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Old Sep 24, 2010, 6:24 PM   #11
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go with the T1i and add the ef 50mm 1.8 Mark mention, it will give you some really good indoor shooting ability with the big aperture of 1.8. Macro, you may want to add a macro lens down the line, but if you are getting the long telephoto like the ef-s 55-250mm. You can add a conversion macro lens to it, and it will give you a good starting point with macro shooting. The canon 500D macro lens with the 58mm thread is actually a very good one, and it runs about 70-80 dollars.
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Old Sep 24, 2010, 7:30 PM   #12
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go with the T1i and add the ef 50mm 1.8 Mark mention, it will give you some really good indoor shooting ability with the big aperture of 1.8. Macro, you may want to add a macro lens down the line, but if you are getting the long telephoto like the ef-s 55-250mm. You can add a conversion macro lens to it, and it will give you a good starting point with macro shooting. The canon 500D macro lens with the 58mm thread is actually a very good one, and it runs about 70-80 dollars.

So should I just buy the T1i body? Something is pulling me to the D5000 though, I can't put my finger on it. Example pictures make me believe the Nikon is better, but who knows. Also is it safe to purchase on Amazon?
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Old Sep 24, 2010, 11:05 PM   #13
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well if you what to shoot indoors or with shallow dof, the d5000 is a way more expensive package, as the different in price of the 50mm 1.8 is 350 dollars more. There is the nikon 35mm 1.8 option, but that is 100 more then the canon 50mm 1.8. But the nikon and canon are very close in image quality. I personally like canon color better then nikon, and it has a slightly better jpeg engine, if you are not into raw shooting.

Amazon is a good place to buy cameras, it is one of my top for retailers.
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Would it be quiet out there if I added the XSi to my list? It's one step below the T1i I believe too. The only thing it is short of is the HD video capability.
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You also lose the ability to shoot at ISO speeds above ISO 1600 if you go with the XSi. So, if budget permits, I'd try to step up to a model with higher available ISO speeds for more flexibility in marginal lighting.
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I surely do agree with JimC-

That is where the Sony A-500 really trumps in with high ISO capability and at a very affordable price. The body only cost is $424.95. I own a Canon XSi and T-1i. Both have stood idle after I received the Sony A-500 and began enjoying the benefits of in body IS.

I think that you have not given the Sony A-500 or the Sony A-550 much attention.

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Old Sep 25, 2010, 2:20 PM   #17
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If you plan on shooting anything inside your school gym. You may need to shoot at 3200iso to get a good shot. So that can be a hinder with the xsi. But next to that and the HD, it is an excellent camera. And has top notch image quality form 100-1600iso.
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So, if one wants a 50mm with a Nikon, expect to pay a lot of money?
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currently yes, there is only 2 50mm that works on the nikon, the nikon on is 450 dollars, and the sigma 50 1.4 is 500 dollars.
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Waw, that is pricey. Mate of mine is after a Nikon D3000 as that is all he can afford budget wise. Told him the camera does not have a built in AF motor. He wanted a 50mm too!! I told him to buy a Sony A230. Cheap and quite good apparently?
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