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I have no idea about photography, or cameras, but have been looking on craigslist for a DSLR under $300 and was wondering is $280 for a Nikon D70 with a 18-70mm lens + a sigma 70-200mm macro lens a good deal?
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Yes, very. What are the numbers on the Sigma 70-200 Macro? It may be worth a few hundred.
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Oops, its a Sigma 70-300mm macro lens, not 70-200. Honestly, thats all the craigslist posting says.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv...531359734.html

The sale thread on craigslist is the above.
Macro lenses are for close up pictures right?

Nobody steal my deal please?
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http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d70.htm

If you're new to photography, spend time reading blog/web post by Ken Rockwell, great photographer and an expert, really. Anything less than 300 is great for a DSLR cam w/ 2 lens, just be sure to check for scratches on lens+viewfinder. Especially since the D70 can still compete with entry lvl Txx series.
 
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http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d70.htm

If you're new to photography, spend time reading blog/web post by Ken Rockwell, great photographer and an expert, really. Anything less than 300 is great for a DSLR cam w/ 2 lens, just be sure to check for scratches on lens+viewfinder. Especially since the D70 can still compete with entry lvl Txx series.
I highly disagree with the Rockwell suggestion. Also unsure by how you're quantifying/qualifying "can still compete with entry lvl Txx series". The cameras may be entry level, but they have better high ISO IQ/higher available ISO/higher resolution/same burst rate/video. Obviously more expensive than the D70, hence why this is such a deal IMO, but when comparing the two cameras side by side I'd definitely say the modern Rebels win out.


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Oops, its a Sigma 70-300mm macro lens, not 70-200. Honestly, thats all the craigslist posting says.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv...531359734.html

The sale thread on craigslist is the above.
Macro lenses are for close up pictures right?

Nobody steal my deal please?
Looks like a good deal. The 18-70 might not be the best lens, but for the money it's not a bad deal at all. Good beginner kit to get your "feet wet".

When you buy, make sure you check everything out beforehand. Is the camera working? Sensor okay? Any dead pixels? Scratches on viewfinder? Scratches/haze/fungi in lenses?

Once you get comfortable with photography, I'd look into selling off those two lenses for a nice prime A 35mm f/1.8 should do you well.
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I highly disagree with the Rockwell suggestion. Also unsure by how you're quantifying/qualifying "can still compete with entry lvl Txx series". The cameras may be entry level, but they have better high ISO IQ/higher available ISO/higher resolution/same burst rate/video. Obviously more expensive than the D70, hence why this is such a deal IMO, but when comparing the two cameras side by side I'd definitely say the modern Rebels win out.




Looks like a good deal. The 18-70 might not be the best lens, but for the money it's not a bad deal at all. Good beginner kit to get your "feet wet".

When you buy, make sure you check everything out beforehand. Is the camera working? Sensor okay? Any dead pixels? Scratches on viewfinder? Scratches/haze/fungi in lenses?

Once you get comfortable with photography, I'd look into selling off those two lenses for a nice prime A 35mm f/1.8 should do you well.
Awesome post. Imaginary Rep+

Im really excited now, but still have no idea what most of this stuff means "35mm f/1.8" Is the sigma macro lens any good? Macro lenses are for closeups right? Where am I? What is this?

Anyways...

Sold a keyboard of mine, so im thinking of picking this up ASAP
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Awesome post. Imaginary Rep+

Im really excited now, but still have no idea what most of this stuff means "35mm f/1.8" Is the sigma macro lens any good? Macro lenses are for closeups right? Where am I? What is this?

Anyways...

Sold a keyboard of mine, so im thinking of picking this up ASAP
True macro is different than the macro you're used to on point and shoots. The "macro" you're probably used to, and the one I'm assuming you're thinking of using, is taking shots of things like motherboard model numbers, headphone logos, capacitors and chokes, etc. If this is the case, pretty much any DSLR/lens will be able to do this.

I also suggest reading up the two photo guides stickied in the photo section here; the first basic one written by myself and the second more advanced one by Dream Killer. They're a good way to get you acquainted with manual photography and an idea of what you should focus on when it comes to skills. With photography, skill matters a lot more than your equipment.

My guide also covers lens nomenclature, so hopefully after reading it you can figure out what "35mm f/1.8" means
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The 70-300 is nothing great, but the 18-70 is super boss. Alhambra is like 10 minutes away, small world.
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If you're new to photography, spend time reading blog/web post by Ken Rockwell, great photographer and an expert, really.
I think, as a general rule, if one recommends the musings of Ken Rockwell, their opinions should from here on out be discounted.
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http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d70.htm

If you're new to photography, spend time reading blog/web post by Ken Rockwell, great photographer and an expert, really.
I really, really hope that was a joke.

It's a good deal if everything checks out and in good condition.
    
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