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What is a good beginner DSLR???

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by BobRicks, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. BobRicks


    Feb 19, 2001
    NE Texas
    Thinking about buying a digital SLR camera just because I think I would like one. Any of you photog's like to share your opinion on a good beginner digital SLR??

    Thanks in advance.

  2. TimP

    TimP 1 Proud Infidel

    Jan 17, 2003
    canon rebel XT, XTI, XS, XSI

    any of those are great SLR cameras, and will take better pictures than you can, at least initially.

    I have a bottom of the line XT, and my photos are all over the new Guns & Ammo book of the AK-47, in store now by the way ;)

  3. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas

    Buy what you like.

    I like Canon.
  4. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

    Nov 19, 2007
    Debris Field
    What's your budget?
  5. That's the better question to be asked.
  6. After you decide on your budget, go to a store and handle the various cameras that fit your budget and have the features you desire. Make your selection based on which camera seems to best fit your hand. If you don't like "the feel" of the camera you'll be less likely to spend time taking photos with it, and taking photos is the only way to learn how to use it.
  7. BobRicks


    Feb 19, 2001
    NE Texas
    Thanks for the replies. Sorry I didn't put a $ amount I had in mind! I found a Pentax *ist DL that was supposed to be a demo for $263.00. It came with the 18-55 lens. When I got it home and opened the box, I don't think it had even been used. The batteries were still in the packaging, and all of the cables, straps, etc. still were in the package and taped shut. The lens looked like it had not even been out of the box. It came with a full one year warranty, so I went ahead and bought it.

    Wasn't really looking to spend a lot of money, but really just wanted a beginner DSLR, and I think this one will fit the bill just fine.
  8. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I believe it uses the same 6MP sensor as Nikon D40. You should be quite happy with it.