I'm trying to get my first GOOD camera... Which one? Pro help please?

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I'm trying to get my first GOOD camera... Which one? Pro help please?
Nov 6, 2013

Okay I am 18 trying to get my first PRO Camera/dSLR. My Dad was a Pro in film but it's a new age: Digital. So I have my eye on a few cameras and I'm freaking myself out trying to pick. I know my way around cameras very well, I can use any single one you might put in my hands and under 10 minutes I will figure it out usually. I am very smart and I know my way around Picture taking techniques and also a darkroom. I also wanna throw out there/brag about myself a bit that I have an IQ of 150 also. My only problem is picking the right camera for me. I need some help.

I have my eye on these cameras... Although keep in mind that if at all possible can we attempt to keep price under at least $1,000 or MAYBE $1,200 at most if impossible then well.... I will cross that bridge if I need to.

I need fast shutter speed, no lag, no start-up delay if possible, GREAT image quality, good for sports, nature, indoor/low-light, and just general all-around picture taking. I need my first dSLR to basically be able to accomplish EVERYTHING and be Do-It-All. Because I won't be able to add to my "bag" for a while after this budget dent. Maybe a lens or 2 but not another camera for a while anyway.

Which is the cheapest yet best?

I though I had decided on the Pentax K-50 but is it good enough? Does it look "real"? You know, not grainy or fuzzy or like a watercolor-y effect. My current camera if you crop or zoom in at all it looks like a bad painting/out of focus. I want to get rid of this problem.

Also these cams:

Nikon D600/D800?

Nikon D7100/D7000

Sony SLT-A77

Pentax K-5 IIs

Nikon D5200/5300

Canon EOS 70D/60D

Or, any others I missed that are better AND cheap-ish?

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Canon EOS 70D Nikon D5200 Nikon D600 Nikon D7100 Pentax K-5 IIs Pentax K-50
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