My friend has a $500 budget for a Canon or Nikon DSLR

Started Dec 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
kgbruce01
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Re: My friend has a $500 budget for a Canon or Nikon DSLR
In reply to Damianicus, Dec 26, 2012

Damianicus wrote:

Maybe I can get her to spend a little more.

No need, there are lots of camaeras in that range.

I was thinking used Canon XSI body and a used Tamron 17-55mm.

those are fine, but a new kit and kit lens will be just as good,

I told her to avoid the kit lenses

Why would you do a thing like that? Thats just silly! That implies there is something inherently wrong with kit lenses, and there is not.

and I assume she wants a zoom not a prime.

Never assume, always ask, you may be wrong.

My wife has an XSI, it's pretty good, but her 18-55mm is junky...

That is a great lens capable of producing wonderful pictures in the hands of a knowledgeable photographer.

So we'd rather go older used camera to get the next level of glass.

'Next level'? I'm not so sure your thinking is is solid on these matters. Modern so called 'kit lenses' trounce the lenses I used on my first SLR's - and those early SLR's took great pics.

I am suspect of these shots from the 'junky' kit lens. If you or she cannot make good photos with the XSi and kit lens - you won't be able to buy into a solution.

she is open to Nikon. Doesn't care if it shoots video.

Any other suggestions?

Yes, have your friend go to a camera store and hand hold all the options to see which one 'feels' right. Good luck.

Canon DSLR and kit lens shot below...



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