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dave23 07-03-2008 11:41 PM

I'm looking to get into photography, it's always been something that has interested me. NOt really looking to do it as anything more than a hobby. I'm looking at getting this kit from b&amp;h. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/532253-REG/Nikon__D40_SLR_Digital_Camera.html" target="_blank">http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/532253-REG/Nikon__D40_SLR_Digital_Camera.html</a>

sidekicknicholas 07-05-2008 11:42 PM

I got a d40 and loved it but its easy to grow out of. <BR> <BR>I would maybe go for something a little more powerful, you won't regret it.

wakedad33 07-06-2008 5:19 PM

I had one for a year, and it was ok, but like Nick said, you want more pretty quick. I just got the Cannon 40D, now that's a camera.

rson 07-07-2008 1:29 PM

I would look into a good D80 and 18-200VR lens. <BR> <BR>There are many people selling them for cheap. <BR>Look at Nikoncafe

goinbigg17 07-08-2008 4:09 PM

I bought the D40 back in December and am still very pleased. I started knowing nothing and still don't feel like I know much. I think the camera is great and you can't go wrong with it. Unless you know how to take pictures, I would say go for it and learn how to use the camera. Spend the extra money on lenses rather than the body itself.

bakes5 07-08-2008 7:55 PM

I went through the same thing ~2 years ago. I splurged and got the D200. It is very nice having a nice camera. The reality is though, once you start getting into it, the camera body will be a lower percentage of the total costs. Lenses add up pretty quick. <BR> <BR>If you think you are really going to get into photography, get something high end (at least a D80 and a D300 if you can swing it). Don't scrimp on the glass to start off with either. I have a 55-200 and a 70-300VR lens collecting dust because I did not just get the good lens at the start. <BR> <BR>Later <BR> <BR>Bakes

peter_c 07-09-2008 6:59 PM

On Nikonians.org there is a D200 for sale, and they are asking $875. It is just the body, but you can start there and purchase some older glass. At least the camera can utilize all of Nikon's current glass, unlike a D40.

bakes5 07-09-2008 7:35 PM

I think a used D200 is one of the best deals on the market right now for someone looking to get into photography.

fogey 07-09-2008 8:14 PM

Just wondering....How may here have dropped $900 on a used camera purchased through the internet? What's been your experience? Or the experience of friends?

peter_c 07-09-2008 8:54 PM

I have purchased a lot of used electronic equipment off the internet. So far I have never had a problem. I actually prefer being able to track someone through post history to determine the type of person they are. Plus if they are selling through a website forum that is specialized, IE wakeworld, it is easy to follow their past sales/purchase history. Many websites now have user ratings for products purchased and sold.

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