Buying a SLR Camera

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    if your going slr, choose between nikon and canon
    there is a 550D on the way from canon, i am waiting for that
     
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    Canon above Nikon...lense prices differ
     
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    Cool , Will check it out .
     
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    I saw the Canon 1000D SLR , Thinking of getting one of these made (limit Budget )
    Or Nikon D60 SLR
     
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    No, none of them come standard with a macro lens. You don't have to buy the "kit" lens, though - if you are serious about taking macro photos you could buy the body of choice and a dedicated macro lens instead of the kit lens.

    Personally, I would suggest getting a Canon body and the Canon 28mm - 135mm f:3.5-5.6 IS lens, which is perhaps their best "cheap" lens. with the 1.6x crop factor that would be an equivalent 45mm - 216mm lens, great for most general photography. This lens also has a "macro" setting, which allows for pretty close-up photos (but still far from true macro...), and with a set of close-focus "filters" you will be able to take some pretty close close-up photos.

    If at all financially possible, the EOS 450, EOS 500 or EOS 550 body would be a much better buy than the EOS 1000 body.

    Any equivalent Nikon camera and lens would be as good a buy. I would not look at the Sony, Pentax or other make of cameras, stick with Canon or Nikon.

    Hennie
     
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    Oh, one more thing... shop around for the best prices. I have found that ORMS consistently have the best prices in the country. They are reliable, and I have bought my last three cameras, three lenses and a flash from them - all via telephone, and delivered to my door the next day... GREAT service :thumbup:

    Hennie
     
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    Also check out bid or buy, some good prices on brand new cameras, and with canon SA warranty.
     
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    Thanks alot guys will def check these out
     
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    It depends on what you want to photograph. First decide what you will use it for, then shop around.

    PS: Sony makes great entry level cameras, do not exclude them. However lens choice is the biggest with Canon followed by Nikon.

    Here is something to help understand some of the desirables in a camera: http://www.waldonell.com/me/node/400
     
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    I did buy a camera on my Budget Nikon D3000 the rest were to Expensive
     
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