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I'm trying to buy a dslr and i've been doing plenty of research but I still dont know where to start..

I keep reading up on how nikons and canons are the best out there but then I read some threads about how it all matters on what the photographer feels comfortable with..

Since this will be my first dslr, can someone suggest which ones would be good to start out with?.

I would want to invest in a camera where once I get comfortable with the camera I can still discover new features to play around with and will have plenty of lens to choose from..

My budget is 900$..

So can someone please suggest some good dslr cameras?..

Comments (13)

Disfrohotcakes wrote:.

So can someone please suggest some good dslr cameras?.

That's easy. All of the current DSLR camera's are good cameras! No such thing as a bad one!.

The two systems with the most options for lenses and accessories are Canon and Nikon, which is why they are the "best" as people say...

After that I would say Sony and Pentax, then Olympus..

Best thing is to go to a camera store and handle all of the camera's in your price range across all brands. Get a feel for them, play with their menu's. Narrow it down to two or three that you like and then consider their "systems"(available lenses/accessories/etc). Pick one and never look back. Done!.

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savagehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mrnoronha/sets/..

Comment #1

Lots of good choices. You're not going to go wrong with any of the entry level dslrs from Canon, Nikon, Oly, Pentax and Sony..

Go to the store and handle the cameras to see if you have a preference for the ergonomics of one camera over another..

They most likely will have some of the following models which are among the latest..

Canon xs, xsiNikon d60 2 lens kitOly 520Pentax k200dSony A200, A300, A350..

Comment #2

"best for buck" balanced digicam of 2008 is :Sony A350.Olympus E-520..

And"Special symphaty prize model" is:Olynpus E-420.

AndFuji S100FS, may be(its not DSLR , I know, I know, but it good camera ..

Comment #3

Thanks for the feedback ...

I think I'm going to find some stores near me and try out all the cameras that all of you have recommended and some that have caught my eye..

I was trying to just make online purchases but I can tell i'll need to try them out first..

Thanks again you guys are great. i'm new to this site and I love it already..

Oh and if theres more feedback please do give them ..

Comment #4

Buying on line is fine AFTER you have held and tried every model you are considering. You have got to feel comfortable with the grip and controls. All of them will (or are at least capable of) take good pictures...

Comment #5

Best glass: Nikon and Olympus.

Worst glass: probably Sony in their consumer line-up and Pentax zooms.

Good Primes: Pentax.

Good Pro-Glass Nikon, Olympus and Canon..

Best High ISO performance - Canon and Nikon.

Cheers, Craig..

Comment #6

Guidenet wrote:.

Best glass: Nikon and Olympus.

Worst glass: probably Sony in their consumer line-up and Pentax zooms.

Good Primes: Pentax.

Good Pro-Glass Nikon, Olympus and Canon..

Best High ISO performance - Canon and Nikon.

Cheers, Craig.

Craig,.

Just to clarify - regarding best and worse glass are referring to the kit lenses?..

Comment #7

I believe you generalized, stereotyped, and oversimplified. All of the manufacturers make decent entry level bodies. Some have a little better entry level value than others depending on particular desires. All of them have winners and dogs in the gear race..

A beginner can't tell what equipment to buy yet. Buy the least expensive camera and one lens, or two at the most, that will do the job and learn by experience. If you decide you've bought the wrong things you can sell your gear and buy something else after you learn your needs and desires..

The main thing is buy something that you're comfortable using. Spend as little as possible. Budget for the little items that add up.... An extra battery pack, at least two brand name memory cards from a reputable dealer (beware ebay on this one), a camera bag, a better neck strap than the mfg puts in the box...

Comment #8

Just to clarify - regarding best and worse glass are referring to thekit lenses?.

The old Canon 18-55 version 1 kit lens was regarded as being substandard to everyone else's short kit lens. I've seen plenty of shots from the version 1 lens and I personally think they are not up to the standards the other large manufacturers supply. I hear the newer 18-55 IS version 2 lens is better..

Guidenet also left out lenses from Zeiss, Leitz/Leica, Voigtlander, Tamron, Tokina, Sigma to name a few top brands...

Comment #9

MaryGierth wrote:.

Guidenet wrote:.

Best glass: Nikon and Olympus.

Worst glass: probably Sony in their consumer line-up and Pentax zooms.

Good Primes: Pentax.

Good Pro-Glass Nikon, Olympus and Canon..

Best High ISO performance - Canon and Nikon.

Cheers, Craig.

Craig,.

Just to clarify - regarding best and worse glass are referring to thekit lenses?.

No, not really. I think that by and large, Nikon and Olympus have the most consistency in good glass, both consumer and pro-glass..

I think that Sony consumer glass is pretty poor, some of it left over Rokkor designs. Pentax consumer zooms are often 3rd party lenses rebadged, but their primes are often pretty good..

In the pro-glass arena, Nikon, Canon and Olympus are the best. Zeiss licensed by Sony aren't bad, but I'm not sure many pros would consider Sony right now so the issue is mute. Not that many pros use Olympus, but they still make superb glass. That said, it really doesn't matter what pros use except for the fact that the company creates better things that we amateurs can use..

I use Nikon and I admit I'm a bit of a fanboy type, but I like the fact that I can purchase most any Nikon lens, and I know I'm getting good glass. I know that when I buy a Nikkor 14-24 f2.8 zoom, I'm getting the best there is in that category. I admit that beginners won't spend $1600 on a lens I might buy, but once their in it for a while and have started an investment in quality bodies and lenses, but might wish to step up..

I know there are some here that bounce from brand to brand, never really learning how to make good images. They buy an Oly 510 twin lens kit this week then a Sony 350 with a Tamron next month and so on, never really mastering anything..

There are others who buy into a system as beginners, take classes, take workshops, get out there and learn how to take good images. They become passionate about their art and buy better and better equipment to help them make better images easier. Those are the beginners I'm talking to, usually. I've said it over and over and believe in it. Don't worry about the best IS, the latest Liveview and anti-shake. Pay attention to the glass..

If you end up as a family picnic snap shooter, it won't matter. But, if you decide to take it to the next level making the right choices up front will help..

Now I know there are some who say that everything is obsolete in a few years so it doesn't matter. They're gear geeks, not photographers. They'll buy whatever IS implementation, liveview, or flux capacitor is hot this month. They generally don't take many images. Theyd rather talk about the gear and features than how to take good pictures. So, I admit that I might bait them once in a while, hence the post.



// off soapbox.

Cheers, Craig..

Comment #10

My friend, I was over simplifying on purpose. More of a caricature of previous posts. Just having fun, though there was some truth in it.Cheers, Craig..

Comment #11

Guidenet wrote:.

My friend, I was over simplifying on purpose. More of a caricature ofprevious posts. Just having fun, though there was some truth in it..

OK friend, I'm cool too. Yes there was a bit of truth in it...

Comment #12

Guidenet wrote:.

Pay attention to the glass..

I think it's appropriate to simplify given the op is looking for a direction. I would also add it's really all about the lenses not the camera body...

Comment #13

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