buy my 20D and the sales clerk was telling me another camera was far superior to the Canon. I knew better, but was obvious the store IS told to push Nikon. I'd suggest going and trying them out, hold them and see what is right for you.
 
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any recomendations?

I finally got my camera, I decided to go with the canon rebel XTI, thankyou everyone who helped me, now my question is, I want a diferent lens, like you told me the lens that the camera as is just the basic, I want the camera to photograph my kid playing football and other sports, do you recomen any lens for that and that I can use it if I want to take pictures from the distance?

Thankyou again for your help.
 
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Old 09-09-07, 11:58 AM
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Good for you!
That's a good camera.
Exactly what lens(es) came with the camera.
I honestly am not intimately familiar with digital accessory lenses.

I am sorta window shopping for an SLR and lenses but I am having a hard time with what it will cost to replace the point and shoot I have.
Prices have come down considerably since I bought my Nikon 8800 but because it has a 35 to 350mm equivalent with vibration reduction and macro it is hard to find a lens that would be in my price range.

I have seen a few good digital zoom lenses in the 500.00 - 750.00 price range but the ones I like did not offer macro which I use a lot.

What price range are you looking at?
 
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Old 09-10-07, 11:35 AM
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Hello, thanks. My camera came with the EF-S 18-55mm, but if I want to take a picture of my son playing football I think is goint to be to far away, it's not to much zoom, I'm really new on this so any recomendation, or tips would be great for me.I really don't want to spend a lot of money in a expencive lens right now, junt something better than the one that came with the camera.

Thank you
 
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Old 09-10-07, 03:46 PM
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You might try something like this one:

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<img src="http://www.futureshop.ca/multimedia/products/regular/10035103.gif">

There are many places to get these lenses so make sure you shop around.

The 55 to 200 mm shown on this lens is the digital camera focal length.
These numbers do not give the same perspective compared to 35mm film camera lens sizes.
The 55 to 200 digital focal length would be comaparable to about 90 to 320 mm film camera perspective.

They have another lens that is about the same price in a higher focal length but you would be getting into a length that would be difficult to use without a tripod.

As it is that 320 mm would be difficult to hold, especially if it isn't that bright out.
 
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Old 11-01-07, 07:18 PM
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DSLR Pentax K10D

Well, as some of you said I had my heart set on a Nikon D40x. I had heard some really great reviews etc. I have no reason for wanting it other than the name. I know nothing about DSLR cameras, I own a point and shoot but I am wanting to move up. I looked as some prices on the internet to get an idea. Here is a suggestion. I am all about customer service. I go to some of my local merchants in town here and may pay a little more, but they know me and take care of me. Just remember that when you order over the internet, you are only a screen name to them and it can be a hassle to return or have something repaired. The warranties are 3rd party on most of the grey market items. So off I go to my LOCAL photo shop and talk eye to eye. Well, I didn't purchase a NIkon because he did not sell Nikon because he had some problems with service of the NIkon. He sold Canon which was my next idea and he sold Pentax. Pentax? Who had ever heard of them? Well, long story short I paid alot more than the internet and walked out with a Pentax K10D, flash, 2 lenses, battery grip and some filters and he is going to show me how to use it. The options, camera to camera he chose the Pentax. So always keep your options open and deal with a reputable dealer. You only get the product and the service that you pay for. I did not want to be customer #12345 I wanted to walk in and him say hello Lisa, how do you like your Pentax.
 
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Old 11-02-07, 08:12 PM
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Good choice flossyjo, and welcome to our forums.

Cameras in any price range are so close in quality that after sales service is a very good goal when buying a camera.

Steve's is a pretty reliable review site and it has some pretty good things to say about what you bought.
I particularly like the weather resistant housing.

Exactly which lenses came with the camera?
 
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