RichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 794 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
Thanks for the suggestions.
One thing I'd like to mention is that my father has a Canon EOS 400D. I sometimes borrow it and I'm somewhat used to it. It seems to be out of my price range though, so I can't consider that as an option. Is it likely that I will be disappointed with the results from a Nikon D40 after having used a Canon EOS 400D? (Keep in mind that I am very much a novice at photography)
Dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7237 posts, RR: 32 Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2604 times:
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Quoting RichM (Reply 3): Is it likely that I will be disappointed with the results from a Nikon D40 after having used a Canon EOS 400D?
Man the camera companies really have got a lot of people brainwashed...
Rich, there is very little chance you would notice the difference between most entry level SLRs of similar age in terms of image quality. Get the one that feels most comfortable in your hands, and fits your budget the best.
I think the two best pieces of advice for you have already been given:
Quoting Gmonney (Reply 2): I would try to explore the used market, there are a lot out there i am sure, ... save your money for some glass... that makes the picture,
Excellent and sage advice. Get a cheap used camera to learn on, as you are likely to want to replace it after you have learned the ropes, so no use spending all of your money on something you'll want to replace in a year or two. Second, and even more important, put whatever you save in getting a cheaper, used body towards the best lens you can afford, because that's what you'll be keeping long-term. Gmonney was absolutely right, it's high quality glass that makes all the difference.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2545 times:
Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6): Not being fluent in Nikon I don't know the ins and outs but the D40 isn't entirely compatible with all Nikon lenses (some kind of focusing issue).
But that goes for all of the Nikon range. There are some "old model" lenses that won't work. Safe to say your 1200-1700mm mega-zoom probably won't work on a D40. However, some of the reasonably newer older lenses won't autofocus on the D40/D60 (meaning you need AF-S).
I'm a Nikon owner, but I'd recommend Canon for the same reason as above - simply you can share lenses, and possibly you and your father can share costs (but you didn't hear me say that) in acquiring some of the more exotic/desirable lenses later on when you grow into your camera, and expand your photography.
The only reason you might choose a Nikon over Canon is perhaps the feel/use of the camera (D40/D60 excepted for being too small).
JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4732 posts, RR: 8 Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2509 times:
Canon would be a good way to go due to the reasons given above but to be honest Canon's budget DSLRs (i.e. 1000D and 450D) are a little pricey when compared to the competition. Still, the sharing of lens costs may make the option attractive - otherwise I stand by my Sony recommendation.
RichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 794 posts, RR: 11 Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
Thanks for your suggestions. I went with the Nikon D60 in the end with the VR lens. (It was the only D60 model that they had in stock) I don't have the most steady hands in the world, so will this help in that respect?
I did have a look at a few Sony's. I didn't like the feel of them compared to the Nikon's and Canon's though. I also thought that the materials used on the Nikon's and Canon's looked of better quality compared to some of the Sony's, but who am I to judge?
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2385 times:
Quoting RichM (Reply 13): Thanks for your suggestions. I went with the Nikon D60 in the end with the VR lens. (It was the only D60 model that they had in stock) I don't have the most steady hands in the world, so will this help in that respect?