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Old Jun 5, 2010, 5:38 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a DSLR. I've never had one before so I'm new to the world of DSLRs. Right now I have my eye on either Nikon D3000 or Canon Rebel XS or XSI. Honestly, I have no clue which way to go.
I shoot a variety of everything, but mainly looking for something good for shoot landscapes, upclose, and low light/night photos. I also like to shoot sport/action photos when I have the oppourtunity, but usually is rare.
I do have a budget, and it isn't that big so I'm looking for something affordable.
At the moment I'm not interested in buying any extra lenses except for what I need to start, but in the future I might like a marco and/or fisheye lens.

Is that enough for anyone to help me out?
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 5:45 PM   #2
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I should also mention I want a panoramic function too.
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Between a d3000 and a XSi, I would go with the XSi. It has the a better AF system, so it will let you track action better. close and macro shooting you will want to add a macro lens. For low light, the XSi is pretty clean at 1600iso where it is limited. To add to the low light ability, I would get a canon ef 50mm 1.8. It will let the camera perform better in low light. It is about 90 dollars. No $90 option for d3000.
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pano, the best option is get a tripod, and shoot multiple shots and stitch them together on the computer with software.
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If budget is indeed a priority, take a look at the Sony A-230.

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Sarah, there is an action need. The canon has the better AF system to handle the action. Something the Sony is not as well equip to do.
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Thanks, shoturtle, I missed that, sorry...

That puts us back to the Canon XSi. The XSi or even the XS would be a much better choice than the Nikon D-3000. I have used the D-3000 and it is a "ho-hum" camera.

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While the Sony A230 isn't as good as the Canon XSi at shooting sports, it's better than the Nikon D3000. It also has sensor shift image stabilization in the body which will help with the close-up and low light photography. Plus, on a tight budget, kr.j can take advantage of all the excellent Sony/Minolta mount lenses on the used market (all of which will be stabilized.)
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The Canon XS XSi has image stabilization, correct?
Or would I have to get that in the lens?
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No, the Canon XS and XSi do NOT have image stabilization, Sony, Pentax and Olympus only have in body image stabilization.

Nikon and Canon want you to get image stabilization in their lenses.

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