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getting new camera.. help
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21 Feb 2010, 02:13
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I'm starting a photography class and I need a digital SLR with an aperture (?spelling?) which is one of those lenses that you attach. I'm looking at prices and cringing! Are there any GOOD cameras that are under $400 that include a lens out there? Maybe I'm not looking hard enough.. someone help please?
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21 Feb 2010, 02:55
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I purchased a DSLR recently. The camera, plus a 18-55mm and 55-250mm twin lens kit, cost just under $1,500 (Australian).
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21 Feb 2010, 10:59
Jessica [Private]
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-pulls up currency converter-

$1,347.15 USD

Sweet jesus woman. I had no idea you spent that much on it D:
That kinda money would pay for an entire semester in my college. ;D Books included.
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21 Feb 2010, 11:04
Jessica [Private]
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And yes, for the record, I did about choke to death when I saw that price lol.
I had no idea cameras went for that kind of money!
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21 Feb 2010, 12:14
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Oh yeah. They're expensive things. xD And that wasn't all I spent. I got a flash ($300) and a tripod ($40), and a carry bag (I forget), and two lens protectors (I think the guy threw them in for free). Flash isn't essential, tripod might be, but the lens protectors definitely are - they prevent UV damage to the lens, and also physical damage - if the protector gets scratched, you can just get a new one for like $12. Replacing a scratched lens is significantly more expensive.

I'm also looking to get a macro lens... but they're another $500. I think I'll leave that for another decade. xD

By the by, a semester at uni for me costs about $3,000. xD
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21 Feb 2010, 23:48
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Good lord. D:
Makes me glad I'm not into Photography. Sounds like an expensive hobby ;D

My school is cheaper because I go to a technical college.
I have no idea how much University of Wisconsin schools cost. But I'm sure its somewhere around what yours does ;D
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22 Feb 2010, 06:28
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I love my DSLR. xD It is one of my favourite things.
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22 Feb 2010, 01:04
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Yeah, thats about normal. My mother-in-law got one for Christmas 2 years ago and it was like $1600 USD for the thing plus the case and extra lenses.
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21 Feb 2010, 14:17
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[starts drooling]

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21 Feb 2010, 02:56
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And I did about 2 full days' worth of research - scoured the internet, compared prices, tried to work out which camera was best for me without being outrageously expensive. I found Canon to the the best brand in terms of value for money. Nikon is good too, but the equivalent Nikon model cost a lot more than the Canon kit I got.
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22 Feb 2010, 00:59
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I absolutely adore Nikon DSLR's but... dear god so much money.
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21 Feb 2010, 06:51
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Digital SLRs are impossible to come by for that cheap.
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21 Feb 2010, 11:49
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I think you are going to struggle, aperture doesn't just mean a different lens, it just means the amount of light allowed into the lens, on cheaper SLR's you only have two apertures wide and telephoto. I doubt you will find a camera completed with lens for $400, finding a body could be a struggle, unless you can find something second hand. You might be able to get a good SLR for $400 with a fixed lens, just make sure you either get a camera with a rechargeable battery or buy some rechargeable batteries because SLR's eat them up really quickly.
For a lower range Nikon SLR you are looking at around $550-$600 with a lens with low magnification.
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21 Feb 2010, 23:58
kid at heart.
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Yeah, like everyone else said, it would be impossible to find a good DSLR for that price.

The Canon XS is a less expensive DSLR, but you'd have to do the research to figure out what is best for you and your needs.
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22 Feb 2010, 00:56
.Blue Bella.
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Good luck with that.
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22 Feb 2010, 02:36
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my best guess would be to check ebay or craigslist - good luck!
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24 Feb 2010, 01:50
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i got a canon rebel xt when it first came out for about $700 with a kit lens. you could probably get the same camera for a lot less now, i'm not sure about $400 or under, but definitely less than what i paid for it then. most lower end DSLRs with a lens are at least $500. photography is an expensive hobby. i work for a photography company and use their equipment and supplies, and the cameras we use are nikon D300s, which sell for a couple grand, not including the lens.
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24 Feb 2010, 02:04
Winged Centaur
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And that's why I'm not taking photography...
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