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  1. xamblin

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    I have a $300 budget for a digital camera. I've been using slr/dslrs for a whille and I recently lost those cameras. I'm looking to be able to control aperture and shutter speed. A wide angle would be nice too.

    Anyone know anything that comes to mind?

    My local craigslists are giving me nothing in the dslr range for $300.
     
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    i think your gunna have to look in the "used" department for that price range for a dslr. id suggest scouring through ebay for an old canon 350d or 10d, or a nikon d40. i dont think youll be able to get a wide angle of any decent quality with that budget though, you could get one of those screw on wide angle converters, but those are a bit poo. best trying to save up a bit longer i think
     
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    That sucks... literally lost?


    You are pretty much looking at used DSLRs of several years ago with 6 to 8 mpix sensor range. Its not impossible but its going to take some effort. I have a Samsung GX-1L (Pentax clone) purchased used a couple years ago for $200 on ebay which is used with my screwmount/K-mount vintage lens collection.

    If limited budget is going to be an on-going thing for your photography, I recommend one of the following:

    1) Canon G9 used. I know this is a P&S but it is a very good High end P&S. It has many of the advanced features you will find on a DSLR; Av, Tv, decent focal range, M, optical viewfinder and RAW.

    2) Pentax *ist or K100D or K110D. All K-mount lenses are compatible and all M42 are partially opertional (no auto aperture). This makes 50+ years of lenses available to you and since Pentax isn't as popular as Nikon, those 50+ years of lenses are going to be inexpensive. Of course, this means no autofocus. I see body+kit (Autofocus) lenses for those three modules in the sub $300 on keh.com

    3) save a little longer.
     
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    Thanks for the advice :D
     
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    Buy a used canon g9. :thumbup:
    They sell for $300 and lower on ebay. You can control aperture and shutter speed and it has a handy dandy hot shoe for a flash. There is also a dial that can be used for manual focus and the camera takes awesome macro.
     
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    I've seen 30D bodies in that price range, but that's without glass.
     
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    for your budget, look into used gear.
     
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    You got a tough luck right there! I think you at least settle for a D40.:er:
     
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    im selling a nikon d40x kit for $350
     
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    A used d70 with a decent lens would go for around $300 on ebay.
     
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    well, you could get a 20D/350D for around 250 off ebay. and the kit 18-55 (non-is) goes for around 60 bucks there as well, so that's around 210 for the kid.

    I have seen working 10D's go on ebay recently for around 185, so with that you could get a kit lens, and maybe a 50mm 1.8 and still be around 300.
     
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    Look through Adorama's used department. The last time I checked a few days ago they had an 8 MP Rebel XTI with kit lens used in excellent condition for $299.
     

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