Starter SLR for 12 year old

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  1. franco stacy

    franco stacy TPF Noob!

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    I have a daughter that seems to like taking photos with a point and shoot. She entered her photo project into the 4H fair and it appears many of the kids have camera's that are far better than my daughters Samsung point and shoot and skills better than hers. She could see the difference as well.

    I think she has the desire to learn SLR, but I don't know if she is mature enough to take care of one, either way I am asking for opinions.

    What is a good starter digital SLR that is easy to use, learn on and durable. I have a D90, but I am not hard that she has to have a NIKON. I also am open for used camera suggestions.

    Good starter SLR for a young kid:er:
     
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    Any entry level dSLR should be fine... Not sure what that would be for Nikon, but if you go Canon look at the Rebel line.

    It probably would be a good idea to stay with Nikon though, so you can share lenses.

    Or you could just upgrade your camera body and give her the one you're using now. ;) That's probably what I would do.
     
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    I recently bought my 11 year old son a Canon 10D for $100. I put a 50mm lens on for day-to-day use because it is a cheap lens but gives good results. If I am with him, I'll let him use some of my better lenses. The benefit is that he can learn the concepts on a relatively inexpensive camera and get really good results. It's important that his camera is compatible with mine, I'm just not sure what would be available in an early nikon dSLR.
     
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    Used Canon 20D or a used Nikon D40...zillions of both were made, and they are affordable on the used market.
     
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    Since you have a Nikon, I would say I agree with staying with Nikon for the reason given - sharing lenses. Don't know how much you want to spend but they still sell D3000's new. As for used, here's a list from the B&H website: Used SLR Digital Cameras
     
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    If you want to go new, the Pentax K-x is the best built entry-level DSLR.
     
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    Please tell us what makes the K-x the best entry-level DSLR.
     
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    I've heard it is built with a small amount of unobtanium molded into the shutter release button...not sure if that's true...

    The poster said it is the best-built, not "the best". One thing seems clear from the reviews of the K-x, and that is that Pentax has managed to design and implement a really good JPEG engine and image processing pipeline in the K-x--those that review cameras for a living are mightily impressed with the pictures the K-x cranks out, especially at higher than normal ISO levels.

    I kind of miss the days when Pentax was a really thriving, viable company,with nifty products...they've really been hit hard by mergers and acquisitions, and the continued growth and market expansion of The Big Two.
     
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    I bought my Nikon D3000 new for $525, but I saw some used ones for $175 when i was in the market for one. I would definately go with the D3000, sure Im a noob, but my pics with mine are really improving, and theres a "?" button that tells you what your doing wrong or what each feature is for
     
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    That's good stuff. I mix a little in with my shampoo - makes my hair super strong.
     
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    You and I both! (I'm still pissed off at the whole 645D... that camera too has a bit of unobtanium sprinkled thoroughly)




    To the OP:
    The first step to learning to improve in photography is to have a camera that one can bring along often. Do you think your 12 year old daughter is willing to carry a DSLR?
     
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    You and I both! (I'm still pissed off at the whole 645D... that camera too has a bit of unobtanium sprinkled thoroughly)

    To the OP:
    The first step to learning to improve in photography is to have a camera that one can bring along often. Do you think your 12 year old daughter is willing to carry a DSLR?[/QUOTE]

    usayit raises a good point--a kid has to be willing to carry the camera, hence my suggestion of the EOS 20D (cheap,available,tough) or the Nikon D40 (small,light,cheap,tough plastic). One cannot be worried about losing the camera to theft, or damaging it, or whatever. A d-slr is kind of a commitment,size-wise,especially with the larger-ratio zoom lenses. The smaller, more entry-level Nikons and Canons like the Canon Rebel series and the Nikon D40-D60-D3000 are all built upon small,lightweight frames,so they are not too oppressingly heavy.

    As for the Pentax 645-Digital...man...it looks like a great camera. I hope it is eventually imported into the USA and sold through official channels.
     

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