I'm trying to narrow down a DSLR to buy around holiday time (aiming for Boxing day sales, December 26).
I've done a lot of research and I really like Nikon (I've previously used old film SLR Nikons and really like them). However, the Canon Rebel T3 have really come down in price and I'm trying to not spend too much money with baby due in January. This will be my Christmas gift from DH. I've used my nieces Rebel T3 and I really liked it as well.
The one benefit I was thinking for Nikon is that the lenses are compatible from older models and my step dad has a ton of old fun Nikon lenses. Yes, I know they would have no light meter and other features, but I'm ok with that. I just like that they are compatible.
It would just be for hobby, nothing professional. I'm sick of point and shoot. My dad was a photographer while I was growing up so I have experience using high end film cameras and I get frustrated at the lack of features in a point and shoot. So now that my last point and shoot died, I want to upgrade to something that's a lot more fun and something I can take photography classes with.
If it matters, I LOVE macro photography. And I also want to get into night photography and long exposures.
The camera also has to have HD video (I can't recall right this second but I think that the Nikon D3100 in the same price range as the Canon T3 doesn't have video).
Anyone have a preference that's used both Canon and Nikon? All my experience has been with film SLR, manual focus, etc, so would either of those be easier for transition?
I'm looking to spend $500 max all in for camera and one lens, probably buying from this store unless I get a better deal somewhere else: