A&P Beginner: DSLR advice.

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  1. Thought Thinker

    Thought Thinker Circling the drain.

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    Looking to get a decent setup for a beginner. New or used, interested in both, of course I want to get the best I can for my money. I want something I can use for a little while and grow with over a few years until I (hopefully) really know what I'm doing.

    I have about $600 to spend total.

    What should I look at, or stay away from.

    Really new to this.
    Thanks in advance!

    :wavey:
     
  2. FlashhslaF

    FlashhslaF New Member

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    Rebel Xti or XT.
    Tamron 17-50 2.8
     
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  3. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    Definitely going to have to go used to get a decent setup. What flash posted should work, or try to find a used 30D if you dont like the rebel (go to best buy and feel them up)

    Maybe a Nikon guy can chime in with a similar setup on the dark side.
     
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    I agree, this setup will probably be the best for $600

    Another good lens to look at which is super cheap but extremely good is the sigma 24-60 f/2.8. I've had this lens twice and they were very sharp and cheap (~$200)
     
  5. Thought Thinker

    Thought Thinker Circling the drain.

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    Thanks guys, I'll start with those ideas.

    Any more suggestions, feel free.
     
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    in that price range i would go with what's been mentioned although i would probably opt for the used 30d as the body feels so much better in the hands
     
  7. Thought Thinker

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    Any legit photography forums with good FS sections?
    Been looking on Craigslist, but some seem sketchy.
     
  8. Wobistdu

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    best of luck to you my friend :wavey:

    i just dove in to the DSLR world and splurged for a nikon d90. whatever you get, i hope you like it :)
     
  9. Thought Thinker

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    Thanks, that's why I'm trying to do as much research as possible.

    I have the money now, but I'm not in a serious rush. Just trying to make a decision/purchase before the first week in August, as I'm going on Vacation and to Vegas.

    So we will see what happens!
     
  10. Wobistdu

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    i was originally going to buy the rebel XSI. seems like a solid camera.

    however a few of my friends have prosumer cameras 40d-50d-d80-d90 and they all talked me out of it. they said i'd be much happier with a powerful camera that wouldn't eventually frustrate me down the road

    not sure if that means anything to you. i just know a bunch of people that hate the rebel series

    perhaps try to find a nicely used 40d?
     
  11. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Pentax K2000 is $394 brand new from B&H and far superior to the low end rebels. (In body image stabilization (The real kind, sensor shake system), etc, etc.)

    Pair up with a 50 1.4.


    This is the best you can do for ~600 all brand new gear as far as I'm concerned. Next step up would be a used d80.



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  12. Thought Thinker

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Nikon-D80-Camera-and-18-55-VR-Lens-Both-Refurbished_W0QQitemZ140332253888QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDigital_Cameras?hash=item20ac7442c0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1234|293%3A1|294%3A50

    Decent to start with?
    3 year warranty, but it is refurbished.
     
  13. Etherized

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  14. The Great Deceiver

    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    Get a Nikon 35mm film SLR
    Film cameras cost alot less, and they don't depreciate with time. It will still be with you 30 years from now. You could spend the rest of the money on a good lens or two.

    You'll get much more for your money, and you'll have enough money for film for years
     
  15. AF Rugby

    AF Rugby Gun in my mouth, I pray for the sunshine

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    still need to use the expensive AF-S len's.. wont autofocus with AF's
     
  16. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    As a person who has a d5000, its fucking great. But, BUT if youre seriously deciding to get into photography, i regret not putting in the extra cash to get a d90 or d300. The automated focus motor in those makes older lenses, extremely useful and when you learn to use WB, ISO and such properly, the analog buttons make SUCH a huge difference. I hate going into my screeen and changing all the settings although I have become quite proficient at it.
     
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    AF Rugby Gun in my mouth, I pray for the sunshine

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    i own a D40, and in the 600 price range i would go for a used d80 or save up for the d90.. there is nothing really all that exciting about the d5000..
     
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    AF Rugby Gun in my mouth, I pray for the sunshine

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    there is still AF len's in production and will always be out there used cheaper the afs..
     
  19. Etherized

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    AFS is not necessarily more expensive. All new Nikon lenses made from now on will be AFS. It's just the newer format with internal focus motor. Sure, there are some AF format lenses that are true bargain gems.. but it's an old format that's being phased out. The older lenses will work with the d5000, you'll just have to manually focus with them though.
     
  20. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    and manual focusing really isnt that bad unless youre a retard, like really.
     
  21. huntz0r

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    I really don't see how the D5000 is worth the money, when you can get a refurb D40 kit for $375 at Adorama. The D5000 is that rare breed, an expensive camera that you'll still want to upgrade from because of the essential features it lacks.

    D40 is what I would get (and am getting) to start out without blowing four figures.
     
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    No D3XsIV no care
     
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    And even if you are, you can just wait till your next body upgrade to start using AF lenses, because really what more are you going to need than a kit lens, a basic zoom, and a 35/1.8 (if even more than two of those) before then?
     
  24. Look for used cameras, as people upgrade to bigger bodies eventually. You could probably get a 20D for $400 and find a decent lens after that...

    Avoid getting a fixed lens like a 50mm f/1.8, they're fun but they're so limited... you'll want zoom, because it's part of the learning process.
     
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