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Canon 8 40.00%
Nikon 9 45.00%
Other.. (Please state which one in a reply to the post) 2 10.00%
What is a digital Camera? 1 5.00%
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Based on the opinion of a certain former member who left here in shame and ridicule for being an asshat.... I'm not qualified to make recomendations on digi-cams......

That being said... Noah if you are reading this.. well off.

My wife got a canon elf for christmas.. not sure which model but it was no more than 265-280 new. It's a great little point and shoot with a ton of commands, menus, buttons, etc... and even takes pretty good quailty videos(for a small point and shoot the size of a pack of smokes).

The Nikon SLR are neat.... but to me they are way to expensive.

I own a Konika-Minolat D5... it's a couple of years old and is about 100% compatable with all my Minolta 35mm SLR lense that I own.. it's about 90% backwards compatable with all Minolta Maxxum AF lenses that were produced. The Sony Alpha is the newest version of the KM D5 and seems to be a very nice camera also.

Another one I was eyeballing for myself as a secondary camera was this one by Canon (powershot S5):

Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera - 2077B001 - CameraWorld.com

Anyways.. I'll end my babbling because I don't know what I'm talking about.. and b/c a client is here.

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Old 02-15-2008, 09:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:10 AM   #13 (permalink)
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You pay for the Nikon name. They have made good equipment for many years, but not necessarily as much better as the price is higher than their competition. Sorry for the poor phrasing - let me try it this way: Nikon makes good cameras. Nikons cost more. The quality difference doesn't always match the price difference.

I'm of the opinion that if you've already got good lensing - then buy a compatible camera. How many, what brands and what size lenses do you already have for your wife's camera?

If they are not auto focus lenses, then IMO you're back at square one. My brother just picked up a Sony digital SLR - it uses Minolta lenses and seems to be a really nice camera.

If you're going to use existing lenses - something you may or may not be aware of is the effect on using a sensor smaller than 35mm film with standard lenses. You're going to get a 1.2-2.0 multiiplier to your old lenses.

here's a good link with info:
The "Multiplier Factor" - Lonestardigital.com

I tend to stay away from the pro-sumer cannons. I've seen too many rebel-type bodies fail. The cost to move up to a real professional body is usually worth it - both in terms of durability and in function.

Another thing to keep in mind is storage. With the higher resolution cameras it's not out of line to expect to buy a 2-8gig card / microdrive. You'll build up a ton of volume of pics pretty fast if you're shooting at 10 megapixels +

good luck, digital cameras have progressed so far so fast that making a bad choice is getting harder all the time
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:40 AM   #14 (permalink)
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You pay for the Nikon name. They have made good equipment for many years, but not necessarily as much better as the price is higher than their competition. Sorry for the poor phrasing - let me try it this way: Nikon makes good cameras. Nikons cost more. The quality difference doesn't always match the price difference.
Haven't priced out Nikons lately??? I find the nikons equal if not a bit cheaper than equal Cannon products. Two reasons I bought a Nikon

1. D-40 Cheaper than the Rebel and equal or better to boot
2. 30% more battery life than the Rebel.
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:49 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The step above a D40 is abouta grand.

My KM D5 with lense was like 500 and that was 2 years ago... it's only a 6.1 megapixel camera but that is plenty for up to and beyond an 8x10" photo.

Yes if you have lenses, ask how many are compatable... when I was looking to buy my K-Minolta I had what would have cost over 5 grand worth of lenses to direct replace had I gone with a different lens system.... that was definataly not worth it seeing as they had cost me a 1/4 of that to purchase new and lightly used on ebay.

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Old 02-15-2008, 11:22 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Financing isnt free when you factor in risk....

Dont forget to check out Olympus's offerings, as well as Pentax. Both make a very nice camera.
Can I have some money then Azzy? lol I hear you loud and clear. I agree with you as well cause i have the same outlook. However I do believe in using financing when needed. I would agree to pay it out in hard cash but I do not have it in my hands right now.

Seriously, I have been on BH Photo and their prices are on par from what I have seen. (Apples to Apples) It is like the people who say "go to newegg for all your computer items" Unique photo has been around for a long time like 1947. They have a showroom about 30 minutes away. I have never been there but I know a few who have. I have been itchin' to go there to. So they are not your typical warehouse web site.

If I am going to lay out the cash up front, I want to try out and see the camera in person. Plus I would like to be at the store for any questions. I can also bring my wife's lens to see if the Nikon option would happen. So far it seems my wife's N6006 lens look like they would fit with the Nikon D40/40x model line. So I might go to the showroom to see if the lens do in fact fit and work with the camera. The other thing I can think of when you go to a shop, you get to know the people if there is a problem.

Generally they are willing to work out a package deal if you need the start up flash memory or a lens kit. When we bought my wife's camera we negotiated everything and we became a customer of the shop. I think her used film 35 MM was around $650 with body, 2 lens, new battery, some film, a Camera bag and a couple of other little things. There was a knowledge exchange with a tutorial on how to use the camera. That is service. Unfortunately, the place is out of business after many years of being open. The area where the shop was in was going down hill and the last time I spoke with the one brother he said they were getting slaughtered by the net. They were in business for over 50 years. I knew several people for generations went there.

So far thanks for all the suggestions. Keep'em coming. I am now thinking of the Nikons a bit more. I would like to see the Rebel XTi and the Nikon D40 side by side.

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Old 02-15-2008, 11:28 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Check out the Carter Commando picture thread for the born chilly photos, those were all taken with my refurbed D40, on the stock 18mm-55mm lense.

I hear you on the brick and mortar store thing, but the biggest place here in Pittsburgh (Bernies) from what I hear form photographers is a big ripoff, and not very customer friendly, unless you pay for extra service.

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Old 02-15-2008, 11:35 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The step above a D40 is abouta grand.

My KM D5 with lense was like 500 and that was 2 years ago... it's only a 6.1 megapixel camera but that is plenty for up to and beyond an 8x10" photo.

Yes if you have lenses, ask how many are compatable... when I was looking to buy my K-Minolta I had what would have cost over 5 grand worth of lenses to direct replace had I gone with a different lens system.... that was definataly not worth it seeing as they had cost me a 1/4 of that to purchase new and lightly used on ebay.

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New prices only since used varies so much.

Cannon Rebel XT w/Lens $459.95

Nikon D-40 W/LENS $499.95

Cannon Rebel XTi W/LENS $599.95

Nikon D-40x W/LENS $609.95

Nikon D-60 W/LENS $749.95

Nikon D-80 W/LENS $879.95

Cannon EOS 30D W/LENS $1,299.95

Cannon EOS 40D W/LENS $1,369.95

Nikon D200 W/LENS $1,624.95




ummm yeah.....look before making false statements. Your right about lens investment though.


And based on the lens argument a used Nikon would be the best way to go since he has access to Nikon lenses.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:36 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I did a bunch of research a few months back and ended up going with the canon powershot s5 is. I couldn't be happier - it's very versatile & takes great pictures. One of the big selling points for me was the lack of delay between pressing the button and the picture actually being taken - most of the digital cameras I tried had like a half-second delay which is pretty frustrating if you are trying to take any kind of action shot.
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So far it seems my wife's N6006 lens look like they would fit with the Nikon D40/40x model line. So I might go to the showroom to see if the lens do in fact fit and work with the camera.


The lense will work! in MANUAL focus only.... Unless they have the internal focus motor. So check the type of lenses that you have.

here is some specifics for the D-40 lens mount.


AF-S, AF-I Lenses support all functions

Other Type G or D AF Nikkor lenses support all functions except autofocus

PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Can only be used in mode M

Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor lenses support all functions except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II

Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function







This article helped me alot Comparison: Nikon D200, D80, D70, D50, D40, Canon 5D and XTi


(almost)All the pictures in this gallery were taken with my D-40 many have been reduced to fit the computer moniter better but it'll give you some ideal of focus and exposure.
The Rushing Family Gallery :: 2007

Grand Prix Houston The Rushing Family Gallery :: Grand Prix of Houston 2007

My sons beach party The Rushing Family Gallery :: Hayden's 3rd Birthday

Night time Ballon Glow Ballunar Festival The Rushing Family Gallery :: Ballunar ballon glow 2007 (taken mostly at 800, 1600 and 3200 speed, hand held)
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