Entry lever interchangeable lens cameras

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Bobthearch Veteran Member • Posts: 9,754
Re: Entry lever interchangeable lens cameras

Aldone wrote:

Hi! A friend of mine as come up to me, asking for some advice about wanting to get an interchangeable lens camera. He wants something quite cheap, and is mostly looking at the used market. Being in Nikon land myself I suggested a d3x00 series body, but I would like to be able to offer advice also on other brands, so he as more option on eBay. Could you share some suggestions? Any brand is welcome of course

On the lowest-end, I'm a fan of the D3300 since it has the accessory port that was dropped from newer models in the series.  Match that up with the 18-55 and 55-200 AF-S VRii lenses, they'll have a versatile system for cheap that gets them shooting practically any subject right away.

Any of the D5xxx series cameras are good for beginners, even the original D5000if budget overrides image quality.  The picture quality is fine, if you refrain from comparing it side-by-side with the new 24mp sensors. 

If your friend plans to be rather serious, starting with the D7xxx is a wise move.  You get more features, a more rugged camera body, ergonomics to better fit an adult's hands, more compatibility with older lenses, and more physical controls for faster response to changing conditions.  They do cost a bit more, always a trade-off.

Look at the entry-level APS-C mirrorless cameras from Canon.  If he's accustomed to cell phone photos, he'll do fine with the onscreen menus and touch screen features.

I'm also a big fan of Pentax.  You can pick up some used ones for reasonable.  You get dual wheels even on their entry-level models, and a brand known for ruggedness and weather-resistance.

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