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Old Nov 1, 2010, 1:33 PM   #1
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I currently have a Nikon D40 and I think I'm ready to take it to the next step and get a better Camera and Lens. I would like to stick with Canon or Nikon. My Budget is around $1000 not including the extra lens I would like to buy. So Far I had the Canon Rebel T2i in mind along with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens.

What do you guys think? I def need an upgrade!

Would you recommend anything better??

It will mostly be for all around type pictures and lots of portraits of my newborn.
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Old Nov 1, 2010, 3:22 PM   #2
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An xcellent choice. I can't say better but do look up Nikon D7000, and the Pentax's K-X & K-R. Pentax K-x is prob the best entry level dslr and u can get a kit with 18-55 & 55-200/300 LENS AROUND $800. The other 2 r the latest entries.
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gonna put another vote in for the d7000 since you already have a start with nikon so you can resuse your current lens line up
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gonna put another vote in for the d7000 since you already have a start with nikon so you can resuse your current lens line up
I never bought any lens for the d40...decided to upgrade before I did that
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my vote is in for the pentax k-r. (it's better than the k-x), it cost me $870 for the body, 18-55, and a 55-300. great deal, great camera.

We could give you a lot more specific detail if you let us know what type of photography you are looking to do, and what characteristics you are looking for in a camera.
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Old Nov 1, 2010, 5:32 PM   #6
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I just noticed Newegg has the K-r with two kit lenses for $899
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...e=DSLR-Cameras
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d7000 is over the budget, nice camera though.

The T2i with the ef 85mm 1.8 is a very nice setup. Are you planning to get the kit lens 18-55mm also, or just the body. With just the body, the T2i and 85 1.8 should make it into your budget.

The problem with the k-r, is the lack of prime lenses. There is no 85mm 1.8 or 1.4 options yet. So if prime shooting if something you really want to get into, the canon is the better options. They have the largest selection of primes.
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they do sell a 50mm 1.4 prime though, and that is a great lens.
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Old Nov 1, 2010, 6:47 PM   #9
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yes it is a good lens, but no 85mm 1.8 and the sigma 85mm 1.4 is not out yet, and it is 900 dollars.

Canon has the largest prime lenses selection out there.

Starting with a 14 2.8L, 20 2.8, 24 1.4L, 24 2.8, 28 2.8, 28 1.8, 35 1.4L, 35 f2, 50 1.8, 50 1.4, 50 1.2L, 85 1.2L, 85 1.8, 100 f2, 135 F2L, 135 2.8 soft focus. Then you have the 50 2.8 macro, 60 2.8, and 100 2.8 macro which are primes. Then you have the sigma 30 1.4, 50 1.4, and when the 85 1.8 when it comes out.

No one else has a prime line up like that. Primes are my thing. I have 28 1.8, 50 1.8, 50 1.4, 85 1.8 and the 100 2.8. So if primes are your thing, canon is the best option.
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wow.. ok, you got me there.
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