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Posted 11/10/2012 by Newbie26 in General Photography

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PeaNut 572,035
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Posted: 11/10/2012 10:55:39 PM
Okay, so I'll be brief. I'd like to start doing photography as a hobby. I work from home and have become a bit of a shut-in. Would like to get out of the house and this would be a good reason to get out. I need a camera but don't have a lot of money(the more under $500, the better). I just want a camera that will take good pics, that if I choose to print them will come out well. Any advice from you folks that know better would be greatly appreciated.



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Posted: 11/11/2012 12:47:38 AM
Check out the black Friday ads. Black Friday Ads

I know that WalMart has a Nikon on special I believe under $500 & Best Buy has a Nikon and maybe a canon but the Canon is like $700 or so. I have a Canon T1i that I really like that I got at Best Buy on Black Friday special in 2010. I would love to upgrade but don't really see the need yet.

Canon T1i
EF 50mm f/1.8II
EFS 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
EFS 18-55mm

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Posted: 11/11/2012 10:46:38 AM
Great hobby to combo with scrapbooking =)

Based on the budget you have, I highly suggest Nikon's entry level camera, the D3100. You can get their kit for $476+ Tax.

If you want something a bit more advanced, I suggest Nikon's D5100 or the D3200 in that order. Don't get me wrong, there are offerings by Canon that are comparable and some will say better, but not at the price point that you're looking at and it's more of user preference IMHO. Once you decide between the entry level cameras listed below, go to a Best Buy near you and hold one. You'll know which one fits well instantly.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:15:52 AM
I just bought a Canon t3 that came with the 18-55 lens kit. And I also snagged up the 75-300 lens for a grand total of $506 from bh video. I just looked for the same sale the other day for a friend and its a little more now.. I think it was $557. Still a steal. And there's no tax on that site

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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:33:49 PM
I second B&H (if you are NOT in New York) and Amazon -- you WILL get the best deal there, hands down, if you can wait a few days for the free shipping option -- solely because they do not charge tax. I mean, on a purchase like this, you're looking at $40-$60 in tax, should you purchase at a local B&M store. I buy ALL of my photo stuff online for this reason alone. Sorry B&M stores -- there's no competing with this.
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