here is today's tip:
I'm often asked about particular camera brands and models by those interested in making their first initial dSLR camera purchase. The honest truth is that the technology of digital cameras is improving every year and since the camera I use as my primary one is not a digital camera, but a film one- I have to do the same research that you do to figure out what camera will work best for you.
So when I'm asked what camera you should purchase--here's my advice:
On the consumer-grade level Canon and Nikon are quite similar. Deciding between the two is like throwing sixes. You'll be lucky whichever way you go. My best recommendation is to go to a camera store and to hold both cameras in your hand. The controls are all the same, they are just in different places. One brand might feel more intuitive to you than the other. You won't know unless you try them out. The other recommendation that I have is to invest in a quality lens. ESPECIALLY if you're wanting the camera to photograph your kids, family or friends. I'd recommend getting a 50mm f/1.4 It's going to be roughly $400 for that lens alone, but it will make a huge difference in how flexible you'll be with your exposure. It's a must for portraits. There are cheaper 50mm lenses available, but the craftsmanship isn't as nice and the quality of your lenses really matters!