Canon 10D opinion

Started Jun 19, 2007 | Discussions thread
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Canon 10D opinion
Jun 19, 2007

Hi all,

I will be taking an advanced digital photography class at my local university this fall. The class requires that I have a digital SLR. My uncle has a Canon 10D that he is willing to sell to me for $500. It comes with a Canon 50mm 1:1.8 EF lens, a Canon 420EX Speedlite flash, as well as the Canon BG-ED3 battery grip and rechargeable battery.

I have a few questions:

1. Is this a capable starter DSLR system for someone just getting into photography as a serious hobby? Along with this question, is the 50mm 1:1.8 lens a decent lens?
2. Is $500 a fair deal for everything that is included?

3. Is it worth considering selling the camera body and upgrading to either an XTi, 20D, or 30D (or on the Nikon side, sell it all and go with the D80), assuming the price difference wouldn't be more than $300 - $400?

Thanks!

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