I want to buy an entry-level dSLR for everyday toddler/family pictures. Should I go with a Nikon D80 or a Canon Rebel Xsi? And which lens(es)?
I'm fixing to buy my very first dSLR ever, and I desperately need the wise hive mind's help in deciding which one to get. Initially, at least, I would be using this camera pretty much ONLY to take day-to-day snapshots of family. Thus, it's mostly important to me to find a camera/lens combo that works for medium-to-close-range shots of people (and in particular, of a very mobile toddler). Macro, evening, landscapes, video, etc. are less important.
What I want out of the equipment, in order of importance:
- Decent bokeh (probably the biggest reason I want an SLR. I've tried faking this in Photoshop, and the results weren't pretty)
- Low distortion
- Sharp, bright shots with good detail
- Low noise both outdoors and indoors, in reasonable lighting conditions (my current p&s is hella soft and noisy)
- Overall usability when I'm in a hurry-- which, let's face it, is pretty much all the time when you have kids.
On my shortlist are the Canon Rebel Xsi and the Nikon D80 (skipped over the D40/60 because of the lack of on-board autofocus). But after reading a billion reviews, I'm having trouble sorting through the details to see what would really be most important for my particular purposes. Live view, various qualities of kit lens, Nikon vs. Canon lens systems in general-- which of these will actually matter to me?
In the case of the D80, I'm also wondering about the implications of buying a very old model. I'd probably have to get a rebuilt/used version-- is that a horrible idea for a long-term purchase? Will the fact that it's an older model mean that I'll have trouble finding support or accessories in the future?
And lastly. I am totally out of my depth in thinking about lenses for this. I think I want to get 1 zoom lens (possibly the kit lens?) + 1 prime, but would a 50mm/1.8 prime be better, or do I need a 35mm? And given that I'll be shooting portraits, should I try to add or substitute a cheapie manual-focus zoom for an expensive auto-zoom?
My total budget is ~$800
, and this would be partly a Christmas present, so if anybody has any vendor/shopping tips between now and December, I'd also love to hear them!
1. Which intro SLR should I buy for toddler snapshots?
2. Also, which lenses?
3. And where?