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Best SLR camera for a beginner photographer

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  • Oct 23rd, 2009 12:04 pm
Jun 15, 2008
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Best SLR camera for a beginner photographer

I want to buy my daughter who is in the Graphic design program at Sheridan an SLR camera, but don't know anything about the new digital cameras. Can someone give me advice and suggestions please???? My budget is about $1000, and I want something that will last and it should have some "cool" features, ie. special lens, etc.
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Nov 23, 2005
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"special lens" will vary based on what you daughter will be using the camera for. When it comes to DSLR's, lenses vary quite a bit, many to choose from, and for some, you will need a line of credit :D

For that budget, you can pick up a Canon XSi/Nikon D3000 with an extra lens.
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Jul 1, 2004
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Might be best to post this question in the Photography section.
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Indeed post in Photography forum for best answers.

My 2 cents is that buy a cheap DSLR kit for now and upgrade as you go along. As a beginner buying the more advanced body/lens is a waste of money. Even the cheapest body (Canon XS or Nikon D60 for example) will produce great pictures. Once you learn the basics then upgrade to the better lens/body and sell/trade-in the old ones.
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Sep 21, 2009
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Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony (in no particular order) will be just fine. The camera has so little to with it. Don't waste your time comparing, any modern DSLR will work great.

The lens is much more important than the body.


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