So to sum up this situation, I am in a quandary. I am an avid photographer, and I’ve been using a proc-sumer camera for about 2 years now. During this time my canon S2 IS has been a faithful and trustworthy friend, but now I’ve decided to delve further into the enchanting world of photography. Learn the more subtle intricacies of the art which can only be achieved by taking the leap and practicing and shooting with an SLR camera. Since I’m such a die hard digital fan; a DSLR.
It’s a big investment but I think if I really want to be serious about it and end up taking some really good pictures it will worth every cent invested. In all the research I’ve done three camera’s came out as possible contenders; The Canon XTi, Nikon D40x and the Sony Alpha DSLR A100. All of them 10 mega pixel beauties!
This is where I got stuck. Which one should I go with? The Sony alpha inherits from Minolta’s vast DSLR experience. It keeps the well known Minolta’s lens mount so in addition to the vast number of lenses Sony released for this camera it’s also backward compatible with the older Konika Minolta’s lenses. On the flip side all the really good lenses are really expensive and way out of my beginner’s budget. Most of the reviews for this camera are from before either the XTi or the D40x came out so I can’t find any that compare the 3.
The XTi and the D40x fight a very close batter as far as the body goes. (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond40x/page20.asp) Canon’s ability to shoot in level 3 JPEG and its anti dust material/low pass filter vibration are definite pluses. Nikon not having Auto focus built into the body does not help its cause. It does have certain advantages to the Canon, like the bigger EV working range, user defined shutter speed, In-camera retouching to name a few.
The other main consideration is the lens. That is after all what makes or breaks a SLR. I am not going to compare the expensive higher quality lenses that are available out there simply because they are all out of my budget. No point in unnecessarily depressing myself! Instead I’ve been researching the lenses that comes with the respective camera kits and other lower budget brands like Sigma and Tamron.
Every review I’ve read complains that the lens in provided in the Canon lens kit is horrible and sub par. One review I read (I’m sorry I can’t remember which one) even went as far as saying you’re better off chucking the lens that comes in the canon kit. The lenses in the Nikon starter kit seem to be pretty decent. Everything so far seems to be leaning towards the Nikon, but I guess I really want some additional advice/reassurance that I’m right or wrong before I invest so much money in it.
All comments and view will be greatly appreciated.