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Old 11-27-2016, 05:30 PM   #1
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Looking to buy 1st camera for my wife, any suggestions?

My wife wants to pick-up photography as a hobby, any suggestions for a 1st camera? I would like to keep the cost under 1K but realistically 700 or less would be best

I found this Nikon bundle but im not sure if its worth it.

https://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-nik...FYQ2gQod2poHJA

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Old 11-27-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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I would get a camera from an authorized dealer. Plus there is no indication if there is a warrantee or what the hell are those extras. lol Before buying you should check the manufacture's site to see what deals they offer. Nikon D3300 came out 2yrs ago, almost 4yrs.


If your wife is one to grow into something and use for a long time I would suggest the Nikon D7100. If you spend your money on a D3300 you could out grow it.

Nikon D7100 used body from here. I like this option because you have more lenses to chose from.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/used/...mera_body.html

Lens Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...r_16_85mm.html


New D7100

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pro...302/d7100.html


The D3000s and D5000s DSLR does not have an auto focus motor so you are choices of lenses are limited. G-type are the lenses that will auto focus. Older lenses like D-type you will have to manually focus the lens. Not a problem but if you are on a budget, the D-type lenses will help you save money. fyi

If you want to go the new camera route under your budget. Here are a few options.

Nikon D3400 kit with two lenses $496.95

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...mera_with.html


Nikon D5300 with 18-140mm. Nice walk around lens. You don't have to change between lenses. D5300 has more auto focus points than the D3400 which is better for focusing on fast subjects. Wifi which helps you to load photos on your phone so that you can upload to social media sites.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pro...ras/d5300.html



All that extra stuff in the Groupon link you can buy on your own. The most thing that you would need is a bag and a few memory cards. When you grow into the camera you can look at picking up something else. Maybe a lens or camera strap or a second bag. Here are some accessories deals that I saw this week.

Lowepro Camera bag $15

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...sling_bag.html


Sandisk 32GB $19.99

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...sdhc_32gb.html
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Thanks for the reply, really appreciate the help as my wife is going to use whatever we purchase for a long time.
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Bestbuy is having a sale on the Nikkon d5500

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/nikon-d5...99251200050006

Any thoughts on this setup?
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Pick up a Canon t6i bundle and be happy for years too come. Its a fantastic entry level kit that rivals what the semi pro bodies were doing just a couple years ago.
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Buy STM lenses only in beginning.

10-18 stm
18-55 stm
55-250 stm
50mm stm
24mm stm pancake

All fantastic overall values

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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/canon-eo...?skuId=5580924

$799 with 18-55 stm and 55-250 stm and bag and sd card.

Everything she needs to to get started with above average gear and no package junk bundled.
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/canon-eo...?skuId=5580924

$799 with 18-55 stm and 55-250 stm and bag and sd card.

Everything she needs to to get started with above average gear and no package junk bundled.

Thanks a million, I just purchased it! Hope she gets lots of use.......

Appreciate all the help with this, thank you everyone!
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I didn't post any Best Buy deals cause they aren't usually cheaper. B&H Photo and Adorama I like because they are a photography shop. You will save more there. $50 or more.

Personally I don't like those 18-55mm 55-250mm lenses. They are slow if you are shooting kids its fine for stills but not so good for action.

Good luck with your purchase.
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I didn't post any Best Buy deals cause they aren't usually cheaper. B&H Photo and Adorama I like because they are a photography shop. You will save more there. $50 or more.

Personally I don't like those 18-55mm 55-250mm lenses. They are slow if you are shooting kids its fine for stills but not so good for action.

Good luck with your purchase.
Thanks for all the feedback, if she uses the camera frequently I can always buy her another lens for shooting sporting events.

Now I have buyers remorse LOL

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I didn't post any Best Buy deals cause they aren't usually cheaper. B&H Photo and Adorama I like because they are a photography shop. You will save more there. $50 or more.

Personally I don't like those 18-55mm 55-250mm lenses. They are slow if you are shooting kids its fine for stills but not so good for action.

Good luck with your purchase.
Have you tried the STM versions or the regular ones?

I downgraded to the STM lenses (and SL1) for size and weight and am perfectly happy with them overall. No, its not 2.8 L glass, but its her first DSLR.

Her ability will be much lower than the faults with the lenses.

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From my experience with the Nikon entry level cameras I thought the 18-55mm were a bit slower than the other kit lenses. Also most people will not want to change lenses between the 18-55 and 55-200mm. Which is why I suggested getting a better kit lens. No it doesn't have to shoot at f/2.8 but should give you a longer range and better value. So if you are shooting with a Nikon DSLR I would pair it with the 18-140mm or Canon's 18-135mm. Those have more lens element and work better.

This is what I've experienced and what questions most user who purchased and entry level camera. Waiting a better lens after a few months of using.
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I'm going to toss another one in the mix but how about a Sony A6000? It's much smaller and lighter than any of the ones posted and is therefore easier to carry around and use at around the same price point. The kit lens is also pretty good from the get go andit does a good job with video. The lens selection isn't as robust as Canon/Nikon but it's there for when you decide to upgrade. The biggest selling point is the size/weight especially because the best camera in the world is the one that you can and want to carry the most.
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