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  1. jpticar

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    Hey everyone. I'm new here and pretty new to photography. I'd like to leave the point and shoots behind and buy my first dslr. I've been doing a lot of research and drawn towards to Nikon D90. I realize that this is not really a camera for such a newb, but I'd rather buy out of my league and force myself to learn (may sound dumb to some lol). My main question here is what do you guys think about the D90 and what do you think of this deal? The item is located in park slope, brooklyn and I am in NYC so I can easily go pick it up.

    Nikon D90 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA +2 LENSES 4GB D 90 ALL NEW - eBay (item 230367910513 end time Sep-14-09 20:34:16 PDT)
     
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    Anyone? Did I post in the wrong section?
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The D90 is a great camera.

    Check the packages / deals / individual items at other stores and add up the price and see if its a good deal.

    I don't mind buying cheaper things on ebay, but I prefer to buy the actual gear from a local shop, where I know I can get some after purchase service.

    I am unable to access ebay from work, but the 2 lenses I assume are a kit 18-55 and a telephoto 50-200 range? Thats good to start with, but you will be upgrading soon.
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not sure about you, but many people sleep and do other things between 10pm and 7am, so that might be your lack of responses.
     
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    nothing wrong with a d90 for a first DSLR IMO

    but idk .. $999 ?

    not sure with the price if its good or what.

    /leaves it to teh more knowledgeable pplz
     
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    it comes with a 28-80 and apparently .. a telephoto lens :/

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    So its not actually 2 lenses, but 1 lens + a converter?

    The description of the 28-80 you posted is for the 18-105, which is a nice lens, but its not a 28-80

    As for the rest of the "pro" kit, most of it is probably not pro quality stuff, so don't be fooled.

    The SD card is probably a low grade card that is pretty slow. Good to shoot regular things, but will be slow to do rapid shooting.
    The filter will probably be a cheap filter that will degrade your image quality
    Not sure how sturdy that tripod is, but it might be ok to start with. You'll want to upgrade that bag too probably.

    Its an entry level kit. Stuff to get you started if you have nothing.

    BH photo video sells the D90, body only, for $890.00. So the rest of the stuff is costing you $110.
    The lens is know as a cheap lens that gives ok quality. I read that there are many versions of this lens, so I'm not sure which version is being supplied.

    I'm more prone to save money and buy quality stuff. Not only does it have a better resale value, but I won't be always thinking "would that shot of been nicer if I had x lens?"
     
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    i copy-pasted what the seller posted :/

    looks a bit dodgy to me

    idk

    i suggest you just go to a store rather than buy from eBay?
     
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    If the seller posted info on a different lens and is calling his telephoto converter an actual lens, yeah, I'd be skeptical too
     
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    you'll be happy with that kit for a while, but if you progress like I did, you'll quickly get frustrated.

    it's a good start though... you'll probably hate the telephoto thing when you start getting serious about it, but for learning, it could be fun. the kit is a nice way to pick up cheap versions of everything you need until you can figure out what exactly you want to spend the real money on.
     
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    Unlike Robert I would say stear away from the cheap Ebay deals like that. Especially when they are listing one lens (28-80mm) and then quoting lens details straight from the kit lens sold with the D90 (18-105mm VR) - that shows they don't have a clue what they are selling and thus I would not trust that vendor at all with my money.

    Secondly deals like that always look like they are giving you a lot, but often many of the lenses are infact teleconverters or lens adaptors made by 3rdparty groups - they are cheap and poor in quality - and most times your not going to get good results out of them - heck even with a pro grade canon zoom lens and a pro grade 2* teleconverter results are generally not that impressive on entry level camera bodies - cheaper line gear and your looking at a lot of image degradation (an equally priced point and shoot could probably do as well if not better).


    So stear away from them and stick to either a simple kit with good known brands in the deal (eg SanDisk memory cards) or just hit Amazon/B&H/Adorama and get a camera off them.
     
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    ...or go support your local camera shop and buy from them... build a working relationship is always a good thing
     

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