first SLR Nikon D3100 worth having?

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Hi, I am thinking about getting the Nikon D3100 and basically I am wondering
if there is any reasons why not to go down the route before I actually part with cash


http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-1100D-vs-Nikon_D3100

according to the link above this beats the entry level Canon but the one thing
I am concerned about is the camera not having a built in auto focus motor
and being a new to SLR I really don't know how much of a issue this could be


any advice would be welcome :)
 
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Hi, I am thinking about getting the Nikon D3100 and basically I am wondering
if there is any reasons why not to go down the route before I actually part with cash


http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-1100D-vs-Nikon_D3100

according to the link above this beats the entry level Canon but the one thing
I am concerned about is the camera not having a built in auto focus motor
and being a new to SLR I really don't know how much of a issue this could be


any advice would be welcome :)

wont be an issue as there are lots of lens with the motor in
i have its big brother the D5100 and that too doesnt have a motor and it never been an issue
 

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Hi, I am thinking about getting the Nikon D3100 and basically I am wondering
if there is any reasons why not to go down the route before I actually part with cash


http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-1100D-vs-Nikon_D3100

according to the link above this beats the entry level Canon but the one thing
I am concerned about is the camera not having a built in auto focus motor
and being a new to SLR I really don't know how much of a issue this could be


any advice would be welcome :)

Don't worry about it. On a DSLR there never is any motor in the actual camera body, all focusing is done by the lens itself.
 
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Hi, I am thinking about getting the Nikon D3100 and basically I am wondering
if there is any reasons why not to go down the route before I actually part with cash


http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-1100D-vs-Nikon_D3100

according to the link above this beats the entry level Canon but the one thing
I am concerned about is the camera not having a built in auto focus motor
and being a new to SLR I really don't know how much of a issue this could be


any advice would be welcome :)


I can't think if a single lens a beginner or intermediate would ever want that doesn't have a motor in the lens. Even for pros thee aren't that many, and AF is the least of the problems with these lenses.
 
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cheers guys

I actually have a new toy now, I just picked up the Nikon D3100
from Argos worked out a decent deal

cam is £420 there had a voucher for £20 off and Nikon give £35 cash back
and I got the lot buy now pay in 9 months interest free

I say "I" but actually my GF is paying :D
 
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Don't worry about it. On a DSLR there never is any motor in the actual camera body, all focusing is done by the lens itself.

not so
lots of DSLR`s and all the pro DSLR`s have the motor in the body not the lens
so they can use any lens without the motor built in and still auto focus.
on a DSLR body with no motor you can still use the motor less lens but you don't have auto focus only manual
 
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Highly recommend picking up the AF-S 35mm f1.8 lens for that camera. I had the 5100 and that lens went with it perfectly. Great for portrait and arty stuff due to the bokeh!
 

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not so
lots of DSLR`s and all the pro DSLR`s have the motor in the body not the lens
so they can use any lens without the motor built in and still auto focus.
on a DSLR body with no motor you can still use the motor less lens but you don't have auto focus only manual

Never knew that, can you provide examples please
 
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For Canon, the AF motor resides within the lens (part of the spec of the EOS mount). As stated above, Nikon has lens with/without focus motors (50mm 1.8D/G - G being the one with the motor) as well as bodies (D3x00, D5x00, D40/D50 I think all come without body motors, D90/D7000/D700/D300/etc. all come with focus motors in the body).

Just one further comment regarding Nikon lens - just remember that there is a price difference between lens with and without a focus motor in them. 50mm is double the price the last time I checked and 85mm is an extra £100/£150. So just something to bare in mind.
 
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For Canon, the AF motor resides within the lens (part of the spec of the EOS mount). As stated above, Nikon has lens with/without focus motors (50mm 1.8D/G - G being the one with the motor) as well as bodies (D3x00, D5x00, D40/D50 I think all come without body motors, D90/D7000/D700/D300/etc. all come with focus motors in the body).

Just one further comment regarding Nikon lens - just remember that there is a price difference between lens with and without a focus motor in them. 50mm is double the price the last time I checked and 85mm is an extra £100/£150. So just something to bare in mind.

The increased cost has nothing to do with the focus motor though.
 
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I think the kit lens will do for now as I have to build up other areas of my kit before I worry about a additional lens.



I need some filters case and a tripod next any suggestions guys?
 
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Redsnapper tripods are the best bang for your buck.

Don't bother with filters yet, there are loads of different sorts and there's not way you'll know what you need untill you start using your camera.
 
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I meant a uv filter really just to protect the lens more than anything

I will have a look at them tripods now thanks.
 
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