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#1 Gary Poole

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:46 PM

I have a 13 yr. old friend with an interest in and I think aptitude for photography. He does well with his P&S. A few weeks ago we went to a local wetlands. He was using my D90 with 16-85 and 70-300 while I was using my D300 with 80-200 and 400. He had a ball and took some great shots. I'd like to get him a used Nikon DSLR, kit lens, and memory card. He would be shooting only JPG. My budget is $300-400 US. I'm trying to decide among a used D70(s), D50, and D3000. I'd prefer an 18-70 lens for the extra reach over the newer 18-55. Of these cameras what would you recommend? Are there better choices that fit my budget?

Edited by Gary Poole, 19 December 2010 - 06:48 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 10:25 PM

good to see new blood in the game. i'd say the D70 and a 55-200 but i started with a D70 and would almost take it over my D200 to this day. and the 55-200 is around $100 if you shop some. not shure about the D50 i'v never used one. but the D70 can use all the lens's and has a flash sync of 1/500 of a sec!!. a very under rated camera i think. did a lot of pro work with it for about 4 years. hope this helps . rick
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 03:29 AM

Gary, I've been looking on Ebay for a second hand Camera with an exceptional lens or kit, there is some bargins depending on what you're looking for, I'm considering a D80 or even D90 to pass on to my son and depending on the lens kit, possibly scoring a lens for my collection. If you live in the Northern hemisphere, you should have more opportunities in America, Europe Ebay, because the freight kills me in Australia I believe this is a great option for beginners, not necessary referring to your question about suitable camera, however I can see opportunities for any budding photographer Cheers Mark
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 06:48 AM

Go for the D3000. It has a better sensor, better AF, better high ISO control and bigger screen than the other two - oh and the 18-55mm is likely to be the one it came with new so will have VR which I'd have over the older 18-70mm any day.
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 04:15 PM

After considering your replies and input from some others, I ordered a LN- D3000 kit with an 18-55 from KEH for $399 + shipping. I'll still have to get a SD card so I exceeded budget a bit. Even worse, I splurged and added an EX+ 55-200 for another $126, so I really broke the bank. Thanks to all of you for your input. :)
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