Digital beginner (35mm amateur) asking for advice on the first camera

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rurikw
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Re: Digital beginner (35mm amateur) asking for advice on the first camera

Poonis5 wrote:

So I've been looking into DSLRs.
Nikon won't work because of the mount. No adapters.
Canon looks better.
I found Canon 600D kit for $120 27k shots made, good condition.

Pros:
Canon adapter costs $10 and will allow my SLR lenses to fit
Flip out screen, useful for macro
Cheap macro lenses
Cons:
Rangefinder M39 will not work on DSLR body
No focus bracketing

And I looked into Pentax bodies. K-30 looks nice.
Found one with kit lens for $230

Pros:
Pentax adapter costs $10 and will allow my SLR lenses to fit
Not expensive macro lenses
Weathersealed!
Some kind of image stabilization, good for both street and macro shots

Cons:
No flip out screen
Rangefinder M39 will not work on DSLR body
No focus bracketing

I have done manual focus bracketing with varying/decent success but want to get a body with (semi) automatic FB. Much less of a hassle I'm sure though the implementations I've read about don't allow you to set min and max distance, only a number of undefined finer or coarser steps back and front of your set focus point so involves some trial and error+guesswork. But I assume you soon develop a feel for what's appropriate in what situation.

What do you guys think about these?

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