Cheap Starter SLR

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by vivalajosho, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. vivalajosho

    vivalajosho TPF Noob!

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    i like taking pictures on my point and shoot cameras but i like the idea of experimenting with lenses and different aspects that a SLR can provide...


    ...i was wondering if theres a cheap beginner SLR out there that would be good for me..

    what i would like is one that
    i can put a fisheye lens on
    that doesnt use film
    nothing to serious or expensive
     
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    CWN TPF Noob!

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    Nikon D40, D60, D3000, D5000... I'm a Nikon fan, I'm sure someone will chime in with Canon options.
     
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    well what's your budget? "nothing expensive" is awfully vague.
     
  4. vivalajosho

    vivalajosho TPF Noob!

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    ummm..i want to say around 200 but i know you probably cant get anything for that
     
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    Double that and you have a Nikon D3000 or Nikon D40 w/ a 18-55 kit lens.

    Sorry another nikon lover. :lol:
     
  6. vivalajosho

    vivalajosho TPF Noob!

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    i guess i need a job
     
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    If you look around you can find something decent, maybe body only, for around $200.

    I just upgraded from a Lumix to a Canon 20d that I purchased (used) for $200 with the standard, non-IS, 18-55 lens. I'm not an expert but there are some decent used ones out there. The 20d's predecessor was the Canon 10d and that might be found around the same price used as well. I'm very happy so far with the 20d and still working my way through the manual and testing it out in photos.

    What about an "in between" camera? When I wanted more options other than what my P&S was giving me I found an almost barely used Panasonic Lumix FZ20. Not quite a DSLR and not quite a P&S. Slightly lighter and smaller than a full SLR but with tons of manual options and settings. Has a built in flash that is good for about 21' but also has the shoe on top for an external flash; 12x zoom; 5 MP; Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8/6-72. I still use the Lumix a lot and it does everything I need it to. Low light isn't that bad either. It's limited a little with aperature 2.8-8 and shutter range 2000-8".

    Keep checking around and see what is out there...hope this helps a little.
     
  8. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You can if you like film.


    You won't find anything digital that cheap though...
     
  9. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Pentax ist or earlier with a manual focus kmount just might fit in that budget

    Honestly... look into a canon g series used might be a better option
     
  10. Muschnick

    Muschnick TPF Noob!

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    If you look around you could probably find a used DSLR out there along with a lens or 2 for around $300. You obviously have to be very careful buying used equipment but if you look around you can find some great deals, probably from people on the board!

    I started a FREE auction site dedicated to photo equipment that is exactly for buying and selling equipment from photographer to photographer without paying eBay 8% or getting screwed by a local or online store. I won't mention the site on here as I don't want to get banned but if you PM me I will let you know and you can post something on the want ad section in hopes someone will have what you want.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    For digital cameras, it'd be challenging to find a decent point and shoot for that much. Used D40 or something similar is probably your best bet for that price range.
     

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