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Old September 21st, 2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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I am looking to get a new Digital camera, I don't know anything about cameras, lenses etc. What is a good option I would like to get a pretty nice camera and Have heard allot of good things about the Nikon D60. Any body have recommendations of camera and lense range etc.

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Old September 21st, 2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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We have a very nice somewhat highend Olympus camera. I was actually looking to buy a Nikon. We walked into a highly recommended camera shop in Grand Rapids that sells Nikon, Canon, and Olympus and out of all of them we bought the Olympus. We have a short range lens 40mm I believe and 200mm range lens, covers, bag, 2 batteries, free photo's and a free class on digital photography. We paid close to $700.00 if I remember right and it's a very nice camera.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 05:44 AM   #3
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The D60 is a nice entry level Digital SLR. Currently you can get it bundled with an 18-55, and a 55-200mm lens, without breaking the bank.
A comparable Canon camera is the Rebel XS or XSi. Also available with the similar focal length lenses.
I work for Norman Camera in Kalamazoo, we also have a store in Grand Rapids. You should check out our website www.normancamera.com we are one of the largest authorized dealers in the midwest. We can ship it to you as well.
I would tend to shy away from Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, or Sony. Because Canon and Nikon have the most readily available lenses and accessories.
If you want any more info PM me, I can get you in contact with one of our salesmen.
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if you don't know anything about camera's a SLR may be overkill.

for generic pictures of the family, kids, etc. a more compact, or even sub-compact camera might prove more fitting.

I have a Nikon Coolpix P80 that is more than adequate for the vast majority of "non-art" types of photography that our family needs - and best of all I don't have to explain how to use it to the wife, and even our kids have been able to get some decent shots.

speaking of which, the built in sports mode, and movie mode combined with the 18x optical zoom make it pretty versatile for a sub $300 camera. it's being, or has been phased out, and the replacement is 24x optical zoom and even higher resolution.

http://www.dpreview.com/ <-- decent comparison sight - there are many out there - this one covers quite a bit of the market and even includes various sample images at several different resolutions, as well as easily allowing you to line up various camera's side by side to compare features, and links over to owner/user reviews as well.
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Great info ryebread. Thanks guys for the help. GPguy I taked to Erik and having him look into some options also.
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just got my Canon XSI, it's badass. See my post in the pics section about the canada trip
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got the coolpix 100...neatest thing is the continuous sports shots
here's a burst of a kid at the track...








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What's your budget and what form factor do you want? Does it need to fit in your pocket? In your arm rest?

I enjoy shooting with a dSLR, but it's not for everyone as it's expensive and bulky.
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You can pick up D10s dirt cheap.
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wow cool pic with the quad....


My price range I would like to be around 5-7 hundred. I dont mind the size of them I have a small digital now and it fits in my pocket but I will give up comfort to have a nice shot. My digital sucks....
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Just bought a Cannon Rebal XS....
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You mean a Canon Rebel XS?
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You mean a Canon Rebel XS?
What ever! Yes thats what I mean
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awesome choice. what lense? If you do much outdoor shots, buy a polarized filter. Also, buy a UV filter and leave it on all the time. They're cheap insurance if you ever drop it or if mud/gravel is flying.
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awesome choice. what lense? If you do much outdoor shots, buy a polarized filter. Also, buy a UV filter and leave it on all the time. They're cheap insurance if you ever drop it or if mud/gravel is flying.
I got the 18-55 and the 75-300 I have one UV filter for the 18-55 just need another for the 75-300.
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get the polarized for blue skies and water

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