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05-24-2008, 04:10 AM   #1
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Please help, newbie with (probaby stupid) questions about k200d or others

I am a total newbie to DSLR cameras and I am feeling a little lost. I like to think I was pretty decent with my point and shoot Kodak easyshare but this is a whole new exciting world!

A friend of mine suggested the Canon XTI. I started researching some and found the XSI. Then I found the Pentax K200D. I am feeling very confused between the XSI and the K200D now, and wondering if there are other Pentax options I should also consider.

I'm looking for something that is not going to cost a fortune but also I won't want to replace in a year or two.

I mainly like to photograph nature scenes and am looking forward to learning more about waterfall photography. I am also hoping to use the camera for portraits and family "snapshots".

Of course obviously I need to go to a store and hold both cameras and see which feels better, but I can't exactly do that at 4am and I know I have a lot to learn besides that too hehe.

I really like the idea of the Pentax being weather resistant, more sturdy, having internal image stability and being a bit more affordable than the XSI.

I'm concerned that it may be a little difficult for my teeny tiny hands. Also with my Kodak I was used to using the Liveview and it'll be a learning curve to not have that. I am starting to gather that not using liveview is better even if it is available?

Also one thing I like about the Canon is I'm seeing a ton of cheap accessories for it on ebay. I have a feeling maybe I just don't know what to search for with the Pentax though. I know I will want a remote control, tripod, possibly filters once I learn more about them, and other stuff too. Are there certain accessories that will probably be able to be used regardless of manufacturer? Or what should I look for?

Thanks for any help and advice you can provide!!

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