I want a Nikon camera; I love to take a photograph, so hivemind, please help me choose!
December 4, 2007 5:49 AM Subscribe
What camera should I buy? I want to buy myself a camera for Christmas, but I can't pin down exactly what I should get.
posted by odi.et.amo to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (14 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I want a camera that will take good quality pictures and that has plenty of manual settings for me to fiddle with as I learn about photography.
Portability is somewhat of a factor - I'm going to England next year, so I wanted something good enough to capture the beauty of old cathedrals but still be manageable as I tour and travel. I will also be taking the typical silly pet cat pictures and landscapes, as well as pictures from a moving car while on drives through the country.
To this point, I was planning on getting a Canon S5 IS. Decent image quality with occasional red fringing in certain situations, and small enough that I could stick it in my purse for travel.
On the other hand, I still want a DSLR. The Nikon D40 appeals to me quite a lot, for several reasons. I've used a friend's before, and loved it! For me, there's just nothing like the heft of a good camera. Also, my parents have several lenses from their Nikon film SLR - shouldn't these work with the D40, thus saving me oodles of money on good lenses? (money is another important factor here...) I'd consider Canon's entry DSLR, but the appeal of re-purposing my parents' unused lenses is strong!
If the answer is a DSLR, what bag would work that can carry my purse-ish stuff as well as the camera pieces and still protect me from the riff raffs and pick-pocketers?
What should I do, hivemind?