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MissKay Oct 17, 2010 3:10 PM

Looking to buy my FIRST DSLR camera...
what's a good camera to make the transaction to a DSLR camera? I am looking to buy my first in February and want do as much research as possible so I don't just go and choose one. What is a good first DSLR camera?

shoturtle Oct 17, 2010 3:15 PM

What do you want to shoot with it, and what is your budget. And are you looking for a long zoom right away, and expanding to a fast prime at some point

MissKay Oct 17, 2010 3:20 PM

i want to be able to shoot mostly like landscape and people (mostly my nephew and niece) I don't want to spend more than about 600 max, a longer zoom would be nice, but not necessary right away.

shoturtle Oct 17, 2010 4:57 PM

659 pentax k-x kit, 18-55 and 55-300. will shoot everything you listed.

MissKay Oct 17, 2010 5:22 PM

Alright, thank you

RioRico Oct 17, 2010 5:46 PM

shoturtle is quite right. At first glance, certain Canon dSLRs especially seem attractive, but Pentax has a major advantage: Shake Reduction and Autofocus are built into the body, so EVERY lens you put on the camera is stabilized, and EVERY Pentax-compatible autofocus lens works on the Kx. Canon and Nikon build stabilization into certain lenses only, mostly longer and more expensive. Some Nikon cameras seem attractive also, but I have read that there are autofocus incompatibilities with some Nikon cameras and lenses. I'm not the only one who thinks that a Kx gives the best bang-for-the-buck now. Good luck!

shoturtle Oct 17, 2010 5:51 PM

You are welcome for what you want to shoot, any of the modern dslr can do what you want. But only the pentax will come close to your budget with a long zoom lens. And it gives you HD video also.

I shoot a canon most of the time, but the biggest reason I shoot the canon is that I like to use big aperture primes. And canon has the most options for me.

mrpete Oct 20, 2010 7:30 PM

Sony has the same features as the Pentax (image stabilization and AF motor) plus better availablility, both online and retail.

shoturtle Oct 20, 2010 7:50 PM

does not meet the budget with the a500 when you included the lenses. And the a390 and a290 are not nearly as good as the pentax.

mrpete Oct 20, 2010 9:09 PM

Well, you can get it for $50 under with just kit lens:
Assuming you don't find a better deal (and you likely can-I didnt look at b&h or adorama) I'm sure you could find a Tamron 70-300mm (best of budget zooms) for $100 on eBay or elsewhere (I got one in awesome shape for $50)
That adds up to same as Pentax.

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