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Old Nov 12, 2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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I'm about to buy my first DSLR. I don't really have one type of setting I'm looking to capture, but I'd like a setup that would allow me to take the typical portraits, landscape, houses, wildlife, etc.

My choices right now are a Canon T1i and a Nikon 3100

Right now I have a Canon 50mm f1.8 mkI

Config options include:

Go with Canon, keep the 50mm, buy a T1i + 18-55 kit lens and a 55-250mm lens all for around $900 taxes in

Go with Canon, keep the 50mm, buy the Ti1 + 18-55 kit lens for around $675 after taxes & shipping

Go with Nikon, sell the 50mm (~$100), buy the D3100 + 18-55 kit lens for ~$750 after taxes & shipping, net total is $650. For another $250 I could get a 55-200mm lens making the total $900
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 2:27 PM   #2
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i just got the t1i with kit lens 18-55 plus the 55-250is from amazon for 700.
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 4:16 PM   #3
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go with the T1i, it is still a better camera then the d3100. It can take a AF bracket, and has a better AF system. Also the 50 1.8 MKI is a nice little lens, good for nice shallow dof work. And it is better made then the 50 1.8 MKII. So it is worth using on a dslr.

There is only 1 sub 400 dollar prime option for the d3100 that has an AF motor in it. And that is the AF-s 35mm for about 190 dollars.

If you shoot action skip the 55-250 and get the 70-300 down the line, if you are not an action shooter, the 55-250 is a good general photography tele.
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Old Nov 13, 2010, 7:37 PM   #4
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Update on this, it's down to two options:

Canon T1i
50mm MkI lens
18-55mm IS
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

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Nikon D90
18-55 VR
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Old Nov 13, 2010, 7:39 PM   #5
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canon, both lenses will cover more photography needs. Having just the kit lens 18-55 will leave you to short allot of times.
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The canon combination makes a lot of sense I have that lens combination on my 550d and it works well
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Old Nov 15, 2010, 6:48 AM   #7
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Update on this, it's down to two options:

Canon T1i
50mm MkI lens
18-55mm IS
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...6967&t=2379051

"Canon T2i w/ 18-55mm Lens ($849.00) + 55-250mm ($207.99) - $200 discount = $857
Canon T2i w/ 18-55mm Lens ($849.00) + 75-399mm ($134.90) - $150 discount = $834 "
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Old Nov 15, 2010, 12:52 PM   #8
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The 55-250mm lens is really great, hard to believe it was next to free (Amazon promotion til Nov 24) when I got it.
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