A&P Noob question here: D40 or D300?

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  1. Professor Chaos

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    I know it's kind of a silly question but I'm in the market for my first DSLR camera after outgrowing my current Canon Powershot sx10IS. The first model I considered was the D60 but after reading some reviews/comments I found that it would be better to get a D40 and use the saved money towards a 2nd lense.

    After a few days I found a good deal on a barely used D40 with the standard 18-55mm lense for $375. I was about to pull the trigger but came across a D300 w/ AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm for $620 (both prices are in Canadian dollars :mamoru:)

    I figure most people here would skip over the D40 and go right for the D300 but from a beginner's stand point I'm not sure if this is really necessary. My question is should I be worried about getting experience with the D40 and buying more lenses and then switch to a better body down the road or should I be starting off with a D300 now if I can afford it?

    As far as my experience with cameras go I'm far from being close to what I've seen many of you guys post here but in the 6 months I've had my camera I've racked up over 3500 pictures.
     
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    I'm no Nikon guy, but those are 2 much different cameras. Isn't that a steal on a d300? :eek3:
     
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    Yeah that's what I thought. Although the lense doesn't seem to have vibration reduction like the 18-55mm that comes with the D40.
     
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    After looking at retail prices on the D300 it has to be some sort of scam or stolen merchandise. I'll email the seller and see what's up.
     
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    D300 for $620, make sure it works and snatch it up!
     
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    :werd: if it's legit, you could flip it and buy a d40 with the profit.
     
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    Yeah I don't think I'll even bother with that one. I've arranged to pick up a D40 tomorrow from someone local.

    I've been looking for a 2nd lense to pick up and can't decide between the sigma 18-200mm and the nikkor 55-200mm VR. Any suggestions?
     
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    18-70 what 18-200 sigma?
     
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    Try craigslist...
     
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    For lenses? Nothing close to me from what I've found.
     

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