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What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR?

I am thinking of buying a digital SLR camera. What things should I be looking for?
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What do Pentax and Sigma DSLRs offer that differs from Canon and Nikon?

We have a question and answers outlining the significant differences between the "big two" DSLR brands. I'm interested in the other DSLR makers, and how the cameras they make compare in terms of ...
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What are the most notable differences between Canon and Nikon lenses?

I'm currently considering to buy one of the next generation enthusiast DSLRs. Either a Canon EOS 60D or the slightly more expensive Nikon D7000. I'm quite new to the SLR discussion but I know there ...
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What are considerations when choosing a DSLR brand?

Realizing that: no single brand or camera model is perfect, most DSLRs are "good enough" for most situations there is no single right answer to which camera should be purchased ...what are some ...
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Which prime lens for Pentax APS-C?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
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How do lens lineups vary across Mirrorless camera systems?

We often hear advice like ""choose your lenses and then choose the body that matches". We have great information on DSLR systems at How much do lens lineups vary across DSLR platforms?, but what about ...
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What features would cause a portrait photographer to choose a DSLR over Mirrorless?

With the new line of mirrorless cameras being announced this fall, the gap between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continue to close. There are many generic discussions comparing the two, but as a ...
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What DSLR should I buy?

I'm in the market for a new camera and I've been shopping around looking at various DSLRs. I currently use a Canon compact super-zoom camera, and shoot in manual mode 99% of the time, so the step to ...
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What's a nifty-fifty?

In the comments on Who, or what, is an "Uncle Bob"?: ... it does have a place amongst the terms and slang used by photographers (nifty-fifty is another example, if you're versed in ...
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Which DSLR brand should I pick as a beginning photographer?

I'm planning on starting photography as a hobby and I will be purchasing a DSLR very soon. Many of my friends have upgraded to DSLRs from P&Ss nowadays, but they all use different brands. Most ...
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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How do lens prices compare for Nikon and Canon?

I am about to buy a new DSLR and shortlisted the two models, Nikon D5100 and Canon 550D. I ready to buy the Nikon model(more expensive) but learned that Nikon lenses are much more expensive than Canon ...
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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

First post on here so I'll try and put a bit of background. I'm brand new to taking "proper" photographs and want to get started in landscape photography as a hobby after seeing some great pictures ...
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What is a good camera for a beginner looking to learn it all from a technical standpoint? [closed]

I am a graduate student in image processing and computer vision, and I'd like to get into photography. I want to purchase a camera that isn't a black box, where I can experiment and learn about how ...
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What specifics does a street style/detailed photography camera + lens need to have?

I have about 1000£ to spend on a new camera and lens. I will be doing Street style photography and portraits. What does a camera for this use case to have? What lens / how many mm is best for ...
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D5100 or D90 ? Which one to buy as the first DSLR? [closed]

I am planning to buy my first DSLR camera and have pinned down on Nikon. However, I am not able to make up my mind between the Nikon D90 and Nikon D5100. While D90 is more expensive, I am not sure if ...
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What are factors to look at when going from a entry level DSLR to a higher level?

I am currently using an entry level DSLR (Canon 550D). In the future I am looking to move from my current camera to something more professional. My use would be general use including macro, wildlife, ...
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What's a good online tool for finding the right SLR?

I have a certain list of features I absolutely need, as well as a price range, and I want to plug this information into some sort of online tool that will filter through a comprehensive list of ...
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Is there an advantage to choosing the Big Two (TM) entry level dSLRs over competititon? [duplicate]

Is there an advantage, that Canon or Nikon's entry level dSLRs hold over their competition ones (notably Sony) for a young enthusias who wants to learn more but is currently, and probably won't in the ...
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Is the lack of AF Motor on the Nikon D5100 an important factor?

I had made up mind on purchasing a Nikon D5100 during the holidays but only yesterday I realized that it doesn't have a AF motor with it. This is forcing me to change to Canon 550D which is in the ...
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What "all rounder" travel lenses can help me decide between Sony, Nikon, or Panasonic Micro Four Thirds?

I want to upgrade from compact (Sony 24x superzoom) to more enthusiast-style camera. After extensive search and comparison (dpreview.com and elsewhere) I have selected Sony SLT A55, Lumix GH2 and ...
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Image Stabilization in Lens vs Body: Which is Cheaper?

Is Image Stabilization better in the lens or the body? Someone already asked that. But I'm trying to make a purchasing decision. It seems that the short answer to my title question is that it's ...
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What kind of camera should a serious enthusiast buy after ditching a point and shoot? [duplicate]

I'm trying to decide what kind of camera to purchase. At first I had it in my head that I needed a dSLR and I've asked a couple questions before on this forum to help me figure out which ones I like. ...
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Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-5 vs some other camera - which do you recommend?

I have used my first camera (Sony A-300) for 2 years already. It is okay but I want something new and better, and have a budget of between 1200 and 1300 euros. A couple months ago I talked to a local ...
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Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA* 300mm?

Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA★ 300mm? I have spent a week searching for anyone who is using Pentax kit in wildlife photography and who is getting paid for their work.
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Should I worry about a camera I am interested in "winning" on Snapsort?

I might soon buy a new camera and I am hesitating between the Canon T5i and the Nikon D5300 on snapsort the D5300 is winning but I am wondering if it is that much better... I am wondering about ...
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How to learn enough about lenses to be able to evaluate a lens manufacturer?

I've been doing research to purchase a DSLR. I think I have a handle on how to evaluate a body, feature-wise, but I'm finding it difficult to understand lenses. Since buying a body locks you into a ...
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Is there a popular/canonical lens system out today?

I'm entering the world of film photography by buying a cheap Pentax K1000 and a cheap K-Mount lens. Initial research says that the K-Mounts are still in use today, but I'd like to know your opinions ...
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What are the advantages of moving from the Canon 550D to Nikon D5100?

What are the advantages of moving from a Canon 550D(Rebel T2i) to Nikon D5100 ? I purchased a Canon 550D a month ago with a 18-55 kit lens, even before I could become a pro, I am getting an ...
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Which DSLR camera can I go for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I am new to advanced photography. I am looking to buy a DSLR, Nikon D5100 is my main interest, previously I was ...
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Will switching from a Nikon D60 to a Canon EOS 60D be better for night photography, city photography, and portraits?

I am currently using Nikon D60 and have been itching to upgrade for some time. There are a lot of things about Canon EOS 60D that seem very appealing to me. The higher resolution, the sensor that ...
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As a beginner would I be better suited to a Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS 550D?

I am very new to this and wondering if I would even notice a difference between a Nikon D3100 and Canon EOS 550D using the standard 18-55mm lens? The differences I can see are: The Cannon is roughly $...
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Should I choose a Canon 550D or a Sony DSLR-A580?

I am planning to buy a Canon EOS 550D with its Kit Lens (18-55 mm) and a prime lens (50 mm 1.8) with my main intention of clicking portrait and landscape pictures. Just yesterday I came across Sony ...
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Getting the right DSLR from the very beginning [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost? I would like to get a DSLR. As a beginner, I'm tempted by Canon T4i, Canon D7 and Nikon D7000. ...
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What is a good starter camera considering price and value [closed]

I like to take photos especially when I'm traveling.Also would shoot a lot of scenery and buildings and friends in front of scenery. Some options I found include the Panasonic Lumix G2, Panasonic GH2 ...
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Why are there so few high quality APS-C telephoto lenses?

Neither Canon nor Nikon nor Sony nor Pentax (did I forget someone?) seem to be particularly concerned to offer such lenses. Even third party makers don't seem to be really interested in anything ...
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Comparing lenses

I already have a Nikon camera SLR and I am planning on buying a backup camera also. My question is are the lenses for Nikon more expensive then for Canon. I am trying to keep expenses down for the ...
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Is it assured that every type of lens will be made for a given interchangeable lens camera? [closed]

If I buy a Canon DSLR, can I be rest assured, that in future, I can put on any kind of lens on this camera. For example, is there guaranteed to be at least one of wide angle,telephoto,fish eye lenses ...
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Canon EOS 750D or Nikon D5300, which one? [closed]

I've got a Pentax K30 and I'm looking to upgrade my equipment, the reason being is that I'm finding it hard to find accessories for the Pentax and I have been looking further afield. I've been ...
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Which DSLR for a total beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I love taking photographs and simple digital cameras don't satisfy me. So I'd like something better. I have never used ...
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nikkon, sony or cannon [duplicate]

I very new to DSLR Photography. Now I'm in confusion that Sony alpha 58 or Cannon D600. both of them are nearly same cost. but I found that that for Sony there are less lens and accessories. but ...
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Best lens for my D5300 [closed]

I travel a lot and enjoy taking pictures of old structures, landscapes, as well as alleyways, staircases, and doorways. Can you recommend an all around lens for my Nikon D5300. Ps. A little zoom ...
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Are Nikon lens double the cost of Canon auto-focus lens?

Are Nikon lenses double the cost of canon Camera? Point in case, below. I am an amateur photographer and my usual requirements are: Portraits with nice Bokeh Macro (flowers, insects etc.) Day outing ...
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Which model is a good first DSLR, the Sony SLT A35, Canon 550D or Nikon 3100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I want to buy my first camera. My priorities are both - photos and videos (as i have lost my handycam). I have selected ...
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