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Well, the good news is: I'm a new granddad!

My son and his better-half just had their first baby today. 7lbs, 9oz and 19" of boy to carry on the family name.

Now I've really got to get serious about getting my a DLSR. So...

PLEASE HELP ME SPEND MY MONEY!!!

I'm already decided on a D80 and I'd like to buy it new. B&H has them for $781. From what I can see this seems to be a good price and I can pay it in a couple of chunks with their "no interest for 6 month" deal. If this purchase is stupid in any way please let me know.

The biggest debate is glass. I'm leaning towards an 18-70 as an all-purpose starter lens (rather than a kit) based on my readings here and elsewhere. I'll be adding other glass soon (of course) but this would be to get me started. My immediate needs are modest: product shots, general purpose shooting, and now (of course) baby shots. Adorama has a Nikon factory refurb for $249.

Is this a decent price? Should I take a chance on used? From what I see most used lenses are around the same price as the refurb. What about grey market? I've read some threads here where folks have said they wouldn't touch them. Opinions?
 

JerryPH

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I *highly* recommend the Sigma 18-50 DC EX HSM F/2.8. It is sharper than anything Nikon or any other company has. It is 1/3rd the price of the 17-55 Nikkor (if not even lower now!).

I have it and LOVE it.

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Edit:
Oh, and this lens also does a really nice 3:1 macro, this is something that none of the competition do!

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