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  1. #1
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    D-SLR for under $400???

    Hey guys just got all my christmas money together and some extra i have been saving and i have a total of $400 to spend!! I love taking pictures of nature.. and motocross racing. I do enjoy taking pictures of people also. I am don't know what i want or need.... except i know i want and need a camera!!! Can someone give me some help???

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    There are camera reviews and a buyers guide on this very website at the top of this page. It is helpful to see what some features are, and what you might want.

    Amazon also ranks items by best-selling. That will give you an idea what other people are buying.

    When you've narrowed it down from every camera to handful of cameras, we can be more help to you :-)

    Keep in mind that "sports'" and "low-light" photography is the expensive kind...

    $400 does not get you very far toward a DSLR and lenses, but you could get a good Point-and-Shoot ultra-zoom, memory card, mini tripod, spare battery and case for about that much.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
    http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q78/KylePix/

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    Well i actually have $500 dollars but i just wanted to spend $400 because i like having that extra cash if i wanna take my girl on a special date or something. But say i can spend all $500 these are the cameras i have been looking at.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Digital-S...1807342&sr=1-5

    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D3000-Di...1807200&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-10-2MP-D...1807238&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-XS-Digit...1807248&sr=8-1


    Hope this helps guys... now i need help choosing between them :/

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    Well let's see .... for nature I would want the Sony A230, for sports the Canon XS, and for shooting people the Nikon D3000. See a problem here? Anyways, below are links to more threads on selecting that first DSLR -

    DSLR for Father-to-be (Nikon or Sony?)

    Zip, zero, nada experience. What to buy?

    no help Kelly
    Canon EOS 50D, Fujifilm F45fd, various film dinosaurs

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    Of those you listed, the Sony seems to be within your budget (via Ritz if they are still in business) and include 2 lenses, so it should hold you over for awhile. You are going over budget with the others as I'm guessing you will want a longer lens as well for motocross.

    I think I saw a Canon 2-lens outfit for just over $429, but it could have been an Xmas sale...
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
    http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q78/KylePix/

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    How does the sony stack up to the rest of the cameras listed though??? I don't need super long lenses .... i only do back yard photos of that stuff.. and i can get close to the action so am not going to snapping the shots from 150yds... but i guess that a longer lense would be a good idea... i have no clue what i am talking about though. You know what i need better than i do

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    OKay then i guess just need a camera that is going to be a all-around good one

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    There in lies the rub. All of the cameras you listed are good all-around choices. Some will have a feature or two that some may lack. Some may have a performance edge in one aspect or another. Some may have controls that don't drive you as nuts as some others. Some may simply feel better in handling than others. There are lots of nuts-and-bolts to DSLR selection. Each of us has personal priorities that are a little different. So take your time, at the end of the day it's your checkbook.

    Kelly

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    The Sony A-230 two lens kit is an very good "starter," or entry level DSLR camera. It is an easy DSLR fror P+S folks to transition to smoothly. It has good image quality and the two lens kit makes it very flexible.

    Here is a photo sample done using the A-230 equipped with the Sony 55-200mm lens.

    Sarah Joyce
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    I would probably vote for the Sony since it comes with both an 18-55 and a 55-200. Outside of that things are pretty much the same. The Sony has liveview like a point and shoot, the others have live view that is really only usable on a tripod. I used to shoot Sony, now shoot Canon. The Rebel XS and Nikon D3000 have a solid edge on the Sony for low-light shooting. If you turn up the ISO to 800, the Canon and Nikon will look very clean, the Sony will show some noise. I would avoid the D60 btw, it doesn't have any benefits over the D3000, the D3000 is just the updated version of the D60 and has better autofocus. Another plus for the Sony is image stabilization built into the camera. You can buy old lenses (Sony uses old Minolta lenses, of which there are many good ones for cheap) and you will have image stabilization with any of them. With Canon or Nikon the only way to have IS is for it to be in the lens, and that will only be on newer ones.

    Another thought is to look for stuff used. If you are willing to go without a warranty it is a great way to save money. I bought my Sony A300 brand new, but since I switched to Canon I have had a Rebel XS, 40D, and 5D, all of which I bought used. I bought my Rebel XS off Craigslist for $400 with everything but the box, in brand new condition. You could probably land an older Nikon D40 for $400 or a bit less. The only issue with that is that the kit lens with the older Sony A200/A300, Nikon D40, or with the Canon XT or XTi isn't as good as the current 18-55 for Sony, or the 18-55VR for Nikon or 18-55IS for Canon. All three upped the image quality of the kit lenses significantly with the newer versions.
    Jason Hamilton
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
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