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      09-12-2009, 02:09 AM   #1
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Time to purchase a camera....

Ok I'm looking at purchasing my first SLR camera. I've being reading through the forums and also forums of other websites...

I've narrowed the selection down to two cameras either the Nikon D60 or the Canon Eos 1000D. Which do you guys think would be a better option?

Also, what software should I be using? I assume Adobe Photoshop is the way to go? The student edition is like 169 so it's not too bad but if anyone has a torrent for C4S then let me know.
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I was in your same shoes about a month ago... I bought a Nikon D60, and love it!
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      09-12-2009, 10:09 AM   #4
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What about the new model in the commercial....D5000? A little heavier than the D60, but I'm not sure if the D60 is still available or if the D5000 is the replacment. I've used a D50 for years and it takes great pics. A tourist handed me his D90 last weekend to take his pic, I almost just ran away with it but his buddy looked pretty tough.....
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Try both out and see which one feels better in your hand and more intuitive to use. For me it was Nikon (I have a D40).
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I'd go check both out at Best Buy. I'm a Canon guy, and love my XSi, which is a 1000d with some additional AF zones and a few other things (I can't remember). Still, go for the one that you find comfortable. A few things on the Nikons weren't as natural for me to operate, so I opted for the Canon.

Of course, once you choose, buy it from Adorama, B&H Photo, or Amazon. Don't pay retail electronics store prices for it :-)
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I've got both Photoshop and DxO's Optics Pro 5.x softwares and do 99.9% of my processing in DxO. If you plan mainly to use your RAW conversion software for lighting correction, color, noise reduction, contrast and geometric, then DxO is superior and easier to use in batch processing. However, if you like to work your images a lot, then Photoshop will be superior. You should probably just start with PS Elements until you're certain that you'll be deep into image enhancement.

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If you're just getting into photography check out kenrockwell.com, he offers some very good advice most of the time.

I'm a Nikon guy personally, but when it comes down to the Canon/Nikon choice it's just a personal preference. Neither one is really better than the other, just different.
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Since I'm Canon biased I say you should go for a Canon. The T1i is a great camera if you're starting out. If you really want to spend the money then the 50D or the 7D (just announced 2 weeks ago) is a great choice. You can find a 40D for about $600-700. You could also buy a Rebel XTi or XSi for about $500 or less.

The most important thing is go to a store and try out several cameras. The right one for you is the one that feels right in your hand and is easy to use (change settings, etc.). We recommend Nikon and Canon on here because that's what most of us have and they are the 2 main players in the game. However, there are other good cameras out there as well so be sure to check them out too.
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I would stay away from the D60 just because it is going to be discontinued soon. The value of a camera seems to drop a lot once it is discontinued.

The D3000 is replacing the D40 and D60, while the D5000 is replacing the D90. If you do decided to go with Nikon, I would go with the D5000 because it doesn't cost that much more than the D3000.

I think Nikon is changing the naming system for the low-end DSLR just to be consistent throughout the product line. Now it totally makes sense. The more digits on the model name, the lower grade it is. With D3x being the big brother. Now, only if Canon can do the same....
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