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    Default Advice on a 1st DSLR please?

    I'm looking to purchase a DSLR for the first time and need some advice on what direction to go. Our 1st baby is due in June and I am after a camera that I can "grow into" as our child grows up as well. I am after something that is relatively easy to use at first, so I can get to grips with it; but also something that will give me great results over time as my skills improve.

    I have been considering the Canon 600D and the Nikon 5100. My budget is around 500-600, ideally no more than 750 at a real push. Can anyone offer any advice as to whether these cameras would fit my needs, whether one is better than the other, or is there other kit out there that would be a better alternative?

    Another question is should I go for the lenses that are available bundled with the camera body, or instead go for body only and buy separate lenses? If separates are the way to go, where should I start? As mentioned before, the majority of shots (at least at first) are likely to be of our new arrival.

    Looking forward to hearing everyone's advice

    Thank you

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    hi ninja

    i can't say to much about Nikon body's as i use Canon i have read and saw reviews on the 600D its much like the 550D but a few pounds more so have you thought about the 550D as well as i own a 550D my self so if you don't really mind not having the different screen the 550D would do the same as the 600D but cheaper giving you more money to buy other things to add to your camera body like a new lens.
    The lens you buy as a kit or not the best in the world but you can still get good looking photos what i would say is if your wanting a first lens seeing as you said about taken baby photos then get a 50mm prime lens f1.8 as using a kitlens a 18.55mm in doors they don't let in so much light were with a 50mm being a f1.8 it lets more light in to your camera the higher the number on the lens the darker your photos are so as the kitlens is a F3.5 to F 5.6 for indoors photos then the 50mm is best to buy

    hope this some help to you all the best

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    NW England


    hi and welcome its a great idea to have a good camera for the kids i did when mine were growing up and got some great shots. Russ has already said about the 550d and i will second that camera it is really great. i will add also that it takes some practise to use a DSLR too so get one sooner rather than later. I would also look at bridge cameras like canons g12 and g1x and even the sx40hs.
    next is go try them see how they feel if feels right then it probably is, dont settle for i will get used to it. also look at the lenses available to you, after all you are buying into a system. if you go for a DSLR then a good external flash will have to be high on the list of extras as this will help with good indoor shots. hope this helps

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    Hi welcome to the forum
    Ether the Nikon or the Canon will deliver great photos. The Canons have been well explained by Russ & Wave. The Nikon d5100 sports the same sensor that the d7000 has so it will also give great photos. I would go for the 18-55 kit lens, either Nikon or Canon the Nikon is a good starting lens and only costs about 50 (bundled) over 100 if you buy separately, and a 35mm prime, it's fast ,quite cheap and will make a great 2nd lens only thing about primes is to zoom in and out you have to walk forwards and backwards. Good luck ... Graham

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    Meant to say . I have an old d60 that is due replacing soon and i will be getting the d51000. Graham

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    Thanks for the advice everyone.

    I have considered a bridge camera as an intermediate step. My dad has a Panasonic FZ45 which I like the look of, but I wasn't sure what the image quality would be like or if it would be suitable for the sorts of photos I want to take. Also not sure what the longevity of this would be as (hopefully) my skills grow.

    Does anyone have any feedback on the FZ45 and whether if would be suitable?

    Thanks again


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