Just like other newbies, I also share the same dilemma in buying a first DSLR.
I have posted this thread both in Canon and Nikon forums to get the most out of the user’s ideas, objective feedbacks, thoughts and real-life experiences.
I am a graduating college student, and for my graduation gift my mother will be giving me a sum of Php 44,100 (from two post-dated checks from her business.) Those checks are so postdated. Hehe. I can encash the money by April 17 pa, but I have already talked to my mother to give me additional money (like additional 16,000 and additional 8k from my pockets. ) to stretch my budget up to 68,000 (I know this is still a tight budget, but I can no longer go beyond this) since I have included Nikon D80 and Nikon D200 in contention. I am planning to buy on the first week of May, since the additional money will come by the end of April pa. I will be buying a brand new, sealed (of course, grey unit with my budget. Haha. ) body with kit lens ONLY, in a sealed box, including the “other” items (Body cap, battery, battery charger, and others.) Ung mga iba pang accessories, uunti-untiin ko na lang un pag nagkapera
Considering that I recognize and have faith that:
*It’s the Indian and not the pana.
*The lens’ quality is more superior than the camera body as determinant in the image quality produced.
*As what the masters say, “Invest in lens”. And that, “Bodies come and go”. But I want a body that could suppress my craving for upgrading (even for somehow) dahil super matatagalan akong palitan because of financial constraints.
*I have spent substantial time (the past three months of comprehensive readings – oh yes, including here in which I have been a silent reader in DPP forums, both in Nikon and Canon Forums, and since last year for camera reviews) in reading reviews of these cameras all over the net (Except for the Canon 450d), and have also scrutinized their image samples (including numerous 100% crops and 200% crops in all ISO settings) from different reviewers. Dahil sobrang ayaw ko masayang ang once in a lifetime na pagkakataong ito. As in. Once in a lifetime lang na mabigyan ako ng ganitong pera. Feeling ko wala ng susunod. (ung mga lens pag-iipunan ko na un pag nagkatrabaho. Huhuhu) Kaya hope you understand na gusto kong maging worthy ang kahihinatnan ng perang ito, at suitable ang mabibili kong camera for me. At ung camera na makakasuit ng preferences ko sa digital photography. Kaya pasensya na po kung medyo mahaba ito. Huhuhu.
Anyway, here are the contenders (Rationales are explained at the latter part):
Bottom line: I want the best body among the four which can offer the best overall image quality.
What I want for a body (choices are among the contenders only):
A person is walking to and fro under a waiting shade. The time is 5:00 P.M. There is an impending rain. Distance from that person is about 100 meters. Handheld shot.
- My first criterion is IMAGE QUALITY that can stun even those pixel-peepers. Superior image quality – in details, sharpness, colors, noise handling and other parameters, particularly in ambient and lowlight conditions. Taking into consideration the body only, what body (if paired with a respectable lens) would most probably give me a tact edge-to-edge sharpness of an image in this scenario:
- Punchy, lively, and vivid color rendition straight from the camera. (Though photo editing softwares are available, I want colors to be lively as they can be in-camera, so that twiddling saturation, sharpening and contrast in computer will be less- and that the final image output will not be so far from straight-from-the-camera image (in terms of these elements.)
- Feature set that is sufficient enough for me to have controls over the images. More features, more fun but that would just be an add-on for me.
- Weight and size does not matter to me, same with battery life (as I can always bring extra batteries or avail a generic handgrip pag nagkapera), as well as the design.
* Kit lens is not in contention as I am planning to buy better lenses (after 48 years kasi said na ko. Haha )
- Durability. Does not matter, as long as it can withstand normal operations.
I have been stunned by the image quality of Nikon D40 and D40x as well as the D60, but my preference goes to the body which can auto-focus in a wide range of lens. If only they have this auto-focus motor then I wouldn’t have second thoughts picking D40.
I wanted to use Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D.