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Hi everyone, To any camera experts I need help in picking my first digital camera. Next month I'am planning on buying a SLR CAMERA. I took a B&W photography class two years ago when I was in high school. So I have some experince with photography. I need your opinion which camera would fit me. I searched the web for beginners cameras. I found one camera that I'am interested in:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7989901&type=product&id=1155069748336

Is this camera good? Or is there any other good camera's with a cheap price. Iam searching in a price range of $600-$700 dollars, please let me know. Thanks to all who reply. :hat
 

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That is a good camera. I use the direct competion for it. The Nikon D40x. You can use the web to searcha and read reviews. Not one will give you a difinitve winner between the 2. One of my best friends is a pro photographer and he recommended the Nikon for it's ease of use. I am very happy with mine. I recommended it to Sky Dancer (a member here) and she loves her's as well. But Doctor T uses the Canon and he loves his. So I don't think you can go wrong with either.
 

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Thanks again for the recomendation HP...I love my camera! I take it everywhere I go!
 

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I have to agree with HP, go with Nikon. I've have three Nikon SLRs and ten lenses, all top quality. I like Nikon's glass so much I got their lenses for my eyeglasses.

If your going to buy any camera equipment, buy from B&H in NY. Here's the same camera at a much better price:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/457541-REG/Canon_1236B001_EOS_Digital_Rebel_XTi.html

I have bought $10,000+ in camera equipment from them over the years without a problem.
Here is the Nikon that HP mentioned:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/486464-REG/Nikon_9421_D40x_Digital_Camera_Kit.html
 

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I just ordered the Cannon Rebel XT, 2 lenses, card+reader, tripod, case, 5 year warrentee etc for less than 650 from here http://jandkcameras.com/
they have the best deals around
I know you wanted the XTi but the XT is basically the same

Digital Rebel XT
1 Tamron 28-80mm Lens
1 Tamron 75-300mm Lens
2GB CF Flash Memory
2 Lens Cap Keepers 2 UV Filters
1 USB Memory Card Reader
1 Soft Carrying Case
1 Full Size Tripod
1 Mini Tripod
1 3-Piece Lens Cleaning Kit
 

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Thanks to all

Thanks guys, I really needed the feedback. Best Buy was my first choice to buy my camera from. But there are better online stores to buy from with cheaper prices and value. Thanks guys for giving me the heads up. :clap
 

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You really have to watch out for the online stuff. If you purchase it from a "gray Market" retailer, the manufacturer does not and most times will not, honour any warranty claim. They should be an authorized dealer. You also need to be aware of those online stores selling re-furbished units.

It may save you a few bucks in the short term, but having to pay for a new camera or a repair because you wanted to save a few bucks, hurts in the long term.
 

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Hollowpoint said:
You really have to watch out for the online stuff. If you purchase it from a "gray Market" retailer, the manufacturer does not and most times will not, honour any warranty claim. They should be an authorized dealer. You also need to be aware of those online stores selling re-furbished units.

It may save you a few bucks in the short term, but having to pay for a new camera or a repair because you wanted to save a few bucks, hurts in the long term.
Thats why I suggest B&H. They are one of the biggest photographic retailers in the world and I have never had a problem with them. I've heard of other places forcing you to buy accessories to get the "low" price. B&H will give it to you straight.
 

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If you haven't already bought your camera, you may want to take a look at cameras at CompUSA - since they are closing up all of thier stores - The sale prices are slowly starting to get better.

I know our local store had a Nikon D40 around $450/500
They also had the Rebel XTI's in the $500 range.

dpreview.com is a great website for digital camera reviews and price comparisons. - I would check them out for more camera info.

Hope that info helps

Peter
 

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Thanks for the Heads up pdginwis! I should check my local CompUSA.
 

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I know our local store had a Nikon D40 around $450/500
That's a normal price ($450), and $500 is a bit high for a D40 with the 18-55mm kit lens.

The minimum advertised price (MAP) for the D40 kit is $469.95, and is what most major, reputable camera stores sell the kit for online. There's a slight mark-up in store to ensure their ability to stock demo equipment and pay customer service representatives, but $500 is not a deal on a D40 + kit lens.
 

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That's a normal price ($450), and $500 is a bit high for a D40 with the 18-55mm kit lens.

The minimum advertised price (MAP) for the D40 kit is $469.95, and is what most major, reputable camera stores sell the kit for online. There's a slight mark-up in store to ensure their ability to stock demo equipment and pay customer service representatives, but $500 is not a deal on a D40 + kit lens.
Make sure we're talking about the same model:
D40- 6.1 megapixel
D40x- 10 megapixel

I don't know why Nikon didn't give the D40x a different model number, there is quite a difference between 6.1 and 10 megapixels.
 

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Hot Damn! you guys use some really impressive cameras....I'm now ashamed to let you guys know that I only use a Cannon SD 630...a simple point and click digi cam.

shoot...once I turn on the Macro lens....

One Shot out!
 

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I, too, own one of the Digital Rebel models with about three different lenses and a 420ex Speedlite flash unit. Very happy with it all... although I really need a wide angle lens. Priorities, priorities, priorities...
 

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I don't know why Nikon didn't give the D40x a different model number, there is quite a difference between 6.1 and 10 megapixels.
Because they're the same camera, minus the sensor and maximum flash sync shutter speed. There is very little difference between 6.1 and 10 megapixels. One needs to quadruple the megapixels to double the effective resolution of the image.
 

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Because they're the same camera, minus the sensor and maximum flash sync shutter speed. There is very little difference between 6.1 and 10 megapixels. One needs to quadruple the megapixels to double the effective resolution of the image.
I'm saying that for a consumer model, they need to make it clearer to the market. This isn't like the old N90s or the F3HP that are aimed at pros that will know the minute differnces and enhancments over the regular model. They should have called it the D45.
 

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:angel just my 2c on this one. I own a few cameras. A few SLRs actually. The big question is where and what purpose you'll use it for. After all these years, I'm tired of carrying big loads when I travel, so I ended up with something ultra compact and easy to handle - point and shoot when I travel. And "believe" me, my Sony DSC-T100 went with me anywhere and everywhere far more than all my other cameras combined. I would say it's the "Best Ultracompact on the Market" and slips through your pocket, you can't go wrong.
 
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