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    Sony A200 V Nikon D40

    Hello,

    We are looking at getting my brother an entry level D-SLR and the two models above seem to be everywhere and keenly priced.

    Does anyone have experience of either?

    Or maybe could anyone recommend an alternative model aorund the same £200-£300 budget.

    Thanks in advance.

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    personally, I have the Canon 40d and a Nikon D40 for occasional use. The D40, unlike its bigger brother D80 is great for beginners. it helps you with taking photos etc. But I know the quality on the sony is very good also. but when talking about lens compatability and availablity, the nikon will win!!

    Good luck with it tho.

    I've had a D40 for around 6 months now and its an awesome bit of kit for the money. The only negative is that additional lenses are more expensive since the camera body doesn't have a motor built in, its in the lens. You get a 18-55mm lens in the kit though which is probably good enough unless your brother is going to be taking extreme close-ups or long distance shots.

    Can't fault it for the money, but also can't compare it to the sony, which I have no experience of

    -edit-
    all nikon lenses will fit, you'll just have manual focus though

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    aircanman;3079687

    personally, I have the Canon 40d and a Nikon D40 for occasional use. The … personally, I have the Canon 40d and a Nikon D40 for occasional use. The D40, unlike its bigger brother D80 is great for beginners. it helps you with taking photos etc. But I know the quality on the sony is very good also. but when talking about lens compatability and availablity, the nikon will win!! Good luck with it tho.



    many of the old mintola lenses fit the sony too.

    i use d40 nikon and the canon 400d, both are not bad at ll, but the canon (even though i am a nikon fan) seems to capture nicer skintone.

    kippy;3079974

    i use d40 nikon and the canon 400d, both are not bad at ll, but the canon … i use d40 nikon and the canon 400d, both are not bad at ll, but the canon (even though i am a nikon fan) seems to capture nicer skintone.



    Wouldn't that just be a case of in camera settings...?

    nope both at auto settings i mean for the same scene. i use both regularly, before i would swear on nikon not canon - prolly still do.

    BlackCloud;3080018

    Wouldn't that just be a case of in camera settings...?



    while you can sort out issues with skintones with the settings, alot of people these days are going for the DSLR that can do this automatically.

    I suggest the op to check out DPreview, and see the test shots etc on the cams. I would never buy another nikon again from my bad experience with the d80, canon all the way for me. I would even gofor the sony before the nikon!

    Not sure about the Sony, but there was a nice little article in the Telegraph, I think - here's a link to one in "Wired" - saying the same thing:

    blog.wired.com/gad…tml

    about how you can use old lenses on new DSLR's for a fraction of the cost. My Dad had a Nikon with a genuine 35-200 mm lens back in the 80's. He's still got the lens, and that has saved me about £300.
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