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Old Jun 21, 2010, 1:32 PM   #1
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Nikon D5000, or Canon T2i, or Canon T2i?
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 1:34 PM   #2
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Between the two (three?) the Canon T2i is a much better camera, but it's also more expensive.

What do you want to take photos of?
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 1:40 PM   #3
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I will be shooting landscapes, portraits, night photo’s, or whatever gets in the view finder. The following special is available at Costco, What’s Included:
  • Canon EOS Rebel T2i Body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
  • Wide Strap
  • USB Interface Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • EOS Digital Solution Disc
  • "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet

At a cost of 849.99 plus tax
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 1:41 PM   #4
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I meant the Canon T1i for the third camera
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 1:55 PM   #5
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I meant the Canon T1i for the third camera
We knew you did, but we were too polite to mention it

All three are fine cameras. There isn't a lot to choose between
the D5000 and the T1i. I have a T1i and I'm very pleased with it.
The T2i might be a better choice for video.

If you are doing the Canon vs Nikon thing, I would compare the
T2i to the Nikon D90 rather than the D5000.
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all are nice cameras. But you have to realize, a DSLR is NOT a magic point and shoot. The major reason DSLRs CAN give better results is because you can use the proper lens and/or lighting for the job.

For example - you say PORTRAITS. Well, that can mean a lot of different things. It can mean shallow depth of field (DOF) head shots, it could mean studio shots, could mean outdoor senior portraits, etc. Very often, portrait work in the sense I mentioned above means the need for additional lenses and additional lighting (first step being an external flash) and eventually light modifiers (reflectors, umbrellas, softboxes etc). Or "portrait" could just mean a tightly framed shot of an individual in which case you can start doing that with the kit lens and without external flash (assuming said person is in very good lighting).

Landscape: kit lenses are a great starting point for a lot of landscape work, but a quality second purchase is an appropriate tripod/head.

Night photos: this could mean a whole lot of things. If it's cityscapes then tripods definitely come into play. Or it could be friends around a campfire where high ISO, wide aperture lenses and sometimes external flash come into play.

So, the kits you're considering are all great first steps but they alone might not be able to produce results you're after without additional purchases (flash, tripod, other lenses). You certainly don't need everything at once, but it's important to understand that the camera with kit lens is only a piece and you might not get the true results you want until you can add other pieces to the puzzle.
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BTW, that Costco deal is the same as the one Adorama has right now.
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BTW, that Costco deal is the same as the one Adorama has right now.
But, Costco has a dramatically better return policy (90 days on items like digital cameras). ;-)

http://shop.costco.com/en/Customer-Service/Returns.aspx

Basically, you can return it to where you bought it, or they'll e-mail you a shipping label for it. I think Adorama does the same thing (only you only get 14 days with them, versus 90 days with Costco; and I don't think you get the initial shipping refunded with Adorama unless the item is defective). IOW, you have have 6 times as long to return an item to Costco. ;-)

Here's Adorama's return policy:

http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?o...eturn%20Policy
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The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM that TCav recommended iowa_jim sounds like a good lens to acquire. I still have a tripod and filters from my 35mm days. Is there a good site to purchase used Canon lens or should I stick with new lens only?
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if video is not that important, the T1i is just as good as the t2i in photographic image quality. And it is a bit less. But if video is important. the t2i is the better HD system with the ability to add an external mic, and a full 24fps at 1080p vs 20fps with the T1i.
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