1. Woo hoo — you’re going to have some fun with whatever you get. I’ll give you the high-level overview here and put a longer blog post about it up on my blog later tonight.

    Before I had the Nikon I was a Canon owner through-and-through. The only reason I switched to Nikon was because BigDog and Sticks had Nikon film cameras and lots of lenses, so it made sense to stay with the same system.

    With that said, I really like the Nikon better than the Canon,and now that they’ve come through with their entry-level DSLR (the D-40), I’d consider that as the camera of choice. Canon has a competitive product as well (the Rebel) but I think Nikon has an easier system to learn and manage.

    The downside to Nikon is that their RAW format images (which I recommend as the shooting mode of choice) are in a proprietary format. It’s not a big deal if you use their software to process them (or Photoshop Elements on the entry-level end of photo processing software), but I wish they’d all standardize on one RAW format and be done with it.

    The D40 is a great value at $549 or so (that’s what it was at Circuit City last week, anyway), and it comes with a kit lens — 18-70mm — which is a good general duty lens. The lenses you invest in after the kit are best off being “prime lenses”; that is, not zooms but one length. I’ve found some terrific used lens deals at our local camera shop that keep the bank from being broken but are in great shape and for about half of what you’d pay new.

    So there ya go….more on the blog a bit later. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. kmilyun

    Thank you for responding LOL fast! Seems I am not the only one up this late.
    My roomates nephew takes photos for fashion types. Models etc and has some deal with a new jeans importer. any woo he is good I hear. He suggested the Canon’s emmm but I knew you liked the nikons. One of the camera shops hear hates non camera companies – companies with their hands in many pots. My other buddy who spends 1,000 of bucks (no joke) a month on camera stuff – likes the nikons. I am so confused LOL.
    Lense prices count here too LOL

  3. kmilyun

    how about this deal?
    nikon package for $799.99

    • – Nikon D50 Digital SLR
    • – Nikon 18-55MM F/3.5-4.5G AF-S DXS Lens
    • – AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
    • – LC-52 Snap-on Front Lens Cap
    • – LF-1 Rear Lens Cap
    • – HB-34 Lens Hood
    • – CL-0815 Soft Lens Case
    • – Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3
    • – Quick Charger MH-18a
    • – Video Cable
    • – USB Cable UC-E4
    • – Strap
    • – Body cap
    • – Eyepiece Cap DK-5
    • – Rubber Eyecup DK-20
    • – Accessory shoe cover
    • -PictureProject CD-ROM

    I already have PhotoshopCS and downloaded something that lets it read my sony raw files. I am trying out a 30 trial of Image prog for organizing my photos over the photoshop elements but I believe it is way to complicated for my simple mind LOL it is just that elements backup and the one that is installed on my puter do not play well together. So I have to manually back up everything because the elements always prompts me to update my backup but always throws a database to big to use this media – LOL hello – duh cd discs – well it used to work on the old computer!

    I am going to really think through the purchase as a messed up last time with getting the sony.

    the other info I own the compact flash the canon uses 1gig and also have 4 512 scandisk mems LOL the only thing that I really like about the sony is that it uses memory sticks, scandisk, microdrive, compact flash …..

  4. LOL the camera is now on hold ๐Ÿ™ seems my truck 20042002 Tacoma with only 36,000 miles on in now needs tires. Yep, did ya know that they can go bad just sitting there LOL. The two in the front were ate up a bit on the last trip. The ball joint was a recall issue that I put off getting fixed. Go figure it went gaga when on a trip.

    I had the spare moved to replace the tire that was the most cupped but alas the poor rubber donuts are now wiggling down the road cause they are so dang old. Rubber rot! Ha ha . … and that is where the money will go.

    Boo hoo boo hoo . … she whines as she fight the impulse to go charge the dang thing . … whimper whimper whine …………

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