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Good SLR Camera ~$600

by wrathloki / September 28, 2009 8:26 PM PDT

So I want to jump head first into photography and I don't want to have to go through all the trouble of film, so I'm looking to get a good Digital SLR camera. I'm looking to spend around $600 and I want to put it on my Best Buy card so I need a camera that they would carry. Can someone suggest to me what would be best around this price?

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DSLR for $600
by Joliet Eddie / September 29, 2009 1:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Good SLR Camera ~$600

At $600 you are at the very bottom entry point for DSLRs. Tell us what Best Buy has at the price and we can respond.

Not a whole lot of selection at the price, but I would guess maybe the Nikon D40, Nikon D60 (they may have that on sale since it is being discontinued), one of the Olympus models, and then maybe one of Sony's beginner cameras. But again, I don't know what Best Buy is currently carrying.

A refurbished camera would keep you in that price range, but I don't know if Best Buy sells refurbished "new" cameras.

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Another option
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / September 29, 2009 7:30 AM PDT
In reply to: DSLR for $600

I believe the Canon XS is also in that price range, but with any of them they'd be limited to only the kit lens, which isn't that versatile for reach and indoor shooting. This is a very expensive hobby and expect to spend almost $400 on getting a decent telephoto lens and a very basic indoor lens.

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No such animal
by SX10 IS / September 29, 2009 4:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Good SLR Camera ~$600

A <i>good</i> dSLR for $600? Not happening.

For only $800 you can get the Canon EOS Rebel T1i + EF-S 18-55mm kitlens.

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by wrathloki / September 29, 2009 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: No such animal

So is that a good camera lense combo? The $800 canon?

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If you're not into video
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / September 29, 2009 11:13 AM PDT
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Then the T1i is a waste of money for a new person, with the XSI and XS having equal image quality(only being a few MP less and that won't matter unless you do heavy cropping). The 18-55 is a good lens, but you definitely wouldn't want it to be your only lens. You'd lack ability to zoom very far and not great for indoor/low light shots without using the flash.

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Re: SLR Camera ~$600 @ Best Buy
by MarkatNite / September 29, 2009 12:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Good SLR Camera ~$600

As it happens, I was just at Best Buy (to buy The Unit: Season 4) and noticed that they had a couple of Sony Alphas (I think the 230 and 330) and the Canon XS that Kalel33 mentioned above on sale for a price that meets your budget. There was also a card for the Nikon D3000, but no actual camera on display.

HTH - Mark

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