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Like all DSLRs, they will have interchangeable lenses. They will be able to shoot in continuous mode. That means they can shoot one or more pictures per second as you hold your finger on the shutter release button.

And they will be faster than the simpler point and shoot cameras. DSLR’s also have superior optics [lens glass] to the point and shoot, which means better quality pictures.

D40 vs. Rebel. I don't even know how wise it is to enter the Canon Vs. Nikon debate. I will say I see information that is not accurate. In the forums, I'm sure you know, people speak that of which they know not. Be careful when you read something negative about any of the popular models.

If you are looking at a relatively unknown brand, then be a little more skeptical, but don't believe everything you read. Google D40 or D60 versus Rebel and you can read about these plus other models that people feel compete with them. Then narrow it down depending upon what benefits you decide are for you.

Above I suggested to build your collection around you lenses, not around a camera body. This is an excellent example. If you start your collection with an entry level body, you can feel free to invest in any number of lenses you choose. You will use the same lenses when you add a body to your collection.

Two times this doesn't apply. When you buy a different brand body and when you step up into a full frame camera body. That's why I mentioned full frame above.

The full frame is something a little more advanced to keep in mind if you are like me. You can get equipment that you can afford right now and make choices based on the knowledge that you will eventually be replacing everything in order to accomdate the other body.

Of course I realize you have so much money that you don't have to worry the least about trashing all your lenses each time you buy another body! Do ya!?

The mid level...

camrea is a little faster so you can capture more of those precious moments. By faster, I mean both, going from 0 to 60 in firing off that split second shot, and the shots per second you can shoot.

Of course they will have more mega pixels than their smaller counter parts. Remember to bring your lens collection along to use on your new, "better" body.

When comparing DSLR to DSLR you are comparing apples to apples for the most part so, all other things being equal, you can expect better results from the mid level than from the entry level DSLR cameras.

You are trading size and price for performance. Pretty obvious, huh!? There are different levels available so that each person can choose just what fits their lifestyle best.

Once again, Google one of the mid range Nikons vs. Canon EOS40D and read several different places about the comparison. This will allow you to see what others think about each before you fit one to your hand for the final decision.

To me the most important things to consider are how it fits my hand and the buttons I think I will use most. How accessible are they? Can I easily make adjustments?

High end consumer DSLRs.

Many professional photographers choose a high end consumer DSLR as their primary camera. These cameras are very fast and offer excellent quality photographs at a fraction of the price of professional cameras.

Unless one has a specific reason it makes no sense to invest in a professional camera. For anybody who wants great speed and excellent quality; high end consumer cameras are pretty much within financial reach, unlike a professional camera.

I’m not the first one to suggest making up a short list of cameras then just see which fits your hand best and which “speaks” to you, so to speak. Generally I’m not one to apply human traits to non-human objects. But there is a lot to be said for just going by the feel in your hand and your intuition once you have narrowed the field of possibilities.

Between Nikon and Canon there are many people who say Nikon is more user friendly when you reach this level of body. I agree with that sentiment. That is the main reason I choose to stay with Nikon. Check it out for yourself and see if you agree.

I prefer Nikon. I started with a Nikon many years ago. That may be one of the reasons I prefer Nikon. I'm sure you know I'm going to say Google a D300 [crop frame] or D700 [full frame] against the equivalent Canon.

D700 is quite a step up from the D300. It also equally steps up in price. If you are settling on a Nikon of this caliber, you may want to do a complete comparison of the D300 with the D700 and see which makes most sense for you.

In the end, if you compare apples to apples your choice will probably boil down to a single benefit or two that one camera offers over the rest. Or how the camera you choose fits your hand. That seems to be a most popular way for people to choose where to invest their hard earned coinage.

People will tell you that you can use older, film lenses and less advanced lenses on a DSLR. They are right and they are wrong. Right in the respect that there are lenses that will allow you to take pictures.

Wrong in the sense that digital lenses are specifically designed for the digital bodies. In many situations the old lenses will not give satisfactory results. If there were no reason to change, the manufacturers would not have wasted precious time developing the digital lenses.

I use exclusively digital lenses and highly recommend you do the same. Any deviation from this recommendation can cause you untold headaches and heartaches. Please don't do it.

If you choose to anyway, make certain you do an in depth study of the specific lens to the specific body you will be using. And make sure you know exactly how they will respond to each other before you try. Thank you.

That’s pretty much all I can come up with and still avoid all kinds of in depth technical stuff. I say don’t worry so much about the technology. First find out what is most popular. Then boil it down to what “speaks” to you and fits your hand nicely.

You will undoubtedly want to get some camera accessories with your camera. Be sure to read this page to help make those decisions.

Oh! Always remember to budget about $99 for Photoshop!

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