Nikon D40x

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    Hey, I am new to photography and was lookin at a d40 basically because it is the cheapest DSLR out there but I was just looking on Adorama and you can get a D40x body for $469. This seems like a good deal no? The only problems are: 1. It is refurbished by Nikon, what exactly does this mean? do you not reccomend getting a refurbished camera? 2. Can I get a basic lens for it for like $40 or $50? Thanks
     
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    I'm not familiar with Adorama, so I can't comment on them; "Refurbished" generally means a camera that either didn't make the first QA cut coming off the line and had to go back for a tweak, or one that has been returned by a customer for minor warranty issues. It should be 100% mechanically/electrically, though may have minor cosmetic flaws. I would check into the warranty though; if it's not the full Nikon 2 year factory warranty, I would be cautious.

    While there's nothing inherently wrong with refurbs, have a look at the D40x kits - I suspect you can find them for only a little more than that, and they will come with at least one Nikon lens.

    You could get a "basic" lens for $40-50 but I wouldn't recommend it. Remember, the camera is just the thing that records the images; lenses are what make the image. It's okay to go cheap on on a body. It's NEVER okay to go cheap on lenses!
     
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    I would stick to the d40. The d40x is actually worse. the 2 major things that makes the d40 better are that one, the d40 handles noise much better becuase there are less megapixels crammed into the sensor, and two, the d40 has a 1/500th sync speed over the 1/250 on the d40x. This means you can use the flash even at 1/500 shutter speed which can be extremly helpful
     
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    The only problem with the d40 is that I am mostly taking action photos and 2.5 is just a little to slow for me, is there another camera for the same price maybe used that I can get with an extra zoom lens? like possibly a canon rebel xt?

    How about this?
    http://www.adorama.com/ICADRXTSKKA.html
    only problem is no zoom lens
     
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    You definetly wont notice the .5fps difference. What you will notice is the dramaticly higher sync speed of the d40. And im not some d40 pusher, i actually have the d40x:D
     
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    What about the Rebel XT?
    How is that?
     
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    Similar to the d40. Its got 2 more MP (irrelavent) but a smaller screen. I hate the feel of the rebels (very plasticy and cheap) but they do have the advantage of being able to use all the modern Canon lenses.
     
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    Ok, Thanks alot Jimmy O!
     
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    No problem, good luck with what ever you go with.
     

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