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Old 01-12-2014, 07:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You cant go wrong with Canon or Nikon, they are considered the top cameras out there. THe T3i is a great body based on a great platform. Dunno if others have mentioned it but make sure you buy good quality memory cards. Do your research because to do things like record video (if supported) you may need a certain "class" of card.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I went to the local photography shop today, and played around with some of the cameras suggested.

The T3i felt really good in my hands, and using it was almost second nature.

The D3200 felt ok, but I hate that it shares the same location for the power switch as my current camera. I've had issues with accidentally turning my camera off because of it.

I already have plenty of class 10 SD cards, and don't want to have to buy all new memory cards, so the D70s is out.

They didn't have a D60 to play with, so I missed out on that.

The local field is indoors, and not particularly well lit. Any suggestions for settings I should try?
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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this book will also help a ton

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Old 01-13-2014, 05:10 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Personally id pick up a refurbished Nikon d200 its a "prosumer" body with weather seals, focus motor, all the controls on you need on the body, and has 10 megapixels CCD. The battery life and the high ISO performance are really the only downsides of the D200 when compared to say the D7000. then again it came out in 2005, and the money you could save on the d200 body could go towards lenses
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Not a bad idea Rymzor. the d200 is a great body on the Nikon side of things. On the Canon side of things a great prosumer body in the same vein would be the 40D same deal well built, has some weather sealing, all the controls are easily accessible and other than high ISO performance there really isn't a downside when comparing it to say a 60D or something of that ilk. I guess it comes down to which system the OP prefers. Just a note to the OP on not wanting to go to a new memory card standard. If you own class 10 SD cards and find a body that you like that only takes CF cards there are adapters on Amazon for about $15 or so that you plug an SD card into and then they plug into the camera and have the pinouts for CF. I used one in my old XTi and it worked great. With that said even if you had to switch to CF for the body it's a better card standard anyways and decent CF cards aren't as expensive as they once were. If you're not taking video you can buy 16GB CF cards for $20 or so.
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This may very well be the most idiotic question ever asked. I have a Nikon N65 35mm Camera along with a Quantaray 70-300mm Zoom (Along with the nikon lens). Are there any Nikon Digital bodies accept these lenses? If so which is best for entry level stuff.

Just looking to possibly save some cash on the switch to digital.

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This may very well be the most idiotic question ever asked. I have a Nikon N65 35mm Camera along with a Quantaray 70-300mm Zoom (Along with the nikon lens). Are there any Nikon Digital bodies accept these lenses? If so which is best for entry level stuff.

Just looking to possibly save some cash on the switch to digital.

Sorry Zapf for the minor threadjack.

I believe that the N65 is f-mount so yes, only thing is if you get a crop sensor DSLR and the lenses were made for 35mm film. I use a nikkor 35-70 that came with my Nikon f-401x and I have not had any bad results when using the it on my d200.

from CJOttawa's post above

"Being Nikon F-mount, you can find old F-mount lenses in pawn shops and scoop them for a song."

"Nikon, similarly, has a lot of ancient lens designs that haven't been updated because don't have the motivation to do it. On the flip side, it means I can use a vintage 55mm Micro-Nikkor manual focus lens on just about any of the modern Nikon DSLRs, with some caveats. (no metering on the D70s but somewhat irrelevant on digital as you can check levels post-shot on the LCD)"
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Thanks Rymzor! That is great news, assuming I can find a place that sells just Nikon digi bodies. Thanks alot!
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Is Abe's of Maine a good place to buy from? They have the t3i for nearly 100 dollars less than most of the places I've seen. I see a fair number of bad reviews, but they seem to be related to larger items like TVs and large appliances and delivery of said items.
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I would stay away from a place that has bad reviews regardless. If you're looking at buying new I'd go with a trusted source like B&H or Adorama.
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