I'm Mandie. I'm shopping for my 1st DSLR camera. I've always loved taking pictures but have only ever been able to afford Point and Clicks up until this point. I've played with a few Nikons and so far I like the D90 the D3100 and the D5000. But Nikons are the only DSLR's that i've come across. I thought I would pop over here and see what camera's you all like and any pointers. Any suggestions on 1st DSLR or what do u love and/or dislike about your camera!! Any info would be well appreciated!!
Thanks girls! I hope to maybe join you girls once I get my new camera!!
I love my Nikons (we have a D200 and a 35mm FE2). One of the reasons we got the D200 was because we could use our existing Nikkor lenses with it (we have several really nice manual focus primes). I really like it and we will probably upgrade to another Nikon at some point. I have never used D90, 3100 or 5000 though. There are places that rent cameras/lenses etc. so if you have some extra $ and had it narrowed down to 2 or 3 maybe you could rent them to make your final decision?
I'm a canon girl through and through. I've only ever owned canon cameras. From point and shoots to DSLRs. Unfortunately I can't comment on Nikon one bit.
I would probably suggest that you go to a store that carries both brands and actually hold them. That way you would then find out which brand FEELS better in your hands.
From my experience, I bought an older model DSLR in the beginning. It was a basic Rebel XT with the kit lens. I quickly felt like the older camera wasn't living up to what I wanted so I upgraded to the Canon T1i. I loved this camera, it handled low light better than my XT, but I still wanted something a bit more durable and user friendly. I then upgraded to the Canon 50D and haven't looked back. Shooting in manual mode is SO much easier with this camera than the rebel series.
Any who, I know I probably didn't help you one bit, but that was my progression to where I am now.
I hope you get some more feedback that will better help you make your decision. Can't wait to see you start posting
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I just bought my first dSLR a week and a half ago. I'd had a 35mm previously but hadn't used it much since having kids.
I made a list of what I wanted to use the camera for then went online for inspiration. From there I went in to the store and held the cameras and talked to the staff. The Canons were more natural for me to hold. I ended up with a Canon 60D which I love so far. I haven't had it long enough to have come across anything I dislike or that annoys me.
I have a canon 40D but I am about to upgrade. I love the canon, I have tried to use other people's nikons and just cant get the hang of them, they seem a little more involved than canon.
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My first DSLR was (is) the D90 and I love, love, LOVE it.
But, I said in another similar thread that getting your first DSLR is kinda like when Harry Potter went wand shopping. Remember the scene in the movie? He tried two wands and neither of them felt quite right. Then, he picked up HIS wand and all was right with the world. It'll kinda be like that. I had honestly been leaning toward the Canon 50D, but when I held it in store, it felt awkward and a bit klunky. When I held the D90, it just felt so nice! So, I definitely suggest going to a camera store and putting a few in your hands before you make your decision.
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Krista's analogy is spot on (imho)!
I started with a website - www.dpreview.com - and looked at cameras in my price range and narrowed it down to my top 3 choices, then I went to a store and held each one before I made my choice.
I happen to be one of the Nikon girls on this board (I have a D80 currently). But I don't think you can really go wrong with any of the major brands. Cannon, Pentax, and even Sony make nice dSLRs. I think Cannon and Nikon are probably the most popular, which means accessories and lenses are not hard to find. But like Krista pointed out, until you hold one and get a feel for what works best for you, it's hard to make a hard and fast recommendation.
Good luck in your search and I hope you'll come post some pictures with us no matter what brand you decide upon!