Digital SLR Specs & Purchasing Advice

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  1. SuperSpark

    SuperSpark TPF Noob!

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    I've been doing Photography for about 2 years now and am one of my school's yearbook photographers. The model they use is I think a Nikon D300, however it's the school's so I can only really use it on yearbook assignments.

    I am currently looking into buying a good Digital SLR myself to continue photography after I graduate, but I'm kinda broke. I'm trying to invest in one but I'm not sure what to get. The highest I'm willing to buy one for is probably around $500.

    What brands/models do you recommend and why? Also, what specs should I look for and what are good amounts of said specs?
     
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  2. mdtusz

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    If your school has a D300 for you to use, you're going to hate that budget of yours when it comes time to shop. The D300 is a ~$1200 body alone. With $500, you will be able to get a camera in the range of a Nikon D60 or one of the Canon Rebel series. I don't know enough about the Canon's though. My advice would be to:

    a) Save up
    b) Ask the school if they want to invest in a new camera and sell you their D300
    c) Get what you can for $500 but look at used first. There are great deals to be had.
     
  3. KmH

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    In your price range specs won't matter a whole lot and any camera brand will be about the same as far as specs, image quality, and features.

    All will be fairly limited since a budget of $500 is the bottom of the entry-level market segment.

    You can find the specs for current Nikon cameras at nikonusa.com, current Canon cameras at canonusa.com, and Pentax at pentaximaging.com.

    $500 will get you a basic entry level digital SLR with an 18-55 mm kit lens with a little left over for some basic accessories like a camera bag and a memory card or two.

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  4. Fedaykin

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    Nikon D3000 + Kit Lens, Canon Rebel XS + Kit Lens, Pentax K-x(good entry level, has HD video.)


    You could also try Sony or Lolympus. Either that or buy a used higher quality body if you don't mind used gear.
     
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    The best combo for $500 that I can think of would be a nikon d80 + a 50mm f1.8 af lens. You should be able to find that combo used for $500 or less.
     
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    What would I do with $500?

    I'd get myself a used Pentax K10D with a few Manual Focus K-mount primes. For the following reasons.

    * SMC Kmount Pentax are good performers (not necessarily true for zooms)
    * Kmount are 100% compatible with current Pentax bodies (including K10D). Yes the aperture linkage is still included in all their bodies
    * Kmount lenses are plentiful and inexpensive
    * You can use screwmount M42 lenses with adapter (but no auto aperture)
    * In body Image Stabilization means even old lenses are stabilized.
    (yes I've heard from the in lens IS camp... but on a budget this is good enough)
    * The K10D (and K20D) have OPTICAL prism viewfinders... NOT penta-mirrors.

    But that's just me...... some can't or refuse to not have AF.
     
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