£500 budget ..

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  1. Biscuit761

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    A mate at work is facing the prospect of his daughter turning 21 this year.

    She has taken a liking to photography and wants a DSLR, I am suggesting a low end body with a 18 - 50 and 70 - 300 lens should be achievable at that price, my favourite for the long zoom is the Sigma APO 70 - 300 (had one with my D50) but I have no idea about the bodies at the lower price bracket now.

    This is not really a Canon / Nikon argument, just what is the best VFM we can think of at this price point.

    Help would be appreciated.

    Bill
     
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    Nikon D3200, great sensor in a small package.
     
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    D3200 with the VR kit lens probably represents the best bang for buck at the moment. Something like that, plus a bag, memory card. Nothing left for a telephoto lens, but I wouldn't compromise too much to fit that in maybe.

    Or Panasonic Lumix G3X + 14-42mm X PZ Lens £399.00
    this would provide a much smaller/lighter and possibly more user friendly option that may get more use.
     
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    Thanks for this, problem with the 3200 is that is a 24 Megapixel sensor which means loads of hard disc space needed, I use 12 Meg D700 cameras for my concert work, did borrow a D800 recently but my 2009 iMac struggled with the files.

    D3100 looks a decent deal on John Lewis at present - £318 with lens from John Lewis.

    Bill
     
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    Files won't be as big as a D800's, but honestly that doesn't seem like a good reason to go for a lesser sensor/older camera.

    18.5-28.2MB for RAW's, that's about the same size as the RAW's from my 15mp 50D
     
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    Yeah I did see that but when I tried the link (Bristol Cameras) the page that transpired didn't look genuine!! So I linked and listed the one I knew, Amazon.

    If Bristol Cameras do have it at that price, for me anyway, its a no brainer deal.

    Cheers Jammyb for highlighting the lower price, enhancing the deal even more.

    Hope it helps :laugh:

    Icemanonline
     
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    AFAIK all the stores that CPB link to are reasonably reputable. Bristol cameras has been around a long time and has a high street shop.
     
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