I've had a Canon Powershot SX10IS for a couple of years and most of my images have been rejected on Dreamstime due to low lens quality. Now I am thinking of buying a new DSLR. Do you think it's worth it for me to buy it? I am thinking of either the Nikon D5100 or the Canon EOS 600D. What are your opinions on these cameras? Does anyone own any of these cameras?
Thanks for your help Afagundes. I know it's not only the camera. I really wish to learn more about photography that's why I will also start a course. I have learnt a lot with my current Powershot SX10 about how the camera works (ISO speed, Shutter speed, Aperture, White Balance etc) but as you said Alexandre I need to learn more about light.
Love my Nikon D300 too, but both Canon and Nikon are excellent. I would get the one that feels more comfortable in my hands and study what each one offers (accessories and lenses) for your money. Try to learn as much as you can about the type of photography you like so you can make an educated decision when buying.
I was thinking that if I buy the Nikon D5100, I buy the kit with the VR 18-55 lens included. I will then save some money and upgrade the lens later on. Or don't you think that this lens is not good to start with? This is my first DSLR and Nikon D300 is a bit expensive for me at the moment.
Problem with mopst kit lenses is that they are slow. If you are doing landscapesa dn a lot of outdoor shooting thye cna be fine, but for indoor, even with flash or a goor lighting set up. I prefer nothihng slower than 2.8.my favorite lens is a Nikon 50mm 1.4 SUper fast and sharp! I do use small zoom for weddings. SIgma 18-55 2.8 and a SIgma 24-135 2.8-4.5 Both good quality. My long zoom is a Nikon 70-200 2.8 Non VR.
Go to the local camera shop and try both bodies, and pick what you are comfortable with.
What I like about the D5100 is that it has the fully articulated LCD (like the camera I currently have) and it is very handy..My favourite subjects are landscapes and night photography therefore I don't think I need a very fast lens or lighting equipment..In the future I will surely invest in wide angle lenses.
I think I am buying the D5100 this week, since I have uploaded more images on DT and as usual they have been refused due to poor optical performance of my current lens! I really hope it won't happen again when I have my new camera!