Question about Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm Lens

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I'm planning to buy a DSLR but confused what to buy

So suggest me for a good camera...
nikon D90,nikon D300 nikon D200 or canon 1000D

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    jcdill May 11, 2010

    When you buy a DSLR you aren't buying "a camera" - you are buying into a camera system. Over the years you will acquire more lenses, upgrade the body, and so forth. So the first question you need to decide is which system (Nikon or Canon) seems to be better for the types of photos you want to take. Are you going to shoot mainly portraits, landscapes, sports, etc.? Canon has been the leader for sports shooters for many years, and I choose Canon because of their top quality sealed lenses that don't get dust inside when you zoom in and out when shooting dusty sports (e.g. at horse shows). Your needs may be different.

    The second thing you need to decide (or really, the very first thing) is if you need a DSLR at all. Many people think that if they buy a more expensive camera they will automatically get better photos. In many cases (most cases!) the better camera is *capable* of taking better photos, but it's harder rather than easier to get better photos - you need to know more about photography to get better photos. If you don't know and don't want to know about arcane details of photography you may be very disappointed in how hard it is to get good photos out of an expensive DSLR camera vs a smaller and less expensive camera.

    I now this isn't the answer you wanted, but until you consider these 2 questions I can't begin to advise you on which camera body is best. After you have considered those questions, if you want to tell me more about your photography experience, interests, etc., I can give you more suggestions.


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You have named several excellent digital SLR cameras aimed at the top end of the amateur/semi professional market.
I have the Nikon D200 and have been very pleased with it.
As stated by JCDill, you must really decide what you want and can afford. The camera body you choose will commit you down one path or another. For example, if you choose Canon, only Canon or OEM (Other Equipment Manufacturers) such as Sigma lenses will fit your camera body. Canon have a good reputation for their auto-focus, while Nikon make lenses that are the envy of others.
If this is your first digital SLR then you might be best buying an entry level body with a multi-purpose zoom lens such as the Nikon D40. There is a lot to learn.
If you are converting from film SLR and already have a set of lenses, then the cameras you mentioned will probably be able to use your existing lenses (but this is less so with Canon than Nikon). I was ecstatic to disover that my old Nikon 500mm mirror lens works in manual mode (with metering displayed) on my Nikon D200 but would not work properly on my Nikon D70.
I hope this helps.

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