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Old Jan 6, 2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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Ready to purchase my first dslr, preferrably under $1,000. I will mostly be taking family pictures. A lot of kids. Would love to eventually take some basic family portraits. I'd like a camera that does well in low light (lots of inside shots) and with kids in motion. I will probably keep the camera on auto until I can learn more about it.

Can anyone recommend a good first dslr?
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Old Jan 6, 2011, 11:36 PM   #2
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im pretty new here as well, also a first in the dslr game, a lot of people have recommended the canon T2i.......great all around entry level dslr.......

if you want to really break the mold you can look at the sony NEX-5 simple to use great low light, my wife wants one badly, and she may end up with it cause she is looking for great pics and ease of use. she wants point and shoot useage with dsly quality shots..

or you can go with something like the e-pl1, or the just today announced e-pl2....they are micro 4/3 lens cameras
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Any dSLR can do what you want better than a P&S can. I suggest you go to a good camera store, and try out the different dSLRs they have. If you can't comfortably hold the camera, it you can't find the controls and commands when you need them, you'll miss shots, and you'll be disappointed with the camera.
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 7:02 AM   #4
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a lot of kids and indoor shots. As TCAV mentioned - any DSLR will do better than a digicam. But you'll have to use flash indoors. So I would strongly suggest spending part of your money on an external flash. An external flash - bounced off a wall or ceiling will look MUCH better than the direct built-in flash. And a good external flash is an important part of portrait work - even outdoors.

I do agree with TCAV - go to a store and hand-hold the various entry level cameras - Canon T1i/t2i, Nikon D3100, Pentax K-x, Sony A-33, etc... and see which feels the best.
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Hi and welcome all good advice above. Look at some reviews then get a short list remember you are buying into a system with a DSLR so look at what lenses are available. If I was in your position I would buy a camera with a kit lens then look at getting an external flash you will get better picture in doors with one. then think about extra lenses. Good luck
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 11:25 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your replies and suggestions!
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if you want to really break the mold you can look at the sony NEX-5 simple to use great low light, my wife wants one badly, and she may end up with it cause she is looking for great pics and ease of use. she wants point and shoot useage with dsly quality shots..
The NEX system has only got three lenses for it so far if I am not mistaken. The 16mm pancake lens was reviewed by SLRgear recently here: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1346/cat/82

I was shocked at how bad the lens is -- I honestly cannot recall seeing anywhere near such a terrible performance on any other lens anywhere. I haven't used the camera, but I would have very serious reservations about buying a camera with so few and so bad lenses.

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Another thing about the nex, the kit lenses are not that good either and if you need a zoom, there is only currently 1 option the 18-200HD lens, and that is 800 dollars. And the camera is not that easy to handle if you mount a large lens on it. Especially handling the touch screen for all your controls.
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Another thing about the nex, the kit lenses are not that good either and if you need a zoom, there is only currently 1 option the 18-200HD lens, and that is 800 dollars. And the camera is not that easy to handle if you mount a large lens on it. Especially handling the touch screen for all your controls.

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yes the nex uses a touch screen gui like allot of new digicams. It was not the easy to use for setting changes like iso, af points and so one.

The Nex is really was targeted at a point and shoot user looking for a upgrade, and would really not notice the the soft photos, while a dslr user would pick up the softness pretty quickly.
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