Graduation Gift DSLR - Best Choice Thoughts

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Graduation Gift DSLR - Best Choice Thoughts
Mar 2, 2014

Our grand daughter graduates from high school in May and one of her wish-list items is a good DSLR. As background, she's a stright A AP student, runs track and is a good early phase photographer who has taken several advanced courses. Her current camera is a Canon ELPH 300 which she loves and uses well but wants more control. Has a really good eye and, as we all know, that's a great start.

She plans to major in marketing with a graphics arts specilization. We are going to get her a DSLR and I'd like some thoughts on the current list I'm considering. Pros and cons and others that should be considered.

The nominees are; Nikon 3200, Pentax K30, Sony A58 and Canon T3i all with the basic X-55mm kit lens. All keepers with trade-offs. Additionally, I'm trying to get her in a position where good old glass works well and saves money. Trying to stay in a $450 to $550 budget. Your thoghts well be appreciated!

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