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What should I go for with a budget of $500? I've seen plenty of used canon DSLRs but not sure which ones are beginner level and if there worth the price.

these are the ones I'm interested in. it's priced in CDN
Canon XS + Canon 18-55mm IS lens + Canon EF 50mm lens = $430
Canon 40D - $450(unsure if its just the body)

EDIT: just in case anyone is interested in what kind of photos I'll be taking; I'll be taking mostly photos of the city(have access to the roof of a large office building in toronto) but I might also dive in astrophotography.
Edited by Modus - 6/12/11 at 2:36pm
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no such thing as diving into astro photography (min cost of 2k)
find a good deal on a pentax k-x or k-r
i got my k-x with kit lens for under 500 new after tax, from blacks in kingston so shop around
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Any reason not to consider Nikon? There are quite a few used D3000's out there that could be paired with a 18-55mm VR, 55-200mm VR, and/or 35mm f1.8, all of which are great beginner lenses. It's still a decently "new" body with good IQ for the price, I believe it was released in Q3 or Q4 2009. Another body to consider is the D5000, if you can find one for a decent price though putting more money into lenses than the body will be more beneficial for practical use.
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Well I'm trying to buy locally and oddly I only see canon and not single Nikon. What canon model is entry level?

EDIT: on second thought, this looks pretty cheap.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...camerawitha-en

should I go with this instead? you suggested a VR lense and the above one says "Non-VR" whats does this "VR" mean?
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VR is vibration reduction. Helps with the camera shake when hand holding. Usually you can find both VR and non VR kits, VR being a little more expensive.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond3000/
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Originally Posted by Modus View Post
What should I go for with a budget of $500? I've seen plenty of used canon DSLRs but not sure which ones are beginner level and if there worth the price.

these are the ones I'm interested in. it's priced in CDN
Canon XS + Canon 18-55mm IS lens + Canon EF 50mm lens = $430
Canon 40D - $450(unsure if its just the body)

EDIT: just in case anyone is interested in what kind of photos I'll be taking; I'll be taking mostly photos of the city(have access to the roof of a large office building in toronto) but I might also dive in astrophotography.
If you're considering the XS, you should check out the Canon Loyalty Program, through which you can get a refurbished XS with kit lens for $319.99. All you need is a broken or out of warranty Canon P&S camera, which can be procured through eBay, Craig's List, etc.

Note that the offerings that the CLP has change quite a bit, so they may or may not have XS's right now, but they're very likely to have something in your price range.
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