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Old Nov 26, 2010, 9:48 PM   #1
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I'm looking to move up from my p&s to a DSLR to take better pictures of my kids (ages 2 and 1), and am trying to determine the best camera for the money. My start up budget is approximately $600 for everything (and I'm fine with going the pre-owned route).

Currently, I'm between something in the Canon Rebel family and something in the Canon D series. I'd love to get a 40D, but its out of budget….however, I think I could get a 20D with my budget. Is the 40D primarily an upgraded version of the 20D with a few extra bells and whistles, or are there significant differences?

Being that this is my first DSLR, which would be more reasonable from a usability perspective?

And lastly, I haven't considered much outside of Canon….are there others that are comparable?

Thanks for any pointers.
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Old Nov 26, 2010, 9:58 PM   #2
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You have a very tight budget for a canon. The 20D is very dated. Something in the rebel line will give you a very good camera to start out with. If you shoot in low light something like a canon T1i would be a good start.

I would not get used dslr body, there is allot that can go wrong, and you will have to flip the build to have it fixed. Lenses is not a problem to buy used. As they are pretty hearty and rarely fail.
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Thanks for the information. I assume you can purchase additional lenses for the T1i … and then use those when/if I upgrade to another canon later on - no?
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Yes, all APS-C eos can use all eos lenses EF and EF-s. Full Frame Eos can only use EF series. But FF is pro level camera in the thousands of dollar range.
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If you're looking at other brands, I'd consider the Nikon D3100.
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D3100 does not shoot a ev bracket, not a great feature to have left out for jpeg shooters.
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Do consider the Pentax K-x too.Top class entry level DSLR.
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