Beginitermediate chick needing help on choosing a refurb SLR.

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  1. Soliloquy

    Soliloquy TPF Noob!

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    Eh, begintermediate*

    Hello, could anyone point me, the chicken with her head cut off, in the right direction toward a trustworthy place to purchase a refurbished DSLR. I'm thinking of going for a Canon and was going to buy something through Amazon, when i realized i should probably get some input to avoid making an impulsive decision. Which is so unlike me ;)

    A little about what i'll be utilizing it for:

    I am going to be taking some digital photography classes for graphic design and need something that will will come out supreme when blown up and transferred to the web.

    My ultimate goal is to become a freelance photographer so all the bells and whistles one would need for that is essential. (manipulation of light, special lenses, effects you can't otherwise achieve on Photoshop) My main concentration will be on nature and people, outdoor shooting. Though, i want it to be just as good at indoor shooting. I plan to do a lot of closeup shots of insects, flowers, tree bark etc.

    Looking to spend up to 400, but ideally 300 dollars.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
     
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  2. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Adorama.com is a reputable site and does have some refurb models, mainly the higher end canon and nikon. Any other sites I would first check w/ www.resellerratings.com first.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I found amazing deals on craigslist. I wish I had not bought it brand new from the store. You will deal with someone locally so you can inspect it first. I think you need to add some money to the budget. I would say $500 to $600 including a lens or 2.
     
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    Wraith72 TPF Noob!

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    I've purchased/sold a few secondhand lenses from www.fredmiranda.com and ebay, and I've had no problems.

    I limit my ebay lens/dSLR equipment purchases to original owners with a 95%+ seller rating.

    On the fredmiranda site, I've seen some Canon Rebel XTi's and XSi's go for $300-$400 recently.

    Adorama and B&H Photo are probably the two most reputable online retailers of dSLR equipment/lenses, and they both sell refurbished equipment.

    Good luck!
     
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  5. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Why do you want a film camera (SLR)? Or did you mean a dSLR?

    Canon warranties their refurbished gear for 12 months.

    Nikon warranties their refurbished gear for 3 months, though the reputable sellers cover the Nikon gear for the remaining 9 months.

    All Nikon dSLR cameras have color aware metering, only 2 of Canon's cameras do, the $1700 (new) 7d and the $5000 (new) 1D MkIV.
     
  6. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Keh.com ;)
     
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    A local store might have a used department too. Not to mention, the buy and sell area of this forum. No warranties, but good deals I'm sure.

    And, it could just be me, but I think correcting her use of SLR is splitting hairs. Film or digital, they're all single lens reflex cameras (and, who's to say she doesn't want film?). Same goes for point and shoots.
     
  8. Soliloquy

    Soliloquy TPF Noob!

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    I changed my mind, I prefer a DSLR. I thought an SLR would have more options for effects, such as multiple exposure techniques. After much deliberation, i decided it's not that important. Though, can i do that on a digital? I am a little out of the loop. Thank you so much for the all advice and links!!
     
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    Soliloquy TPF Noob!

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    For www.fredmiranda.com
    They don't allow you to sign up with a free e-mail address, so what does that mean? I have to use Outlook or a paid for e-mail?
     
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    With reference to the fredmiranda site... when they say that you cannot sign up with a "free" email address, that usually refers to a Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. email account.

    I used my Yahoo email addy, and I had no problems signing up. I'm not sure why they aren't accepting free email accounts, but I would try a Yahoo account to see if that works.

    The next option is to use the email address provided by your ISP (internet service provider... like Comcast, Cox, etc.). Your ISP or college (if you're a student) should have given you an email account. This is the type of account the site wants you to use for signing up, but I would try a Yahoo email account first.

    Oh, and this problem has nothing to so with using an email program like Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird, etc. It has to do with your email address, specifically the domain from which your address originated.

    I hope that helps, but if you continue to have more problems, let me know, and I'll be more than happy to help. :D

    Good luck!
     
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    Yes. Many digital cameras have the capability to do multiple exposures, but not many in the $300 to $400 range.

    With photography, lenses are generally more important than camera bodies, when it comes to image quality and versatility.

    In fact, a good lens can cost more than the camera body it is attached to.

    Making a living wage doing freelance photography will require having a suite of good lenses. Figure on ultimately spending between $5000 and $10,000, just on lenses.

    A pro freelance lens lineup for Nikon camera bodies would be:
    • AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens ($1800, new)
    • AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens ($1730, new)
    • AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens ($2220, new)
    • AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ($445, new)
    • AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF ($1230, new)
    • AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR ($890, new)
     

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