A&P Looking to buy my first DSLR.. v.where can I research, and etc.

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by k1d., Dec 12, 2007.

  1. k1d.

    k1d. New Member

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    Well, just like to title states... I would really like to purchase my first DSLR... I'm already beginning to read most of the stickies you guys have, but I was wondering if theres a place I can check out that would recommend a good starting out camera, or even if you guys could recommend one it would be great...

    Some dude on the local boards told me a D50 would be a great starter... and told me to buy his... lol, probably a marketing scheme... but he is asking 600 obo for...

    " Nikon D50 Kit
    -body
    -strap
    -battery
    -kit 18-55mm lense
    -lense cap
    -cap for the body
    all manuals and software
    charger
    cables

    extras
    52mm circular polarizer filter
    2gb SanDisk ultra sd card
    lowpro camera bag
    little extra pouch for filter

    camera has only takin like 40 pictures and is only 3 weeks old.
    everything is in perfect condition!"

    If the D50 is not a ideal camera to start out with, can you guys recommend a different one?

    -Thanks
     
  2. Matt-AWD

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    The d50 is a good camera to start out with.
    As for only being 3 weeks old... the d50 has been discontinued for over a year.
     
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    3 weeks old :hsugh: :rofl:
     
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    D50 is a great choice and he includes some decent extras, except for the whole 3 weeks thing id say go for it
     
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    I have a D50 and it's my first DSLR. I definitely think I made the right decision. I absolutely love it. Just picked up an 18-200VR nikkor for it a few months ago, and now I love it even more. :bigok:
     
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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    You can still get them new from places that have them in stock. At least you could in August.

    I love my D50 BTW.
     
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    refurbs or new? I can only find refurbs.

    I'd love to get a D50 ... and not have the AF-S limitations of the D40
     
  8. Mighty_Zeus

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    One more vote for the D50. It was my first DSLR as well. There is a lot of documentation out there on it, and you will find that it's pretty much unanimous, it's a great camera.

    The D40 has limitations that are meh, as stated (lens limitations). Plus, if you start with a D40 you'll think you are holding a tank when you upgrade, they are tiny. Too small for my liking.

    The kit lens is pretty decent, REALLY slow though. Watch Craig's List for a shorter lens, and a zoom of some kind. The 70-300 is pretty useful, it's available in VR now too, which is awesome because it's slow too.

    Make sure you have filters for your lenses. Nothing will piss you off more than a scratched or dirty piece of glass when you have a frame that you MUST have.

    Cheers, and welcome to the addiction.
     
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    Being a Nikon Sackrider - I started off with a D50, and now have moved up to a D300. The D50 is a great camera to start with, one of Nikon's high ISO champs...I have had lots of my pictures printed at ISO 1600. There are a few tweaks that you can do to help it behave better. I most always had mine set at -0.3 EV. I thought it kept the highlights a little more under control. I say go for it, and if you use it enough, go for a higher end pro camera. Nikon has great glass. You really won't regret it.
     
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    Nice, thanks for all the advice everyone...
    Do you think 600 is a fair/good price for everything thats listed?
    Some of the online stores still sell em for around 650 or more... while some used ones on ebay are around 500~.
     
  12. Mighty_Zeus

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    $600 is fair imo, take it. It's not worth waiting around to get it for less.
     
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    Too expensive dude

    you could get a brand new one for that price if you look around
     
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    I wouldn't pay more than $500 for that. I'd get the D40 for the higher res LCD.
     

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