but before you buy into a camera and it's system, it's important that you have an opportunity to play around with it first. Go to the store that will let you play around with it or get a loaner from a friend. You need to feel comfortable with the camera. You can't go wrong with Nikon or Canon. Both have a vast array of lenses, flashes, and accessories. These two manufacturers have the most complete systems out there. Then there is Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Fuji, Olympus, etc, all of which make good cameras and lenses also. While they are less popular, they have their own appeal for some of us. I shoot with both a Nikon and Olympus. Frankly, they all have comparable image quality. I think video is really where they begin to differentiate themselves. If that's important to you.
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