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Looking for an affordable high-end entry level or mid-range DSLR. Need help!

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Re: Looking for an affordable high-end entry level or mid-range DSLR. Need help!
In reply to Tombo677, Dec 7, 2012

Tombo677 wrote:

Right now I'm looking at the Nikon D5100, Canon Rebel T3i and the Sony A57.

My highest priorities would be low light photography, portraiture (especially of my 3 year old niece) as well as overall responsiveness and (preferably) a camera that doesn't "feel" like a mid-range slr (or a high-end entry level slr). Overall, I'm just kinda tired of the Maxxum 5D's sluggishness, but I really love how solid it feels in my hands.

Given your shooting goals the d5100 would seem the clear winner between these 3 models.

For low light, the sensor and the use of an OVF just give it better performance by quite a bit.

For portraiture they'd all do well, but the Nikon has many more lenses to choose from than the Sony.  My two favorites on my APS-C would Sigma 50mm f1.4 (or the cheaper Nikon 50mm f1.8g) and the Nikon 85mm f1.8g (the f1.4 being too expensive to recommend for casual use).

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