so I have recently gotten into the idea of dabbling in stop motion and of course one of the first things which comes up is the equipment. 

Ive done a bit of research, but havent seen a guide of the exact sort of things to get. I plan to buy dragonframe and have that set, but its more the camera which I could use some help with.

From what I have read on here, the way to go is a Canon body, an MF adapter and a Nikon Lens. A lot of this seems to clear up some sort of flicker problem others have talked about. My real question is what Canon body to go with. It seems a lot of people recommend the T2i, the D60 among others. I also cant seem to find a definitive adapter which will work best. Finally, specifically are there any lenses I should keep my eye out for?

My feeling on getting an SLR is that at the very least it will be a good camera for shooting things in general beyond just stop motion and at the best I take a great liking to stop motion and its a great dual purpose camera.

Any help, advice, etc. will be greatly appreciated!

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I had a friend's Canon 60d set up with Dragonframe on my Mac, using one of my Nikon or Olympus lenses, and it worked perfectly and had excellent image quality. I have also used my older 40d and a 7d. I haven't used the entry level models but others have.

For a general purpose camera you could get one with kit lens, and get the adapter and other make of lens for the stop motion. You will also want an AC power adapter. The genuine ones feom Canon are very expensive - I have one for the 40d - but the cheap ones from China that you can get on eBay seem to work just as well. With the non-genuine adapters I get a little message when I turn the camera on saying it can't communicate with the battery, do I want to use it anyway? I say yes, and it works perfectly.

so is something like a 40d or 60d superior to a T2i and models in that lineup? Also, where to I find the correct adapter to connect the nikon lense? Which types of lenses should I be on the lookout for? any specific lenses? I know you want it to be MF. I did find some chinese knockoff adaptors on amazon for any of the above model cameras.

I guess the only thing else that Ill need is some sort of tripod once I get the rest of this sorted out. Look forward to any advice you all can provide!

Mid-price models tend to be built more solidly, but that is not really an issue for a camera that sits on a tripod in the studio. They may be able to take more shots before the shutter starts to wear out too, but there are other things that can go wrong long before that is an issue. My 40d has developed some hot pixels - pixels that always stay white - and has some dirt on the sensor that the camera repair shop could not completely remove. It's not quite perfect enough for professional work where I send the images to the client in RAW format, so I now have a 7d for that. But it hasn't taken anywhere near enough shots for the shutter to have become a problem, even if it was the cheapest model. So I could have bought an entry level camera and be in the same position.
I do know one fully funded short film shot with a 600d, and it looks great. (Not sure which T model that is in the US, they aren't called names like T3i or Rebel in other countries.)
So it's really up to you. I do tend to go for the mid range models, not the cheapest and not the high priced 1d Mk III pro models either.
I use cheap Chinese adapters from eBay for my Nikon and Olympus lenses. You want the simple ones that do not have any electronic connections.

I have one very solid Old Foba tripod, bought second hand some years ago, with a Manfrotto 410 jr geared head on it. But sometimes I use that head to move an object on set, and put the camera on a cheap tripod that I picked up in the charity shop for $8. Probably worth around $60 new. That's what I did for my latest exercise, I used the 410 head to animate the talking robot head nodding up and down, and put the camera on the cheapie. Both tripods work if I don't bump them, both move if I do bump them and I usually have to start the shot again.
I wouldn't get the lightest, shortest tripods designed to be easy to carry in your backpack when hiking, the kind with the legs in 4 sections of small diameter, they are too wobbly and don't go very high. Look for 3 sections and not too flimsy. Manfrotto make some good ones if you have money to spend, but you can start with a pretty basic one.

OK, so Im leaning toward the 40D as it doesnt sound like there is much use stepping up to the 60D and its much cheaper to go with the 40D

As to the converter, is this the right thing you are talking about from China?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3G-Chip-M42-Lens-to-Canon-EOS-Mount-Adapter...

Any specific Nikon lense I should go for to get for all around shooting?

Thank you for the pointers on the tripods! 

Here are a couple of old threads going into detail on the subject of Nikon (and other) lenses on a Canon:

I've collected these and many other important threads on my blog: Link List - Handy links to useful information on the forum

I have been using a Canon Rebel T1i since 2010 for my films, with a Canon lens and haven't really had any issues with it. The shutter is still working well too! I had rented a Canon 50D from my school when I was working on my thesis film, but I think the difference in quality is not that big. As long as your camera is of a decent quality and can shoot high-resolution files there is so much that you can achieve with the right lighting, composition and polished animation.

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