So I tutored a high school junior in the fall to prep her for the PSAT. She was my first PSAT/SAT tutee, and I was pleased to say that in three sessions I was able to help her raise her score from a 160 (65th percentile) to a 185 (91st percentile). We were realists about the fact that she probably wasn’t going to be able to hit the NMS mark, which in Virginia is about 215, 10 points higher than in South Carolina, where I made NMS exactly 10 years ago. I think I peaked at age fifteen.
Anyway, so I get to tutor her again for the SAT on March 1st, and hopefully some of her friends. I really want a digital SLR, which is about $500, and I charge $50/hour, so if I can scrounge up 10 tutoring sessions, I can buy my camera. That was actually Christopher’s idea!
So, photographers, I need your help! Nikon D40x or Canon Rebel XTi? Is the lens that comes with the camera good enough? If not, what kind of lens do I need? If I need to buy a separate lens, should I just buy the camera body, not the camera/lens combo? I’ll be mostly taking pictures of children, but hopefully I can eventually branch out into landscapes, architecture, and other scenery. I have no art for my walls, so maybe I’ll make my own.
Here are some deals I’m looking at:
I hear the Nikon takes better images, but the Canon has a special dust removal system that’s super cool.
Thanks for the advice! It will be a few months before I can afford one of these babies, but I’m excited.